Daphne Rubin-Vega

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Daphne Rubin-Vega may have spent the better part of her career playing tough and emotionally complex characters in feature films and on television, but the true measure of her success was playing the passionate yet ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1969 in Panama City, Panamá, PA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Emoticon;) 2014 (Movie)

Ana (Actor)

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Union Square 2012 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Jack Goes Boating 2010 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Gone to the Dogs 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rachel Getting Married 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

Baby Voiced Woman (Actor)

Life on the Ledge 2004 (Movie)

Trisha (Actor)

Virgin 2004 (Movie)

Frances (Actor)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

Tia (Actor)

Skeleton Woman 1999 (Movie)

Olya (Actor)

Wild Things 1998 (Movie)

Gloria Perez (Actor)

I Like It Like That 1994 (Movie)

Modeling School Director (Actor)

Biography

Daphne Rubin-Vega may have spent the better part of her career playing tough and emotionally complex characters in feature films and on television, but the true measure of her success was playing the passionate yet vulnerable HIV-infected dancer in the smash Broadway musical "Rent" (1996). The contemporary musical juggernaut, which followed a group of impoverished musicians and artists battling the coming wave of gentrification in New York City's bleak Lower East Side, reenergized the Great White Way, attracting a new generation of theatergoers, and grossed more than $280 million since its Broadway debut. It also paved the way for a then-relatively unknown actress like Rubin-Vega to make her mark on and off the stage, as well as to start the wheels in motion for the talented actress to pursue a long and successful onscreen career.

Relationships

Tom Costanzo

Husband

Luca Costanzo

Son
Born in 2005

Daphne Rubin

Mother
Died in February 1979

Leonard Rubin

Step-Father
Reportedly kicked Rubin-Vega out of the house when she was a teenager

Jose Vega

Father
Died c. 1970 when Rubin-Vega was two years old

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ("Jack Goes Boating")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female

2010

Re-teamed with Philip Seymour Hoffman for the film version of "Jack Goes Boating"; Hoffman also made his directorial debut

2007

Starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in the play "Jack Goes Boating" at The Public Theater

2006

Starred with Phylicia Rashad in a musical version of Federico García Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba" at Lincoln Center

2006

Played the role of Fantine in the Broadway revival of the popular musical, "Les Misérables"

2006

Released her second full-length album of original songs titled, Redemption Songs

2004

Cast in the film, "Virgin," about a teenager who believes she is carrying the child of God

2004

Starred opposite Jimmy Smits in "Anna in the Tropics"; earned a Tony nomination for her role

2000

Starred in the off-Broadway play "Two Sisters and a Piano" at Joseph Papp Public Theater

2000

Returned to Broadway as co-star of "The Rocky Horror Show"

1999

Co-starred with Robert De Niro in "Flawless"

1997

Had first major screen role as a detecvtive in "Wild Things"

1996

Earned a Tony nomination for her role as Mimi in Broadway's "Rent"

1996

Had first solo hit, "I Found It"

1995

Appeared in Randy Newman's stage musical "Faust" at the La Jolla Playhouse

1994

Originated the role of Mimi for the workshop production of "Rent"; reprised role both off-Broadway and on Broadway

1994

Feature debut, had a bit role in "I Like It Like That"

Began her musical career as the lead singer for the Latin freestyle group Pajama Party

At age nine, moved to NYC's Greenwich Village with mother and brothers

As a teenager, began finding work as a session singer

Born in Panama

Bonus Trivia

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Rubin-Vega did not participate in the film adaptation of Rent, as she was pregnant at the time of the movie's casting and filming. The role was subsequently given to Rosario Dawson.

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