Dascha Polanco

  • Birth Place: Dominican Republic
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was born in the Dominican Republic, but moved to the Bronx as a small child and later moved to Florida with her family.
  • Named homecoming queen during high school.
  • Studied acting at Break Into Hollywood Studios in New York City.
  • Performed the role of Carol in a stage production of David Mamet's Oleanna.
  • Appeared in Spanish-language television commercials for Old Navy.
  • Was studying to become a nurse and working at Montefiore Medical Hospital in New York when she auditioned for the widely-acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black; the role was her first full-time professional acting job.
  • Featured as a model for the NFL's women's apparel campaign in 2015.
  • Honored with a Lupe Award at the 16th NALIP Latino Media Awards.
  • Traveled to Haiti to participate in the United Nations' International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
  • Supports the Women's Prison Association.

Awards

  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Janet Polanco — Mother
  • Ruben Polanco — Father
  • Aryam — Son
  • Dasany — Daughter

College

  • City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York, United States (BS in Psychology, 2008)
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