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Gabrielle Ruiz
ResidenceNew York City, New York
Alma materOklahoma City University
Spouse(s)Philip Pisanchyn

Gabrielle Ruiz is an American actress best known for playing the role of Valencia Perez on The CW musical comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[1] Prior to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she performed in several Broadway musicals.


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 References

Early life and education[edit]

Gabrielle was born to Eduardo and Sylvia Ruiz in Edinburg, Texas.[citation needed] She discovered her love of performing at a young age through dance. She was trained in dance at Melba's School of Dance and the Texas Association for Teachers of Dance. She also took vocal lessons and was part of the Texas All-State Choir.[2] She attended public schools through high school, and Oklahoma City University to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. While in college she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, OCU Rhythms, numerous musicals, work-study, and the Alpha Phi women's fraternity.[3]


After college, Ruiz landed various roles on both television and Broadway.[citation needed] Her breakthrough role was as Valencia Perez on The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On August 4, 2016, Ruiz married Philip Pisanchyn in a small private ceremony at a villa in Saint Martin.[4] They live in New York City and occasionally Los Angeles.[citation needed]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes Refs[5]
2014 Sex, Love, and Salsa Maria Indie Film Award, Best Featured Actress
Television roles
Title Role Notes Refs[5]
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Valencia Perez Recurring (season 1), Main (season 2) (2015-present)
Orange is the New Black Singing Inmate #2 "Power Suit" (2016)
Law & Order: SVU Tina "Deadly Ambition" (2013)
Sesame Street Singing Electrician "Y a Quest, Y Not?"
One Life to Live Principal Dancer Episode #1.9956 (2007)
Broadway/ National Tour
Title Role Theater performed
If/Then Featured, under study Anne & Elena Richard Rodgers Theater
Evita Featured Marquis Theater
In The Heights Carla, under study Nina & Vanessa Richard Rodgers Theater
A Chorus Line Diana Morales First National Tour