Roselyn Sanchez

Roselyn Sanchez

Birth name: Roselyn Sánchez Rodríguez
Born: April 2, 1973
Age: 51
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Roselyn Sánchez (born April 2, 1973) is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, model, actress, producer and writer. She is known for her roles as FBI agent Elena Delgado in the CBS police procedural Without a Trace (2005-09), and as Carmen Luna in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013-present). In film, Sánchez has appeared in Rush Hour 2 (2001), Boat Trip (2002), The Game Plan (2007), and Act of Valor (2012).


Early life

Born Roselyn Sánchez Rodríguez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is the youngest of four siblings, having three older brothers. She received her primary education in San Juan. At a young age, she showed an interest in both dancing and acting and would put on shows for her family. Sánchez enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico, where like her father and brothers she was to study marketing. However, this was not her calling and after three years she left the course. In 1991, at the age of 18, Sánchez moved to New York City, where she took classes in dancing, acting and singing. She returned to Puerto Rico, and in 1992 she made her movie debut, having landed a small part as an island girl in the movie Captain Ron, which was partly filmed in Puerto Rico, starring Martin Short and Kurt Russell.


In Puerto Rico, Sánchez gained public attention as a dancer and as co-host of a variety show called Qué Vacilón. At that time, in 1993, Sánchez won the Miss Puerto Rico Petite contest, and in 1994 she won the international title of Miss American Petite, bringing her international fame. Sánchez has been named to numerous annual lists of beautiful women including Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" in 2001, 2002 and 2006;'s "Top 99 Most Desirable Women" in 2005 and 2006; and FHM's "100 Sexiest Women" in 2005 and 2006.

In 2001, Sánchez was cast as Isabella Molina, an undercover United States Secret Service agent who was Jackie Chan's love interest in the hit movie Rush Hour 2. In 2003, she played the role of Lorena in the movie Chasing Papi, starring alongside Jaci Velasquez and Sofia Vergara. Sánchez has acted in some 20 movies, including as Maria in Edison and as Karen Lopez in Underclassman. She starred in the Puerto Rican film Cayo, released in 2005.

In 2003, her first musical recording, Borinqueña, was released. The album's first single, "Amor Amor", gained a lot of attention as well as a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. She appeared in Craig David's music videos "Hidden Agenda" and "Personal" and in the Fabolous video for the song "Make Me Better".

In the fall of 2005, Sánchez joined the cast of the CBS television series Without a Trace, where she played Agent Elena Delgado to 2009. She composed the musical Yellow, about a singer/dancer/actress who leaves Puerto Rico to hit the big time in New York, in which she played the principal part. The movie was filmed in 2005 and released in 2007. Also in 2007, she acted as Monique, the ballet teacher, in The Game Plan, and in 2009, starred in The Perfect Sleep, a neo-noir drama, co-starring Patrick Bauchau, Tony Amendola, Isaac Singleton, and Peter Lucas.

In 2012, Sánchez was cast opposite Ana Ortiz of ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry.On May 14, 2012, the pilot was not picked to series by ABC for the 2012-13 United States network schedule. However, on June 22, 2012, Lifetime picked up the pilot with a thirteen-episode order. The series premiered June 23, 2013, on Lifetime.

Personal life

Sánchez was married from August 9, 1998, to April 15, 2001, to the English actor, former boxer and former model Gary Stretch. After her divorce, she started a relationship with Puerto Rican salsa singer Víctor Manuelle. However, in December 2005, she announced that she had ended their relationship; the separation was amicable. She married actor Eric Winter on 29 November 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In August, 2011, Sánchez announced that she and Winter were expecting their first child together. They welcomed daughter Sebella Rose Winter on January 4, 2012.

Sánchez is a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. She recently appeared nude in a PETA ad in support of anti-fur campaign efforts. She is the spokesperson of the Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which assists sick children from poor families.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Captain Ron Clarise, Island Girl
1999 Held Up Trina
2001 Rush Hour 2 Isabella Molina
2002 Boat Trip Gabriella
2002 Nightstalker Gabriella Martinez
2003 Basic Nunez
2003 Chasing Papi Lorena
2004 Larceny Angela
2005 State Property 2 D.A.
2005 Underclassman Karen Lopez
2005 Cayo Young Julia
2005 Edison Maria
2005 Shooting Gallery Jezebel Black Direct-to-video
2006 Yellow Amaryllis Campos Also writer and producer
2007 The Game Plan Monique Vasquez
2007 Rush Hour 3 Isabella Molina Cameo in deleted scene from DVD
2009 The Perfect Sleep Porphyria
2010 Venus & Vegas Kristen
2012 Act of Valor Morales
2016 Mothers Day Jessica In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996-1997 As the World Turns Pilar Domingo Recurring role
1997-1998 Fame L.A. Lili Arguelo Series regular, 21 episodes
1999 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Kim Veras 2 episodes
2000 Nash Bridges Belinda Cruz 2 episodes
2002 Miss Miami Unknown role Pilot
2002 In-Laws Dani Episode: "If You Can't Stand the Heat"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Maria Episode: "Drew Tries Hot Salsa"
2003-2004 L.A. Dragnet Det. Elana Macias 3 episodes
2005 Kojak ADA Carmen Warrick Series regular, 10 episodes
2005-2009 Without a Trace Elena Delgado Series regular, 89 episodes
2009 Royal Pains Sofia Santos Episode: "Crazy Love"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Assistant District Attorney Valerie Hudson Episode: "Can I Get a Witness?"
2012 Desperate Housewives Carmen Luna Episode: "Finishing the Hat" (cameo)
2013-present Devious Maids Carmen Luna Series regular
2014 Familia En Venta Lili Series regular


  • 2003: Borinqueña


Year Single Peak chart positions Album(s)
U.S. Hot 100 U.S.
U.S. Latin Pop
2003 "Amor Amor" 38 6 32 Borinqueña
"Noche De Verano"


Year Association Category Work Result
2006 Black Reel Awards Black Reel Award for Best Actress - Television Kojak Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2007 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Television Series Without a Trace Nominated
2009 Year in TV Drama Actress Without a Trace Nominated
2012 ALMA Awards ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Drama/Adventure Act of Valor Nominated

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