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Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz

Actress, Musician

Currently starring on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black"





2015 Levo 100 Honoree: Rising Stars

Levo 100 celebrates inspiring Millennials who are transforming the world as we know it. The Rising Stars category recognizes those who strengthen and advance existing organizations—field experts and intrapreneurs impacting leading companies and industries from the inside.

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Orange is the New Black


I play cult favorite character tough girl Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales on the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black. I knew we were making history after I watched the first season. I had never seen, growing up or until this day, a show with such a diverse cast and especially women—all of these wonderful colors and sizes. That is not the particular Hollywood beauty that I imagined and saw growing up, and now I get to be one of them. It’s just really beautiful; we are making history with not only our show, but also streaming [television]. We are paving the way and it’s just really awesome, especially being a Latina woman.


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On Being a Latina Role Model

All Latinas are different. Different sizes, different colors. Some of us are born in America, like me, and that’s what Flaca is. I love [that] that’s on TV. The Latinos are proud of me, that’s crazy. They’re just happy that it’s finally happening. What I love about it is they’re real people like me or you.

Read the full Vulture interview here.

Cruising Through Diversity

I spoke at TEDxLausanneWomen about struggle and determination and how to achieve your dreams, no matter how large or small.

You can’t control anything. I’ve learned not to judge men and women who are in prison just never know. That’s what’s so great about this show and this story: You connect with each and every character, because they’re just normal people, like us.

I have been singing for a very long time. Check out some of my music here.

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My Musical Influences

I absolutely love Etta James, Tracy Chapman, Elvis Costello, and Fiona Apple to name a few. My character also has a passion for music. I have been listening to The Smiths, Depeche Mode, and Erasure, so I have a wide selection now. I am kinda obsessed with Allen Stone and James Bay.

Read my full Nylon interview here.
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