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Gabrielle Ruiz

Gabrielle Ruiz is currently enjoying her series regular role on CW's one-of-a-kindtelevision musical "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. " Gabrielle portrays the character ofValencia Perez, former nemesis now loyal friend to Rebecca Bunch (RachelBloom) with flair, style and originality. If you know the show, lots of excitingunhinged fun ensues as characters intertwine the story with song, which makes itas fun as it is unpredictable.

A theater darling, Gabrielle was inspired to become a professional performer at12 years of age after seeing her first Broadway show, “A Chorus Line.” Theimpact the show had on her was immeasurable. One can only imagine the joyshe felt when she got the call after college that her her first big break would be asDiana Morales performing in the First National Tour of that very same show. Thattour changed her career and sent her steadily upwards towards Broadway.Significant roles in Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In The Heights" followed as well as"Evita" with Ricky Martin, and being a part of the closing cast "If/Then” with IdinaMenzel. It was actually Miranda himself who recommended Gabrielle for the roleof Valencia in "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

Other television credits include, "Sex, Love and Salsa,” “Alone Together,” "Lawand Order SVU,” “Orange Is The New Black,” "Sesame Street" and "One Life ToLive”

In addition to acting, Gabrielle is an advocate for inspiring the next generationof professional performers with mentoring and master classes. Gabrielle is ofMexican-American decent and grew up in Edinburg, Texas. She currently residesin Los Angeles, CA.