Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Birthday: July 22
Diana Maria Riva describes herself as having an American mind with a Latin soul that inspires fiery passion in her performances. Over an 18-year career, Riva has established herself as a dominant force in television, film and theater.
Riva’s recent television credits include “Telenovela,” with Eva Longoria, “Saint George” and “The Good Guys,” with comedian George Lopez. Additional television credits include “Common Law,” “Philly” and “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.” Also, Riva had recurring roles on “The Bridge,” “City of Angels,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Family Law,” on the Network, “NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Less Than Perfect,” “The Hughleys,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Strong Medicine,” “The X-Files,” “The Pretender,” “Party of Five” and “In Plain Sight,” and appeared as a guest star on “Murder One.” Additionally, Riva received rave reviews for her role in the original drama series “Side Order of Life.”
On the big screen, she recently starred in “McFarland,” with Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, and “Love and Mercy,” with Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack. Additional credits include “Family Wedding,” “17 Again,” “What Women Want,” “Employee of the Month,” “Chasing Papi” and “The Third Wheel.” Also, Riva had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film “Short Term 12.”
Riva grew up surrounded by strong Latina women who encouraged her to be independent and follow her passion, which led her to an MFA in theater performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her theater credits include the Michael Weller play “HELP!” and her one-woman show, “Besame Mucho….Ok, That’s Enough,” a semi-autobiographical work about the perspectives of five women on the journey of love, marriage and divorce in the Latino culture.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, with native roots going back to the Dominican Republic, Riva currently resides in Los Angeles with her children. Her birthday is July 22. Follow her on Twitter @DianaMariaRiva and on Instagram @DIANAMARIARIVA.