New Yorkers: Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes, Born & Raised in The Bronx

Judy Reyes, best known for her role on Scrubs, had daily flashbacks when working on the indie drama Gun Hill Road. Set in The Bronx, the film’s title refers to the real street that intersects Bainbridge Avenue, the street the Dominican-American actress grew up on. “I’m so familiar with the hood it’s not even funny,” said Reyes in an interview with Smashing Interviews. “Driving into that neighborhood every day, I would pass the local church where I grew up on my way to location, so it brought back very fond memories.” Reyes, who’ll next star in Lifetime’s Devious Maids, added, “Going back there and shooting actually really did a lot of the character work for us. It created that certain swagger, you know? It’s the body language … kind of gets you going in that direction.”

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.