Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz

Born
August 8, 1986 ( age: 31 )
Queens, New York City, United States
Education
Hamilton Music Academy
Occupation (s)
  • Actress
  • musician
  • model
Associated acts
Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales on Orange Is the New Black
Origin
Dominican
Height
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight
120 lb (54 kg)

Music career

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.

Acting career

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.

Filmography

Year      Title 2007     The Shield 2008     My Own Worst Enemy 2009–2010        Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami 2013–present      Orange Is the New Black

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