Cerina Vincent is an American actress who gained recognition for playing Maya the Yellow Galaxy Ranger in the television series 'Power Rangers Lost Galaxy', in 1999. She subsequently earned media attention for appearing in several explicit scenes in two of her early films, 'Not Another Teen Movie' and 'Cabin Fever'. She is also known for her role as Suzy Diaz in the Disney Channel comedy series 'Stuck in the Middle'. Throughout her career, she had guest appearances on various series such, as 'Undressed', 'Son of the Beach', 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', 'Bones', 'Two and a Half Men', and 'The Walking Dead: Cold Storage'. She starred in the film 'It Waits', and also acted in movies like 'Return to House on Haunted Hill', 'Everybody Wants to Be Italian' and 'Kitchen Sink'. She writes a regular column for 'The Huffington Post' and has co-written three books with Jodi Lipper.
Rise to Stardom
During her youth, Cerina Vincent appeared in productions at the Rainbow Company Youth Theater, sponsored by the Cultural Affairs division of Las Vegas. She was sixteen years old when she won the 'Miss Nevada Teen USA' title in 1996 and competed in the 'Miss Teen USA' pageant. In the televised event held in Las Cruces, New Mexico, she finished in the top 15. After relocating to Los Angeles for college education, she began auditioning between classes, which helped her get commercial works and a role on 'USA High' for the USA Network.
Her acting debut was as a bratty teenager in the thriller film 'Fear Runs Silent', starring Billy Dee Williams, in 1999. In the same year, she landed her first major role as the Yellow Galaxy Ranger Maya in the television series 'Power Rangers Lost Galaxy'. The success of the show helped her get roles on MTV's 'Undressed', 'Son of the Beach', 'Malcolm in the Middle', 'Felicity' and 'Ally McBeal'. In the following years, she has continued to appear in films and on television regularly.
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Controversies & Scandals
While Cerina Vincent's role as Maya had made her a role model for kids, within a couple of years, she got an image makeover after appearing in the 2001 parody teen comedy film 'Not Another Teen Movie', in which she played foreign exchange student Areola who appears nude throughout the entire film. She was next cast in a similar role in the 2002 horror comedy film 'Cabin Fever', in which she was again required to show skin in a number of scenes. This time, she got her agent to negotiate the exposure to her liking as she was cautious about being typecast into such roles. This caused minors frictions between her and director Eli Roth during the filming of the movie.
Cerina Vincent played various small roles in the films 'Murder-Set-Pieces', 'Intermedio' and 'Conversations with Other Women'. She got her first starring role as forest ranger Danielle 'Danny' St. Claire in the 2005 horror film 'It Waits'. In the following years, she appeared in a series of films, including 'The Surfer King', 'Seven Mummies', and 'Sasquatch Mountain' in 2006; 'Return to House on Haunted Hill' and 'Everybody Wants to Be Italian' in 2007; and 'Toxic' and 'Just Add Water' in 2008. On television, she appeared on series such as 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', 'Sex, Love & Secrets', 'Bones', 'Two and a Half Men', 'Gary Unmarried', 'Mike & Molly', 'The Walking Dead: Cold Storage' and 'Workaholics'. In 2013, she produced and acted in the short film 'Skypemare'. Recently, she acted in the 2015 film 'Kitchen Sink' and had a main role in 'Stuck In The Middle' (2016-18).
Family & Personal Life
Cerina Vincent was born on February 7, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, to parents of Italian descent. She has a brother named Gino and a sister named Angela Rose. Her mother, a dance instructor, encouraged her to perform from an early age. While performing in a Christmas production at Diskin Elementary School, she had learnt the lines for all the characters. She completed her graduation from Durango High School in 1997. She then moved to Los Angeles, California, and enrolled into Marymount College on a scholarship. She quit the college later on due to her acting schedule.
Cerina Vincent was reportedly in a relationship with actor and director, Eli Roth, in 2002, but they broke up the following year.
After 11 months of dating, she married film director Ben Waller on December 13, 2008, at a small ceremony attended by family and friends. However, they later filed for divorce, which was finalized on June 13, 2013.
She has been in a longtime relationship with actor and stuntman Mike Estes, with whom she welcomed a boy named Nicola Vincent 'Nico' Apollo on February 4, 2019.