Judy Reyes, who is best known for her leading role as the sassy, no-nonsense nurse Carla Espinosa on the hit comedy series "Scrubs," is currently starring alongside actor Esai Morales in the film "Gun Hill Road" directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green.
Reyes, born to Dominican parents, grew up along with her three sisters in the Bronx as her family's first generation Americans. While performing at a talent show for her mother's church, the triple threat singer, dancer and actress realized her passion for performing. Reyes enrolled in theater classes at Hunter College in Manhattan, and in 1992, she landed her first major acting role in the independent feature film "Jack and His Friends" opposite Sam Rockwell. She went on to perform extensively in the New York theater and is particularly proud of her work with the LAByrinth Theater Company, a multicultural acting space of which she is an original founding member, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, John Ortiz and Lauren Velez, among others.
Reyes continued to work, adding additional independent film credits to her resume including "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five" opposite Jon Cryer and "King of the Jungle," alongside John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez.
In 2001, she began her eight-season run on "Scrubs." The show received 17 Emmy nominations throughout its successful run and even earned a prestigious Peabody Award for the fifth season episode, "My Way Home." The series also took home the coveted Humanitas Prize in 2002, 2008 and 2009, which is an award that honors film and television writing intended to promote human dignity, meaning and freedom.
Additionally, Reyes starred in "Dirty" opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and starred in and produced the independent film "Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee," directed by George Valencia. "Glow Ropes" screened and won the Best Film Award at the 2005 HBO New York Latino Film Festival.