“Food is a necessity not luxury; feeding a fellow neighbor will only build a healthier community."
Independent, driven, and a mother of two, Dascha Polanco is well known for her groundbreaking roles in Hollywood as a leading young Latina actress. Polanco, who migrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic at an early age, is living the American dream through her acting career.
This upcoming Summer of 2020, Polanco is set to star in “In The Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Jon M. Chu from “Crazy Rich Asians.” In addition, it was just announced that Polanco will be the female lead along side Sylvester Stallone in “Samaritan,” which is set to be released in December 2020. While working on other projects yet to be announced in 2020, Polanco is known for role as “Dayanara Diaz” on the hit Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black” (OITNB) for seven seasons. Currently, Polanco is the lead host of Netflix’s new LatinX podcast called “Con Todo: Brown Love,” which focuses weekly on Netflix’s LatinX talent and their life stories in Hollywood.
Dascha also is known for her acting work in Netflix's “When They See Us,” “The Irishman,” and FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “Joy” by director David O’Russell, “The Perfect Match” (2016) by director Bille Woodru and producer Queen Latifah. In 2015, Polanco also landed her first lead film role in Adrian Martinez’s indie dark comedy “iCreep.” Polanco has also starred in Tom McCarthy’s “The Cobbler” with Adam Sandler (2015) and made her first big screen debut in 2013 by opposite Vanessa Hudgens and Rosario Dawson in the dramatic independent flick, “GIMME SHELTER.”
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn by way of Miami, Polanco is the eldest daughter of a mechanic and a cosmetologist. Polanco’s personal story of losing her mother, becoming a single teen mom, and struggling with self- confidence has captivated the hearts of the public. She continues to use her influential platform to help others in need, promoting and flourishing her mission of “Self Lovery” and being a LatinX in Hollywood.
Her achievements have been recognized by numerous awards, including the ALMA Awards, HOLA Awards, and The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Lupe Award). Huffington Post recognized her as one of the Latinas to be "Breaking The Mold,” and The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the 40 Young Latino Powerhouses in Hollywood.
Dascha also enjoys spending her time traveling the world, completing missions to help children in need, such as her most recent trip to Haiti. She is on the Board of Directors for the Starfish Foundation, which provides financial support to hardworking young women in need of the resources necessary to succeed. In addition, she has partnered up with the DREAM Project Foundation in the Dominican Republic to open up the first theater and arts programs for children in the country.