Actor, dedicated feminist,  

entrepreneur and

Dominican-American woman

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.