Jaina Lee Ortiz

Actress Jaina Lee Ortiz first came to attention as a contestant on reality show "Scream Queens" (MTV, 2008-2010) before bagging the lead role in police procedural "Rosewood" (Fox, 2015-). Born at Ford Ord army base in ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1986 in Monterey Bay, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

Rosewood 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress Jaina Lee Ortiz first came to attention as a contestant on reality show "Scream Queens" (MTV, 2008-2010) before bagging the lead role in police procedural "Rosewood" (Fox, 2015-). Born at Ford Ord army base in 1987 to first generation Puerto Rican parents, Ortiz initially pursued a career as a salsa dancer, becoming a professional instructor and performer by the age of 16, but began switching her interest to acting after landing a minor part in fish out of water drama "Sad Spanish Song" (2004). In 2010, Ortiz narrowly missed out on a part in "Saw 3D" (2010) after finishing runner-up in the second season of "Scream Queens" (MTV, 2008-10) and in the same year gained a place at New York's Maggie Flanigan Studio. Ortiz became a MAC make-up artist in order to support herself during her two-year studies, gaining credits on action drama "Justice on the Border" (2011) and LGBT short "Pink and Green" (2012), before appearing as incompetent receptionist Petrona in "The Shop" (2012), a web series about a Sherman Oaks salon, and as assassin Isis in low-budget action adventure "Misfire" (2012). Ortiz was then cast as Officer Marly Gonzalez in Chris Carter's post-apocalyptic drama "The After" (Amazon, 2014) but was left disappointed when the show failed to make it past the pilot stage. However, Ortiz did achieve her major breakthrough a year later when she starred as Annalise Villa, the hard-nosed detective who teams up with Morris Chestnut's pathologist, in crime series "Rosewood" (Fox, 2015-).

Milestones

2015

Was cast on the crime drama series "Rosewood."

2012

Joined the cast of the comedy web series "The Shop."

2010

Appeared on the competitive reality series "Scream Queens."

Bonus Trivia

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Is the child of first-generation Americans of Puerto Rican heritage.

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Began training in Salsa dance at age nine, and became an instructor at age 15.

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Studied the Meisner technique at Maggie Flanigan Studios.

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Began appearing in student films at age 16.

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Ortiz appeared as herself in "I Want to be Tom Savini" (2011), a short documentary about an aspiring special effects artist. 

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Ortiz's list of credits also included the short films "High Voltage" (2008) and "Laid Out" (2013). 

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