Lauren Velez was born on November 2, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. She is the twin sister of Loraine Velez who is also an actress. Lauren landed her first TV role as Nina Moreno in the television series New York Undercover. This was followed by other projects like I Like It Like That where she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award and The Desi Award for Best Lead Actress. Moreover, she became part of the suspense drama series Dexter as Maria LaGuerta.
Lauren Velez was born on November 2, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York. She is the twin sister of fellow actress Loraine Velez, and their parents emigrated from Puerto Rico during the early 1950s. Their father worked as a police officer in the Big Apple, until he was able to afford a house in the middle-class neighborhood of Rockaway, Queens, moving there with his wife and his eight children. When they were younger, Velez and her twin sister enjoyed producing improvised skits and plays for their family’s enjoyment. The two of them also received scholarships later on to study at the Alvin Ailey Dancing School.