Melonie Diaz

Melonie Diaz (born April 25, 1984) is an American film and television actress who has appeared in many independent films, including four shown at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[1] She received Independent Spirit Awards nominations for performances in films A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) and Fruitvale Station (2013). She currently appears as the leading role of witch Mel Vera on the reboot television series Charmed.

Melonie Diaz
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Diaz at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 37)
Years active2001–present

Early lifeEdit

Diaz was born in New York City, and was raised along with her elder sister on the Lower East Side, by parents of Puerto Rican descent.[2][3] She became interested in acting at the Henry Street Settlement and subsequently attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.

She completed a degree in Film Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has made numerous off-Broadway and workshop appearances including Medea at the Bullet Space, the Hip Hop Theater Festival at P.S. 122, and the New York City Fringe Festival.


Diaz introducing the film Be Kind Rewind at the 2008 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

She started her film career with a supporting role in Tom DiCillo's Double Whammy (2001) and later landed roles in Jim McKay and Hannah Weyer's From an Objective Point of View and Peter Sollett's Raising Victor Vargas (both 2002). Television work at this time included an episode of Law & Order and a pilot for Queens Supreme (both 2003).

Her breakthrough roles came as Blanca in Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown (2005) and as Laurie in Dito Montiel's A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) which earned her an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Supporting Female. She was subsequently cast by Jamie Babbit in the lead role of Anna in Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007) as well as a role in Hamlet 2, Be Kind Rewind, and also played Christina in American Son in 2008.

She appeared in the Mary J. Blige video "We Got Hood Love" which debuted on May 10, 2010.

In 2012, she starred in the indie romantic comedy, She Wants Me with Josh Gad and Kristen Ruhlin. In a hyped-up, Woody Allen, Annie Hall-type film, she plays a girl who gets caught in a love triangle between aspiring artists and a celebrity.

In 2013, she appeared in Fruitvale Station, a film based on the shooting of Oscar Grant. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic. The film had its international premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it played in the Un Certain Regard section and won the Un Certain Regard Best First Film award. For her work in the movie she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.

She has expressed a desire to return to Tisch in order to complete her degree in filmmaking, citing director Kathryn Bigelow as an inspiration.[4]

Diaz with Charmed co-stars at the 2018 Comic-Con

In 2014 she appeared briefly on an episode of Girls as Susan, a friend of Jessa Johansson's. That same year she appeared in Ryan Piers Williams' film X/Y alongside America Ferrera as well as The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler.

In February 2018, Diaz was cast in the lead role of Mel Vera in The CW's fantasy drama series Charmed, a reboot of the 1998 series of the same name.[5] The reboot "centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches".[6][7]

Diaz co-starred in the dystopian thriller The First Purge, the prequel to 2013's The Purge and the fourth installment in The Purge franchise.[8][9][10][11] The film was released July 4, 2018.[12][13][14]



Year Film Role Notes
2001 Double Whammy Maribel Benitez
2002 From an Objective Point of View Kelly
2002 Raising Victor Vargas Melonie
2005 Lords of Dogtown Blanca
2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Young Laurie Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2006 Emil Unnamed Actress
2007 Itty Bitty Titty Committee Anna
2007 Remember the Daze Brianne
2007 Feel the Noise Mimi
2008 American Son Cristina
2008 I'll Come Running Veronica
2008 Assassination of a High School President Clara
2008 Be Kind Rewind Alma
2008 Hamlet 2 Ivonne
2008 Nothing like the Holidays Marissa
2012 She Wants Me Gwen
2012 Supporting Characters Liana
2012 Save the Date Isabelle
2013 Fruitvale Station Sophina Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
2014 X/Y Jen
2014 The Cobbler Carmen
2016 Ghost Team Ellie
2016 The Belko Experiment Dany Wilkins
2017 And Then I Go Ms. Meier
2018 Gringo Mia
2018 All About Nina Gloria
2018 The First Purge Juani


Year Series Role Notes
2003 Queens Supreme Mr. Diaz's Daughter Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Law & Order Bettina Episode: "Ill-Conceived"
2010 Nip/Tuck Ramona Perez 3 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Ivonne Hernandez Episode: "Manhunt"
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Mia Episode: "When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang"
2011 Person of Interest Paula Vasquez Episode: "Number Crunch"
2012 Ro Ro 6 episodes
2014 Girls Susan Episode: "Dead Inside"
2016 The Breaks Damita Main role
2017 Room 104 Meg Episode: "Ralphie"
Nominated — Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television
2017 Elementary Tanya Episode: "Hurt Me, Hurt You"
2018–present Charmed Mel Vera Main role
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi[15]


  1. ^ Keeps, David A. (2008-01-25). "Melonie Diaz: This year's Queen of Sundance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  2. ^ Melodie Diaz from Papermag 11 September 2009
  3. ^ Terrero, Nina (16 July 2013). ""Fruitvale Station" actress Melonie Diaz shares why film speaks to race relations today". NBC Latino.
  4. ^ "Melonie Diaz". Vanity Fair. July 14, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Swift, Andy (March 25, 2018). "Charmed Reboot: How Does The CW's Pilot Compare to the Original Series?". TVLine. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 20, 2018). "Charmed: Melonie Diaz Cast as Lesbian Witch Mel in CW Reboot". TVLine. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 20, 2018). "Charmed: Melonie Diaz Cast As A Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "WATCH: Trailer For The First Purge Shows Us A Deadly Origin Story". Awards Circuit. April 6, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Burke, Carolyn (April 6, 2018). "The First Purge Trailer & Poster Want to Make America Great". Screen Rant. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 20, 2018). "CW's Charmed Reboot Pilot Casts Fruitvale Station Star Melonie Diaz". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Erbland, Kate (January 31, 2018). "The First Purge Teaser Trailer Will Make America Great Again, Complete With Government-Sanctioned Murder — Watch". Indiewire. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Ridgely, Charlie (January 30, 2018). "The First Purge Gets Official Poster and Release Date". Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  13. ^ The First Purge at Metacritic
  14. ^ Sokol, Tony (April 6, 2018). "The First Purge Trailer and Release Date". Den of Geek. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (19 June 2019). "Teen Choice Awards: Shadowhunters, Riverdale, The Flash Lead Nominations". TV Line.

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