Devious Maids

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Do­mini­can-born Da­nia Ramirez loves play­ing sweet maid Rosie on dram­edy Devious Maids (2013-cur­rent), more so be­cause she un­der­stands what Rosie has been through. “She is a Mex­i­can woman who comes to the US when her hus­band dies. She leaves her son be­hind [in sea­son 1] and it’s break­ing her heart to be away from him.” Da­nia was left to stay with her grand­par­ents when her par­ents moved to New York in 1980 to find bet­ter prospects for their fam­ily and she only joined them in 1989.

The 37-year-old was a straight-A 1

stu­dent but she was kicked out of home at 16 when she re­fused to study law as her par­ents de­manded. In­stead, she stud­ied com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Mont­claire State Univer­sity in New Jersey, grad­u­at­ing in 1999.

Her first show­biz job was play­ing 2

rap­per Jay-Z’s girl­friend in his 1998 mu­sic video for Street Is Watch­ing. In 2010, she got a stint on com­edy se­ries En­tourage (2004-2011) as Tur­tle’s (Jerry Fer­rara) girl­friend Alex.

She hit the jack­pot in 2013 – not 3

only was Da­nia cast in Devious Maids, she also got hitched in Fe­bru­ary to di­rec­tor Bev Land, best known for his com­edy film What Are The Odds (2004).

Da­nia is step­mom to Bev’s son Kai 4

(14) and in De­cem­ber 2013, the cou­ple wel­comed fra­ter­nal twins John Aether and Gaia Jis­sel.

So what’s next af­ter act­ing? Writ5

ing – and she’s al­ready work­ing on it! “I’m writ­ing a script about my life. My goal is to be ac­knowl­edged in my ca­reer and to keep open­ing doors,” says Da­nia.

In 2014, she and Bev acted in and 6

di­rected hor­ror flick Tal­bot Coun­try, which was in­spired by iconic di­rec­tor Al­fred Hitch­cock. NB! More on p34.

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