Elizabeth Rodriguez stars as Aleida Diaz, Dayanara’s scheming mother who’s serving time alongside her, in “Orange is the New Black.”
Rodriguez is a Manhattan born-and-raised native New Yorker of Puerto Rican heritage and a graduate of Lehman College in the Bronx. After graduation from Lehman, Rodriguez studied for two years under acclaimed acting teacher Maggie Flanigan at William Esper Studios in NYC. While still at the studio, she began working professionally with appearances in the feature films Fresh, Dead Presidents and I Think I Do, as well as in TV shows such as "Law & Order," and recurring roles on both “OZ” and “New York Undercover.”
TV credits include roles as series regulars on both “Prime Suspect” opposite Maria Bello, and “All My Children,” in addition to recurring roles on “The Shield” and “ER.” Other credits include "Six Feet Under," “Flash Forward,” “Cold Case,” “Just Shoot Me," “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
In addition to her work on screen, Rodriguez remains extremely active in the theater. She received the Outer Critics Circle Award and a 2011 Tony Nomination for her role in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Motherfucker With The Hat on Broadway, opposite Bobby Cannavale and Chris Rock, and has also starred in Beauty of the Father (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (NY's Public Theater), Roger and Vanessa (Actors' Gang), Den of Thieves (Black Dahlia), Robbers (American Place Theater), A View From 151st Street (NY’s Public Theater) and Unconditional (NY’s Public Theater). Rodriguez is a longtime member of New York's acclaimed Labyrinth Theater Company.
She resides in New York City.