Latinas have come to stay in Hollywood and they have only made it better with their talent, beauty, and accents, so movie fans often come back to see more. Besides her physical beauty, Judy Reyes is a Latina who knows her onion when it comes to portraying characters perfectly. The New York-born star hasn’t held back a bit from her debut in 1992 until her big breakthrough in 2001 with the series Scrubs, she has only gotten better with age, as fans will surely testify.
Judy is still active to no small degree, but because of her expertise and physical charm, fans often wonder what is going on in her private life off-screen. The answers to these and other questions can be found here.
Judy Reyes: Biography
The actress, known for her outstanding performance of Carla Espinosa in the ABC’s medical sitcom Sitcom Scrubs, was born on November 5, 1967, in the Bronx, New York. Her parents are Dominican immigrants in the USA and have three other daughters. Growing up was somewhat idyllic for the actress, who completed her college education at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Judy Reyes’ acting career really began after she graduated college in the 1990s. As is often the case with many actors, she started out on television with guest appearances in series and shows that received good reviews. She had short appearances in series like Law and Order, NYPD Blue, and The Sopranos. She kept the smaller appearances until she was cast as Nurse Carla Espinosa in Scrubs. The show was her big breakthrough to fame, especially because she had a lead role that ran from 2001 to 2009.
While “Scrubs” lasted, she also starred in numerous television movies on the Lifetime Network. At the end of Scrubs, other series followed in lighter roles until her next major role in the movie Gun Hill Road, a drama set in her hometown of The Bronx. If her role as Carla made her popular, her portrayal of a single mother in a troubled relationship with her estranged husband after his time in prison was certainly the push she needed to make a name for herself.
After she had proven herself in the industry, other roles followed in Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five (1998), Washington Heights (2002), and more. She kept up the flow with movies and in 2012 she was regularly cast in Marc Cherry’s comedy-drama Devious Maids as Zoila Diaz, an elderly maid, in a series. However, the series was canceled in 2016.
The Devious Maids series was canceled, but there was enough time for the directors to love Judy Reyes because two weeks later she received a call to play the lead role in the TNT drama Claws. Most recently she played the role of Eva in Succession, an HBO series that premiered in 2018.
As mentioned above, Judy Reyes has Spanish roots; although she was born in New York, her parents were originally from the Dominican Republic but had moved to the Bronx where they had Judy and her sisters. Therefore, the actress is a Latina as they come; this is supported by the fact that some time ago she won the American Latino Media Arts Award (ALMA), formerly known as the NCLR Bravo Award – it is a recognition of the best American Latino contributions to music, television, and film.
Husband and Kids
The beautiful actress has a colorful relationship history, which is only to be expected as she has incredibly good genes and excellent prospects. In 1997 Judy Reyes, who was then 30 years old, married for the first time a certain Edwin M. Figueroa, with whom she was together for a while. The marriage lasted 11 years but ended in divorce in 2008 without any children between them.
Barely a few months after the divorce was finalized, the curvaceous actress immediately threw herself back into the dating game and started a relationship with the writer and director George Valencia. A year later, in 2009, the couple welcomed a daughter together and named her Lelia Rey Valencia.
The love between Judy and George has lasted for over a decade now, but they seem really hesitant to make their marriage official.
Family – Twin
Since Judy Reyes is descended from roots that value family and close ties, she did not go too far. She has a very close relationship with her immediate family and her parents. She has three sisters, two of whom are actresses like herself, Fidias Reyes – the oldest, a younger sister whose name has not been revealed, and a fraternal twin sister named Joselin Reyes.
Joseline may not be as well established in the industry as her sister, but she has recorded some interesting performances in shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), and in movies like Messengers (2004) and Instant Family (2018).
Through the many hats she wears as an actress and producer, among other things, Judy Reyes has earned a respectable sum of money, which can only be expected, especially with her regular use in Scrubs. From all her work and as one of the founding members of the Labyrinth Theatre Company in Manhattan, the actress has an estimated net worth of $6 million.