Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva

Actress/Author/Activist

Selenis Leyva is best known for starring as tough-as-nails/head of the kitchen Gloria Mendoza on all seven seasons of the Netflix critically acclaimed series “Orange Is the New Black.” She recently starred alongside Michael B. Jordan in the global smash hit “Creed III” and can currently be seen starring as Rosie alongside George Lopez in the NBC comedy “Lopez vs. Lopez.”

Prior to this, Selenis starred alongside John Boyega and Connie Britton in the Bleecker Street drama “Breaking” which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award (Best Indie Film) and won the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. She also won a 2021 Gracie Award for her work on the Disney + original series “Diary of a Future President,” which honors standout women in the entertainment and news programming that addressed timely topics and social issues.

Selenis most recently promoted the release of her memoir, “MY SISTER, How One Sibling’s Transition Changes Us Both” which was published through Bold Type Books. Written with her sister Marizol, a transgender woman and advocate, the book is told from both women’s perspectives…about growing up in the Bronx, Marizol’s transition and more broadly… family, love, and the path to self-realization. Selenis is also an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights, and often is invited to college campuses to speak on diversity and inclusion. She was awarded the Anti-Violence Project’s 2016 Courage Award and the Stonewall Community Foundation’s 2016 Vision Award for inspiring visibility, advocacy and outspoken support for the transgender community.

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