Roselyn Sanchez recently began starring in the ABC series “Grand Hotel,” but she first wowed audiences in New Line’s 2001 blockbuster hit Rush Hour 2 starring opposite Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Portraying an undercover Secret Service Agent, Sanchez received an ALMA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
In 2013, Sanchez began starred in Marc Cherry’s hit Lifetime series “Devious Maids.” Her character, Carmen Luna, was a sensual and conniving maid to a Latin pop star looking to establish her place in the music industry as a professional singer. Produced by Eva Longoria, the show ran for four successful seasons.
In 2018, Sanchez starred in the indie thriller TRAFFIK, alongside Paula Patton, Omar Epps and William Fichtner, and in 2016, she played the lead in the Lifetime TV movie “Death of a Vegas Showgirl.” In 2012, she was featured in Relativity Media’s action thriller Act of Valor, and in 2007, she appeared opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s The Game Plan. Earlier that year, she played the lead opposite Bill Duke in Yellow, a passion project she also wrote and produced.
In 2014, Sanchez starred in the extremely successful Fox International Colombian series “Familia En Venta,” and currently she plans to executive produce an American version for FOX. She also had a major role as Elena Delgado on the hit CBS series “Without a Trace” from 2005 to 2009, which led to her first ALMA award win in 2008.
Sanchez’s other films include Boat Trip, opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Basic, with John Travolta, Sam Jackson and Giovanni Ribisi in Basic, and the Forest Whitaker produced Chasing Papi. She also starred in the independent film Nightstalker, which was loosely based on the Richard Ramirez killings in California during the 1980s, Underclassman, opposite Nick Cannon, and Edison, opposite Justin Timberlake, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J and Kevin Spacey.
After conquering the big screen, Sanchez set her sights on another dream and in 2003, she released her debut album entitled Borinqueńa. The successful debut earned her a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Music Video for the single “Amor Amor,” which she also performed at the 2004 Latin Grammy ceremony. Later she was a co-host at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards as well as a presenter at the 2014 Latin Grammys.
An entrepreneur, Sanchez is a business partner and spokesperson for the PETA organization participating in their highly successful “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign. The ad was released in both Spanish and English markets. In addition, she is the first Hispanic ambassador for Operation Smile.
Sanchez devotes her time to charity work, and has organized a unique scavenger hunt benefitting PETSOS, a non-profit focusing on ending the suffering of displaced dogs and cats in Puerto Rico. In addition, she organized the Triathlon For A Smile benefitting the San Jorge Children’s Foundation and the Fundacion Caritas Alegres
Sanchez and her husband Eric Winter reside in Studio City with their daughter, Sebella, and son, Dylan.