Liza Ortiz is a single mother working to put herself through nursing school – she has no time for b.s. For many years she was trapped in an unhappy marriage, but now that she’s on her own she’s finally chasing her dream. Liza is a multi-tasking whirlwind that doesn’t give herself any breaks when it comes to her future or raising her son.
An award-winning actress who crosses seamlessly from studio movies to independent films, from the stage to television, Elizabeth Rodriguez currently recurs as Aleida Diaz on the SAG Award-winning Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Additional roles include Paz Valdez on the Starz series Power and Special Agent Chavez on NBC’s Grimm.
Rodriguez’s series regular roles have included NBC’s Prime Suspect and ABC’s All My Children. Other TV appearances include: Law & Order, The Shield, Six Feet Under, Third Watch, Cold Case, NYPD Blue, ER and Oz. On the feature films front, Rodriguez’s credits include The Drop, Michael Mann's Miami Vice, Tio Papi (Imagen Award Nomination), Return to Paradise, Acts of Worship, Jack Goes Boating, Glass Chin and Take Care.
Rodriguez received a 2011 Tony Award nomination and won the Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as a Theatre World Award, for her role as “Veronica” on Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherfu*ker With The Hat. Additional theater includes three world premieres at NYC’s acclaimed Public Theater in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman), Unconditional and A View from 151st Street. Other notable plays include Beauty of the Father (MTC), Roger and Vanessa (Actors' Gang), Den of Thieves (Black Dahlia), Unorganized Crime (Elephant Theater – Ovation Award Nomination), Robbers (American Place Theater) and The Power of Duff (Geffen Playhouse).
Rodriguez is a native New Yorker and member of Labyrinth Theater Company.