This year’s Grand Marshal is Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of Fox 11’s new hit series, ‘Rosewood.’
Jaina Lee Ortiz, born Jessica Ortiz on Fort Ord military base in California, was raised in The Bronx, New York as the only child of first-generation Puerto Rican parents. At the age of nine she began taking salsa and mambo dance classes, and by the age of 15 began teaching. The following year Ortiz was traveling internationally as a professional instructor and performer.
Ortiz got her start in acting by appearing in student films. In 2009, she auditioned and was cast on the second season of VH1’s popular reality show ‘Scream Queens,’ where she competed with nine other aspiring actresses for a role in an upcoming movie. On the season finale, she was named the first runner-up. In 2013, Ortiz landed the role as a series regular in ‘The After’ produced by ‘The X-Files’ creator Chris Carter that aired on Amazon Video.
In 2015, Ortiz was cast as the female lead in ‘Rosewood,’ playing opposite Morris Chestnut which premiered on September 23, 2015 on Fox. She is very close to her family, learning many things from her father Joe Ortiz, a homicide detective that helped prepare her for her role as Detective Annalise Villa in ‘Rosewood.’