Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva

Birth name
Selenis Leyva
May 26, 1972 ( age: 45 )
Baracoa, Cuba
Occupation (s)


Years active




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.


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


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