Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco

Highest Rated: 94% In the Heights (2021)

Lowest Rated: 10% The Cobbler (2014)

Birthday: Dec 3, 1982

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dascha Polanco was a Dominican-American actress born on December 3, 1982. After moving from the Dominican Republic to America, where she grew up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Polanco had dreams of being an actress. However, she was hesitant to audition because of weight expectations. Polanco had a child at 18, daughter Dasany Kristal Gonzalez, who would end up playing a 14-year-old version of her "Orange Is the New Black" Character. She had a son two years later, and attended Hunter College, from which she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's in psychology. Polanco was working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx when she decided to pursue acting, and soon after landed a small part in an episode of the first season of "Unforgettable" (CBS, 2011-16). She would soon make her breakthrough appearance as Dayanara "Daya" Diaz on "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix, 2013- ). Polanco made her film debut in the Vanessa Hudgens-led "Gimme Shelter" (2013), and played Macy in "The Cobbler" (2014), which starred Adam Sandler. She also starred alongside Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's "Joy" (2015).

Highest rated movies

In the Heights Joy
Gimme Shelter
The Perfect Match
The Cobbler

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Samaritan Unknown (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet iGilbert Jana (Character) - 2021
94% 94% In the Heights Cuca (Character) $29.9M 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet MFKZ Luna (Voice) - 2017
22% 44% The Perfect Match Pressy (Character) $9.7M 2016
60% 57% Joy Jackie (Character) $56.4M 2015
10% 36% The Cobbler Macy (Character) - 2014
28% 63% Gimme Shelter Carmel (Character) $1.4M 2014

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Karma's World Unknown (Voice) 2021-2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2021
No Score Yet 83% Match Game Guest 2020
93% 80% Evil Patti Hitchens (Guest Star) 2019
90% 82% Orange Is the New Black Dayanara Diaz (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2013-2019
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019
97% 90% When They See Us Unknown (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Megyn Kelly Today Guest 2018
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2017
41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet VH1 Live! Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet FABLife Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015
43% 66% NYC 22 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 63% Unforgettable Estella (Guest Star) 2011