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Daniella Pineda is an Mexican-American actress, writer, and comedian from Oakland, California. Pineda portrays main character Zia Rodriguez in the Jurassic World Trilogy films Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic World: Dominion.

Personal Life:[]

Pineda was born in Oakland, California in 1987. She is of Mexican heritage and identifies as Mexican-American and American.


Pineda's career as an actress began in the 2010s. She was featured on the YouTube Channel / Internet site CollegeHumor in multiple roles. She then starred on such shows as The Vampire Diaries, Homeland, The Detour, and American Odyssey. Some of her film roles include Mr. Roosevelt and Sleeping with Other People.

In late 2018 - early 2019, Pineda was cast in the live action version of the anime Cowboy Bebop in the role of Faye Valentine. The Netflix original series was released in 2021.

In 2022, Daniella Pineda starred in the sixth episode of AMC original anthology Tales of the Walking Dead, "La Doña", a spin-off of The Walking Dead.

Jurassic World[]

Pineda's first role in a major franchise was in her casting in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015's Jurassic World. She was chosen by director J. A. Bayona to portray Zia Rodriguez.

As shown in behind the scenes commentary and in interviews, the overall look of Zia Rodriguez was somewhat inspired by Daniella Pineda herself. J. A. Bayona informed Pineda that Zia was a character whom looked liked she fashioned her own hairstyle and her own outfit. Pineda still required help on finalizing a hairstyle from the on set stylist and had a short bobbed haircut.

In the film, Zia Rodriguez is shown with various tattoos on her body that were chosen by Pineda. One of which is "Semper Fi" the motto of the United States Marines which Pineda explained as part of her characters backstory. Pineda also said that a scene was deleted which revealed Zia was in fact a lesbian. Said scene was in conversation with Chris Pratt's character Owen Grady. While the scene was cut, it is possible and Pineda's perspective that Zia is attracted to women.

Pineda returned to reprise her role as Zia Rodriguez in Fallen Kingdom's direct sequel: Jurassic World: Dominion. Due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pineda was not able to film a second scene featuring her character.



Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Actors
Chris PrattBryce Dallas HowardB. D. WongJeff GoldblumJames CromwellRafe SpallJustice SmithToby JonesTed LevineDaniella PinedaGeraldine ChaplinIsabella SermonPeter JasonRonan SummersJoe KennardKamil Lemieszewski
Jurassic World: Dominion actors
Chris PrattBryce Dallas HowardLaura DernJeff GoldblumSam NeillDeWanda WiseMamoudou AthieB. D. WongOmar SyIsabella SermonCampbell ScottJustice SmithScott HazeDaniella PinedaDichen LachmanKristoffer PolahaElva TrillVarada SethuCaleb HearonFreya ParkerAlexander OwenAhir ShahTeresa Cendon-GarciaManuela MoraBastian Antonio FuentesJoel ElferinkEnzo Squillino Jr.Ben AshendenMo Brings PlentyEmilie JumeauxElan Ross GibsonDimitri VegasJoe AzzopardiJasmine ChiuAisling SharkeyEleanor TataPatrick LoungwayGlynis DaviesBen CookeCokey FalkowCathleen SummersYasmine Bouabid