Nov. 5th, 1967
Bronx, New York, USA
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Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC sitcom Scrubs (2001-2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–present).
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, 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 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 the return into her life of her estranged husband 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 and 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 in 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.
Reyes was married to writer/director Edwin M. Figueroa for 11 years before they divorce. Reyes and her boyfriend George Valencia have a daughter, Leila Rey (b. November 27, 2009).
- One of four daughters, three of whom are actors.
- In the Fall of 2006 she broke her hip, hence affecting the way some of her shots had to be filmed sitting down on _"Scrubs" (2001)_ (qv).This is most noticeable in the episode "My Musical" where she was filmed sitting during most of the episode except with the song "Dominican" which was filmed 5 weeks later than the rest of the show when she had fully healed.
- Has been in "NYPD Blue" along with 3 other members of the _"Scrubs" (2001)_ (qv) cast - 'Sam Lloyd (I)' (qv), 'Ken Jenkins (I)' (qv), and 'Neil Flynn' (qv).
- Fraternal twin sister of 'Joselin Reyes' (qv).
- Has played a nurse in both the television series _"Scrubs" (2001)_ (qv) and the film _Bringing Out the Dead (1999)_ (qv).
- Sister of 'Fidias Reyes' (qv).
- She became interested in acting while attending Hunter College in Manhattan, New York. She is a founding member of the Labyrinth Theatre Company, a multi-cultural acting space in Manhattan.
- Won the 2006 Outstanding Actress on a TV Show ALMA award for her role in _Scrubs_.