Nadine Velazquez

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Nadine Velázquez
Nadine Velazquez.jpg
Velázquez c. 2006
Born (1978-11-20) November 20, 1978 (age 41)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
OccupationActress, model
Years active2003–present
Marc Provissiero
(m. 2005; div. 2011)

Nadine E. Velázquez (born November 20, 1978) is an American actress and model known for her roles as Catalina Aruca on My Name Is Earl and Sofia Ruxin on The League. She has also appeared in films such as War and Flight, and was a cast member on the TV series Major Crimes.

Early life[edit]

Velázquez was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is of Puerto Rican descent. After graduating from Notre Dame High School for Girls,[1] she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Columbia College Chicago in 2001.[2]


Velázquez has appeared in print ads, television, and film. Her first acting role was a McDonald's commercial as a drive-through lady.[3] She was originally cast as Fernando Sucre's girlfriend, Maricruz Delgado, in the Fox television series Prison Break but took the role of Catalina Aruca in the NBC series My Name Is Earl instead. Her first film roles were in the movie War with Jet Li and Jason Statham, and in the Oxygen Network original television film Husband for Hire. She was one of the actors in the 2006 monologue show Skirts & Flirts[4]. In 2006, she was named #39 in the annual Maxim Hot 100 list.[5] Velazquez was one of the judges in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant and the host for the Miss USA 2009 pageant.

In 2011 Velazquez appeared in the pilot of ABC's Charlie's Angels as Gloria Martinez, one of Charlie's hired "Angels". Her character was killed off after a few minutes of screen time and was replaced by Minka Kelly. She appeared in a recurring role in FX's fantasy football sitcom The League and on The CW's comedy-drama Hart of Dixie.

In 2012, Velazquez appeared in the movie Flight, playing flight attendant Katerina Marquez, a supporting role opposite the main protagonist character played by Denzel Washington.[6] In 2013, Velazquez reunited with her former My Name is Earl cast members for a guest appearance in Raising Hope.[7] Velazquez joined the main cast of the TNT series Major Crimes, beginning with season two.[8] She plays Emma Rios, a DA, who is a romantic interest of Raymond Cruz's Julio Sanchez. Cruz played Paco, her boyfriend, on My Name is Earl.

Personal life[edit]

Velazquez married talent agent Marc Provissiero in 2005.[9] They divorced in 2011.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Biker Boyz Allison
2004 Blast Luna
2005 Sueño Claudia
2005 House of the Dead 2 Private Maria Rodriguez
2007 War Maria
2009 A Day in the Life Special Agent Natasha
2009 All's Faire in Love Mathilda
2010 PSA: An Important Message from Women EVERYWHERE Woman Short film
2010 Byron Jessica Short film
2012 Guitar Face Ana Lucia Short film
2012 Flight Katerina Marquez
2013 Snitch Analisa
2015 Within (Crawlspace) Melanie Alexander Direct to DVD
2015 Clarity Carmen
2016 Ride Along 2 Tasha
2016 The Bounce Back Kristin Peralta
2016 The Charnel House Charlotte Reaves
2016 Aztec Warrior Lisa
2018 Sharon 1.2.3. Sharon #2
2018 Discarnate Maya Sanchez post-production
2019 A World Away Lyra post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Bold and the Beautiful Anna
2004 The Last Ride JJ Cruz Television film
2004 Entourage Janeen Episode: "New York"
2005 Hollywood Vice Marla Flynt Television film
2005 Las Vegas Myra Gonzalez Episode: "Mothwoman"
2005–2009 My Name Is Earl Catalina Aruca 96 episodes
2007 Kings of South Beach Olivia Palacios Television film
2008 Husband for Hire Lola Television film
2009 CSI: NY Marcia Vasquez Episode: "Dead Reckoning"
2009 Gary Unmarried Sophia Episode: "Gary and Allison's Friend"
2009–2015 The League Sofia 26 episodes
2010 Scrubs Nicole Episode: "Our True Lies"
2010 CSI: Miami Sarah Walker Episode: "Sudden Death"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Linda Leon Episode: "Ko'olauloa"
2011 Charlie's Angels Gloria Martinez Episode: "Angel with a Broken Wing"
2011–2012 Hart of Dixie Didi Ruano 6 episodes
2013 Raising Hope Valentina Episode: "Making the Band"
2013 Arrested Development Rosalita Episode: "It Gets Better"
2013-2014 Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself 5 episodes
2013–2015, 2017 Major Crimes D.D.A. Emma Rios 18 episodes
2014 Killer Women Martina Alvarez Episode: "La Sicaria"
2015 Win, Lose or Love Nancy Gander Television film
2015 Love Is a Four-Letter Word Rebecca Television film
2016 Z Nation Camilla Episode: "Doc's Angels"
2017–2018 Six Jackie Ortiz 18 episodes


  1. ^ Nadine Velázquez, Actress (profile) – Cook County (IL) Clerk's Office. Archived February 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Vaccino, Steven. "Celebrity College Flashback: Nadine Velázquez," U.S. News & World Report, September 26, 2008.
  3. ^ Maxim October 8. 2008, p. 78
  4. ^ Gloria Calderon Kellett (March 14, 2006). "Skirts and Flirts Premieres at The Hudson Mainstage Theatre". Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Nadine Velazquez of 2006 Hott 100 on
  6. ^ "'Conversations with Ross, Featuring Nadine Velazquez". Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Roots, Kimberly. (January 23, 2013) Raising Hope Season 3 Cast – My Name Is Earl Reunion. TVLine. Retrieved on July 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Nadine Velazquez to be a Series Regular on TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ - Ratings. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on July 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Lina Das (August 30, 2008). "Earl's girl: Nadine Velazquez". Daily Mail. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  10. ^ Nadine Velazquez (December 29, 2013). "Nadine Velazquez's blog: Goodbye 2013". Retrieved January 7, 2013.

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