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Selenis Leyva Biography

Birth Place:
Bronx, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Is of Cuban-Dominican descent
  • Became interested in acting during elementary school after seeing a play by the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
  • Was cast in her first professional acting job in a stage production of Simpson Street with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
  • Starred in New World Stages' production of Celia in 2007
  • Played the role of Lela in an off-Broadway production of Basilica
  • Partnered with Orgullosa to donate $30,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Is an Angel Ambassador for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Attended a prom for teen patients of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in 2015
  • Is an activist for LGBT rights and has a sister who is a transgender woman

Awards

  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner

Relationships

  • Arnol Leyva -- Brother
  • Alina -- Daughter
  • Marizol Leyva -- Sister