Lina Esco actress, producer, director and activist. She gained recognition in 2007 for portraying Jimmy Smits’ character’s daughter in the CBS television drama Cane. Esco has also performed in films, including London (2005), Kingshighway (2010), LOL (2012), and Free the Nipple (2013). Best Known For Her campaigns on women’s rights and gender equality Acting as Christina Alonso in the drama series S.W.A.T.
Born Name Lina Esco
Nick Name Lina
Born: May 14, 1985, 33 years and 9 months, Miami, Florida, U.S.
Sun Sign Taurus
Occupation Actress, Activist, Producer, Director
Years active 2003–present
Hair Color Dark Brown (Natural)
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Measurements 35-25-35 in / 89-64-89 cm
Bra size 34C
Lina Esco Education:
She went to school at Colegio Bolivar in Cali, Colombia.
She became recognized in 2007 for her role as Jimmy Smits’ character’s daughter in the CBS television drama Cane. Her well-known films include 2005’s London, 2010’s Kingshighway, 2012’s LOL, and 2013’s Free the Nipple. She was appeared in the Sinéad O’Connor music video “Jealous” in 2001. Born in Miami, Florida, on May 14, 1985, she moved to France at age 15. Before becoming an actress, she worked as a model.
Esco was cast in her first television guest star role in 2006, as Angie Watson in series CSI: NY. In March, 2007 Esco joined the cast of the CBS drama Cane. In 2009, she guest starred in an episode of Drop Dead Diva series with Paula Abdul. Esco played a lingerie model who had been fired for going public about her breast cancer survival story.
In February 2011, Esco was slated to join the cast of Fox’s pilot Exit Strategy. Described as a high octane procedural set in the world of CIA agents who are sent in to “fix” operations gone bad. The cast included Ethan Hawke, Megan Dodds and with Antoine Fuqua directing. Esco was to play Mia, an MIT graduate and computer expert from South Boston. In 2014 Esco was cast in Ryan Murphy’s pilot for HBO alongside Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley, Scott Speedman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Esco’s film debut was in 2005 with London. She is a supporting character in the 2012 comedy LOL.
Esco has been acting on “S.W.A.T.” since its first season in 2017.
Producing and directing
In April 2010, Esco produced “My Friend is…”, a public service announcement for the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove alongside Oscar-winning producer Fisher Stevens joined forces with celebrities: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Hayden Panettiere, Paul Rudd, Naomi Watts, Courteney Cox, Mariska Hargitay, Richard O’Barry, Woody Harrelson, Jason Mraz, James Gandolfini, John Leguizamo, Evan Handler, Rob Morrow, Tamlyn Tomita, Carrie Ann Inaba, Chris Tashima, Russell Simmons, James Kyson Lee and Richard Kind to bring awareness on the annual killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
She directed “Kids Speak Out Against Dolphin Captivity”, a 2012 public service announcement for The Cove . She directed Free the Nipple in a bid to circumvent female nipple censorship.
She directed and starred in Free the Nipple, which was released in select theaters, video on demand and on iTunes on December 12, 2014.
Esco has been showcased in various commercial, music videos, magazines and publications. In 2001, she was featured in the Sinéad O’Connor music video “Jealous”. She appears briefly in Moby’s music video for “Southside” featuring Gwen Stefani. She was also an extra for a series of Axe commercials one including with Nick Lachey for the “Clix” campaign in 2007. Esco also features in Halos’s music video for “Amalgam” in 2010.
On January 12, 2011 it was reported that Lina would be showcased on the Louis Vuitton’s jewelry collection for the Spring/Summer 2011. The campaign featured sixteen “It” girls from around the globe that included Alexandra Richards, Annabelle Dexter Jones, Mary Charteris, Alka Balbir, Mohini Geisweiller, DJette Clara 3000, Charlotte Lebon, Hailey Gates, Nathalie Love and Rinko Kikuchi.
On May 16, 2011 Esco was featured in Ketel One ad campaign “Gentlemen, This is Vodka.” directed by Academy Award Nominee, David O. Russell.
Esco is in a 2013 NFL Women’s Apparel Collection TV advertisement.
In 2017, Esco was featured on the Audience network’s Midnight Snack on Fullscreen (What’s Underneath), where the guests remove their clothing on camera while talking about their life.
Activism and philanthropy
Esco has supported many foundations and organizations throughout her career, but has mainly focused on whales and dolphins.
Esco has been very involved in two organizations. Dolphin Project, which has gained much support from many celebrities, is an organization led by Richard O’Barry and aims to prevent dolphin slaughter and exploitation from occurring. On September 9, 2009, Esco held a private screening of The Cove in New York, alongside Russell Simmons and Fisher Stevens hosting the event to bring awareness on the film.
Esco may be best known for how involved she is in women’s rights and the Free the Nipple campaign. The organization, as Esco states, is to promote sexual equality. Free the Nipple has attracted attention from numerous celebrities including Courtney Love and Miley Cyrus, who also has a song on the soundtrack of the Free the Nipple movie and continues to strongly support the organization.
Lina Esco is managed by Agency for the Performing Arts.
Lina has been featured in several commercials such as –
NFL Women’s Apparel Collection
Lina Esco made her theatrical film debut as an imaginary character Kelly in the romantic-drama movie London in 2005.
First TV Show
Lina made her first TV show appearance, guest starring as a flirtatious Angie Watson on the CBS hit drama series CSI: New York in 2006.
Lina Esco is a workout enthusiast who enjoys boxing even while she’s working. She has also stated in an interview that punching a bag or boxing has proved therapeutic for her and it allows her to channel her thoughts.
Lina Esco Favorite Things
Sport – Boxing
Lina Esco Facts
In 2005, before she began her career in acting, Lina Esco worked as a model.
In April 2010, Lina produced a public service announcement called “My Friend is..” for the critically acclaimed documentary The Cove to create awareness about the inhuman mass killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
In 2012, she directed a PSA named “Kids Speak Out Against Dolphin Captivity” to help free the dolphins from aquariums.
During her teen years, Lena left her family in Florida and moved to France.
Lina has starred in several music videos such as Sinéad O’Connor‘s Jealous (2001) and Halos’s Amalgam (2010).
In January 2011, Lina was selected, alongside 16 top models from around the globe, for a Louis Vuitton Jewelry advertisement.
Lina has also been featured on a TV show named Midnight Snack on Fullscreen (What’s Underneath) in 2017, where guests strip down while talking about their life.
There have been rumors that she has supported many whales and dolphin foundations and organizations.
In 2012, a year before the official release of the film Free The N*pple, Lina started a campaign by the same name to stand for gender equality and acquire the freedom for women to appear topless in public just like men.
Celebrities such as Courtney Love and Miley Cyrus posted topless photos of themselves on the internet following her Free The N*pple campaign.
In 2014, she produced a comedy-drama called Free The N*pple, a film that was made to create awareness amongst people on the issue of gender equality and to stop n*pple censorship.
Lina Esco had filed for a sexual harassment case against the defamed producer Harvey Weinstein.
She left her family in Florida and moved to France at age 15.
She modeled full time before starting her acting career.
She is the founder and film director of Free The Nipple.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Visit the website for her campaign Free The N*pple @ freethenipple.com.