Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, NY, Lauren always dreamed of acting. She has a twin sister, Lorraine among her 8 siblings. Lauren actually got her start as a dancer, obtaining a scholarship to the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance School. She onced worked as an understudy for Phylicia Rashad in Broadway's "Into the Woods". She is probably best known for her work as Det. Nina Moreno on "New York Undercover" (1995-1998). However, she came first got her break in the film industry where she played the lead in the 1994 independent film "I Like It Like That." She played Dr. Gloria Nathan on "OZ" (1997 - 2003), also appearing on Broadway and in numerous other television shows, including "Law and Order." Currently she can be seen on Showtime's new series "Dexter" where she plays Lt. Maria LaGuerta.