Who is Dascha Polanco? What is net worth of Dascha Polanco? Best known for her role of Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black, Dascha Polanco is a Dominican American actress. This 34 year old beautiful and sexy actress was born on December 3, 1982. She moved to the United States when she was very young. She was raised by her parents, Ruben and Janet Polanco in Brooklyn, New York and Miami.
Though her mother and her father were a cosmetologist and a mechanic respectively, she went on to do her graduation in psychology. She wanted to be a chemist due to her interest in forensic psychology and organic chemistry. But fate decided otherwise for her. She was also training to be a nurse at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx when she decided to pursue her passion for acting by registering herself with an acting studio, “Shirley Grant Management”. Her first roles were in the TV series Unforgettable and NY 22.
Polanco got her full time acting job in 2012 with her role of Dayanara “Daya” Diaz, an inmate in a women’s prison in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black. There was no looking back for her after that.
Very soon, she was promoted from a recurring role to a series regular in the third season of the show that premiered in June 2015. In the mean time, she appeared in a few films. Her first film was Gimme Shelter (2013). Subsequently, she starred in the comedy movies The Cobbler in 2014, Joy in 2015 and The Perfect Match in 2016 during the season breaks of her TV show.
As of June 17, 2016, the fourth season of Orange is the New Black has concluded and has renewed for three more seasons. In Orange is the New Black, she plays the role of a Puerto Rican inmate, Dayanara Diaz who is artistically inclined. She was ignored by her mother Aleida Diaz with whom she had a very strained relationship. There was not much love lost between her and her mother.
Her inability to speak fluent Spanish was a source of criticism for her Hispanic inmates in prison. She is soon shown to be developing a romantic relationship with John Bennett, the prison guard and also becomes pregnant. However, she doesn’t want Bennett to be imprisoned for this. So she tricks another character, Mendez into having sex with her and blames her pregnancy on him.
Abandoned by Bennett later in favor of Cesar, Daya decides to give her baby up for adoption to Mendez’s mother Delia. But she is made to believe that her baby was born dead and her mother gives the baby to Cesar. Much more drama follows and fourth season finale sees her get caught in the middle of a prison riot with a smuggled gun in her hands and other inmates cheering her to shoot Officer Humphrey. Her fans are waiting with bated breath as to what is to happen to her in the next season.
She is pretty secretive about her personal life. But she is still unmarried. However, she is engaged to her long term boy friend. She has two kids, Aryam and Dasny.
Dascha Polanco Net Worth
This Latin beauty has been dazzling the American entertainment scenes in both the small screen as well the big screen, with her unique acting skills and graceful beauty for the past two years. She owns a home in both Florida and Miami. She has a net worth of $2.2 Million US dollars as of 2017 through her acting career which is still on the rise.
The five foot Polanco has created an account in almost all the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She keeps updating these sites thereby allowing her fans to follow up on what is happening in her public life. She has a presence in Wikipedia as well as IMDB.
Though this svelte Dominican Republic beauty enter Hollywood rather late, she has proved her mettle through her roles in TV and as the movies. Her prowess for acting has ensured that she is here to stay for a long time. She has proved to be a tough competition even for the seasoned artists.