Descending from a family of Portuguese doctors, Daniela was born in Boston, Massachusetts 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…more
Daniela has lived 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).
Her breakthrough role was as Kensi Blye in the TV series NCIS: Los Angeles. Kensi Blye has also appera in episodes of NCIS and Hawaii Five-O.
Daniela attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
Daniela is fluent in both Portuguese and English, and also speaks Spanish.
Daniela has a birthmark, called Nevus of Ota, in her right eye giving her one hazel eye and one black (the right eye).
Daniela is 5' 9¾" (1.77 m) tall.
She is Portuguese and is Jewish.
Her nickname is Danni.
Daniela is the only daughter of Dr. Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah, who is the former Resident Chief of Otorhinolaryngology of the Boston University Hospital, and Catarina Lia (Katia) Azancot Korn.
In 2009, Daniela played the role of Sophie in Midnight Passion. She also appeared in the movie Blind Confession in 2008.
Daniela: (on her son, River, being exposed to different cultures) He already is. At home I speak with him in Portuguese, David in English and our babysitter in Spanish. His Portuguese family is all here so it's up to me to keep in close to the Portuguese language.
Daniela: (on her son River) I've loved River as soon as he was put in my arms. I've loved him ever since he was inside me. But, still, it's another person, a human being with a life of his own that comes into our lives. So there was also a period of adaptation. But the love keeps growing so fast and it will never stop.
Daniela: (on being married in Portugal) I talk a lot about Portugal to my friend and colleagues and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for them to come over and visit.
Daniela: (on getting married) I'm a little nervous. Not so much about the marrying part, because we've been living together for the past three years and we already a child in common, but because I want everything to go down smoothly on that day.
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.
Daniela: (on her right eye's birthmark that makes that eye black) No, I can't stay serious. That's not true at all. It's a birthmark called nevus of Ota. It covers the whole white of my eye and darkens it. The square of the eye, the white part, is completely dark on my right eye, not just the iris. It's very common in Asian people but quite rare in Caucasians. It doesn't affect my vision or anything like that.
Daniela: (on her tendency of talking with a lot of hand moves, like the Italians do) Portuguese do that. We're very aggressive speakers. I remember when I was with one of my roommates in New York — and she's Portuguese, too — and we were in an Apple store talking about a computer in Portuguese. Some guy comes up to us and goes, 'Hey, hey! Peace, peace! Stop arguing.' It's not arguing. This is really just how we talk.
Daniela: (on her opinion regarding Portugal) I still love the country.
Daniela: (about her son, River, before he was born) It's amazing how in love I am with this little person I've only seen on a black and white screen. I'm starting my own family and there is no other feeling like it.
Daniela: (on having a son with David Paul Olsen) I'm so thrilled about this new chapter as a parent with David.
Daniela: (on being a Portuguese Jew) There's I'd say between four- and five-hundred [Portuguese Jews]. Not a lot out of 10½ million to 11 million people. My family is probably the biggest family there. But coming from a small community makes you want to follow the traditions of your family much more.
Daniela: (on her happiness regarding her first born son River) We are so happy, so thankful and feel so blessed to have brought him into the world.