'Orange Is The New Black': This Is Diane Guerrero Today
Diane Guerrero became a rising star from her role as "Maritza Ramos" in the hit series Orange Is the New Black. Today, you can recognize Diane is several other TV shows, including Jane the Virgin and DC Comics' Doom Patrol. Find out what other projects the beautiful Diane Guerrero is working on today!
Diane Guerrero was born on July 21, 1986 in Garden State of New Jersey. The now 34-year old actress was actually raised in Boston, Massachusetts by her Colombian parents. As Diane was the only one in her family with U.S. citizenship, her parents and brother were tragically deported back to Colombia, leaving Diane alone to finish her studies and live her friend's family.
Diane Guerrero: Her career beginnings
After finishing high school, Diane attended a private all-girls college with a degree in political science and communications. In fact, she worked in a law office before she began dipping her feet in the acting field!
By age 25, Guerrero packed her things and moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting, where she ended up meeting her manager. Through her manager, she appeared in a few short films and small TV roles, including in an episode of Are We There Yet?
By 2013, Diane landed the role of the Bronx-born "Maritza" in Orange Is the New Black, where she and the rest of the cast received three Screen Actors Guild Awards from 2015-2017 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
During this time, she also got a role as "Lina" on the comedy series Jane the Virgin as "Jane"'s (Gina Rodriguez) best friend and co-worker.
Diane Guerrero today
The award-winning actress today has been in the DC Comics series, Doom Patrol, as well as appearing in Legends of Tomorrow, where she portrays ""Crazy" Jane".
In 2019, Guerrero appeared in the crime thriller Killerman, where she starred as "Lola" alongside Liam Hemsworth and Emory Cohen!
Diane's next film role was in the drama Blast Beat, opposite Wilmer Valderrama and Daniel Dae Kim. It was released this past January 2020 and is centered around the life of two Colombian brothers who find their way in suburban America.
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Happy Father's Day to the best dad ever. Love this guy so much. Some of my favorite moments with you Papá... -When you would make fangs out of yuca skins. -You drawing a watch on my wrist. -Going to the movies with you in Colombia to see Pajaros de Verano. -Dancing Salsa with you. -sharing music with you. -Cracking Jokes. -your laughter. -Riding the Nantasket Beach Carousel. -You gifting me a piece of your jewelry sometimes on my birthday. -the handwritten playlist including the YouTube url. You sweet man. I marveled at your beautiful handwriting. -You making me Rice, beans, and fried plantains and simple greens and tomato salad. -The night we rode a golf cart along the beach in San Andres. We cried and you told me you were proud of me. I said papa, I live for you. Feliz día de los padres papá. Unos momentos favoritos contigo... -Cuando hacías colmillos de vampiro con la piel de yucca. -Tu dibujando un reloj en mi manilla. -cuando fuimos a las películas en Colombia a ver Pájaros de Verano. Bailar Salsa contigo. -Contar chístes. -Tu reír. -El carrusel de Nataska Beach. -Cuando me das prendas tuyas aveces para mi cumpleaños. -Me escribiste a mano un playlist de toda Salsa pero salsa dura brothel! Hasta con el url de YouTube. -Tu cocinándome arroz, frijoles, tajadas, con ensalada verde con tomate. -Una noche que manejamos por la playa en San Andres. Lloramos, tu dijiste que estabas orgulloso de mi. Yo te dije papá, yo vivo por ti. Gracias por ser mi papá.
For now, Diane is a major advocate on immigration rights and was even named one of the Presidential Ambassadors for Citizenship and Naturalization by Barack Obama in 2015.
She's spoken very openly about her family divide when she was just 14 and has even written two books on the matter. She spoke out to the Washington Post about it in 2018, stating:
"You go through a lot to recover and live a normal life. You have to have a lot of therapy and have a great imagination to imagine your life better than what the cards have dealt you. Not everyone figures that out."
Diane Guerrero has dealt with many cards in her life already, and she seems to have persevered through many of the traumas she was forced to deal with at a young age. We can't wait to see what powerful and emotive roles she'll be in next!