- Her mother is African-American and her father is Puerto Rican.
- Is a classically trained dancer.
- Was originally planning to be a lawyer.
- Was nominated for an ALMA Award in 1999 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series in a Crossover Role, for The Temptations.
- In 2007, founded Project Reina, an organization that educates young women about HIV/AIDS prevention.
- 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
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