Roselyn Sánchez
Roselyn Sánchez
as Gigi Mendoza

Actor Biography

Roselyn Sánchez first wowed audiences in New Line's 2001 blockbuster hit Rush Hour 2, starring opposite Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan as Isabella Molina, an undercover Secret Service agent. She received an ALMA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

After starring in all four seasons of Lifetime's Devious Maids, produced by Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, Sánchez will be transitioning into her next television role on ABC's new series Grand Hotel, which is based on the successful Spanish format and will also be executive produced by Longoria. She will portray Gigi Mendoza, the impossibly stylish, fiercely loyal and deviously cunning wife to the Grand Hotel owner Santiago Mendoza, played by Demián Bichir.

This past April, Sánchez was featured in the Lionsgate thriller Traffic, alongside Paula Patton and Omar Epps. She produced and starred in the 2016 Lifetime movie, Death of a Vegas Showgirl. In 2012, she was featured in Relativity Media's action thriller Act of Valor, which opened at No. 1; and appeared opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney's The Game Plan, which also opened at No. 1 in 2007. Earlier that year, Sánchez played the lead opposite Bill Duke in Yellow, a passion project that she also wrote and produced.

In 2014, Sánchez starred in the extremely successful Fox International Colombian series Familia en Venta, and she will now be executive producing an American version for FOX. She also had a major role as Elena Delgado on the hit CBS television series Without a Trace, from 2005 through 2009, which led to her first ALMA Award win in 2008.

Sánchez's other film credits include the romantic comedy Boat Trip, starring opposite Cuba Gooding Jr.; Basic, starring opposite John Travolta, Sam Jackson and Giovanni Ribisi, and directed by John McTiernan for Sony Pictures; and the romantic comedy Chasing Papi, produced by Forest Whitaker for FOX 2000. She also starred in the independent film Nightstalker, loosely based on the Richard Ramirez killings in California during the 1980s and received its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; Miramax's Underclassman, starring opposite Nick Cannon; and played the love interest of LL Cool J in Edison, with Justin Timberlake, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J and Kevin Spacey.

After conquering the big screen, Sánchez set her sights on another dream of hers. In 2003, she released her debut album entitled "Borinqueña." She was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Music Video for the single "Amor Amor," which she performed at the 2004 Latin GRAMMY® ceremony. Sánchez was a co-host at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, as well as a presenter at the 2014 Latin GRAMMY® Awards.

Also an entrepreneur, Sánchez 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, Sánchez is the first Hispanic ambassador for Operation Smile.

Sánchez devotes her time to charity work, organizing a unique scavenger hunt competition benefitting Pet SOS, a nonprofit to end the suffering of displaced dogs and cats in Puerto Rico. A couple years ago, Sánchez organized a triathlon called "Triathlon For A Smile" that benefitted the San Jorge Children's Foundation and the Fundación Caritas Alegres. Both events took place in Puerto Rico, attended and supported by many of her celebrity friends.

Sánchez and her husband, Eric, reside in Studio City with their daughter, Sebella, and son, Dylan.