Actor, entrepreneur, vocalist and New Yorker of Dominican descent, Jackie Cruz, became a household name from 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 released its 7th and final season in 2019.
Orange Is the New Black was a launching pad for Cruz’s career. She is a three-time SAG Award winner and was named one of the "Top Latino Powerhouses under 40" by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. Cruz was also included on Latina Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List in 2015. An accomplished singer/songwriter best known for her fan favorite role on Netflix’s hugely popular series, Orange Is The New Black, Cruz’ other on-screen credits include starring in the upcoming feature films A Nice Girl Like You opposite Lucy Hale, Faraway Eyes opposite Christina Ricci, and All the World is Sleeping. Cruz also recently landed a recurring role on the upcoming third season of NBC’s Good Girls, which has been a digital success for NBC and sibling Universal TV, which produce the series.
Cruz created a new diverse era in Hollywood with the release of her own production company, Unspoken Film. The company’s objective is to advocate for more representation of Latina women, and create more diverse opportunities in film. Jackie believes that everyone deserves representation in media, and was inspired by the misrepresentation of the scope of her people. With her production company, it was time for everyone to see more colorful Latinx on screen, and Orange couldn’t be the only show.
Jackie’s first love was always music. Returning to her music roots, she released two successful singles Melly 16 and Make Me Change, as well as spectacular video clips (Melly 16). Cruz independently produced and wrote her debut album, titled “Hija de Chavez” scheduled to release October 11, 2019. The album includes her latest singles, ‘La Hora Loca’ and ‘Melly 16,’ as well as unreleased new music.
With a large social media following as well a dedicated fan base, Jackie’s career continues to evolve. She hopes her music and film production work will create better pathways within the entertainment industry for people of Hispanic background. Jackie resides in Los Angeles and is the face of Kat Von D’s new mascara campaign.