Dania Ramirez

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Rosie (Falta) Westmore on Devious Maids


11/8/1979, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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  • Dania Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She was discovered by a modeling scout at the age of 15, while she was working in a New York City convenience store, and got a small role in a soda commercial. Later, Ramirez decided that she wanted to seriously persue acting and began studying at the Actor's Workshop in New York City under Flo Greenberg. She graduated from Montclair State University in 1999. Afterwords, Ramirez moved to Los Angeles, California to persue her acting career. She has appeared in several music videos over the years, including Jay-Z's "Streets is Watching" in 1998, LL Cool J's "Hush" in 2005 (which was also directed by her fiancè, Jessy Terrero), and Santana's "Into the Night" in 2007. Ramirez also played the main character in Wisin y Yandel's music Video, "Dime Que Te Paso," in which she played the wife of a military man stationed in Iraq and finds out that he has died at war. In 1997, Ramirez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories. It was then that she met filmmaker Spike Lee, who later cast in in his 2004 film She Hate Me. Ramirez also played older sister "Laurie" in the 2004 movie Fat Albert. She also played Callisto, one of The Omegas, in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand. She then went on to star in The 5th Cammandment in 2008. Ramirez appeared as a minor character, named Caridad, in the final episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She also plays Blanca Selgado, a recurring role in the sixth season of The Sopranos. Most recently, Ramirez portrays the character of Maya on the TV series Heroes.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Dania Ramirez



    Birth Place:

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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    • Dania: (On portraying Maya on 'Heroes) I'm originally from the Dominican Republic, and to have the opportunity to play a Dominican character and speak my native language, it's an exhilarating experience.

    • Dania: (On her fellow 'Heroes' cast members) We really get along well, so we hang out more outside of set than anything. I got an opportunity to hang out with a few people who all got sent on [the Heroes summer] world tour. For my leg of the tour, I was hanging out with Zach [Quinto], James Kyson Lee and my little boy Noah [Gray-Cabey]. He's so cute.

    • Dania: (On her family situation) I'm the middle. There are all girls in my family. I was like the boy, with sports.

    • Dania: To this day I feel I've accomplished so much because not only did I start an acting career, I also took for year soff and went to college ... My parents are very proud of me.

    • Dania: (On working on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer) that was one of the first times I got to work on something that had any kind of impact like that. I had done a couple of pilots but nothing that had a following the way that Buffy [the Vampire Slayer] had a following. I got to work with Sarah Michelle Gellar and that's the thing that you dream of. I drove out here, cross-country with my best friend and to get an opportunity to be on a show like that, especially in the final season… It's interesting, because I usually come in during the final season or after the show is a hit! There's no pressure!

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    • Dania was cast as Maya in Heroes without anyone else auditioning for the role.

    • Award Nominations: 2006 - ALMA Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series" for Heroes

    • When Dania was 15 years of age, she worked in a soda commercial.

    • Dania has always loved acting. As a child, she would reenact Spanish soap operas for her family.

    • As of 2007, Dania is engaged to the music video director Jessy Terrero.

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