BiographyBorn and raised in the heart of Los Angeles Jorge Diaz fell in love with acting at an early age, appearing in countless national commercials since the age 15. Called a "scene stealer" by many in Hollywood, Diaz seems to always have a hand in projects that are pioneering and trailblazing new stories and images for Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Jorge most recently starred in the Paramount & Blumhouse Productions film "The Marked Ones" a spinoff to the mega-successful "Paranormal Activity" franchise, in which Alfonso Duralde of The Wrap stated that "Diaz all but walks away with the movie." The film became the first studio film to ever be released worldwide with an all-Latino Lead cast. It also lead to Diaz's first nomination for Best Supporting actor at the 29th Annual Imagen Foundation Awards.
Then came the groundbreaking new half hour drama "East Los High," which the Los Angeles Times calls a "Latino Degrassi," where Diaz stars as the lovable goofball "Paulie." The exclusive HULU series became an instant hit winning several awards along with being nominated for 5 Daytime Emmys. The innovative teen drama made history and headlines as the first English-Language show with an all Latino cast.
Now another first is in the works for Jorge; he is proud and honored to be an integral part of the highly anticipated animated series, "Elena of Avalor," Disney's first Latina Princess. Premiering the summer 2016, Disney has chosen Diaz to voice the character of "Gabe," Elena's friend and rising star of the Royal Guard. Diaz's versatility as an actor has been evidenced by the varied films and roles he chooses. Alum of the famed UCB, Upright Citizen Brigade Improv School, Diaz's comedic strengths are undeniable with his comedic performances on Fox's top rated sitcom "Raising Hope," where he guest starred opposite Shannon Woodward and Lucas Neff, as well as a guest star role on the critically acclaimed and award winning CW series "Jane The Virgin," opposite Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez and Critics Choice nominee Jaime Camil. In 2016, you can catch Jorge on the new highly-anticipated NBC sitcom "The Good Place," starring Kristen Bell and Emmy Award winner Ted Danson from the creator of "Parks and Recreation" and "Brooklyn Nine Nine."
Diaz also continues to showcase his dramatic chops amongst some of the biggest stars in film and television today in controversial and provocative series such as HBO's "True Blood" and in the 2015 Warner Bros and Phoenix Pictures film "The 33," where Jorge was cast alongside Antonio Banderas, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche, and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne. Diaz also stars in the critically acclaimed Indie film Filly Brown. This Sundance smash debuted in January 2012, and also stars breakout actress Gina Rodrgieuz, veteran Lou Diamond Phillips and Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos.
Diaz has a true love and passion for all areas of the entertainment business, but his childhood dream of becoming a voice over artist came true when he booked the lead role of Noah, in the Emmy-nominated PBS animated series "Oh Noah!," an interactive series designed to teach Spanish to children through animated videos and games. This has now lead to Jorge being cast on numerous animated projects and video games, including the mega-successful Grand Theft Auto V, the Cartoon Network pilot "Twelve Forever," Fox's beloved "Family Guy," and the new Amazon Studios series "Lost In Oz," set to premiere in 2016.
As a first-generation Mexican-American, Diaz has a special passion for his Latino community. It his goal to use his celebrity and voice to help create more positive representations for Latinos in the entertainment industry as well as help solve the many challenges and social issues Latinos face here in America today. In 2013, He also starred in the award-winning online mini-series "Sin Verguenza" ("Without Shame"), geared specifically towards raising health and HIV awareness amongst Latino communities.
When Diaz isn't working on a project, he spends much of his time with his diverse group of friends sharing ideas, creating art and supporting each other's passions. Jorge currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Trusty Boots.