Selenis Leyva Bio, Sister, Net Worth, 6 Quick Facts About The Actress

Selenis Leyva is a multitalented Cuban-American actress best known for roles in hit movies including Netflix series titled Orange is the New Black. She came into the spotlight when she starred as Detective Mariluz Rivera in the CBS reality television series titled Law & Order.

The amazing actress has starred in several movies and has won numerous awards for her outstanding and brilliant performances. She has a daughter named Alina and a transgender sister who is a model.

Find out everything you need to know about Serenis Leyva below.


The multi-talented actress was born in Baracoa, Cuba on May 26, 1972. She was raised in Bronx, New York City. After she completed her High school, she enrolled in the University where she studied arts and after graduation, she started her acting career.

Prior to her graduation, Selenis participated in several off-Broadway productions and made her television debut in 1999 when she landed a role in the reality TV series titled Law & Order. She also made her movie debut when she was featured in the movie titled Debutante in 2000.

The talented actress has featured in several movies including Maria Full of Grace in 2004, Sex and the City 2 in 2010, Man in the Mirror in 2011, and Living with the Dead in 2014. She also starred alongside Viola Davis in the courtroom drama titled Custody in 2016 and 2017 movie titled Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Selenis got her breakthrough after she joined the Netflix crew and has been a prominent figure in the production’s comedy-drama series titled Orange is the New Black from 2013 to present. She has also starred in other television series including Law & Order since 1999, The Sopranos in 2006, New Amsterdam in 2008, The Good Wife in 2010, Blue Bloods from 2011 to 2012, Girls in 2012, Elementary in 2012, and Madam Secretary in 2015.

Following her brilliant role in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black; the brilliant actress bagged an ALMA Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in Television in 2014 and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.


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Selenis with her sister Marizol

Selenis Leyva has a younger sister named Marizol Leyva. While they were growing up, Marizol had issues blending with other children and this gave Selenis a great concern. The boys would always force her to play football with them so she could act more masculine but she wasn’t getting along with them. When Marizol was sixteen years old, she opened up that she was gay but that was not all.

When she was nineteen years old, Marizol started her transgender procedure and in June 2015, she came out publicly as a transgender. Selenis has always supported LGBT community and when she discovered her sister was a transgender, she never failed to give her the support that she needed.

The transition wasn’t an easy moment for Marizol, she passed through depression, rejection, and hate before she was accepted for who she is. Marizol is currently a transgender Latina model, a cook, and human rights activist.

Personal Life

Talking about her personal life, the talented actress has not disclosed any information regarding her relationship or dating history to the media. Apparently, Leyva is not married yet and is not in any known relationship at the moment. She has a daughter named Alina Leyva who is believed to have been adopted.

However, Selenis has not said anything about her daughter during any of her interviews and we hope to keep you updated when she does. They both live together in the United States.

Body Measurements

The amazing actress is very smart, sexy and attractive. She has a slim bodybuild and seductive body measurements. Leyva is of average height, she stands at 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 61 Kg. She has dark-brown eyes and her hair colour is also dark-brown.

Selenis Leyva’s Net Worth

The reality television star has put up brilliant and outstanding performances since the inception of her acting career. She has amassed a huge wealth for herself and she is living a luxury lifestyle. Selenis Leyva has an estimated net worth of $1 million. She earned her fortune from her movies as well as reality television series.

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6 Quick Facts about the Actress

  • Selenis is the star actress in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
  • She is an active supporter of LGBT community.
  • She is not married yet but has a teenage daughter named Alina Leyva.
  • It was revealed in 2015 that her sister Marizol Leyva is a transgender.
  • She is of mixed ethnic background – Cuban and Dominican origins.
  • Selenis has a net worth of $1 million


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