Roselyn Milagros Sanchez Rodriguez was born in beautiful city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April, 2nd 1973. She grew up with her parents, Olga and Efrain, and her three older brothers. Since she was very young, Roselyn loved to dance and her mother sent her to piano and dance lessons when she was 4 and 6. "When I was four, my mother started sending me for ballet and piano lessons. I thought I’d be either a figure skater or a boxer, but we don’t have ice in Puerto Rico.” After primary school, secondary school and high school in San Juan, Roselyn took some marketing courses at the University of San Juan, but after three years, she decided to drop out college. Before becoming an actress, she won two beauty pageant, in 1993 she was miss Puerto Rico Petite and one year later, America petite. Roselyn didn't speak English at the time and she sometimes had some difficulties to understand questions during the beauty contests. "I trained with a coach to answer every possible question in English. Then I was asked about my leadership qualities, and I freaked out. I started crying and asked for a translator. I apologized to the audience, and they thought it was so sweet. Ultimately, I won"."Girls who compete are very tall, and I'm only 5'5...But I wanted to be a beauty Queen" she admitted during an interview on Without a trace set.
Roselyn appeared in the famous Puerto Rican show Que vacilon. After that, she decided to move to New york in order to to fulfill her dream. She justify Puerto Rico when she was 21years old. In New York City, Roselyn took singing classes and acting classes, and tried to learn English by herself. "I thought it would be easy. I thought it'd take me one year to be Salma Hayek. New York doesn't care who you are or where you came from." But without money, Roselyn started working in a restaurant as a waitress and was leaving in the Bronx. This experience will make her write a one-woman show, Out Here on My Own that she will play at Duplex in Manhattan. “I invited my parents and they came, and my father cried when he saw it. He didn’t know that I would dress like a little boy in the Bronx and walk to the bus, to the subway, and then go to McDonald’s to put on my makeup and change. Or that I was taking the subway late at night. I was a baby. I didn’t know how to write a check. I didn’t know what credit was."
Roselyn's biggest role in New York was her role in CBS show
As The World turns in 1996 and 1997. She portrayed Pilar Domingo, the first latino character of the show. After this role, she decided to move to Los Angeles.
In LA, Roselyn portrayed Lily Arguelo in Fame L.A during years 1997 and 1998. This role will give her a nomination to the Alma Awards in 1998. "When I did Fame L.A. for a year - all the singing, dancing and acting - I was in heaven. I cried so much when they cancelled the show. I mean, I loved going to work and I couldn't wait to get on the set."
After Fame LA, she shot Held Up with Jamie Foxx and portrayed Kim Veras in
Ryan Caufiled : Year One, a serie from the FOX network, in 1999.
The year after, Roselyn was chosen by Rush Hour 2 producers to play
Isabel Molina and co starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. In 2002, Roselyn joins
Boat Trip cast with Horatio Sanz and Cuba gooding Jr.
Her role was made for an english speaker, but Roselyn still got the job.
"With Boat Trip, they had written the part for an Anglo. But my manager convinced them there was no reason it couldn’t be me instead. It was not relevant to the story line.”
Roselyn also was featured in the big thriller Basic with John Travolta.
"That was the most challenging job I’ve done" said Roselyn about it, because of the rain. The same year, Roselyn joins Chasing Papi's cast along with Sofia Vergara and Jaci Velasquez. Still in 2003, Roselyn's
first record Borinquena was released.
In 2004, Roselyn portrayed Elena Macias in the TV show
Dragnet. She co-starred one of her best friend in life, Eva Longoria. Next year, she did play
in Kojak as Carmen Warrik. It's also the same year that Roselyn shot Cayo, a puerto rican movie in which she played Julia, a girl in the middle of a Love triangle. She also played in
The Underclassman with Nick Cannon and Shooting Gallery co-starring Freddie Prinze Jr. Roselyn was also casted the same year by the crew of Desperate Housewives but she won't obtain the role of Gabrielle because of her accent.
I'm perfectly bilingual, but I'm never going to sound like Sandra Bullock."
She shot Yellow, a movie she wrote and produced, and was casted by
Without a trace crew
in the same time. The creator of the show, Hank Steinberg wanted to add a new character and Roselyn will be chosen to play Elena Delgado for four years, until the show cancellation in 2009. Roselyn met some very good friends during this work.
"I love, love, love my co-stars." she said.
In 2006, Roselyn portrayed a ballet teacher, Monique Vasquez
in The Game Plan, a Disney
production featuring Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson. In August 2008 she won her first alma award, the alma award of the "outstanding actress in a TV Drama serie for her role of Elena Delgado in without a trace. On a personnal side, Roselyn is living, since 2006, a beautiful love story with
fellow actor Eric Winter. The lovers met during an hollywood event in 2005 and Roselyn just loved the way he introduced himself. They got married 29th of november in 2008 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and are now the parents of a girl named Sebella
Rose, born in 2012 and a boy named Dylan Gabriel, born in 2017. In 2009, The Perfect Sleep and Venus & Vegas released. Roselyn also co-wrote one episode of Without a trace in the 7th season of the show, Once Lost focused on Elena and her past.
Sadly, Without a trace has been cancelled in May 2009.
In July 2009, Roselyn did guest star on USA's network TV Show Royal Pains. The same year, she shot a new movie Act Of Valor about the NAVY SEALS. Roselyn is very involved in charity work and especially in Animal and Kids Charity. She is still the Godmother of the San Jorge Children's foundation, and she created RS EVENTS FOR LIFE. During February and May 2011, she played on stage in Los Monologuos de la Vagina in Miami.
In 2012, Roselyn has been chosen to join Marc Cherry's
new pilot Devious Maids
for the ABC network. After a first cancellation by ABC, the show got finally produced and
aired on Lifetime TV during 4 seasons. She brilliantly portrayed the fun, sassy and hilarious Carmen Luna. Still in 2012, Roselyn filmed a pilot in Colombia, named Familia En Venta, for Fox Telecolombia. Roselyn is also back to music and
recorded in 2013 a new single called Pick Up Your Game, with the hit star Flo Rida. The song was a success. After Devious Maids, Roselyn appeared in Lifetime's Movie "Death of a Vegas Girl" in 2017 and was back in theathers with TRAFFIK co-starring Paula Patton. In parallel, she relased a children book to teach kids how to dance called "Sebi and the land of Cha Cha Cha". The book is also available in a Spanish version.
“I realized there was no book that embraced the Latin culture when it comes to dancing. There’s wonderful books about ballet and tap but there was nothing that would teach kids Latin rhythms.”
Still very active in charities, after the terrible hurricane she was a part of VOICES FOR PUERTO RICO to help rebuild her beloved home island. She's still active in charities with her EVENTS FOR LIFE and event directed for the first time a movie back in Puerto Rico called "Satos", about the stray dog issue on the island. In November 2017, she gave birth to her second child with Eric Winter, a little boy named Dylan Gabriel. She was back to acting and co-starred her real life husband Eric for the first time in the Lifetime movie "A Taste of Summer" in 2019, and she also visited him on set of "The Rookie", early 2020.
In 2018, Roselyn appeared on ABC's GRAND HOTEL produced by her friend Eva Longoria, as Gigi Mendoza. Unfortunately, the show got cancelled after one season.