Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC sitcom Scrubs (2001–2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–2016). As of 2017, she stars as Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas in the TNT crime comedy-drama, Claws.
Reyes in 2013
|Born||November 5, 1967|
Edwin M. Figueroa
(m. 1997; div. 2008)
Reyes was born in The Bronx, New York, to Dominican immigrants, and has three sisters, including a twin sister named Joselin, who played a paramedic on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Reyes grew up on Bainbridge Avenue, from the age of 13 to the age of 25-26. She attended Hunter College in Manhattan, where she began her acting career.
In the early 1990s, Reyes began her television career with guest starring roles in number of shows, including Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and The Sopranos. She also had a recurring role in Oz as Tina Rivera. She is best known for her portrayal of nurse Carla Espinosa on the NBC comedy Scrubs from 2001 to 2009. She has starred in a number of made for television movies, primarily for Lifetime network, including Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (2008), and The Pregnancy Project (2012).
After leaving Scrubs, Reyes guest-starred in several shows, including Castle, Medium, Off the Map, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2011, she starred as a mother dealing with her estranged husband's return into her life after his stint in prison in the independent drama Gun Hill Road. The film is set in Reyes' native Bronx, and its title refers to a real-life street that intersects Bainbridge Avenue on which Reyes herself grew up. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Reyes also had small supporting roles in several films, including Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Washington Heights (2002), and Dirty (2005).
In 2012, Reyes was cast as series regular Zoila Diaz, the senior maid, in the ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry. On May 14, 2012, the series was not picked up by ABC, but on June 22, 2012, Lifetime ordered a run of thirteen episodes. The series premiered June 23, 2013. The Devious Maids finale episode aired on August 8, 2016. Two weeks following the show's cancellation, Reyes was cast opposite Niecy Nash in the TNT crime comedy-drama, Claws. The series premiered on June 11, 2017.
|1992||Law & Order||Maria Barragon||Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"|
|1992||Jack and His Friends||Rosie|
|1993||Street Justice||Jody||Episode: "Countdown"|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Laura Montero||Episode: "Only You"|
|1994||New York Undercover||Helena||Episode: "After Shakespeare"|
|1996||NYPD Blue||Anna Ortiz||Episode: "Where'd the Van Gogh?"|
|1996||The Prosecutors||Maria Valquez||TV Movie|
|1996||No Exit||Maria Lentini||Direct-to-video|
|1997||Cosby||Episode: "About My Life"|
|1997||Nothing Sacred||Maritza||Episodes: "Proofs for the Existence of God" and "Song of Songs"|
|1998||Went to Coney Island||Waitress|
|1999||Mind Prey||Det. Vega||TV Movie|
|1999||Bringing Out the Dead||ICU Nurse|
|2000||The Sopranos||Michelle||Episode: "From Where to Eternity"|
|2000||King of the Jungle||Lydia Morreto|
|2001||100 Centre Street||Olivia||Episode: "Things Change"|
|2001||Third Watch||Gina Fuentes||Episodes: "Requiem for a Bantamweight" and "Unfinished Business"|
|2001||WW 3||Maria Cruz||TV Movie|
|1999–2002||Oz||Tina Rivera||5 episodes|
|2003||Blue's Clues||Carmen||Episode: "Blue's Big Car Trip"|
|2004||King of the Corner||Nurse Kathleen Delehant|
|2005||Strong Medicine||Jane Lopez||Episode: "Family Practice"|
|2006||Our House||Billy||TV Movie|
|2008||Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee||Vanessa Dupree||TV Movie|
|2008||Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story||Luz Cuevas||TV Movie|
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television
|2009||Castle||Theresa Candela||Episode: "Little Girl Lost"|
|2001–2009||Scrubs||Nurse Carla Espinosa||Series regular, 169 episodes|
ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated - ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series (2002, 2009)
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2005, 2007)
|2009||Hawthorne||Vita Gonzalez||Episode: "No Guts, No Glory"|
|2010||Medium||Jane Livingston||Episode: "Native Tongue"|
|2011||Gun Hill Road||Angela Rodriguez|
|2011||Off the Map||Eva Moran||Episodes: "It's Good" and "Es Un Milagro"|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Inez Rivera||Episode: "Blood Brothers"|
|2012||The Pregnancy Project||Juana||TV Movie|
Nominated - Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television
|2012||Happily Divorced||Teresa||Episode: "Teresa"|
|2013–2016||Devious Maids||Zoila Diaz||Series regular, 48 episodes|
Nominated-Imagen Award for Best Actress - Television (2014, 2015)
|2015-2017, 2019||Jane the Virgin||Dina Milagro||Recurring role|
|2015||iZombie||Lola Abano||Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare a Brain? "|
|2015||Fresh Off the Boat||Mindy Torres||Episode: "Good Morning Orlando"|
|2016||Blue Bloods||Coryna Garza||Episode: "For the Community"|
|2017–2019||One Day At A Time||Ramona||4 episodes|
|2017||The Circle||Congresswoman Santos|
|2017||Search Party||Deb||3 episodes|
|2017–present||Claws||Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas||Series regular|
|2018||Succession||Eva||Episodes: "Shit Show at the Fuck Factory", "Lifeboats" and "Sad Sack Wasp Trap"|
|2018||Dirty John||Verga||Episodes: "Red Flags and Parades" and "Remember It Was Me"|
|2019||Better Things||Lala||2 episodes|
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- Hernandez, Lee (January 24, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Judy Reyes Stars in 'Gun Hill Road' at Sundance Film Festival". Latina.
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- Caldwell, Sarah (April 10, 2013). "Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' comes to Lifetime this summer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
- "Devious Maids - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 1, 2016). "'Devious Maids' Canceled: No Season 5 For Lifetime Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- Stanhope, Kate (September 12, 2016). "Judy Reyes Joins TNT's Nail Salon Dramedy 'Claws' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2017.