Jackie Cruz is best known for her portrayal of “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzales" on Netflix's critically-acclaimed series, “Orange Is the New Black.” The original series, created by Jenji Kohan, became an award-winning magnet, and will soon release its 7th and final season in 2019.
Cruz’s Dominican-American upbringing helped guide her through the peaks and falls of her career. Born in New York City, Cruz spent her childhood between New York, Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and Miami. She often says that she carries a little piece of each city with her.
Cruz draws strength from a near fatal car accident that almost left her paralyzed. She overcame brain surgery, a coma and a collapsed lung, but remained resilient in pushing her career forward towards established success. It's a story Cruz has gone as far as to tell through her own music, with the release of her new song, “Melly.”