Daniela Ruah

Recent Role:

NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles


12/2/1983, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Descending from a family of Portuguese doctors, Daniela was born in Boston, Massachusettes and lived in the USA until she was 5. She attended St. Julian's School in Portugal, where she grew up. Her first acting role came at the age of 16, when she auditioned for a television series "Jardins Proibidos", and cast for the role of Sara. She kept working on diverse projects, as well as finishing high school. At the age of 18, she moved to England, to do a B.A. in Performing Arts at the London Metropolitan University. Having finished with a first class Honors, Daniela returned to Portugal to pursue more work. She was given principal roles in television series, short films, theatre and in 2007 moved to New York to study at the Less Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, and work.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah



    Birth Place:

    Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Quotes (12)

    • Daniela: (on her first work while in Portugal and still in high school) It was a teeny tiny paycheck and working almost six days a week and hours on end, and there was kind of no support as a kid in high school. We had no tutors on set with us or anything like that, so I was literally fighting for my grades and fighting for a job that I loved.

    • Daniela: (on her role as Special Agent Kensi Blye in NCIS: Los Angeles) She had everything to do with me in terms of speaking languages and being well-traveled.

    • Daniela: (on her experience, when she was 19, meeting Jewish youth for the first time) I've never been around as many Jews in my entire life. Here, you don't feel the need to explain to people who you are. I am meeting people who eat kosher for the first time ever.

    • Daniela: (on the effect having one black eye, due to a birthmark, might have in her acting and her career) It starts the conversation, if anything. But I don't think it's ever gotten me a job or lost me a job. When we're shooting, sometimes they need to light my eye in a slightly different way. Otherwise, it looks like there's a big shadow over it. But that's pretty much it.

    • Daniela: (on her black right eye, due to a birthmark) This is my eye, my little trademark.

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    • Daniela has living in three different countries: US, Portugal and England.

    • She earned a Bachelor of Arts, in Performing Arts, from the London Metropolitan University, with a grade of First (highest grade in the Brithish Bachelor grading system).

    • Her first role was play Sara in the Portuguese soap opera Jardins Proibidos (which means Forbidden Gardens).

    • Daniela started her acting career, when she was 16 and still was in high school, by getting a role in a Portuguese soap opera.

    • In 2006, Daniela won the first season of the show Dança Comigo (the Portuguese version of the show Dancing with the Stars).

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