Early life, family, educational background
American actress and singer Raini-Alena Rodriguez was born on 1 July 1993, in Bryan, Texas, USA, to Roy and Diane Rodriguez. Her parents own Rodriguez Tire Service. She has three brothers, Roy Jr, Ray and Rico, with all of Mexican descent.
Raini’s best-known role was as Ally’s best friend, Trish de la Rosa in “Austin & Ally,” a Disney Channel original series.
Family’s personal life
American actor Rico Rodriguez was born on 31 July 1998 in Bryan, Texas, USA. He started his professional acting career in 2006,
His most notable role was as Manny Delgado in “Modern Family”, an ABC sitcom that ran for 11 seasons. The series followed one family, broken up in their respective households/own small families, but the entire family would reunite for dinner or an event in every episode. when cast as Manny in September 2009; in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In November 2012, his book “Reel Life Lessons… So Far” was published.
In 2015, Rico guest-appeared as Benny in an “Austin & Ally” episode entitled “Burdens & Boynado”.
Susan Osser, a Californian talent agent for International Modeling & Talent Association (IMTA) showcase, discovered Raini after watching one of her performances. She approached Diane and suggested herself as Raini’s manager; she also encouraged them to move to California for a year, to give Raini a chance to make it in Hollywood. Raini was only 11 years old, but her mother could also see her potential.
Her on-screen career began with guest-appearances in single episodes of existing series. In 2006, she appeared in “Huff” as Denise, the voice of Isabel in “Handy Manny” in 2007, as Maria in the pilot episode of “Family of the Year”, and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” in 2007 as Betsy. She also appeared in films such as the short “Parker” in 2007 and “Babysitters Beware” in 2008 as Marco’s Second Sister.
Raini’s big break in Hollywood was in Disney Channel’s musical comedy series “Austin & Ally.” Raini’s character Trish appeared in 87 episodes from the beginning of the series in 2011, to the finale in 2016, and in 2013, she attended the Imagen Awards and won the award for Best Young Television Actress.
The sitcom show prioritizes its titular characters – Aly Dawson is a young songwriter with stage fright, and with internet sensation Austin Moon form an unlikely friendship, as Austin became famous after performing one of Ally’s songs without crediting her. They decide to join forces – Ally writes the songs, Austin performs them, and they both get a cut from the profit. The series ran for a total of four seasons, and in the finale, Austin and Ally were married with two children, son Alex and daughter Ava.
In 2009, Raini was cast in her breakout film role in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Three years later she co-starred alongside Eva Mendes in “Girl in Progress.” That year, she recorded “Living Your Dreams,” a song for the film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!”, an English and a Spanish version of the song.
She played Nina in the 2011 episode entitled “True Mall” of “True Jackson, VP”, and Tess Torres in the 2011 romcom “Prom.” The following year, Raini appeared in Ross Lynch’s music video for “Heard It on the Radio” – Ross played Austin in the series. She also guest-appeared in another Disney show that year, “Jessie” – Raini portrayed her “Austin & Ally” character in the crossover episode “Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star.”
From 2017 to 2021, she voiced Creepy Caroline in the children’s series “Vampirina.” Also in 2021, Raini voiced Gretel in the television short series “A Tale Dark & Grimm”, then from 2020 to 2021 she voiced Sammy Gutierrez in the television series “Jurassic Work: Camp Cretaceous.”
Raini’s directing debut was in 2015, of the “Austin & Ally” episode entitled “Rejection & Rocketships.”
Raini would like to star in a horror film, but particularly as the main villain. She also wants to move from in front of the camera to behind it; becoming a director and singer is her ultimate goal. Raini also hopes to one day direct a project that she co-wrote with Rico.
Her younger brother Rico moved with Raini and their mother to Los Angeles, while their dad remained in Texas to manage the tire shop. While living in Los Angeles, Diane home-schooled Raini and Rico. Sadly, on 12 March 2017, Roy passed away, aged 52.
When Raini was a child, she was often bullied by her classmates, so when she needed to play a victim of bullying, she was able to go back on her own life and take emotions and experiences from there. She was happy to take the role on so she could show victims of bullying that not only can it happen to anyone, but with the support of your family and friends, you can overcome anything.
Some people describe Raini as ‘chubby,’ ‘fatty’ and ‘obese,’ but she hasn’t let their negative opinions and comments get to her for long. She maintains her confidence, and is proud and comfortable in her body the way it is.
Raini dated her “Austin & Ally” costar, Calum Worthy for a short period of time. Their characters in the series got together, and the finale ended with them in the future as a happy married couple with children. In 2013 she briefly dated William Brent.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Her star sign is Cancer
- Her favorite series is “Friends”
- Her favorite color is purple
Raini has curly dark almost black hair and brown eyes. She stands at 5ft 2ins (1.57m), weighs 170lbs (77kg) with vital statistics of 35-31-38, dress size US 16 (EU 46) and shoe size US 6 (EU 36.5).
Net worth and salary
As of May 2022, Raini’s net worth is estimated at close to $2 million.