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Facts About Judy Reyes That Will Make You Petition Hollywood To Cast Her More

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Judy Reyes is one of those actresses that you feel personally close with, and expect her to forever be in your life. Best known for her role as Carla Espinosa on “Scrubs,” we don’t know why we don’t get much more of her on the big screen.

Reyes is passionate about representation and puts her money where her mouth is, behind projects that include Latinos, written by Latinos, produced by Latinos. “In order to get those stories told, we need more writers, more executives. It’s just so complicated because we’re multicultural, multiethnic, all different colors and all different cultures,” she tells Shondaland. “It’s not just Mexican or Puerto Rican. We’re Afro-Latinos. We’re indigenous Afro-Latinos. We’re rich, we’re poor. Oftentimes the powers that be shy away from telling that story. We have to tell them ourselves at the end of the day, in order to have greater representation.”

Let’s hear what she has to say, gente.

Judy Reyes was born in the Bronx.

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Like so many of our other favorite celebrities, Reyes was born and raised in The Bronx. Did she and J.Lo ever cross paths in the street or help Young Cardi tie her shoes? We’ll never know.

She identifies as Afro-Dominicana.

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Caption: “Me and my dad Jorge Maria Reyes. Classy. Kind. Generous. Charming. Courageous. How I miss you.”

She is a total Scorpio.

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Scorpio traits include an endless depth of emotion that has clearly fueled Reyes into the realm of acting. She has range.

She has a twin sister who also acts.

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Her sister, Jocelyn is also an actress, and you may have even thought she was Judy the whole time Jocelyn was on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Judy Reyes has had more success in the acting world that Jocelyn, as that was her last appearance.

“Scrubs” wasn’t the first time she played a nurse.

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We lovingly remember her as Nurse Carla, but have collectively forgotten her role on “Bringing Out the Dead.” Granted, it was 1999 at the time, but she proved her worth as a nurse and it paid off.

She has a daughter named Leila Rey Valencia.

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She and her long-time boyfriend George Valencia had her together. She’ll be turning 10 years old this year.

Reyes dressed her daughter up as Selena for Halloween 2018.

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She totally nailed that look. Not only does the costume look exactly like Selena’s outfit, but the attitude is totally there. This was a group project and everyone came prepared to knock it out of the park.

Reyes is an outspoken feminist.

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It’s not feminism if it’s not intersectional.

Caption: “Today is #LatinaEqualPayDay, when we “catch up” to what white, non-hispanic men were paid in 2017. The gap is widest for Latina workers, who on average only get 53 cents for every $1 a man is paid. The gap has widened since last year, and for some, it’s even worse. This is an injustice, and there’s still so much work to do for Latinas to be treated equally. I am #PhenomenallyLatina, and I support Latina equal pay!”

Reyes’ advocates even harder for women in the Dominican Republic.

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Caption: “I stand with thousands of women marching in the Dominican Republic today to end the total abortion ban. It’s time for the country’s leaders to vote in favor of health, life and #DignityForDR · In the Dominican Republic, women can be sentenced to 3 years in prison for an abortion. The time is now for politicians to change this cruel law. #DignityForDR”

“My Latina point of view is just that: I’m the daughter of an immigrant. And I think [what’s been going on] is bullsh*t.”

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She tells Shondaland,”I’m first generation Dominican from Dominican parents, so I can’t turn a blind eye to what’s going on in terms of immigration. It’s the least that I can do to be honest about how I feel.”

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Reyes marched with Justina Machado at The Women’s March.

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Reyes and Machado are both on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot that features an actually relatable Cuban-American family. In it, Reyes character is met in a veteran support group and is the Lesbian 411 for Machado’s character’s newly out daughter.

Today, she’s making waves on TNT’s “Claws.”

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In it, she plays a butch lesbian salon lookout. We learn that she went to college to become a teacher but was convicted of attempted murder after her husband stabbed her girlfriend. Yeah. You want to watch this show.

Her part as “Quiet Ann” is largely mute.

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She told Shondaland that “Achieving success playing the sassy nurse on “Scrubs” was the most amazing thing in terms of generating the career that I have. I get to be the sassy this and the sassy that. It makes money for people. It makes money for me. But I still want to be able to play something else. So once this opportunity to play Quiet Ann came along, I became nervous about actually speaking. I wanted to do right by her and do right by the show. I incorporated that nervousness into everything the character was going through.”

Quiet Ann is a “gift” for Reyes.

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“There are issues with being curly haired or dark skin, not as ingenue as opposed to a character….Those are the frustrations that I’ve experienced a lot,” she told “Modern Brown Girl.” “Trying to break out of a typecast once you’ve been known as a character for so many years. Which is why I’m so grateful for Quiet Ann right now. I have a real blessing to play something completely different from anything that I’ve played before.”

Por eso, Reyes is celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community for her unapologetic allyship.

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Caption: “I stand in unity with LGBTQ youth of every background, race, religion, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. I refuse to allow hate and discrimination to divide us. Stand w me on #SpiritDay, today October 18. #GLAAD #SpiritDay 🏳️‍🌈 #clawstnt💅🏽 I stand in unity with LGBTQ youth of every background, race, religion, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. I refuse to allow hate and discrimination to divide us. Stand w me on #SpiritDay, today October 18. #GLAAD #SpiritDay 🏳️‍🌈 #clawstnt💅🏽”

Her Instagram might be “Claws” No. 1 stan account.

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That reads #ClawsUp and we are so here for the play on #TimesUp and just pure obsession with the show. Plus, those gold hoops. 🤩

Her favorite show growing up was “Charlie’s Angels.”

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She also loved “The Love Boat” and “Three’s Company.” She’s already turning 50 years old this year!

She founded her own theater company for people of color and diverse backgrounds.

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The LABrynth Theater Company (previously known as The Latino Actors Base) states its mission as “to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception.” Brava, Reyes.

She’s also been honored to have been part of the all-female cast of “Devious Maids.”

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Reyes says she was thrilled to be part of something based off all the novelas she grew up watching. The perks of working with so many other Latinas on the show was everything.

She credits the Latinos in her life as her inspiration.

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She told “Modern Brown Girl,” “The people who gave me more inspiration were activists, other Latinos heavily involved in the theater. I came of age within in a strong theater community with a lot of diverse actors, Latinos in particular.”

Now, she’s the inspiration. Tweet this if you want more Reyes on screen.

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Here's How Twitter Reacted To News That Lil Xan Is Getting Married And Becoming A Dad

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Here’s How Twitter Reacted To News That Lil Xan Is Getting Married And Becoming A Dad

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At age 22, most people are moving out of their parents home, landing that first job after graduating college, or experiencing the first years of adulthood. Others, however, are moving quickly into that other phase in life: parenthood.

Lil Xan announced that he and his fiancé Annie Smith are having a baby.

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The 22-year-old rapper, whose given name is Nicholas Diego Leanos, said on Feb. 18 on Instagram that he’s going to be a first-time father.

“I wanted to wait but I just can’t leave my fans in the dark, it’s official I’m going to be a father 😭💔 I love you guys so much and hope you stay along for this crazy journey and I’ve never felt more happy in my life💔 all of you are invited to the gender reveal party I promise! Can’t wait to show the world everything I’ve been working on at youtube space and my official sophomore album “BE SAFE” and to my baby, my angel my sunshine @anniiesmith I love you with all my heart ❤️ thank you for saving me i love you more then words could describe 💌👼🏼💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔.”

Lil Xan and his baby mama also shared with the world that the two of them are engaged to be married.

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Smith said they have talked about getting married for a while, but the baby just made their engagement happen a little faster than they anticipated.

“It was just casual,” Smith told E! News about their engagement. “We were talking about it really casually for a long time like we already knew we were going to get married, but we didn’t talk about it in too much depth, we just knew it was going to happen eventually. And then we were just at home and he just proposed. So, we are engaged. The ring…we’re very unconventional. We’re engaged, but we don’t have the ring yet.”

People on social media were quite surprised by the news that the 22-year-old rapper is going to be a father.

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If Lil Xan wants to set a good example to his lil baby, he better cut back on the Flammin’ Hot Cheetos.

Some are wondering who the baby will look like.

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We’re sure it’ll be hard to tell when the baby is small, but he’ll grow into his own at some point.

Obviously, all of Lil Xan fans have turned into lil tías.

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If the kids name is not Lil Xanito, then the parents are missing a major opportunity. Like, imagine the possibilities by naming your child a mini you.

Meanwhile, some people chose to focus in on Lil Xan’s age.

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Okay. So he is going to be a young father, but what’s so wrong with that. He clearly has a good career going and will definitely be able to take care of that baby.

People are really concerning themselves with the life of the baby and the family they will be in.

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Honestly, it might seem like something so bizarre to so many people but it is just life. How many celebrities with bizarre stage names have children?

One person that didn’t take the news so well was Lil Xan’s ex-girlfriend, Noah Cyrus.

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She posted a selfie in which she was visibly crying and shaken by the news.

“Noah found out almost right after he posted,” a source told Us Weekly “A few of her friends texted her and she was obviously surprised but doesn’t feel hurt.” They added “While this may sting a little, as it would with any breakup, she is completely over him and has moved past that part of her life.”

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