Dominican–American actress, musician, model Jackie Cruz instyle sexy attends the amfAR Gala New York, 02/07/2018
Jackie Cruz (born August 8, 1986) is a Dominican–American actress, singer and former model. She is known for her role as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.
Cruz was born in Queens, New York, and grew up between Los Angeles and in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She was raised by a single mother, and she speaks fluent English and Spanish. Cruz was inspired to become an entertainer at the age of seven after watching Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard.
At age 16, Cruz moved out of her mother’s apartment and became homeless. When she was 17, she was the victim of a car accident where she suffered a collapsed lung, fell into a coma and required brain surgery. Her song “Sweet Sixteen” is based on the incident.