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Justina Milagros Machado is an American actress. She portrays Penelope Alvarez in the Pop TV Series One Day at a Time.

Personal Life

Justina Machado was born and raised in Chicago as the eldest of five children in a family of Puerto Rican descent.


The talented film, theatre, and television actress can be seen in USA Network’s newest series “Queen of the South,” premiering June 2016, and the highly anticipated Netflix revival of “One Day at a Time.”

Justina might be best remembered as Vanessa Diaz in HBO’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series, “Six Feet Under.” Additional television credits include a starring role in the NBC comedy “Welcome to the Family” and roles on the ABC series “Private Practice” and “Desperate Housewives.” She appeared in “The Accidental Husband” opposite Uma Thurman and her resume also includes features such as “The Purge: Anarchy,” “The Call” with Halle Berry and “In the Electric Mist” with Tommy Lee Jones.

Justina made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical "In The Heights" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, as well as the world premiere production of “A Free Man of Color" directed by George Wolfe at the Lincoln Center Theater. Machado also starred opposite Marc Feuerstein in Neil Labutte’s “Some Girls” at the Geffen Theater.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 She's So Lovely Carmen Rodriguez
1998 The Week That Girl Died Marita
1999 Swallows America
2000 Following Paula Paula Ormida Short film
2001 Sticks Maria
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Assistant
2002 Dragonfly Oncology Desk Nurse
2002 Full Frontal Linda's Friend in Kitchen
2003 Final Destination 2 Isabella Hudson
2004 Torque Henderson
2006 Little Fugitive Natalia
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Paramedic
2008 The Accidental Husband Sofia
2008 Breast Pump & Blender Lizzie Short film
2008 Man Maid Terressa
2008 Pedro Mily
2009 In the Electric Mist Rosie Gomez
2013 The Call Rachel
2014 Endgame Karla
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Tanya
TBA Sorta Like a Rock Star Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 ABC Afterschool Special Episode: "Love Hurts"
1993 Missing Persons Juanita Gonzales Episode: "That's My Sister, Pal"
1996 NYPD Blue Elsa Episode: "Burnin' Love"
1996 Second Noah Roxanna Episode: "Second Noah"
1996 No One Would Tell Val Cho TV film
1997 ER Ms. Cruz Episode: "Ambush"
1997 Moloney Episode: "I'm Ambivalent About L.A."
1997 Crisis Center Raquel Episode: "He Said, She Said"
1997 Arsenio Anna Montez Episode: "We Can Still Be Friends"
1997 Goode Behavior Raquel Delarosa Recurring role (5 episodes)
1998 The Gregory Hines Show Maria Episode: "James Stevenson Stands Alone"
1998 Any Day Now Olivia Episode: "It's Who You Sleep With"
1998 Touched by an Angel Marisol Episode: "An Angel on the Roof"
1998 Malcolm & Eddie Laura Morales Episodes: "Love Thy Neighbor", "The Fool Monty"
1999 Promised Land Roxie Kahle Episode: "Darkness Visible"
1999 Early Edition Laura Episode: "Camera Shy"
1999–2000 Oh Baby Mona Episodes: "Guilt", "Friendship", "Cinderella"
2000 Angel Jo Episode: "Judgment"
2001–2005 Six Feet Under Vanessa Diaz Regular role (42 episodes)

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

2002 The Johnny Chronicles Marisol TV film
2002 Strong Medicine Episode: "Type & Cross"
2003–2004 Missing Sunny Estrada Main role (17 episodes)
2006 Alpha Mom TV film
2006 Ghost Whisperer Suzanne Episode: "Demon Child"
2006 Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America Alma Ansen TV film
2006 Grey's Anatomy Anna Nyles Episode: "Oh, the Guilt"
2007 Cold Case Amelia Lopez Episode: "The Good Death"
2007 Ugly Betty Cousin Clara Episodes: "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara", "Family/Affair"
2008 Man of Your Dreams Sheryl TV film
2008 Kath & Kim Angel Episodes: "Old", "Money"
2009 ER Claudia Diaz Recurring role (8 episodes)
2009–2010 Three Rivers Pam Acosta Main role (13 episodes)
2010 Burn Notice Lauren Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"
2010 Bones Lupe Rojas Episode: "The Couple in the Cave"
2011 Off the Map Teresa Episode: "Hold on Tight"
2011 The Protector Marisol Casas Episode: "Blood"
2011 Body of Proof Emily Burrows Episode: "Lazarus Man"
2011 Harry's Law Counsel Episode: "American Girl"
2012 Desperate Housewives Claudia Sanchez Episodes: "Who Can Say What's True?", "What's the Good of Being Good"
2012 Switched at Birth Nurse Britzia Munoz Episodes: "Starry Night", "The Art of Painting"
2012–2013 Private Practice Stephanie Kemp Recurring role (6 episodes)
2013 The Fosters Sonia Rivera Episodes: "Saturday", "The Fallout", "I Do"
2013 Welcome to the Family Lisette Hernandez Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"
2013 Murder Police Rosa Sanchez TV series
2014 Major Crimes Ana Ruiz Episode 13, Season 3
2015 Devious Maids Reina Episodes: "She Done Him Wrong", "The Turning Point"
2016 Heartbeat Beth and Emily Episode: "Twins"
2016–2019 Jane the Virgin Darci Factor Recurring role
2016, 2019 Queen of the South Brenda Main role (Season 1); 13 episodes

Guest role (Season 4); 2 episodes

2017–present One Day at a Time Penelope Alvarez Main role; 39 episodes

Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2019 Family Pictures Sylvie Television film
2019 Superstore Maya 3 episodes: "Trick-or-Treat", "Shoplifter Rehab", "Negotiation"

Voice roles

Year Title Role Notes
2016-2019 Elena of Avalor Carmen Recurring role; 9 episodes
2016 Gears of War 4 Reyna Diaz Video game