BiographyGloria Garayua was born and raised in the Bronx in New York City. She attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School where she first started acting as the Angel in her kindergarden school play, followed by a new play every year! Later, she attended St. Catharine’s Academy High school, where she participated in school plays and choir performances, as well as being active in the drama, music, and ecology clubs. She received her B.F.A. in Acting from Long Island University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. In college, Gloria’s portrayal of Ariel in “The Tempest” earned her an Irene Ryan Nomination where she placed as the 1st National Alternate!
Breaking OutImmediately after college, she embarked on 1 national tour (“Great Scientists Throughout the Ages” by the National Theatre for the Performing Arts), and 2 regional tours “Halfway There” with the Periwinkle National Theatre Company, and various plays in repertoire with the George Street Playhouse Touring Company. Afterwards she settled back to NYC where she worked consistently in theatre doing both plays and musical theatre throughout the NY and NJ area, while constantly in acting and dance classes. In NYC, Gloria landed the role of “J” in NYC’s Off-Off-Broadway hit “Mono” (Critic’s Pick of the week by Time Out NY, Paper Magazine, and NY Magazine in 2004).
In 2004, while still living in NYC, Gloria was cast in “Two Sisters and a Piano” by Nilo Cruz at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA. Having had great success in NYC, she tried her luck on the west coast. That was not a bad idea. Immediately, Gloria got an audition for Jim Carrey’s “Fun With Dick and Jane” starring himself and Tea Leoni, and Gloria landed the role of “Blanca”, Mr. Carrey’s nanny. It was Gloria’s FIRST Los Angeles audition!!! Then, she went on to book a Guest Star in the long running TV drama series NYPD Blue. That was Gloria’s SECOND audition! The rest is history!
Starring RolesGloria has gone on to book Guest Starring roles in the following shows:
- ABC’s “Castle”, “CougarTown” (recurring as “Rosa”), “Desperate Housewives”, “NYPD Blue”
- CBS’ “Cold Case”, "NCIS: LA", "Criminal Minds", and 2 pilots: “3 Lbs.”, and “The Apostles”.
- NBC’s “ER”, “Life”, “Joey”.
- TNT’s “Raising The Bar”, "Legends", "Rizzoli & Isles" and 2 pilots: “Bird Dog” and "Southland"
- Showtime’s “Shameless”, “Weeds” (Recurring as “Reyna”)
- FX’s “The Shield”, "Legends", "Anger Management", and "Snowfall"
- Disney’s “Imagination Movers”
- Lifetime’s “Strong Medicine”
- HBO’s “Six Feet Under”
- Fox's "Bones"
- TV One: "Love That Girl"
Studio FilmsShe continues her success in such studio films as:
Sony Classics’ “Mother and Child” directed by Rodrigo Garcia and starring Annette Bening, Jimmy Smitts, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Lakeshore Entertainment’s “Henry Poole Is Here”, directed by Mark Pellington and starring Luke Wilson, George Lopez, Cheryl Hines, and Adriana Barraza.
You might remember her as Katherine Heigl’s intern Intern Graciella in Seasons 4, 5, and 6 of ABC’s hit prime time show by Shonda Rhimes, “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Webseries"Fixing Paco" - AMAZING NEWS: Fixing Paco was nominated for an IMAGEN Award for Best Webseries in 2013 and 2014! She was the LEAD in that!!
Extra Curricular ActivitiesGloria speaks fluent Spanish and intermediate French, and plays beginner piano. She enjoys reggaeton music, and reading books for her book club, drinking coffee and milk chocolate anything!
Gloria has worked as an acting coach in Los Angeles from 2005 until Present day, teaching many school children of the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the Fine Arts Conservatory held at the campus of Cal State LA.