Dascha Polanco is known for playing the character Dayanara “Daya” Diaz on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. As of January 2018, she has a recurring role on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Detective Lori Weider.
Born Name Dascha Polanco
Nick Name Dash
Years active 2011–present
Born: December 03, 1982, 36 years and 2 months, Dominican Republic
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Hair Color Brown. She is always seen with multi-colored hair. Sometimes, she is supporting purple colored hair, pink hair, magenta hair, gray hair, etc.
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
Measurements 41-30-42 in or 104-76-107 cm
Bra Size 38C
Dascha got her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hunter College.
Polanco has also studied nursing from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City.
Father – Rubén Darío Polanco (Mechanic)
Mother – Janet Polanco (Cosmetologist)
Siblings – She has a brother and sister.
She is signed with these agencies –
Shirley Grant Management
The Gersh Agency, Inc
She has Dominican Republic ancestry.
She has appeared in an Old Navy TV commercial.
Dascha has also been featured in NFL’s Women’s Apparel line in 2015 alongside other ladies like Alyssa Milano, Jamie Chung, etc.
Dascha first appeared in the 2013 independent drama film Gimme Shelter for her role as Caramel.
First TV Show
In 2011, Dascha appeared in the police procedural drama series Unforgettable for her role as Estella in just 1 episode.
Polanco was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and moved to the United States at a young age. She was raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York and Miami by her father, a mechanic, and mother, a cosmetologist. Polanco is the oldest of three children; she has a brother and sister.
Polanco has two children, a daughter and a son. Her daughter portrayed a younger version of Polanco’s character in the fifth season of Orange is the New Black.
Polanco aspired to be an actress from an early age but “always doubted auditioning because of her weight”, so she completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hunter College. After college she began working in the healthcare industry with the intention of becoming a nurse. She was working in hospital administration at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx while studying nursing when she gained the courage to pursue acting again and registered herself with an acting studio. She attended BIH Studios in New York, and while there was signed by the talent agency Shirley Grant Management. Her first acting credits were minor parts on the television series Unforgettable and NYC 22.
In 2012, Polanco was cast in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz, an inmate in a women’s prison; it was her first full-time acting job.
Polanco subsequently appeared in the independent film Gimme Shelter (2013) before returning to her role on Orange Is the New Black for the show’s second season. In June 2014, it was announced that she had been promoted from a recurring role to a series regular for the show’s third season, which was released in June 2015. She appeared in the comedy films The Cobbler (2014) and Joy (2015), and starred in the film The Perfect Match (2016).
Dascha Polanco Favorite Things
Lip Color – N*de
Dascha Polanco Facts
When Dascha was young, she relocated with her family to United States from Dominican Republic.
Polanco, for the most part, was raised in US based cities Brooklyn (in New York) and Miami by her parents.
Dascha wanted to be an actress from a young age. But, she didn’t audition because of her weight.
She has worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry and hospital administrator at Montefiore Medical Center.
She got the courage to audition for film roles and work in the entertainment industry when she was working as a nurse.
Her mom died when she was young. And, due to all this, she faced depression issues.
Just 2 years Dascha’s senior Elizabeth Rodriguez played the role of her mother in Orange is the New Black.
Her first full time acting job came with the role of Dayanara Diaz in the Orange Is the New Black.