Melissa enjoys going to the Theater and is an avid reader.
Melissa is of Cuban descent.
Besides acting, Melissa has studied dance and been a dancer since a very young age.
Melissa and David Fumero, her One Life To Live co-star, got married on December 9, 2007.
In 2003, Melissa graduated with a BA in Drama from NYU.
Melissa: (on feeling confident) It's more important to me to feel good about myself. To be a good friend, a good wife, a good person. I know that sounds like a very PC answer, but I genuinely feel that. When I'm nailing all those things, I feel the most confident.
Melissa: (on her high school experience) I was a dancer in high school, and I taught dance to little kids. And I was in plays and musicals every day after school. So I was the theater-nerd girl. I think I was pretty popular. I had my group of friends, but I was friendly with everyone. I was hyper and really talkative. I think generally I was a nice person and got along with everyone.
Melissa: Laugh or at least smile everyday, even if you have to force it.
Melissa: (on the similarities with her Brooklyn Nine-Nine character, Amy) We're both very organized. My closet is color coordinated, and I bet Amy's is too.
Melissa: (on doing yoga) I love yoga and have been practicing on and off since college. I try different styles and classes, or I practice at home outside on my deck.
Melissa: (on working out) I get bored easily when it comes to working out, so I'm always trying to mix it up. I like to be outdoors, so hiking, walking, or light jogging are usually my go-tos.
Melissa: (on her routines before and after shooting the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine) Pre-shoot is a large amount of espresso and water because it's 5 or 6am, and I still can't believe someone's expecting me to perform at that ungodly hour. Post-shoot is just washing all my makeup off, shaking my hair out of whatever constricting bun it's been in all day, and flopping on my couch to just veg out.
Melissa: I feel my best when I'm eating clean, meaning little to no processed foods. Sugar is not my friend, and definitely makes me gain weight and feel sluggish.
Melissa: It's going to sound like brown-nosing, but I love Parks & Rec.
Melissa: (on her Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star) You know when you meet somebody and they're just good people? That's Andy Samberg.
Melissa: I lie to myself every day when I tell myself, I can skip yoga.
Melissa: I am so behind on all TV, and I love TV, but I literally, I get home so late, and when I get some time, I'm trying to catch up on my DVR.
Melissa: I don't follow football, but I always watch the Superbowl.
Melissa: I'm realizing I'm not hip enough to know for sure what would be considered pop-culture.
Melissa: Mindy Kaling is so smart and hilarious.
Melissa: (on audition for comedy roles) I think comedy is so specific, so hard. I'd audition for comedies and think, 'I can't pull this off.'
Melissa: I come from a big Cuban family, a lot of whom reside in the New York area. That's the best part of getting a big job, is your family being excited for you -- especially my parents, who shelled out a lot for college, dance classes and acting classes. It's so good to be able to give something back and say, 'See, your investment was worth it.' My dad's favorite joke over Christmas was 'Melissa was an unemployed actress for four hours.
Melissa: It was so crazy! I had one really hard exam and it was my last one. After I took it I called my family and said, 'I'm done, I graduated!' I was so excited. Then five hours later I found out I got One Life to Live. It was a little overwhelming. I thought, 'I can't tell anybody this. My friends will hate me.' But it was a wonderful day that I will remember forever.