Justina Machado Biography
Justina Machado is an American actress best known for her role as Darci Factor in the CW show Jane the Virgin. Machado is known for her roles as Vanessa Diaz on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under, and also as Brenda on the drama Queen of the South.
She stars as Penelope Alvarez on the Netflix show, One Day at a Time 2017.
Machado attended Lane Tech from where she graduated in 1990 and moved to New York City. Having gained experience as a performer with the Latino Chicago Theater Company helped open the doors for her in that city. She was soon offered a job as a professional actress in Los Angeles, California.
She then moved to Los Angeles landing her first two acting roles. Machado was cast as “Elsa” in the TV series NYPD Blue episode #311. She was then cast as “Val Cho” in the movie made for television No One Would Tell.
Justina Machado Age
Machado was born on September 6, 1972, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S (46 years old as of 2018).
Justina Machado Family | Justina Machado Siblings
Machado was born the eldest of five children. Her parents had moved to Chicago from Puerto Rico where they had two children. Justina’s parents finally divorced, her mother remarried and had three children. Machado iwas raised Catholic and had a traditional quinceañera. Having grown up on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Machado said her family was poor.
Justina Machado Husband | Justina Machado Spouse
Machado has been romantically involved with award-winning producer, writer, and actor Emanuel Gironi. She has also dated actor Christian Svensson in 2003.
Justina Machado Kids
Machado has no kids yet.
Justina Machado Career
Machado appeared as a character named Sunny Estrada in the Canadian television series 1-800-Missing.
She appeared as Claudia Diaz in nine episodes of the TV series ER also appeared in Body of Proof as villainess Emily Burrows.
She has received positive reviews for her role as a single mother raising two children and struggling with PTSD after serving in Afghanistan in the 2017 remake of One Day at a Time.
Machado also appeared in the music video for TLC’s song “Damaged”. It is the third single from their fourth studio album 3D, about a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship and unsure of what to do with her life.
Justina Machado Six Feet Under
She auditioned for the TV series Six Feet Under and was cast as Vanessa Diaz, originally a supporting character, later evolving into one of the series’ main characters. Juanita and her castmates were honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” the series completed its final season in 2005.
Justina Machado One Day At A Time
Machado stars as Penelope Francisca del Carmen Riera Inclán Ruiz Maribona de Alvarez who is a United States Army Nurse Corps veteran and mother of Alex and Elena. Penelope works as a nurse for Dr. Leslie Berkowitz.
Justina Machado Jane The Virgin
Machado has a recurring role in the third and fourth seasons of Jane the Virgin as Darci Factor.
Justina Machado Queen Of The South
Justina recurred as Brenda in the USA series, Queen of the South.
Justina Machado In The Heights
Machado was the first replacement for Andréa Burns in Broadway’s In the Heights.
Justina Machado Angel
Machado potrays Jo in Angel. Jo is a woman whose baby was intended to become a great force of good. She was then protected from evil demons by Kamal, a Prio Motu Demon. Six months before meeting Angel she was then working the register at Costco.
Justina Machado Devious Maids
She recurred on Devious Maids as Zoila’s sister, Reina.