Tia Texada

Tia Texada (born December 14, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sgt. Maritza Cruz on the NBC series Third Watch, and her recurring role as an undercover agent Ribera on The Unit for CBS. Other roles include, In Plain Sight, Saving Grace, Chuck for NBC, HBO's Mind of the Married Man, Everybody Hates Chris, The Amazing Spider-Man feature film, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Firebreather, and Handy Manny. She was the voice of Maybelline New York for 15 years, the number-one selling cosmetic brand in the world, and during her campaign of "Maybe Shes Born With it... Maybe It's Maybelline...", it was named Brand of the Year and Launch of the Year for Lash Sensational. She was first female live announcer for the Espy Awards, where she worked alongside Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, LeBron James, and Samuel L. Jackson for seven years. She was the voice of the winning Golden Trailer award for RoboCop feature film. Tia was the voice for launching Super Bowl 50 for The NFL Today on CBS, Flesh and Bone for Starz, Lindt Gold Bunny, Zales, Unstoppable Collection, JC Penney World Cup Soccer IS for Girls, World Series of Poker Lady Luck for ESPN, and Skittles 'Taste the Rainbow'. Tia was born with severe strabismus and after surgery to correct this and wearing an eye patch, she took an acting class to help with her shyness, which led to her career as an actress.

Tia Texada
Born (1971-12-14) December 14, 1971 (age 48)
Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1993–present

Personal lifeEdit

Texada was born in Louisiana.


Texada's appearances include guest-starring roles in episodes of In Plain Sight, Chuck ("Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat"), Saving Grace, Everybody Hates Chris,[1] The Unit, and Criminal Minds.[1] She played Sgt. Maritza Cruz in the NBC Drama Third Watch in the last three of its six seasons.

She also has appeared in movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Paulie (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Bait (2000), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Glitter (2001), Phone Booth (2003), and Spartan (2004).

Texada also has a singing career, and her songs have been featured on shows such as Dawson's Creek. She also played at the Lilith Fair tour in 1998.[2]

She played the voice of Isabel Vasquez in the TV movie Firebreather. Texada has lent her voice to the animated series The Wild Thornberrys, and Static Shock, as well as television commercials. She is currently the voice of Elena Validus on the animated show Ben 10: Ultimate Alien as Alyssa Diaz's voice double.

Texada has also done layouts for magazines and has been featured in the men's magazines FHM and Maxim.[3]

She appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man, where she is accidentally stripped out of her top by Peter Parker.

She also appeared as guest-star in the Freeform television series Stitchers.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coming in out of the Rain Chrissy
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Bar Dancer
1997 Run Away Car Lupe Television film
1998 Shadow of a Doubt Conchita Perez
1998 Paulie Ruby, Lupe (voice)
1998 The Unknown Cyclist Lola
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Natasha's Roommate
2000 Nurse Betty Rosa Hernandez
2000 Bait Tika
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Dorrie
2001 Glitter Roxanne
2002 Crazy as Hell Lupa
2002 Phone Booth Asia
2003 Welcome to the Neighborhood Stephanie
2004 Spartan Jackie Black
2006 5up 2down Maria
2006 The Line-Up Angel Bereza Television film
2008 Black Crescent Moon Darla Rosepetal
2010 Firebreather Isabel (voice) Television film
2010 Finding Hope Now Mrs. Villanueva
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Sheila (Subway)


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Land's End Corina Episode: "El Perico"
1996 Sisters P.A. Episode: "A Sudden Change of Heart"
1996 CBS Schoolbreak Special Episode: "Crosstown"
1996 Malibu Shores Kacey Martinez 10 episodes
1996 ER Gloria Lopez Episode: "Homeless for the Holidays"
1997 NYPD Blue Wanda Diaz Episode: "A Wrecking Experience"
1998 Ask Harriet Maria Garcia Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Fame L.A. Tasha Episode: "Green Eyed Monster"
1998 Brooklyn South Sylvia Episode: "Queens for a Day"
1999–2000 The Wild Thornberrys Santusa (voice) 2 episodes
1999 Working Female Rebel Episode: "The Other Executive"
2000 Batman Beyond Trina (voice) Episode: "Payback"
2000, 2002–2004 Static Shock Talon, Rita Velasquez (voice) 8 episodes
2001 As Told by Ginger Villager #2 (voice) Episode: "I Spy a Witch"
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Missy's Roommate Episode: "Wonderful News"
2002 The American Embassy Marissa Episode: "Pilot"
2002–2005 Third Watch Sergeant Maritza Cruz 47 episodes
2006–2007 The Unit Marianna Ribera 2 episodes
2006, 2009 Handy Manny Mrs. Alvarez (voice) 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Jane Duncroft Episode: "Miami Confidential"
2008 Criminal Minds Detective Tina Lopez Episode: "In Heat"
2008 Everybody Hates Chris Ms. Rivera Episode: "Everybody Hates the English Teacher"
2010 Saving Grace Episode: "Loose Men in Tight Jeans"
2010 Huge Shay 6 episodes
2010 Chuck Hortensia Goya Episode: "Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat"
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Elena Validus (voice) 2 episodes
2011 In Plain Sight Evita Episode: "Something A-mish"
2014 Turbo FAST Simone (voice) Episode: "Mall Is Well/Taco Tank"
2017 Stitchers Dr. Sophia Torres Episode: "Perfect"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 True Crime: New York City Street Racing Promoter
2008 Speed Racer: The Videogame Denise Mobile
2014 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Additional Voices


  1. ^ Third Watch cast list
  2. ^ Tia Texada IMDB Biography
  3. ^ Staff. "Maxim: Rides". Maxim. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.

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