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Melinna Bobadilla

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Melinna Bobadilla is a Xicana actor, born and raised in Los Angeles, who is focused on moving beyond the currently limited paradigms of Latinx "representation" in media. She is a quintessentially hyphenated creative who, in addition to being an actor, is also an educator, activist, voice-over artist, special correspondent/guest host for Futuro Media's Latino Rebels, cultural critic, and public speaker committed to engaging and growing an anti-racist praxis. Most recently, Melinna wrapped a recurring role as the fierce non-profit attorney "Melinna Barragan" on the second season of the hit Netflix series Gentefied. She is best known for her work as "Santos Chaj" in the final season of Netflix's hit series Orange is The New Black and as Gloria on the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ original series Little America.

Other notable credits include Grand Hotel, The 50th-anniversary revival of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum, and The Laundromat film, where she starred opposite Meryl Streep! Additionally, Melinna debuted as a co-producer and stars as the lead, Eva, in the short film For Rosa, based on the 1975 Madrigal v Quilligan federal class-action case, centering the stories of Latinas who survived forced sterilization at LA County General Hospital. For Rosa highlights the health disparities faced by Black and brown women and is currently streaming on HBO Max.

In June 2021, Melinna was featured in the historic Los Angeles Times multi-part special report, "Hollywood's Latino Culture Gap," where she touched upon the importance of dismantling white supremacy within entertainment. Melinna holds a dual Bachelor's in Ethnic Studies & Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and a Master's degree in Theater & Education from New York University. Melinna is the proud first-generation daughter of wonderful parents who immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico, whom she credits for everything in her life.

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