Daniella Alonso is a famed American actress and former fashion model, who rose to prominence for starring as Crystal Carrington in The CW soap opera, “Dynasty.” She has also appeared in several horror films, such as “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” and “The Hills Have Eyes.”

Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Daniella was born in New York City, under the Virgo zodiac sign on 22 September 1978, which makes her 44 years old as of 2022. Alonso’s father is of Peruvian descent, and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was brought up in an extended family and has a sister and a brother. She developed an interest in performing and modeling at a young age, and Daniella was noticed by Ford Modeling Agency when she was 15 years old, selected to appear in their commercials, and later in many teen magazines, including “Teen” and “Seventeen.”

Alonso went to a local high school, and matriculated to Marymount Manhattan College, majoring in Communications, and graduating with a BA in 2002.

Hobbies

Daniella is physically active, and has trained in Taekwondo and Karate, previously saying during an interview that “… it’s more of a ‘get yourself in shape,’ and if you want to take it to the next level, so you’re learning valuable skills with self-defense, and I really enjoy it.’ She is now the holder of a fourth-level green belt.

She is an avid animal lover, who co-founded the non-profit organization Project Street Dog, which adopts rescued dogs – she is also a huge supporter of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization (PETA). She has adopted two pet dogs, including a Labrador canine named Nora.

Alonso is also a loyal supporter of the LGBTQ society, and is an avid advocate of mental health awareness.

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The former model spends her spare time watching series and films – her favorites are “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones”, and “As Good as It Gets.”

She has expressed her support and love for her fellow Latin-American actresses working in Hollywood, and previously revealed during an interview, ‘I love Jennifer Lopez for everything that she’s done, across the board. Her, Eva Longoria, actresses like that, who really fight for Latinos to be seen and represented. I really respect them…’

Career

Modeling Career

Alonso’s association with Ford Modelling agency, which is affiliated with many renowned brands such as Celine, Prada, and Fendi, saw her become very famous at a young age. She thereafter began appearing on the covers of several magazines, and later in commercials – in over 20 Spanish advertisements as a teenager. She also modeled for skincare and make-up firms such as Clean and Clear, Clairol, and Cover Girl.

Film Appearances

Daniella made her film debut as Lisa in “American Boyz” in 1997, before she portrayed June in 2001’s “Black Knight.” In 2003, she was selected to play Rena in “Rhythm of the Saints,” then Rada Kincaid in the drama “All You’ve Got” in 2006, and Posie Santana in the horror film “Hood of Horror” in the same year. Before 2010, she appeared in seven more films, the most notable being 2007’s “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” as Amber, and in “Love Song”, “The Collector,” and “We Were Once a Fairytale”, all in 2009.

Before she played Divina Martinez in 2015’s comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” and “Re-Kill,” Daniella portrayed Maria Ramirez in “The Mulberry Tree” (2013). 2018 saw her appearing in “Maybe I’m Fine”, and her two most recent film roles are in “Darkness Falls” and “Isolated Victim,” which were both released in 2020.

TV Appearances

Daniella landed her first TV role as Angie Suarez in the episode “Jones” of the crime-drama “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” in 2001. She then appeared in “Law and Order” in 2003, before she landed her first recurring role of Anna in WB’s “One Tree Hill” in 2004 and 2005. The drama series is about two step-brothers who compete at almost everything, including getting new girlfriends and friends, and winning basketball games. Daniella has performed in single episodes of various TV series such as “Saving Grace” and “CSI: Miami” both in 2007, and “Stargate: Atlantis” in the year that followed. In 2007 and 2008, she landed her second recurring role of Carlotta in the series “Friday Night Lights”

Alonso played a guest role in “Without a Trace” in 2008, then appeared in the episode “Deep Fried and Minty Fresh” of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and “Knight Rider” in 2009. 2010 saw her starring as Brenda Serrano in “My Generation”, and she’s since appeared in many other projects, such as “Mad Love,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Metro”, all in 2011.

From 2012 to 2014, she starred as Clayton in the series “Revolution”, and her praised performance subsequently saw her cast for the main role in “The Night Shift” in 2014. She next appeared in “Being Mary Jane” and “Animal Kingdom” in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Danielle’s latest appearances are in the shows “The Resident” and “Criminal Minds” in 2018, and since 2019, she’s been starring as Cristal Carrington in the acclaimed soap opera, “Dynasty,” which also stars Elizabeth Gillies, Adam Huber and Grant Show.

Personal Life

Daniella is described as a very sociable person by her fans. She is a married woman who walked the aisle with Aaron Hernandez – often confused with the late footballer with the same name who committed suicide in 2017 – at a private wedding ceremony in 2013, the duo having dated for close to six year. Alonso took to Instagram in December 2020, announcing that she was expecting a daughter, and gave birth in early 2021, but hasn’t revealed the name of her daughter.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Daniella has a fair skin tone, a set of black eyes, and dark brown hair. She is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, weighs around 122lbs (55kgs), and her vital statistics are 33-25-32. She wears shoe size 8(US) and dress size 6(US).

Net Worth

Daniella has accumulated a fortune from her previous career as a model and also as an actress. She’s appeared in many high-grossing projects, such as “Paul Blart: The Mall Cop 2,” which had a box office of around $107 million. She is worth approximately $18 million, as of 2022.

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