Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez is a Puerto Rican model, actress, singer-songwriter, and producer, who has garnered fame for portraying Elena Delgado in the CBS police procedural series ‘Without a Trace’ and Carmen Luna in the Lifetime comedy-drama ‘Devious Maids’. She has also starred in films like 'Rush Hour 2', 'Boat Trip', 'The Game Plan', and 'Act of Valor'. A San Juan native, Sánchez started demonstrating an interest in both dancing and acting when she was quite young and would often perform for her family. In 1991, she relocated to New York and began attending dancing, acting, and singing classes. She made her screen debut in the comedy adventure film ‘Captain Ron’. A few years later, she landed her breakthrough role as Pilar Domingo in the CBS soap opera ‘As the World Turns’. Sánchez won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series for her performance in ‘Without a Trace’. She also won the Contribution Achievement Award at the 2018 Raul Julia Foundation Awards. In 2003, she put out her first and only studio album to date, ‘Borinqueña’.
After Roselyn Sánchez got back to Puerto Rico, she was cast in her first film, the 1992 adventure comedy ‘Captain Ron’. Directed by Thom Eberhardt, the film was partially shot in Puerto Rico. She gained initial fame as a dancer on her native island. Later, she served as the co-host of a variety show called ‘QuéVacilón’. In 1993, she became the winner of the Miss Puerto Rico Petite contest. In the following year, she was named the Miss American Petite. This garnered her international attention. She has been mentioned in several lists of beautiful women, including Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" in 2001, 2002 and 2006; AskMen.com's "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" in 2005 and 2006; and FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" in 2005 and 2006.
Between 1996 and 1997, Sánchez appeared in 25 episodes of the long-running CBS soap opera ‘As the World Turns’. The role helped her find a solid footing in the industry, and she went on to appear in the short-lived syndication drama series ‘Fame L.A.’ (1997-98).
She shared screen space with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the second instalment of the ‘Rush Hour’ film series in 2001. Her character, undercover United States Secret Service agent Isabella Molina, becomes the love interest of Chan’s character, Chief Inspector Lee. She also worked in ‘Rush Hour 3’, but her scenes were deleted. In 2002, she played a dance instructor in the romantic comedy ‘Boat Trip’. Sánchez joined the cast of the CBS police procedural drama series ‘Without a Trace’ in the fourth season (2005) of the show, and her character, Special Agent Elena Delgado, quickly became a fan favourite. She was part of the show until its cancellation in 2009.
In 2007, she worked opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the family comedy film ‘The Game Plan’. In the 2012 action film ‘Act of Valor’, she played CIA operative Lisa Morales. The film was commercially successful, earning $81.3 million at the worldwide box office against its $12 million budget. From 2013 to 2016, she essayed the role of Carmen Luna in Lifetime’s comedy-drama and mystery series ‘Devious Maids’. She is currently portraying the role of Gigi Mendoza in the ABC drama series ‘Grand Hotel’ (2019-present).
Sánchez wrote and produced her 2006 musical drama film ‘Yellow’. She has also produced the 2016 telefilm ‘Death of a Vegas Showgirl’.
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On September 23, 2003, Sánchez released her first studio album, ‘Borinqueña’, through BMG record label. It is comprised of 12 tracks, including ‘Amor Amor’, which features fellow Puerto Rican music artist TegoCalderón.
Family & Personal Life
Born on April 2, 1973, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roselyn Sánchez is the youngest of four children of Efraín Sánchez and Olga Rodríguez. She grew up with three older brothers. Since she was a child, she has harboured a deep passion for dancing and acting. She used to perform for her family.
Like her father and brothers before her, Sánchez studied marketing at the University of Puerto Rico. However, she dropped out three years after enrolment and relocated to New York in 1991 at the age of 18. There, she attended dancing, acting, and singing classes before returning to Puerto Rico.
Sánchez has been married twice so far. Her first husband is English actor, former boxer and former model Gary Stretch, to whom she was married from August 9, 1998, to April 15, 2001. Following their divorce, she began dating Puerto Rican salsa singer Víctor Manuelle, but she revealed in December 2005 that they had amicably parted ways.
Sánchez’s relationship with actor Eric Winter began sometime in 2005. They got engaged in December 2007. The couple exchanged wedding vows on November 29, 2008, in her hometown. In January 2012, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Sebella. Their son, Dylan, was born in November 2017.
An ardent supporter of animal rights, she is actively involved in PETA. In 2006, she posed nude in a PETA ad in support of anti-fur campaign efforts. She also serves as the spokesperson for the Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which has been set up to help sick children from impoverished families.