Dania Ramirez is a Dominican-American actress, best known for playing Rosie Falta in the comedy-drama television series ‘Devious Maids.’ She won the ‘NAMIC Vision Award’ and received a couple of nominations at the ‘Imagen Awards’ for her performance in ‘Devious Maids.’ Ramirez has also played prominent roles in popular films like ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’ She has appeared in the music videos of famous rappers like Jay-Z and LL Cool J. In March 2010, she joined hands with rapper Queen Latifah to launch ‘CoverGirl’ cosmetics’ ‘Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign.’ She has also been featured in several magazines and top publications have included her in prestigious lists, such as ‘Sexiest Ladies of the Year.’ She is also popular on social media platforms where she has thousands of followers.
Childhood & Early Life
Dania Ramirez was born on November 8, 1979, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to Agueda Camacho and Daniel Ramirez. She was raised by her grandmother as her parents immigrated to the United States of America when she was six months old.
Ramirez joined her parents in the US at the age of 10. She decided to become an actress early in her life. She would often imitate characters from ‘Telenovela’ in front of her family members. When she was 15 years old, she was spotted by a modeling scout in a convenience store where she was working. Subsequently, she landed a minor role in a soda commercial which encouraged her to move to New York City to pursue a career in acting.
After moving to New York City, she joined the ‘Actor’s Workshop’ and started learning the nuances of acting under the tutelage of Flo Greenberg. In 1997, she was cast as an extra in ‘HBO’ channel’s television film ‘Subway Stories.’ In 1998, she played rapper Jay Z’s girlfriend in a music video titled ‘Streets Is Watching.’ In the same year, she was also seen in another music video titled ‘Cheapskate’ by hip-hop group ‘Sporty Thievz.’
She joined ‘Montclair State University’ (MSU) in New Jersey where she became a star volleyball player for ‘MSU.’ She graduated from the university in 2001 and then moved to Los Angeles to make a career out of acting.
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While filming ‘Subway Stories,’ Dania Ramirez met director Spike Lee who cast her to play Daphne in his 2002 American drama film ‘25th Hour.’ In 2003, she played Caridad in the supernatural drama TV series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and then played Lucy in a sitcom series titled ‘Run of the House.’
In 2004, she appeared in five films, including Spike Lee’s independent comedy-drama film ‘She Hate Me’ in which she played Alex Guerrero. In the same year, she also played Inez in one of the episodes of American police drama television series ‘10-8: Officers on Duty.’
She played Elena in the 2005 television film ‘Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.’ She was also seen in LL Cool J’s music video ‘Hush.’ The following year, she played Callisto in the popular superhero film ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’ From 2006 to 2007, she played Blanca Selgado in five episodes of the crime drama TV series ‘The Sopranos.’
From 2007 to 2008, she played Maya Herrera in a science fiction television series titled ‘Heroes.’ Her performance in ‘Heroes’ earned her a nomination for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series’ at the 2008 ‘ALMA Awards.’ In 2007, she appeared in Carlos Santana’s music video ‘Into the Night’ and then played the main character in Wisin & Yandel’s music video ‘Dime Qué Te Pasó.’ In 2008, she appeared in three films, namely ‘The Fifth Commandment,’ ‘Ball Don't Lie,’ and ‘Quarantine.’ In 2009, she played Veronica King in a TV film titled ‘Solving Charlie.’
Ramirez appeared as a guest Judge in a couple of episodes of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ in 2010. In the same year, she was also cast to play Alex in the comedy-drama television series ‘Entourage.’ In 2012, she played Selena in the fourth installment of the ‘American Pie’ film series ‘American Reunion.’ She was also seen in an important role in the David Koepp-directed action-thriller film ‘Premium Rush.’
She received her breakthrough role in 2013 when she was cast to play Rosie Falta in ‘Devious Maids.’ She played the role from 2013 to 2016, appearing in 49 episodes of the comedy-drama TV series. In the same time period, she co-hosted six episodes of the popular television talk show ‘The Talk.’
From 2017 to 2018, she played Cinderella in the fantasy drama television series ‘Once Upon a Time.’ In 2018, she was cast to play Hannah Perez in the psychological thriller web television series ‘Tell Me a Story.’ In the same year, she also voiced Scandal Savage in the animated superhero film ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.’
Family & Personal Life
In 2015, Dania Ramirez co-directed and starred in a documentary film titled ‘An American Alien’ which focuses on her family members’ experience of leading the life of immigrants in the United States of America. The documentary also features her sister Denise Ramirez.
Ramirez was in a long-term relationship with director Jessy Terrero. She broke up with Terrero in 2008 and then started dating director John Beverly ‘Bev’ Land. She got engaged to Bev Land in September 2011. Their marriage took place on February 16, 2013, in a picturesque Punta Cana beach in the Dominican Republic.
Upon her marriage to John Beverly Land, Ramirez became Kai Miles Land’s stepmother. Kai Miles was born from Bev Land’s previous marriage with Sharon Leal. On July 15, 2013, it was announced that Ramirez was pregnant with twins. On December 17, 2013, Ramirez and Bev Land were blessed with fraternal twins – John Aether Ramirez Land and Gaia Jissel Ramirez Land.
Ramirez is active on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram. Her Instagram page, where she often posts the pictures of her children, has thousands of followers.