Gloria Garayua was born and raised in the Fordham section of the Bronx. Garayua is of Puerto Rican heritage and her parents are from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School and St. Catherine’s Academy High School, both in the Bronx. Gloria graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor's Degree in acting, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her portrayal of Ariel in The Tempest earned her an Irene Ryan Nomination where she placed as the 1st National Alternate.
Gloria moved to California in 2004 after getting the leading role in Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and A Piano at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Afterwards, she moved to the greater Los Angeles area and was cast for a minor role in Fun With Dick and Jane after only 2 weeks. During this time she also appeared in an episode of NYPD Blue as a guest star. In 2007 she guest starred in an episode of Grey's Anatomy as Intern Graciella. She would ultimately become a recurring guest star in the show, appearing in a total of 24 episodes from 2007 to 2010. In 2008 she played the part of Reyna in two episodes of Showtime's Weeds titled No Man is Pudding and The Three Coolers. Other notable roles include Nurse Chapel in American Housewife, Madison Young in Criminal Minds, Vita Chacon in Cold Case, and Gloria Ortiz in ER. As of 2016, Gloria has worked in over 25 different television shows. Gloria is also a prolific stage actress that has been featured in productions such as La Posada Magica (The Magic Journey) at South Coast Repertory, Real Women Have Curves at CASA 0101, The Skriker at the Kennedy Center Stage and Romeo and Juliet at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.
- ↑ http://www.sag.org/iactor/GloriaGarayua.pdf
- ↑ http://articles.latimes.com/2004/mar/13/entertainment/et-shirley13
- ↑ http://www.tf1.fr/tf1/esprits-criminels/news/soir-gloria-garayua-grey-s-anatomy-l-echiquier-politique-2476879.html
- ↑ http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-AMERICAN-HOUSEWIFE-on-ABC-Today-October-18-2016-20161017
- ↑ http://deadline.com/2016/02/notorious-pilot-cast-kate-jennings-grant-j-august-richards-gloria-garayua-the-fluffy-shop-1201711498/