Janine Larina was born and raised in San Diego, California
and is the eldest of five children. Her family originates from Guadalajara, Mexico. She always knew she wanted to act and developed a love for performing at a young age, appearing in a Mervyns commercial at the age of 12. East Los High is her first major starring role. In landing the role of Jessie Martinez in East Los High, she came to love the people she worked with so much that she always showed up ridiculously early for her set call!
Gabriel Chavarria grew up in South Central Los Angeles and comes from a family of ten brothers and one sister. Chavarria is Honduran and never imagined he would be pursuing an acting career until a chance audition at a local park led him to his first film. Since then, he has appeared in award-winning films such as Freedom Writers and A Better Life. His most recent TV appearances were on Prime Suspect and Southland. When he’s not acting or appearing in Powerade ads and Dr. Pepper commercials, Gabriel can be found on the soccer field scoring goals for his team. Gabriel is super excited to be part of the East Los High family!
Alicia Marie Sixtos was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is one of four sisters. Sixtos is of Mexican and Portuguese descent and didn’t initially plan on pursuing acting. She started her career at the age of ten as a print model for ad agencies and moved to Los Angeles in 2005. The first film she worked on, Quinceañera, a Sundance hit, launched her passion for acting. Since then, she has appeared in The Avengers, as well as the award winning indie The Custom Mary and, recently released, HIGH School. In television, Sixtos has appeared on Californication, King of the Hill, General Hospital, CSI-Las Vegas, and most recently on FOX’s hit sitcom New Girl. She considers her part as Maya on East Los High to be her “dream role”!
Tracy Perez was born and raised in New York City and moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue her dream of acting. Having spent several years gaining experience in award-winning short films, theater and commercials while working at every job under the moon, she was ready to put faith into the powers of the wild West. However, she was soon headed back East to prepare for the lead role in the feature film An Ornament of Faith. She will also appear in the upcoming Devil May Call. When she walked onto the set of East Los High she was convinced she’d made the right decision. Perez was attracted to the strength and determination of Vanessa’s character, no matter how flawed.
Noemí González is originally from Desert Hot Springs, California and is of Mexican descent. Her original passion was singing but she discovered acting during her freshman year at UC Santa Barbara and hasn’t looked back since acting on stage in several theatrical productions, including starring in the 20th anniversary production of “Real Women Have Curves” in Boyle Heights. It was then that she fell in love with East LA culture. She will soon be shooting her first studio feature film. Noemí feels blessed to inform, entertain and revisit her favorite community by joining the cast of East Los High.
Danielle Vega was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Dallas, TX. She was exposed to the world of entertainment at the age of nine when she was cast as a series regular on the renowned children’s television show, Barney And Friends. Vega received her B.A. in journalism from Southern Methodist University before taking the leap and moving to Los Angeles. She most recently starred in the films So This Is Christmas, Teeth and Blood and Sugar. In addition to acting, Danielle is also a singer and dancer who has studied under the direction of Debbie Allen. On East Los High, Vega enjoyed playing the role of Ceci because she was ghetto, real, in your face and confident!
Hector David Jr. is an actor and dancer based out of Los Angeles and is best known for playing Mike the Green Ranger on Power Rangers: Super Samurai. He has worked with artists such as Bow Wow, Pretty Ricky, and the Backstreet Boys.
Jorge Diaz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and is a first-generation Mexican-American. At a young age, he became obsessed with how television and film were made and snuck onto studio lots while in junior high. Diaz was acting professionally by the time he was in high school and attended Saint Mary’s College of California, taking acting classes along the way. Since then, he has starred in the highly acclaimed indie film, Filly Brown, as well as Love, Concord, and Budz House. He has appeared in the TV series Raising Hope, GCB, True Blood, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and plays the voice of Noah in the PBS series Oh Noah! He will soon be starring in a touring production of “Evangeline: Queen of Make-Believe.” It is his goal to use his work to create more employment opportunities for his community in the entertainment industry as well as help solve the many challenges and social issues Latinos face in America today.
Ruben Garfias worked with the Los Angeles Music Center’s Education division, taking shows into schools, doing teacher trainings and one-man shows. His recent TV credits include The Mentalist, Southland and Body of Proof. He has appeared in movies such as Get Smarter, Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control, GB2525, and the independent short Dos Muertos. On stage, he has performed “Lydia” at the Mark Taper Forum, “The Cherry Orchard” at Yale Rep in New Haven, Connecticut, and “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Richard Azurdia was born and raised in Los Angeles. His film and TV credits include a recurring role on the Showtime series Weeds, co-starring in Lionsgate’s acclaimed film Ladron Que Roba A Ladron, and the award-winning America 101. He is a critically acclaimed theater actor who has appeared in over 40 productions. He’s very excited to be part of East Los High, where he got to hurt almost every character he encountered.
Monica Guzman was born in Baja California, Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. She made her Los Angeles theatre debut at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts where she was part of the star packed ensemble of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” as well as ”Guantanamera,” “Too Many Tamales” and “Blood Wedding.” Guzman appeared in the Telemundo telenovela Amor Descarado and has had a recurring role on ER. She appeared in the feature film Mamitas as well as the award winning shorts El Tux and A Better Life. Online, she’s appeared on the web series Fabulous High.
Jossara Jinaro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and grew up in Colombia prior to moving to the United States. She has appeared in the films Desert Road Kill, Devil’s Rejects, Havoc, Ten Tricks, Fly Boys, World Trade Center, and Go For It! In television, she starred in the Telemundo sitcom Viva Vegas, had a recurring role on Judging Amy and appeared on ER, Smith, and Passions as well as the telenovela La Bella Ceci y El Imprudente. She continues to work in theater as the female lead in “Firehouse” and most recently in “The Birthday Present.”
Catalina Rodriguez was born in Colombia and raised in Miami, Florida. She always knew she wanted to be an actor and began performing at the age of 5. Rodriguez attended the Performing and Visual Arts Center and graduated from the University of Miami. She moved to Los Angeles soon after and has since appeared in the TV series Watch Over Me and the award-winning Dexter. She also appears in the feature film Cougars, Inc. as well as the indie films April’s Fool and Pimp Bullies. Most recently, Catalina has had a recurring role in the original Starz Network series Magic City. When she’s not acting, Rodriguez can be found dancing to salsa or editing TV. In her role as Paulina on East Los High, Rodriguez hopes to touch a large audience as a role model for young people and especially women, building self esteem and career motivation.