|Tia Texada plays the character of Maritza Cruz|
|Born:||December 14, 1971|
|Birthplace:||Louisiana, United States|
|Notable roles:||Kacey Martinez from Malibu Shores|
|Appeared on:||Third Watch|
|Appears as:||Maritza Cruz|
|Episodes appeared in:||52|
Early life Edit
Texada was born in Louisiana to a reflexologist mother and an insurance agent father. She has been acting since she was young.
Texada's appearances include guest starring roles in episodes of In Plain Sight, Chuck ("Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat"), Saving Grace, Everybody Hates Chris, The Unit, and Criminal Minds. She played Sgt. Maritza Cruz in the NBC Drama Third Watch in the last three of its six seasons.
She also has appeared in movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Paulie (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Bait (2000), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Glitter (2001), Phone Booth (2003), and Spartan (2004).
Texada also has a singing career, and her songs have been featured on shows such as Dawson's Creek. She also played at the Lilith Fair tour in 1998.
She played the voice of Isabel Vasquez in the TV movie Firebreather. Texada has lent her voice to the animated series, The Wild Thornberrys, and Static Shock as well as television commercials. She is currently the voice of Elena Validus on the animated show Ben 10: Ultimate Alien as Alyssa Diaz's voice double.
Texada has also done layouts for magazines and has been featured in the men's magazines FHM and Maxim.
She appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man, where she is (accidentally) stripped out of her top by Peter Parker
She also appeared as guest star in the Freeform television series Stitchers.
- Tia Texada on Wikipedia