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Jessica Pimentel is an American actress whose parents were immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She is latina, of mixed heritage including Taino native American. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

She portrays Maria Ruiz in Orange Is the New Black.

Early Life and Career[edit | edit source]

She is a graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts (a.k.a. Fame) in New York City and the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she was a member of the professional acting company. She has traveled around the United States and Japan as both a classical violinist and lead singer of metal band Alekhine's Gun. She was in the American Stage production of the Pulitzer prize winning play Anna in the Tropics and in the Shakespeare Theater's production of a A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings adapted by Nilo Cruz. Also featured in Pride and Glory with Colin Farrell, directed by Gavin O'Connor and Illegal Tender directed by Franc Reyes and produced by John Singleton

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • She is the singer of a death/groove metal band named Alekhine's Gun and the bassist of another heavy metal band called Desolate.
  • She is currently dating Meshuggah's Drummer Tomas Haake as revealed here.
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