Dania Ramirez (born November 8, 1979) is a Dominican TVfilm actress. She is most recently known for playing Alex in Entourage, Maya Herrera in Heroes and a recurring character during the last season of The Sopranos. She also played female antagonist Callisto in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At an early age, she decided to become an actress. As a young child, she would reenact Spanish soap operas for her family. She was discovered by a modeling scout while working in a Los Angeles convenience store at the age of 15, and was cast in a small part in a soda commercial. Later, she decided to pursue acting seriously and studied at the Actor’s Workshop in New York City under Flo Greenberg. She graduated from Montclair State University in 1999, where her volleyball talents led her to be placed among the top five in career digs, digs/game, solo blocks and total blocks. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.
Ramirez 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). Also “Cry Baby Cry” (a Santana and Sean Paul collaboration). Ramirez has also appeared in Wisin y Yandel’s Music Video Dime Que Te Paso, in which she played the main character, the wife and mother of a military man at war in Iraq who finds out her husband died at war.
Ramirez 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 sixth season of The Sopranos.
Ramirez portrayed the character of Maya on the TV series Heroes.
She also guest starred as Alex, an employee of Turtle’s, in season 7 on the TV series Entourage.