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