Monday, September 22, 2008

Dania Ramirez - Maya At Emmy Party, Stars In Heroes : Season 3 Premieres,Photos

Dania Ramírez (born November 8, 1979) is an actress from the Dominican Republic, most recently known for two roles on television: playing a recurring character during the last season of The Sopranos and for her current role on Heroes.

The third season of NBC's "Heroes" kicks off with a three-hour premiere Monday, and Dominican actress Dania Ramírez is set to prove that her character, Maya, is a hero too. After last season's critiques of a character that seemed to cry more than be heroic, Ramírez says that this season, Maya will represent and show her heroism. Newly introduced to the cast in the second season after a high-ratings first season, Ramírez felt Maya wasn't able to show all she was since half the season was cut due to the writers' strike.
The Latino community did support Ramírez's efforts as Maya, and last month, she walked away with an Imagen Award for her work on the show.

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Music videos

Ramírez has appeared in several music videos, including Jay-Z's Streets is Watching (1998), LL Cool J's "Hush" (2005; directed by her fiancè, Jessy Terrero]), and Santana's "Into the Night" (2007).

Films

Ramírez appeared as an extra in the HBO film Subway Stories (1997), where she met filmmaker Spike Lee who later cast her in his film, She Hate Me (2004). She was Callisto, one of The Omegas, in the comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Television

Ramírez appeared as the minor character Caridad in the final episodes of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as Blanca Selgado, a recurring role during the the sixth season of The Sopranos.

Currently, Ramirez portrays the character of Maya on the TV series Heroes.The third season of NBC's "Heroes" kicks off with a three-hour premiere Monday, and Dominican actress Dania Ramírez is set to prove that her character, Maya, is a hero too. After last season's critiques of a character that seemed to cry more than be heroic, Ramírez says that this season, Maya will represent and show her heroism. Newly introduced to the cast in the second season after a high-ratings first season, Ramírez felt Maya wasn't able to show all she was since half the season was cut due to the writers' strike.
The Latino community did support Ramírez's efforts as Maya, and last month, she walked away with an Imagen Award for her work on the show.
Dania Ramirez Filmography -

* The Fifth Commandment (2008, as "Angel")
* Brooklyn to Manhattan (2008, as "Jessica")
* Ball Don't Lie (2007, as "Carmen")
* Heroes (2007-present, as Maya Herrera)
* Illegal Tender (2007, as "Ana")
* The Sopranos (2006-2007), as "Blanca Selgado")
* X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, as "Callisto")
* Romy & Michele: In The Beginning (TV) (2005, as "Elena")
* Cross Bronx (2004, as "Maya")
* Fat Albert (2004, as "Lauri")
* She Hate Me (2004, as "Alex Guerrero")
* The Ecology of Love (2004, as "Alila")
* 25th Hour (2002, as "Daphne")

But for Ramírez, who has had roles in “The Sopranos” and “X-Men 3: The Last Stand,” playing Maya, whose supernatural skill is killing people when she cries, was still a rewarding experience.“I got a chance to play a very emotional, really heavy kind of character,” she says. “It was a great avenue for me as an actress to show the world what I can do.”And despite the negative feedback on blogs, message boards and fan sites, Maya is back on Monday’s three-hour season premiere.