Luna Lauren Velez

Luna Lauren Velez

Actor
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Life Story

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York among eight siblings, including her twin sister Lorraine, Lauren Velez dreamed of becoming an actress ever since she played a groundhog in a school play in second grade. Immediately following high school, she received a scholarship from the Alvin Ailey Dance School which led to her first job performing in the national touring company of the musical "Dreamgirls". Aater she became understudy for actress Phylicia Rashad in Broadway's "Into the Woods". Her most visible role was that of "Nina Moreno" on the cop drama New York Undercover (1994). With her varied performances and Afro-Latin background and appearance, Velez's success is considered -- by fans and critics alike -- a breakthrough for Latina actresses who do not fit the stereotypical "Europeanized Hollywood" version of Latin females. As a result, Velez deservedly has a large multi-ethnic following.

Family

Mark Gordon (1993 - 2015) 

Trivia

Has an identical twin sister, Lorraine, who often plays doubles for her on sets. Her twin has taken over roles for her on Broadway, and starred in London on the West End stage in Rent.
Twin sister of Lorraine Velez.
Won her first award in 1994 for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series New York Undercover (1994) NCLR Bravo/Alma Award.
One of three actors to star in the television series Dexter and Oz, along with David Zayas and Erik King.
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
Her father is Mexican and her mother is from African descent.

Personal Quotes 

I don't have children, but I have 17 nieces and nephews, and they more than make up for anything that I can do. I have a stepdaughter, and I adore her to pieces, and I think about adoption. There are so many kids at different ages and stages that need families.
I'm much more ambitious than I'd like to admit.
After 'Dexter' and 'La Lupe', I would love to return to theater. I'm just ready for more.
When I first came out to L.A., Hollywood's idea of a Latina was Mexican. It was almost like they had never seen or heard of an Afro-Latina before.
'La Lupe' is my passion project. I've done it as a one-woman show, but I'm raising money to turn it into a film. It's a story of a Cuban singer who became the Queen of Latin Soul, the first woman on the N.Y. salsa scene.

Filmography

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