Queens, New York City, United States
Hamilton Music Academy
Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales on Orange Is the New Black
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
120 lb (54 kg)
When Cruz was in high school, she worked with will.i.am's producers in a girl group called Krush Velvet, although the group never got signed to a record label. Her debut extended play, Hollywood Gypsy, was released independently in 2010.
In 2009, Cruz began making appearances on the E! television series Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami. She and Kourtney Kardashian became friends after meeting in an art class, which led to further appearances on the series. In one episode, Cruz and Kardashian were filmed kissing, an incident that Kardashian later stated she was "so embarrassed" by. Although Cruz initially stated that she and Kardashian remained friends following the incident, Kardashian later stated that she "can never talk to [Cruz] again".
Cruz cites Rita Moreno as an acting influence.
Orange Is the New Black
Cruz was working as a model as well as a waitress at New York City restaurant Lavo before she was cast as Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black; and she briefly continued both previous jobs while filming the series, whose hours led to her being "kind of fired" from Lavo. Originally a recurring character for the first three seasons, it was announced in April 2015 that she will be promoted to series regular for the fourth season.
2007 The Shield
2008 My Own Worst Enemy
2009–2010 Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami
2013–present Orange Is the New Black