Melanie “Mel” Vera on “Charmed”
In The CW’s new series “Charmed,” Melonie Diaz plays Melanie “Mel” Vera, a strong-willed feminist, who is deeply emotional and relishes her close connection to her mother, Marisol (guest star Valerie Cruz) and her younger sister, Maggie (Sarah Jeffery). In the wake of her mother’s death, Mel struggles to move forward, convinced her mother was murdered even though the police and her detective girlfriend, Niko (Ellen Tamaki), say otherwise. When her sister, Macy (Madeleine Mantock) knocks at the door, Mel is distraught that her mother would keep such a big secret from her. However, upon discovering her witch identity, Mel is energized – ready to take on the world, find her mother’s killer, and – with the help of her sisters – defeat the Source of All Evil with her time-freezing power.
Earlier this year, Diaz was seen in the thriller “The Belko Experiment,” with John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, and John C. McGinley and directed by Greg McLean. She was most recently seen in “Gringo,” opposite David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron and Joel Egerton, and directed by Nash Edgerton.
In 2014, Diaz starred along with America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Common in Ryan Piers Williams’ “X/Y.” Diaz went on to film the fantasy drama “The Cobbler,” starring alongside Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman and Ellen Barkin.
Diaz was seen in the 2013 biographical drama “Fruitvale Station.” Melonie’s breakout performance in the role of “Sophina” earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female. The film, which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, went on to receive much critical acclaim following its release.
In 2012, she starred in the comedy “She Wants Me,” opposite Josh Gad and Hilary Duff; “Save The Date,” opposite Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie; as well as “Supporting Characters,” with Lena Dunham and Arielle Kebbel. Diaz was nominated for her first Independent Spirit Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Female for her role in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.”
Additional film credits include the paranormal comedy “Ghost Team,” the 2008 comedy musical “Hamlet 2,” opposite Steve Coogan and Catherine Keener; Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind Rewind,” the biographical drama film “Lords of Dogtown,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke; and Peter Sollett’s “Raising Victor Vargas.”
On the television side, Diaz was seen in the VH1 series “The Breaks” and in the thrilling HBO series “Room 104.” She has appeared in a number of hit television series, including the award-winning series “Girls,” “CSI: Miami,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Person of Interest” and “Law & Order,” among many others.
Originally from New York City, Diaz was raised on the Lower East Side. She studied acting at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, and later completed a degree in Film Production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Diaz currently resides in Los Angeles.