Melanie has a quiet power as well as a deep humanity that makes her audiences care. She is generous, authentic, imminently watchable, and a delight to work with. I am a huge fan.

- Risa Bramon Garcia, Director/CD/Producer/Teacher

[Melanie] did fabulous work and it’s been cutting together great.

- David Graziano, Co-Executive Prod., American Gods


I'd work with Melanie Cruz again and again. She is a fine actress, who brought great heart to her role on Big Love.

- David Knoller, Executive Producer, Big Love

Melanie's role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to quickly establish authority while staying relatable to the audience, which she did effortlessly and with grace.

- Ron Underwood, Director, Tremors

Who I am . . . in short, some might call me a badass with depth. I tend to portray strong women with heart and integrity because that's who I am. While I am an equal opportunity eater, people tend to think I'm a vegetarian--go figure. I occasionally have to remind friends that I'm a happy meat eater. Now, it's preferable if the meat is grass-fed and organic, but I won't turn my nose up at In-N-Out every now and again.

I am mostly happy, but sometimes I'm a grumpus. When in grumpus-mode, I generally have enough self-awareness to apologize or at least warn you;-)

I believe in honor and integrity. I believe that food is one of the great sensual pleasures of life, and I also believe that you are what you eat. I believe in the power of beauty to bring enlightenment but am no slave to its altar. I believe in God but no religion. I believe that humans are mostly good with some other stuff thrown in to remind us of that good.

Hiking, biking, metro riding, eating, motorcycle riding, hanging with my furry fam, cooking and voracious curiosity are all part of my weekly life.

I have lived in France, Antarctica and London and traveled quite a bit. My passion is the arts, and until recently I made my living my living as a paralegal.

I got my motorcycle license in 2014 (a long-time dream), and purchased my first bike, a beautiful Suzuki S40, in 2015.

Straight from the

EP/Director's Mouth

©Actor Melanie Cruz 2016

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