Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz (born August 8, 1986)[1][2][3] is a Dominican–American[5] actress, singer and former model. She is known for her role as Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.

Jackie Cruz
Jackie Cruz 2019 by Glenn Francis
BornAugust 8, 1986 (age 32)[1][2][3]
EducationAlexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Notable work
Orange Is the New Black
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[4]
Weight120 lb (54 kg)[4]
Musical career
GenresPop

Early life

Cruz was born in Queens, New York, and grew up between Los Angeles, California, and in Santiago, Dominican Republic.[6][7] She was raised by a single mother,[8] and she speaks fluent English and Spanish.[9][7] Cruz was inspired to become an entertainer at the age of seven after watching Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard.[6][7] She attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, where she was a member of the school's music academy.[6]

At age 16, Cruz moved out of her mother's apartment and became homeless.[7] When she was 17, she was the victim of a car accident where she suffered a collapsed lung, fell into a coma and required brain surgery.[8] [10][6][7] Her song "Sweet Sixteen" is based on the incident.[7]

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.[7] Her debut extended play, Hollywood Gypsy, was released independently in 2010.[11]

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.[10][12][13] In one episode, Cruz and Kardashian were filmed kissing, an incident that Kardashian later stated she was "so embarrassed" by.[13] Although Cruz initially stated that she and Kardashian remained friends following the incident,[10] Kardashian later stated that she "can never talk to [Cruz] again".[13][12]

Cruz cites Rita Moreno as an acting influence.[7]

Orange Is the New Black

Cruz was working as a model[4] 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.[1] Originally a recurring character for the first three seasons, it was announced in April 2015 that she would be promoted to series regular for the fourth season.[14][15]

Personal life

In January 2016, Cruz told AfterEllen.com: "I like the person whether it’s a woman—we don’t like to be labeled. I’m in a relationship with a man right now, but I’ve liked women in the past. So I guess we don’t want to be labeled. We don’t really talk about it, but the actions speak louder than words, am I right? So you’re seeing it. You’re living it."[16][17]

Cruz is a part of a band called "The Family Portrait".[18]

Discography

  • Hollywood Gypsy (2010)

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2016 13 Steps Izar
TBA Faraway Eyes Susan
TBA A Nice Girl Like You Nessa Jennings Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Shield Graciela Episode: "The New Guy"
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Mendez's Girlfriend Episode: "Down Rio Way"
2009–2010 Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami Herself 2 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales
  • Recurring role (2013–2015)
  • Series regular (2016–)[14][15]
2014 Unforgettable Maria Torres Episode: "True Identity"
2016 Blue Bloods Rosa Alvarez Episode "Blast from the Past"

References

  1. ^ a b c Coughlan, Maggie (June 27, 2014). "Before OITNB actress was fired from Lavo | Page Six". New York Post. News Corp. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Cruz, Jackie (August 8, 2014). "Ms. Jackie Cruz on Twitter: ""Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time." Jean Paul Richter #itsmybirthday #babycruz". Twitter. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Cruz, Jackie (August 8, 2014). "Ms. Jackie Cruz on Twitter: "Loving my birthday with my soul sisters @jsancheeezy #birthdaygirl". Twitter. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Jackie Cruz, model, , Modelmayhem.com". Model Mayhem. Internet Brands. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "'Orange Is the New Black's' Latinas – The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. November 22, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d Valdez, Maria G. (October 24, 2013). "Latinos In The US: Jackie Cruz, 'Orange Is The New Black' Star, On Her Background, Work In NYC And Being Latina". Latin Times. Newsweek Media Group. Archived from the original on July 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Erazo, Vanessa (June 24, 2014). "Jackie Cruz of 'Orange is the New Black' on Songwriting and Surviving a Crash | Film | Remezcla". Remezcla. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Jackie Cruz American Singer and Songwriter Bio". JackieCruz.com. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Roterman, Natalie (June 18, 2015). "'OITNB' Actress Jackie Cruz Opens Up About Diversity, Dating in Hollywood And Her Character 'Flaca' [PHOTOS]". Latin Times. IBT Media. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Angelique (June 17, 2011). "Hollywood Gypsy: Jackie Cruz | Bitchin' Kitchen". bitchinlifestyle.tv. Scripps Networks Interactive. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "iTunes – Music – Hollywood Gypsy EP by Jackie Cruz". iTunes. Apple Inc. June 20, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Kourtney Kardashian once made out with Orange Is The New Black star Jackie Cruz | Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Daily Mail and General Trust. June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c Webber, Stephanie (June 17, 2014). "Kourtney Kardashian Once Kissed Orange Is the New Black's Jackie Cruz – Us Weekly". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Jackie Cruz’s ‘Flaca’ gets more ‘Orange’ screen time | New York Post". New York Post. News Corp. April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 24, 2015). "Jackie Cruz Upped To Regular as Flaca On Orange Is the New Black". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Jackie Cruz on bisexuality on "Orange is the New Black" and her friendship with Ruby Rose - AfterEllen". January 27, 2016.
  17. ^ "These 9 Rad Queer Women of Color Prove Representation Matters". July 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "BYT Interviews: Jackie Cruz - Brightest Young Things". January 19, 2016.

External links

21st Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2014, were presented on January 25, 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST and the nominees were announced on December 10, 2014.Debbie Reynolds was announced as the 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award honoree on August 18, 2014.

22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2015, were presented on January 30, 2016 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST and the nominees were announced on December 9, 2015.Carol Burnett was announced as the 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award honoree on July 20, 2015.It was announced on the live Red Carpet Show that Mad Max: Fury Road had received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture and that Game of Thrones had received the Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series.

23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2016, were presented on January 29, 2017 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST. The nominees were announced on December 14, 2016.Lily Tomlin was announced as the 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award honoree on August 4, 2016.

24th Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2017, were presented on January 21, 2018 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was broadcast on both TNT and TBS 8:00 p.m. EST / 5:00 p.m. PST. On December 4, 2017, it was announced that the award ceremony would have its first host ever in its twenty-four year history with actress Kristen Bell presiding over the award show. The nominees were announced on December 13, 2017.Morgan Freeman was announced as the 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient on August 22, 2017.

41st International Emmy Awards

The 41st International Emmy Awards took place on November 25, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, United States, and hosted by British Comedian and actor John Oliver.

A Nice Girl Like You

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Aaron A. Brooks

Aaron A. Brooks, also known as, Aaron Kinsley-Brooks (born January 24, 1964, San Francisco, California) is an American rock musician, drummer, producer and composer. He co-founded The Little Death with Moby, Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy. He is a founding member of the American alternative rock band, The Mars Bonfire. Aaron also plays or has played drums for the electronic pop band Leisure Cruise; Grammy nominated electro-pop chanteuse Angela McCluskey (of Télépopmusik and Wild Colonials); Grammy award-winning producer/songwriter Mark Hudson; Emmy award-winning actress and singer Jackie Cruz; Grammy award-winning artist Moby; Singer/songwriter and progressive political activist Laura Dawn; Grammy award-winning bassist/songwriter and rock musician Duff McKagen of Guns N' Roses; Circle of Soul; Erin Evermore; Grammy award-winning pianist and songwriter A.J. Croce; Grammy winning singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey; Writer, radio host, progressive political comic and guitarist/singer Jamie Kilstein and his band The Agenda; Model/actress/singer/songwriter Heidi Merrill; And NY based rock singer Carleigh Jade.

Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)

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Carmen Perez

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Jackie Cruz (soccer)

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cruz (born December 2, 1986) is a Puerto Rican-American association football defender, currently playing for USV Jena in Germany's Bundesliga. She previously played for WPSL sides San Francisco Nighthawks and California Storm. She is a member of the Puerto Rican national team.

List of Screen Actors Guild Awards received by Netflix

The Screen Actors Guild Award is an accolade given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to recognize outstanding performances in film and primetime television. In 2014, Netflix earned its first two nominations. The following year the network won three awards, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey from House of Cards and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba. In 2016, all three winners repeated. In addition, Idris Elba won for Outstanding Performance by Male Actor in a Supporting Role for the film Beasts of No Nation. During the 2017 ceremony, The Crown won for performances of Claire Foy and John Lithgow, Stranger Things won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Orange Is the New Black won for a third year in a row Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

List of accolades received by Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. It is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal women's prison. The series' first season premiered on July 11, 2013 on the streaming service Netflix. Orange Is the New Black has been a significant success for Netflix, becoming its most-watched original series. The series has received critical acclaim since its debut, and many awards and nominations in both comedy and drama categories.

Orange Is the New Black has received 16 Emmy Award nominations and four wins. For its first season, the series received 12 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three. After an Emmy rule change in 2015 classifying half-hour shows as comedies and hour-long shows as dramas, the series received four Emmy nominations in drama for its second season, including Outstanding Drama Series, and Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Orange Is the New Black became the first series to receive Emmy nominations in both comedy and drama categories. Aduba's win made her the first actress, and second actor ever, to win drama and comedy Emmy awards for the same role, following her win for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series the previous year.

The series has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, a British Academy Television Award nomination, as well as four Screen Actors Guild Awards (including two for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series), four Critics' Choice Television Awards, two GLAAD Media Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, a Producers Guild of America Award, and a Peabody Award.

List of people influenced by Selena

Selena (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American Tejano singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress and fashion designer. She was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, 54 miles south of Houston, and her family moved to Corpus Christi after declaring bankruptcy. Her father, a musician before her birth, formed his children into Selena y Los Dinos (with A.B. Quintanilla on bass, Suzette Quintanilla on drums and Selena singing) when he discovered her musical talent. Selena received the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year for nine consecutive years, beginning in 1987. She signed her first major contract with EMI Latin in 1989, releasing four Spanish-language albums which were milestones in the Latin music industry. EMI Latin then wanted her to release a crossover album, transitioning from Spanish- to English-language pop songs. On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, her friend and the former manager of her boutiques. Reaction to her death was compared to the grief following the deaths of musicians John Lennon and Elvis Presley and U.S. president John F. Kennedy.Selena's greatest influences were Donna Summer, Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. According to music critics her Tejano sound incorporated contemporary R&B, disco and funk, and her roots in American pop music were believed by Ed Morales to have been inspired by Summer and Diana Ross. Selena credited Michael Jackson for inspiring her to follow in his footsteps after she saw him perform at a 1984 Astrodome concert. Onstage, she wore fashions inspired by Abdul, Madonna and Janet Jackson. Selena's husband, Chris Pérez, said that she was "open-minded" toward all musical genres, rock in particular. Since her death in 1995, entertainers have cited the singer's influence on their careers in interviews, speeches, books and music.

Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black (sometimes abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan for Netflix. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. Produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix on July 11, 2013. In February 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season. The sixth season was released on July 27, 2018. On October 17, 2018, it was confirmed that the seventh season would be its last and would be released on July 26, 2019.Orange Is the New Black has become Netflix's most-watched original series. It has received critical acclaim and many accolades. For its first season, the series garnered 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three. A new Emmy rule in 2015 forced the series to change categories from comedy to drama. For its second season, the series received four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Orange Is the New Black is the first series to score Emmy nominations in both comedy and drama categories. The series has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.

Orange Is the New Black (season 4)

The fourth season of the American comedy-drama television series Orange Is the New Black premiered on Netflix on June 17, 2016, at 12:00 am PST in multiple countries. It consists of thirteen episodes, each between 54–60 minutes, with a 77-minute finale. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. The series is created and adapted for television by Jenji Kohan.

The season received critical acclaim, again winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Uzo Aduba, and numerous other awards.

Park Bench with Steve Buscemi

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Puerto Rico women's national football team

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Screen Actors Guild Award

Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as SAG Awards) are accolades given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time television. The statuette given, a nude male figure holding both a mask of comedy and a mask of tragedy, is called "The Actor". It is 16 inches (41 cm) tall, weighs over 12 pounds (5.4 kg), is cast in solid bronze, and produced by the American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, California.SAG Awards have been one of the major awards events in Hollywood since 1995. Nominations for the awards come from two committees, one for film and one for television, each numbering 2100 members of the union, randomly selected anew each year, with the full membership (165,000 as of 2012) available to vote for the winners. It is considered an indicator of success at the Academy Awards. The awards have been telecast since 1998 on TNT, and since 2007 have been simulcast on TBS.

The inaugural SAG Awards aired live on February 25, 1995 from Universal Studios' Stage 12. The second SAG awards aired live from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, while subsequent awards have been held at the Shrine Auditorium. On December 4, 2017, it was announced that the award show would have its first host ever in its twenty-four year history with actress Kristen Bell presiding over the ceremony.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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