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Dascha Polanco

Alma mater  Hunter College
Years active  2011–present
Role  Actress
Children  Aryam, Dasany
Occupation  Actress
Name  Dascha Polanco
Height  1.65 m
Nationality  American, Dominican
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Born  3rd of December 1982Dominican Republic
Parents  Ruben Dario Polanco, Janet Polanco
Movies and TV shows  Orange Is the New Black, The Cobbler, Gimme Shelter, Joy
Similar People  Yael Stone, Samira Wiley, Matt McGorry, Taryn Manning, Uzo Aduba

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Dascha Polanco is a Dominican American actress, best known for playing the character Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black.

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Early life

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Polanco was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States at a young age. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York and Miami by her father, a mechanic, and mother, a cosmetologist.


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Polanco aspired to be an actress from an early age but "always doubted auditioning because of [her] weight", and so she completed a bachelor's degree in psychology at Hunter College. After college she began working in the healthcare industry with the intention of becoming a nurse. She was working as a hospital administrator at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, while studying nursing, when she gained courage to pursue acting again and registered herself into an acting studio. She attended BIH Studios in New York, which is where she was signed by the talent agency Shirley Grant Management. Her first acting credits were minor parts on the television series Unforgettable and NYC 22.

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In 2012, Polanco was cast in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as Dayanara "Daya" Diaz, an inmate in a women's prison; it was her first full-time acting job.

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Polanco subsequently appeared in the independent film Gimme Shelter (2013) before returning to her role on Orange Is the New Black for the show's second season. In June 2014, it was announced that she had been promoted from a recurring role to a series regular for the show's third season, which was released in June 2015. Currently, Polanco is filming the series' fourth season and just wrapped up filming, Joy and The Perfect Match, in which she plays two leading roles. She also appeared in the comedy film The Cobbler, which was released in 2014.

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On August 4, 2015, the NFL announced that Polanco is part of their Women's Apparel line along with Jamie Chung, Alyssa Milano and many more. Polanco is the only Latina to be featured in the new season's apparel campaign and she is representing the New York Giants.

Personal life

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Dascha is private about her personal life and has not disclosed the identity of her then fiance. Dascha ended her 6-year engagement, in 2013. She became a mother at the age of 18 and currently has three kids.

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