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Facts About Judy Reyes That Will Make You Petition Hollywood To Cast Her More
Judy Reyes is one of those actresses that you feel personally close to, and expect her to forever be in your life. Best known for her role as Carla Espinosa on “Scrubs,” we don’t know why we don’t get more of her on the big screen.
Reyes is passionate about representation and puts her money where her mouth is, behind projects that include Latinos, written by Latinos, produced by Latinos.
“In order to get those stories told, we need more writers, more executives. It’s just so complicated because we’re multicultural, multiethnic, all different colors and all different cultures,” she tells Shondaland. “It’s not just Mexican or Puerto Rican. We’re Afro-Latinos. We’re indigenous Afro-Latinos. We’re rich, we’re poor. Oftentimes the powers that be shy away from telling that story. We have to tell them ourselves at the end of the day, in order to have greater representation.”
Let’s hear what she has to say.
Judy Reyes was born in the Bronx.
Like so many of our other favorite celebrities, Reyes was born and raised in The Bronx. Did she and J.Lo ever cross paths in the street or help Young Cardi tie her shoes? We’ll never know.
She identifies as Afro-Dominicana.
Caption: “Me and my dad Jorge Maria Reyes. Classy. Kind. Generous. Charming. Courageous. How I miss you.”
She was born a Scorpio.
Scorpio traits include an endless depth of emotion that has clearly fueled Reyes into the realm of acting. She has range.
She has a twin sister.
Her sister, Jocelyn is also an actress, and you may have even thought she was Judy the whole time Jocelyn was on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Judy Reyes has had more success in the acting world that Jocelyn, as that was her last appearance.
“Scrubs” wasn’t the first time she played a nurse.
We lovingly remember her as Nurse Carla, but have collectively forgotten her role on “Bringing Out the Dead.” Granted, it was 1999 at the time, but she proved her worth as a nurse and it paid off.
She has a daughter named Leila Rey Valencia.
She and her long-time boyfriend George Valencia had her together. She’ll be turning 10 years old this year.
Reyes dressed her daughter up as Selena for Halloween 2018.
Reyes is an outspoken feminist.
It’s not feminism if it’s not intersectional.
Caption: “Today is #LatinaEqualPayDay, when we “catch up” to what white, non-hispanic men were paid in 2017. The gap is widest for Latina workers, who on average only get 53 cents for every $1 a man is paid. The gap has widened since last year, and for some, it’s even worse. This is an injustice, and there’s still so much work to do for Latinas to be treated equally. I am #PhenomenallyLatina, and I support Latina equal pay!”
Reyes advocates even harder for women in the Dominican Republic.
Caption: “I stand with thousands of women marching in the Dominican Republic today to end the total abortion ban. It’s time for the country’s leaders to vote in favor of health, life and #DignityForDR · In the Dominican Republic, women can be sentenced to 3 years in prison for an abortion. The time is now for politicians to change this cruel law. #DignityForDR”
“My Latina point of view is just that: I’m the daughter of an immigrant. And I think [what’s been going on] is bullsh*t.”
She tells Shondaland, “I’m first generation Dominican from Dominican parents, so I can’t turn a blind eye to what’s going on in terms of immigration. It’s the least that I can do to be honest about how I feel.”
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Reyes marched with Justina Machado at The Women’s March.
Reyes and Machado are both on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot that features a relatable Cuban-American family. In it, Reyes character is met in a veteran support group and is the Lesbian 411 for Machado’s character’s newly out daughter.
She’s also making waves on TNT’s “Claws.”
In it, she plays a butch lesbian salon lookout. We learn that she went to college to become a teacher but was convicted of attempted murder after her husband stabbed her girlfriend. Yeah. You want to watch this show.
Her part as “Quiet Ann” is largely mute.
She told Shondaland that “Achieving success playing the sassy nurse on ‘Scrubs’ was the most amazing thing in terms of generating the career that I have. I get to be the sassy this and the sassy that. It makes money for people. It makes money for me. But I still want to be able to play something else. So once this opportunity to play Quiet Ann came along, I became nervous about actually speaking. I wanted to do right by her and do right by the show. I incorporated that nervousness into everything the character was going through.”
Quiet Ann is a “gift” for Reyes.
“There are issues with being curly haired or dark skin, not as ingenue as opposed to a character….Those are the frustrations that I’ve experienced a lot,” she told Modern Brown Girl. “Trying to break out of a typecast once you’ve been known as a character for so many years. Which is why I’m so grateful for Quiet Ann right now. I have a real blessing to play something completely different from anything that I’ve played before.”
Reyes is celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community for her unapologetic allyship.
Caption: “I stand in unity with LGBTQ youth of every background, race, religion, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. I refuse to allow hate and discrimination to divide us. Stand w me on #SpiritDay, today October 18. #GLAAD #SpiritDay 🏳️🌈 #clawstnt💅🏽 I stand in unity with LGBTQ youth of every background, race, religion, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. I refuse to allow hate and discrimination to divide us. Stand w me on #SpiritDay, today October 18. #GLAAD #SpiritDay 🏳️🌈 #clawstnt💅🏽”
Her Instagram might be “Claws” No. 1 Stan account.
That reads #ClawsUp and we are so here for the play on #TimesUp and just pure obsession with the show. Plus, those gold hoops. 🤩
Her favorite show growing up was “Charlie’s Angels.”
She also loved “The Love Boat” and “Three’s Company.” She’s already turning 50 years old this year.
She founded her own theater company for people of color and diverse backgrounds.
The LABrynth Theater Company (previously known as The Latino Actors Base) states its mission as “to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception.” Brava, Reyes.
She’s also been honored to play the lead in all-female cast “Devious Maids.”
Reyes says she was thrilled to be part of something based off all the novelas she grew up watching. The perks of working with so many other Latinas in a show was everything.
She credits the Latinos in her life as her inspiration.
She told “Modern Brown Girl,” “The people who gave me more inspiration were activists, other Latinos heavily involved in the theater. I came of age within in a strong theater community with a lot of diverse actors, Latinos in particular.”
Now, she’s the inspiration. Tweet this if you want more Reyes on screen.