In The CW’s critically acclaimed comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Gabrielle Ruiz plays Valencia, Rebecca’s former foe and who is Josh’s ex-girlfriend who is now Rebecca’s friend and confidant.
Ruiz is of Mexican-American decent and grew up in Edinburg, Texas. The Latin Times singled Ruiz out as “7 Latina’s Who Are Killing It On TV Now,” along with Gina Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, among others.
A theater darling, Ruiz was inspired to become a professional performer at 12 years of age after seeing her first Broadway show, “A Chorus Line.” The impact the show had on Ruiz was immeasurable. One can only imagine the joy she felt when she got the call after college that her first big break would be as Diana Morales performing in the first national tour of that very same show. That tour changed her career and sent her steadily upwards towards Broadway, with significant roles in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” followed. It was actually Miranda himself who recommended Ruiz for the role of Valencia in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Ruiz also starred in “Evita” with Ricky Martin, and was a part of the closing cast “If/Then” with Idina Menzel.
Other film and television credits include “Sex, Love and Salsa,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “One Life To Live,” “Sesame Street” as well as “Orange is the New Black.”
In addition to acting, Ruiz also has a passion for inspiring the next generation of professional performers and is an advocate for arts education.
She currently resides in Los Angeles and New York.