Valerie Cruz is an American actress. She had her career beginnings in the early 2000s. During her early years, she made one-time appearances in Strong Medicine, The Agency, and Missing. Her first recurring role on television was as Grace Santiago in Nip/Tuck. After this, she made her cinematic debut in the 2004 film Cellular. She later played Maria Nolan in The CW’s Hidden Palms. At the same time, she starred as Lt. Connie Murphy in the TV series The Dresden Files. Between 2008 and 2013, she became known for her recurring role as Sylvia Prado in Dexter. At the same time, she played Isabel Beaumont in HBO’s True Blood. During this period, Cruz has performances in the films No Man’s Land: The Rise of Reeker, The Line, and The Devil’s Tomb. In the 2010s, she starred as Agent Gina Mendez in The Following. She also had recurring roles in Homeland, Life Sentence, and Charmed.