Melonie Diaz


SUPPORTING FEMALE: Fruitvale Station – “Sophina”


Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22- year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.


MELONIE DIAZ was raised in New York’s Lower East Side. She was bitten by the acting bug while she attended the Henry Street Settlement. Melonie also attended the Professional Performing Arts High School. Her mother and father are both of Puerto Rican descent.

She started her film career with a supporting role in Tom DiCillo’s Double Whammy and later landed her breakthrough role in Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas. She then was cast in Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown and Dito Montiel’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female. She was also cast by Jamie Babbit in the lead role of Anna in Itty Bitty Titty Committee, as well as roles in Hamlet 2 and Be Kind Rewind.

She recently appeared in the indie features Save the Date, opposite Lizzy Kaplan and Geoffrey Arend and She Wants Me, opposite Hillary Duff, Aaron Yoo and Charlie Sheen.