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Franklin Square, Chicago, IL, Lane Tech, Chicago, IL
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Justina Milagros Machado
Justina Machado (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Vanessa Diaz in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under.
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Justina Machado (born September 6, 1972) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Vanessa Diaz on the HBO drama series, Six Feet Under.
Machado was born in Chicago, Illinois, where her family moved to from Puerto Rico. There, her parents met and were married. The couple had two children and subsequently divorced. Her mother remarried and had three children. She was very active in drama, always participating in her school plays. In 1986, Machado attended Lane Technical College Prep High School ("Lane Tech") and during her spare time performed with the Latino Chicago Theater Company.
In 1990, Machado graduated from Lane Tech and moved to New York City. The experience which she had gained as a performer with the Latino Chicago Theater Company helped open the doors for her in that city. Soon, she was offered a job as a professional actress in Los Angeles, California. Machado moved to Los Angeles and in 1996, she landed her first two acting roles. She was cast as "Elsa" in the TV series NYPD Blue episode #311, and she was also cast as "Val Cho" in the movie made for television No One Would Tell.
On June 10, 2001, Machado auditioned for the TV series Six Feet Under and was cast as Vanessa Diaz, originally a supporting character, later evolving into one of the series' main characters. Machado and her castmates were honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series". The series completed its final season in 2005.
She has also appeared in the Canadian television series, 1-800-Missing, as a character named Sunny Estrada.
Machado has participated in over 15 films. Amongst her most notable roles so far have been Carmen Rodriguez in She's So Lovely, Isabella Hudson in Final Destination 2, Agent Henderson in Torque, Natalia in Little Fugitive, Teresa in Man Maid, Sofia in The Accidental Husband, and FBI Agent Rosie Gomez in the film In the Electric Mist.
Machado has also made appearances on stage, including Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She participated in the productions of Blade to the Heat and Black Butterfly at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She was the first replacement for Andrea Burns in Broadway's In the Heights. In 2010, Machado appeared in the Los Angeles run of Love, Loss and What I Wore.
In 2003, Machado appeared in the music video for TLC's song "Damaged", the third single from their fourth studio album 3D, as a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship and unsure of what to do with her life. In 2009, she appeared in nine episodes on the TV series ER as Claudia Diaz.
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