Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva

Birth name
Selenis Leyva
Born
May 26, 1972 ( age: 45 )
Baracoa, Cuba
Occupation (s)
Actress
Years active
1999-present
Children
1

Life and career

Leyva was born in Baracoa, Cuba and raised in the Bronx, New York City, of Cuban and Dominican descent. She has appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions. On television, Leyva had a recurring role of Detective Mariluz Rivera in Law & Order, and also appeared in different roles on the show and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She has guest-starred on Third Watch, The Sopranos, The Good Wife, Girls, and Elementary. In 2013, Leyva began starring as Gloria Mendoza, a Latina leader in the jail, in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. Her character was recurring for the first two seasons and she was promoted to series regular in Season 3.In 2015, she co-starred opposite Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno in the courtroom drama film Custody directed and written by James Lapine.

Film

Year    Title 2000  Debutante 2002  Apartment #5C 2004  Maria Full of Grace 2007  Illegal Tender 2007  Ben's Plan 2009  Don't Let Me Drown 2009  Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2010  Sex and the City 2 2010  Trouble Child 2011  Man in the Mirror 2012  Ice Age: Continental Drift 2013  Epic 2014  Living with the Dead 2015  Chapter & Verse 2015  Custody

Television

Year    Title 1999  Law & Order 1999  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001  The $treet 2001  Law & Order 2001  Taina 2001  100 Centre Street 2002  Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003  Third Watch 2004  Third Watch 2004  Law & Order 2005  Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004-2006   Law & Order 2006  The Sopranos 2007  Dirty Sexy Money 2008  New Amsterdam 2010  Law & Order 2010  The Good Wife 2010  The Whole Truth 2011  Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2011  Person of Interest 2011-2012   Blue Bloods 2012  Girls 2012  Elementary 2013  The Following 2013–present          Orange Is the New Black 2015  Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015 2015  Madam Secretary 2015  Veep