Melonie Diaz is an indie darling with a resume of impressive performances in a number of acclaimed small films. From her first appearance as a teenager in "Double Whammy" (2001) to roles in critically...
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|First film role in "Double Whammy"|
|Appeared in "Be Kind Rewind"|
|Breakout role in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"|
|Starring role in "Fruitvale Station"|
Puerto Rican in background, Diaz was born and raised on New York City's Lower East Side. Diaz attended Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School and landed her first film role in "Double Whammy" while still a student there. She went on to study film production at New York University, and worked on stage in several off-Broadway productions as well as taking part in the New York City Fringe Festival. She also began appearing in a number of independent films and television shows. Two notable early projects were "Raising Victor Vargas" (2002) and "Lords of Dogtown" (2005). She was also recognized for her work in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" with an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.
In addition to guest appearances on popular television shows including "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ) and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-10), Diaz also nabbed parts in the Michel Gondry-directed "Be Kind Rewind" (2008), and in the 2008 comedy, "Hamlet 2." Her casting in the award-winning "Fruitvale Station" as the girlfriend of Oscar Grant, the man shot to death by San Francisco transit police on New Year's Day 2009, marked a departure from her usual comedic roles. That said, the film itself garnered a number of festival awards at Sundance, Cannes and elsewhere, adding further credence to Diaz's already growing status as an acting talent on the rise.
|New York University|
|Professional Performing Arts School|
|Has named Michelle Williams, Marion Cotillard amd Jessica Chastain as influences.|
|"There's a lack of imagination in that [big studio] system. Not to talk bad about it, but for me, indie films are usually character driven and story driven and they shed light on the corners of people's lives that aren't seen." - from Huffington Post, July 15, 2013|
|"I'm tired of playing freaking cha-chas, the sassy CIA agent, the best friend homegirl I grew up in a family of predominantly female bread winners who are strong and fierce and opinionated. There's not enough women like that on the screen." - from Huffington Post, July 15, 2013|
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