CL Nation, the sizzlin’ talented Ms. Selenis LeyvaÂ from NETFLIX’s “Orange Is The New Black,” unleashes her second blog for The Huffington Post titled “What makes a REAL Woman?”
It’s up. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s a must read!
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SelenisÂ LeyvaÂ is one of the breakout stars of NETFLIX’s hit seriesÂ Orange Is The New Black, which recently won the 2015 covetedÂ Screen Actors Guild AwardÂ forÂ Best Ensemble CastÂ in aÂ Comedy Series.Â SelenisÂ will reprise her role as series regular (and fan favorite!) Gloria Mendoza when the hit series returns for a third season on June 12 and will also make history as the first Latina Governor on HBO’s Emmy-winning series,Â Veep, starring opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, later this summer.Â SelenisÂ LeyvaÂ recently wrapped production in the highly anticipated feature filmÂ â€œCUSTODYâ€, starring opposite Catalina Sandino Moreno, Viola Davis, Raul Esparza and Hayden Panettiere in NYC.
Selenis’ numerous television credits include recurring roles on hit shows likeÂ Law & Order: SVU; Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Girls, Elementary, The Following, The SopranosÂ andÂ Third Watch. On the big screen, she’s been seen inÂ Sex & The City 2, the Oscar-nominated film,Â Maria Full of Grace,Â and the animated filmsÂ Ice Age:Continental Drift, EPICÂ andÂ Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs.
A triple threat,Â SelenisÂ also has numerous acting credits on the New York Stage, including the iconic role ofÂ CELIA CRUZÂ in the off-Broadway hitÂ Celia,Â and the critically acclaimed plays Ana in theÂ TropicsÂ andÂ Dona Flor & Her 2 Husbands.Â Expanding her career furtherÂ SelenisÂ is working behind the camera as Executive Producer to her 1st indie film called “Romeo & Romeo”, release date in 2016.
Born and raised in New York City,Â SelenisÂ is a proud Latina of Cuban and Dominican descent. In addition to being the first Hispanic Ambassador for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research (her brother is a 2x cancer survior),Â SelenisÂ is also the recipient of a 2014 ALMA Award, a Special Achievement AwardÂ for breaking barriers in the arts. She is also an advocate for LGBT rights and works closely withÂ LGBT Human Rights OrganizationsÂ andÂ Anti- Bullying Campaigns.