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Dania Ramirez
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 8, 1979
Age: 41
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'4½"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Actor's Workshop in New York City
Montclair (New Jersey) State University
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: John Aether Ramirez Land (son)
Gaia Jissel Ramirez Land (daughter)
Kai Miles Land (stepson)
Relationships: Bev Land (husband)
Series Information
Character: Jacinda / Cinderella
First appearance: Hyperion Heights
Last appearance: Leaving Storybrooke

Dania Jissel Ramirez is a Dominican-American television and film actress. Her credits include the roles of Maya Herrera in Heroes, Alex in Entourage, and Blanca during the last season of The Sopranos on television. Her film roles include Alex Guerrero in She Hate Me and Callisto in the feature film X-Men: The Last Stand. She portrayed Rosie Falta on Lifetime's Devious Maids from June 2013 till its cancellation in 2016. In July 2017, Ramirez joined the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time for its softly-rebooted seventh season in a starring role.

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Early life

Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At an early age, she decided to become an actress. As a young child, she would reenact telenovelas for her family. She was discovered by a modeling scout while working in a convenience store at the age of 15, and was cast in a small part in a soda commercial. Later, she decided to pursue acting seriously and studied at the Actor's Workshop in New York City under Flo Greenberg.

She graduated from Montclair State University in 2001, where her volleyball talents led her to be placed among the top five in career digs, digs/game, solo blocks and total blocks. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.


Music videos

Ramirez has appeared in several music videos, including Jay-Z's Streets is Watching (1998), De La Soul's All Good? feat. Chaka Khan (2000), LL Cool J's "Hush" (2005; directed by her then fiancè, Jessy Terrero), Santana's "Into the Night" (2007), as well as "Cry Baby Cry" (a Santana and Sean Paul collaboration). Ramirez has also appeared in Wisin & Yandel's music video "Dime Que Te Paso", in which she played the main character, the wife and mother of a military man at war in Iraq who finds out her husband died at war. She was also featured in hip-hop group Sporty Thievz video "Cheapskate" back in 1998.


Ramirez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories (1997), where she met filmmaker Spike Lee who later cast her in his film, She Hate Me (2004). She played older sister "Laurie" in the movie Fat Albert (2004). She was Callisto, one of The Omegas, in the comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). She went on to star in The 5th Commandment in 2008, a film written by and starring Rick Yune. In 2012, Ramirez appeared in two films, playing Selena in American Reunion, and a bicycle messenger in Premium Rush.


Ramirez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as Blanca Selgado, a recurring role during the sixth season of The Sopranos.

Ramirez portrayed the character of Maya on the TV series Heroes. She was a guest judge on episode 5 of Cycle 14 of America's Next Top Model. She also guest starred as Alex, an employee of Turtle's and begins a relationship with Turtle in season 7 on the TV series Entourage.

From 2013 to 2016, she had been part of the main cast of Devious Maids, which aired on the Lifetime network up until its cancellation following the finale of the fourth season.

In July 2017 Ramirez was cast as a series regular in the softly-rebooted seventh and final season of Once Upon A Time. This was following the exit of six key cast members at the conclusion of its sixth season which included series leads Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison, as well as Josh Dallas, Emilie De Ravin, Rebecca Mader, and Jared Gilmore.

Other media

Ramirez has appeared in several magazine spreads. She has also been listed in several of the world's top publications' "Sexiest Ladies of the Year" lists. She has recently been added to the roster of models for CoverGirl Cosmetics. In March 2010, Ramirez and Queen Latifah launched the company's "Clean Makeup for Clean Water Campaign".

Personal life

Dania dated Soul Plane director, Jessy Terrero until 2008. She became engaged in September 2011 to director John Beverly "Bev" Land. The couple married on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on February 16, 2013. Land has a son, Kai (born 2001), with ex-wife Sharon Leal. On July 15, 2013, Ramirez announced that she was pregnant with twins. That December, she gave birth to fraternal twins, a son John and a daughter Gaia.


Year Title Type Role
1998 Streets Is Watching Video Jay-Z's Girl
2002 25th Hour Daphne (as Dania)
2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Series Caridad
2003 Run of the House TV Series Lucy
2004 Little Black Boot Short Laurie Rodriguez
2004 10-8: Officers on Duty TV Series Inez
2004 The Ecology of Love Short Alila
2004 Cross Bronx Mia
2004 She Hate Me Alex Guerrero
2004 Fat Albert Lauri
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Elena
2006 Santana Feat. Sean Paul, Joss Stone: Cry Baby Cry
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Callisto
2006 - 2007 The Sopranos TV Series Blanca Selgado
2007 Illegal Tender Ana
2007 Fort Pit TV Movie Angela Hardwick
2007 - 2008 Heroes TV Series Maya Herrera
2008 Ball Don't Lie Carmen
2008 The Fifth Commandment Angel
2008 Quarantine Sadie
2009 Solving Charlie TV Movie Veronica King
2010 Next Big Thing Video The Girl
2010 Entourage TV Series Alex
2012 American Reunion Selena
2012 Premium Rush Vanessa
2013 N.Y.C. Underground Video Jessica
2013 - 2016 Devious Maids TV Series Rosie Falta
2015 Mojave Detective Beaumont
2015 First Response TV Movie Camilla
2017 Lycan Isabella Cruz
2017 - 2018 Once Upon a Time TV Series Jacinda Vidrio / Cinderella
2018 Off the Menu Javiera Torres
2018 Justice League Action TV Series Red Velvet
2018 Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay Video Scandal Savage (voice)
2018 - 2019 Tell Me a Story TV Series Hannah Perez
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Lady in Red


Year Association Category Work Result
2008 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Television Series Heroes Nominated
2014 Imagen Awards Best Actress –Television Devious Maids Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance–Comedy Devious Maids Win


  • Was in the first ABC Actors Showcase in New York City. (2002).
  • (February 16, 2013) Married her longtime boyfriend Bev Land following a 17-month-long engagement.
  • At age fifteen, she was discovered by a modeling scout while working at a local convenience store.
  • She played Callisto in X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • She was raised by her grandmother until she was ten years old. In 2013, she married John Beverly Land becoming a step-mother to his son. In December of 2013, the couple welcomed twins.
  • She acted alongside Hayden Panettiere in Heroes.