Star of the Doom Patrol Diane Guerrero is an immigration reform advocate.
In 2013, Diane Guerrero had her breakthrough as Maritza Ramos in Orange Is the New Black, which catapulted her into the spotlight. She’s since been in dozens of films and gained acclaim for her roles in Jane the Virgin and Doom Patrol.
Guerrero is recognized for her endeavors towards social justice, just as much as she is recognized for her acting accomplishments like as Crazy Jane in DC’s Doom Patrol.
Born in America to two Colombian immigrants, she found herself entirely alone at the age of fourteen when her parents and her brother were deported.
Diane Guerrero Separated From Her Family At The Age Of 14
Diane Guerrero was born on July 21, 1986, in New Jersey, USA. Her parents and older half-brother had departed Colombia when the country was going through severe instability.
The family had overstayed their temporary visas and were deported back when Guerrero was 14 years old. The actress recounted when chatting to NPR:
Separated from her family, Guerrero relied on the kindness of a friend’s family to survive through high school.
Diane Guerrero Advocates For Immigration Reforms
After her family was deported, Guerrero wasn’t checked on by the authorities a single time. And the shame that came with the expulsion of her family led to a tough era in her life because she couldn’t open up about it.
The Doom Patrol star has spoken on several occasions about the sensation of loneliness she went through because of the harsh immigration regulations. She discussed her story with NPR’s Michel Martin.
Guerrero struggled with alcohol misuse, severe despair, self-harm, and suicidal ideation because of her repressed feelings. She overcame them eventually and is now an advocate for immigration reforms.
She was even nominated as the White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by former President Barack Obama in 2015. In June 2018, she gave a speech in front of 30,000 protestors at the ‘Families Belong Together Rally in Washington, D.C.
Diane Guerrero Is the Author Of Two Books
Having grown up terrified of the stigma that came with immigration and deportation issues, Guerrero wanted to share her story after learning that there were thousands of others who shared similar circumstances as hers.
The Orange Is The New Black actress first opened up about her experience in a 2014 op-ed in L.A. Times, where she told her family’s story. Two years later, in 2016, she published her first book, ‘In The Country We Love, a memoir she wrote with the help of Michelle Burford (a well-known memoir collaborator and NYT bestselling author) (a well-known memoir collaborator and NYT bestselling author). The book tells the story of what followed after being separated from her family, delving deeper into her personal journey and experiences.
Guerrero explained what she wanted as a kid while talking to Vogue.
The book fulfilled Guerrero’s wishes of telling the story of separated families and immigrants. Community members even used her book to teach students about immigration, and it inspired her to publish ‘My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope’ in 2018 with author Erica Moroz.
‘Yeah No, I’m Not OK’
Guerrero has been open about her struggles with mental health issues like depression and suicidal thoughts. As a person who had repressed her feelings for a long time because of stigma and put up a happy front, the actress puts a strong emphasis on the importance of mental health.
The Doom Patrol star partnered up with LAist Studios to launch her own podcast, Yeah No, I’m Not OK, a podcast about mental health, healing, and opening up about how we feel. According to the podcast’s page on LAist Studios’ website, Guerrero started the podcast to help people affected by mental health issues.
Guerrero converses with health care professionals, activists, artists, friends, and colleagues about mental health and healing.
Guerrero’s Acting Career / Movies And TV Shows
The Orange Is The New Black actress always had an interest in acting. But she only began pursuing it as a career when she was 24. She began with minor roles in shorts and TV series in 2011.
Guerrero worked in several productions but what shot her to fame was her role as Maritza Ramos, an undocumented immigrant from Colombia who is now an inmate in Orange Is The New Black in 2013. Because of how much her character had in common with herself, she was a natural at the role and delivered a fantastic performance. She even received three Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for Orange Is The New Black. She was nominated once again in 2018 but didn’t win the award.
Guerrero also played Lina, the best friend and co-worker of Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin (2014-2019). (2014-2019). She is also the first woman to portray DC Comics character Crazy Jane in a live-action adaptation. She has reprised the role in Doom Patrol (2019-2020) and Legends of Tomorrow (2020). (2020).
Guerrero As Crazy Jane
Crazy Jane is a fictional character created by Grant Morrison and Richard Case on the Vertigo Comics version of Doom Patrol. She is based on Truddi Chase, an American author who was diagnosed with a dissociative identity disorder.
Like Chase, Crazy Jane has multiple personalities, a total of 64. And each of those 64 alternate personalities has different superpowers.
In an interview, Guerrero talked about how her experience with depression and mental health issues helped portray Crazy Jane and herself.
Guerrero’s Personal Life
The Doom Patrol actress was previously dating Joseph Ferrara. In an interview with Refinery 29, she called him a great partner.
When asked if she would marry her then-boyfriend, she joked while sharing the story of catching a bouquet at a wedding.
Guerrero and Ferrara separated later. Although rumors of her dating Milo Ventimiglia surfaced in 2019, ET confirmed that the two were just friends. Currently, the star is single and does not have a husband.
Estimated Net Worth
Guerrero is a successful actress who has published two books. She has also promoted brands such as FabFitFun.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Guerrero is worth $2 million.