Dania Jissel Ramirez is a Latin-American actress on television and in film. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from an early age she knew her calling to be an actress. As a child, she enjoyed reenacting telenovelas for her relatives. A modeling scout saw her working in a store at the age of 15, which led to her first acting job in an ad for soda. She later apprenticed in the Actors Workshop in N.Y.C. She relocated to L.A. to develop her acting ambition. Ramirez has had appearances in numerous music videos for artists such as LL Cool J, De La Soul, Santana, and Wisin & Yandel. She has acted in TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Heroes, 10-8: Officers on Duty, Entourage, and The Sopranos; in 1997, she was an extra in HBO film Subway Stories, which led to her encountering filmmaker Spike Lee.