Dania Ramirez Biography

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Birth Name: Dania Ramirez
Born: 11/08/1979
Birth Place: Santo Domingo, , DO

Dominican actress Dania Ramirez is most known for her roles playing Turtle's love interest in "Entourage" and a bicycle messenger in "Premium Rush." As a kid, she reenacted telenovelas for her family and started her showbiz career as a print model in her teens before making commercials and transitioning to television and film.

The actress was born Nov. 8, 1979, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She moved to New York at age 10 and was "discovered" by a modeling recruiter while she worked at a retail store. She started taking acting classes, graduated from Montclair State University (where she was a star volleyball player), and landed some commercial work before moving to Los Angeles.

In 1997 Ramirez was cast as an extra in HBO's "Subway Stories," and she played Jay-Z's girlfriend in his 1998 music video "Streets is Watching." Several years later she landed a minor role in "She Hate Me" (2004). She also had bit parts in "Fat Albert" (2004), "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) and "Illegal Tender" (2007).

Ramirez appeared in several episodes of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "The Sopranos" before joining the cast of "Heroes" in 2007. In 2010 she starred in "Entourage." In 2012 she appeared in the films "American Reunion" and "Premium Rush," opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Ramirez married director John Beverly Amos Land in the Dominican Republic on Feb. 16, 2013.

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