Film and Television actress, Susan Santiago has a supporting role in the highly anticipated Furious 7, the latest chapter in the smash international film series that stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker would love to be interviewed by ActorsE Chat. She also stars as Judy in Of Fortune and Gold, the upcoming treasure-hunting saga for the millennial generation that was recently shot in Utah.
A native of Madrid, Spain, Santiago’s American father transported the family to Kansas City, Kansas, where she later attended Washington High School. Although she was a performer from an early age, Santiago was also a very shy child and sensitive about her command of English, preferring behind the scenes work. Meanwhile, her very traditional mother was encouraging her to marry, raise children and take care of a future husband. However, over time, Santiago’s mother did an about-face and encouraged her daughter to evolve toward her own business career.
Santiago received a business degree from Washington University and went on to work in human resources for Nestle USA in San Francisco. However, this career track was not Santiago’s passion. She wanted to perform, so she took a leap of faith to pursue the arts, and moved to Hollywood. Her first break was spending a year playing the part of Helena on The Young and the Restless, and shortly thereafter she landed a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
She credits her role as a rape victim in an episode of The Shield as one of her more formative performances. She also enjoyed working with actor Mark Harmon on NCIS, praising him for being one of the most generous actors in Hollywood. Santiago’s television credits include, among others: Angel, Strong Medicine, The Handler, JAG, Charmed, Bones, Brothers & Sisters,In Plain Sight, CSI: Miami, Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, and Scandal.
She made her film debut opposite Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin in Daddy Day Care. Her feature credits include: Sublime, Shattered, Cutting Horse, and the upcoming romantic comedy Byrd and the Bees.
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