Arianna Ortiz

I'm a late bloomer. Some people know me from my time as a broadcaster in Los Angeles. In what feels like another life, I spent many years doing news and traffic reports for Southern California and other cities, when I wasn't doing theater or shooting commercials. I couldn't really get an agent or tv and film auditions. I was never quite Latin enough for the kinds of roles that seemed available and I was theatre trained with noone to guide me in the ways of Los Angeles. Ha! I probably should have gone somewhere else, but I got the broadcasting job right after theater school when I basically "acted" my way into the role of "reporter" with no proper training and only a few months experience at a small local radio station during college. (A gal's gotta eat!) Needless to say, I really commited to the role and that became a full fledged second career for awhile.

But with the industry changing I left that behind a few years ago. I'm blessed to be a full time working actress ever since.

My first day of theater school at CALARTS, I begged my mentor for a transfer to the film school. I'd been obsessed with movies and directed a short film in high school and quite frankly, theater school was WEIRD for a simple gal from Texas. I was there on a scholarship (and also, that's not how it works) so I was told to stay put. I'm so glad I did and I truly love being an actor. But I've also never shaken my passion for films. Hence, my directing and producing projects and what I do in my free time.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Mick (2017)
Guest starring as Guard
  • Episode 2x03: The Visit (Oct 10, 2017) [Co-Star]
This Is Us (2016)
Guest starring as Dr. Sara Arroyo (2 episodes)
Life in Pieces (2015)
Guest starring as Irene
Jane the Virgin (2014)
Guest starring as Fiona (3 episodes)
Faking It (2014)
Guest starring as Debbie
The Thundermans (2013)
Guest starring as Lizzie
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013)
Guest starring as Rosa's Sister
Shameless (2011)
Guest starring as Principal Colon
Parenthood (2010)
Guest starring as Loretta (2 episodes)
Castle (2009)
Guest starring as Librarian
Criminal Minds (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Liz Montoya
  • Episode 9x11: Bully (Dec 11, 2013) [Co-Star]
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Guest starring as Jessica Schoman