Who is Stephanie Beatriz?
Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-American actress best known for portraying ‘Detective Rosa Diaz’ in the American police procedural comedy TV series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.' She began performing on stage while she was still in college and later moved to New York City to pursue acting. Beatriz made her screen debut in 2009 in an episode of Kyra Sedgwick’s ‘The Closer.’ Four years later, she made her film debut in the 2013 drama ‘Short Term 12.’ After playing a series of guest roles, she was cast to play the smart, tough, and aloof detective ‘Rosa Diaz’ in the long-running sitcom ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’ The show went on to become a huge critical and commercial success, establishing Stephanie in the American TV industry. Stephanie Beatriz has also played important roles in films like ‘The Light of the Moon,’ for which she received critical acclaim.
Born into a working-class family, Stephanie Beatriz grew up watching her parents struggle to make ends meet. Her initial years as an actor were no different. She had only $200 in the bank when she landed the part of ‘Rosa’ in the series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine;’ though she had already made her debut as an actress, she hadn’t become famous until she landed the role in the series.
She spent her 20s doing a lot of theatre work. She played ‘Juliet’ in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with ‘TourTheatreWorksUSA.’ She also played characters like ‘Isabela’ in ‘Measure for Measure,’ ‘Bianca’ in ‘Othello,’ and ‘Lady Rosaline’ in ‘Love's Labor's Lost’ at the ‘Oregon Shakespeare Festival.’ She also played the eponymous character of ‘Lydia’ at ‘Mark Taper Forum’ and ‘Yale Repertory Theatre.’
In 2009, she appeared on television for the first time in an episode titled ‘The Life’ from TNT’s police procedural drama ‘The Closer.’ She then worked in the TV film ‘The Smart One,’ portraying a character named ‘Natalee.’ For ABC’s mockumentary family sitcom ‘Modern Family,’ she was cast to play the recurring role of ‘Sonia Ramirez,’ the sister of ‘Gloria Pritchett,’ played by Sofía Vergara.
After making her film debut in ‘Short Term 12’ (2013), in which she shared screen space with the ‘Academy’ award-winner Brie Larson, she played small parts in NBC’s crime-drama ‘Southland,’ Disney Channel’s sitcom ‘Jessie,’ and HBO’s comedy series ‘Hello Ladies.’
Beatriz was then cast as ‘Rosa Diaz’ in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ which was produced by Fox in Los Angeles as a single-camera comedy. The series narrates the story of NYPD detective ‘Jake Peralta,’ played by Andy Samberg, and his colleagues at Brooklyn's 99th Precinct as they go through the ups and downs of their professional lives.
She portrays ‘Rosa,’ a loyal, effective member of the squad but with serious anger management issues. Indiewire’s Alison Willmore praised Beatriz’s performance as being “a standout even in a cast crowded with very funny people.” Airing since 2013, the show has garnered multiple awards, including ‘Creative Arts Emmy Awards’ and ‘Golden Globe Awards.’
In 2014, she became part of ‘You're Not You’ where she got an opportunity to work with another ‘Oscar’ winner Hilary Swank. Beatriz portrayed a bank robber in the adventure comedy ‘Pee-wee's Big Holiday’ (2016). In the same year, she voiced ‘Gertie’ in the fifth installment of the ‘Ice Age’ film series, ‘Ice Age: Collision Course.’ She also acted in the short film ‘Closure,’ which she also produced.
Besides playing the main protagonist ‘Bonnie’ in the 2017 film ‘The Light of the Moon,’ she also served as its executive producer. It premiered at the 2017 ‘South by Southwest Film Festival’ (SXSW) and received the ‘Audience Award’ for ‘Narrative Feature Competition.’
She voiced ‘Elizabeth’ in the 2016 animated web series ‘WIZARD’ and ‘Sheriff Luke/Captain Banjo’ in the 2017 series ‘Danger & Eggs.’ She also appeared as ‘Elena’ in the TV movie ‘The New V.I.P.'s.’ In 2018, she was seen playing ‘Candy’ in Heather Graham's comedy film ‘Half Magic.’
In 2019, she voiced ‘General Sweet Mayhem’ in the adventure comedy film ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.’ The following year, she voiced 'Callista' and 'Ixlan' in 'Wizards: Tales of Arcadia' and 'Elena of Avalor' respectively.
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Stephanie Beatriz was born ‘Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff Alvizuri’ on February 10, 1981, in Neuquén, the capital city of the Argentine province of Neuquén, Argentina. Stephanie Beatriz is the oldest daughter of her Colombian father and Bolivian mother. When she was only three years old, her family immigrated to the US in pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’
She and her younger sister grew up in Webster, a city in Harris County, Texas. She studied at ‘Clear Brook High School’ before enrolling at ‘Stephens College,’ from where she graduated in 2002 with a BFA in theatre arts. After completing her education, she stayed in New York for a long time. Since 2011, she has been living in Los Angeles, California.
She came out as bisexual via Twitter in July 2016. In October 2017, she announced publicly the news of her engagement to boyfriend Brad Hoss. On 6 October 2018, she got married to Hoss. She has also revealed that she suffers from eating disorders.
She has a distinctive scar on her right eyebrow, which she got when she tripped on a Lego brick at the age of ten.