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get­ting in­volved in un­der­cover po­lice work is no pic­nic, es­pe­cially when the dan­ger­ous world of drugs is in­volved. fbi agent charlie demarco from grace­land (2013-cur­rent), played by ac­tress vanessa fer­l­ito, took things too far in sea­son 1 when she nearly lost her life due to drugs. and art has im­i­tated life for 34-year-old vanessa, who was on the dark side of drugs when she was only two years old.

vanessa’s best known for her roles in ac­tions shows 24 (play­ing clau­dia her­nan­dez in sea­son 3, 2003-2004) and csi: ny (as ai­den burn, 2004-2006). in 2007, she left csi: ny to fo­cus more on the­atre and film work. de­spite ac­tu­ally be­ing of ital­ianamer­i­can her­itage, vanessa of­ten plays latino char­ac­ters on tv and in films, like her role as rox­anna ro­driguez in 2008 com­edy film noth­ing like the hol­i­days. her dad died from a heroin over­dose when she was two. her mom even­tu­ally re­mar­ried and opened a hair salon in brook­lyn with vanessa’s step­dad. the ac­tress is a com­pletely meat­free eater. she be­came ve­gan after watch­ing 2005 doc­u­men­tary earth­lings, which chron­i­cles the daily prac­tices of some of world’s largest in­dus­tries that rely on an­i­mals for profit. not sur­pris­ingly, she’s an ac­tive mem­ber of an­i­mals rights’ or­gan­i­sa­tion peta (peo­ple for the eth­i­cal treat­ment of an­i­mals). she’s also rather pri­vate – she still hasn’t re­vealed who the fa­ther of her eight-year-old son vince is. her love life’s a bit of a mys­tery too. in septem­ber 2014, she was spot­ted hav­ing din­ner and pas­sion­ately kiss­ing django un­chained (2012) di­rec­tor quentin tarantino. it’s not known if they’re dat­ing, but at the time quentin was al­legedly dat­ing uma thur­man, whom he di­rected in his 1994 cult hit movie pulp fic­tion.

vanessa fer­l­ito knows a thing or two about play­ing

tough-cop char­ac­ters.

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