Gabrielle Ruiz

Gabrielle Ruiz (born December 12, 1984) is an American actress best known for playing the role of Valencia Perez on The CW musical comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[1][2][3][4] Prior to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she performed in several Broadway musicals.

Gabrielle Ruiz
Born (1984-12-12) December 12, 1984 (age 35)
Edinburg, Texas, United States
Alma materOklahoma City University
Spouse(s)Philip Pisanchyn (m. 2016)

Early life and educationEdit

Gabrielle was born to Eduardo and Sylvia Ruiz in Edinburg, Texas.[citation needed] She discovered her love of performing at a young age through dance. She was trained in dance at Melba's School of Dance and the Texas Association for Teachers of Dance. She also took vocal lessons and was part of the Texas All-State Choir.[5] She attended public schools through high school, and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2007. While in college she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, OCU Rhythms, numerous musicals, work-study, and the Alpha Phi women's fraternity.[6]


After college, Ruiz landed various roles on both television and Broadway.[citation needed] Her breakthrough role was playing Valencia Perez on The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[6] Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, saw her perform in his musical In the Heights and referred her to the CXG show producers. On the basis of his recommendation, she got an audition and then landed the part.

Personal lifeEdit

On August 4, 2016, Ruiz married Philip Pisanchyn in a small private ceremony at a villa in Saint Martin.[7] They live in New York City and occasionally Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Sex, Love, and Salsa Maria Indie Film Award, Best Featured Actress
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2015-2019 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Valencia Perez Recurring (season 1), Main (seasons 2-4)
2016 Orange is the New Black Singing Inmate #2 "Power Suit"
2013 Law & Order: SVU Tina "Deadly Ambition" (2013)
2009 Sesame Street Singing Electrician "Y a Quest, Y Not?"
2007 One Life to Live Principal Dancer Episode #1.9956
Broadway/national tour roles
Title Role Theater performed
If/Then Featured, understudy Anne & Elena Richard Rodgers Theater
Evita Featured Marquis Theater
In the Heights Carla, understudy Nina & Vanessa Richard Rodgers Theater
A Chorus Line Diana Morales First National Tour


  1. ^ "'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Rebecca and Valencia have more in common than Josh Chan". 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  2. ^ Krauser, Emily (March 15, 2019). "Gabrielle Ruiz Talks Upcoming 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Finale". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  3. ^ Bradley, Laura (November 19, 2016). "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Gabrielle Ruiz Is All in for Valencia's Feminist Awakening". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  4. ^ Greenberg, Rudi (April 5, 2018). "Actress Gabrielle Ruiz loosens up for the 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' live tour". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  5. ^ "Gabrielle Ruiz of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' on Hollywood Diversity and Boxed Water". 10 March 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Gabrielle Ruiz* ~ Bio". Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  7. ^ "See Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Star Gabrielle Ruiz's Gorgeous Wedding Photos!". 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2016-08-08.