Who is Melonie Diaz?

Melonie Diaz is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Sophina in 2013's Fruitvale Station or her work in (among others) Hamlet 2, American Son, Itty Bitty Titty Committee.

You can follow her on twitter at @Melonie_Diaz or tumblr at meldiaz.

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Current Projects

2013 | Fruitvale Station
Melonie as Sophina
Status: Out now
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The true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

2014 | X/Y
Melonie as ??
Status: Pending Release
Info | Photos | Official

A look at the lives and interactions of a group of friends living in New York.

2014 | The Cobbler
Melonie as ??
Status: Post-Production
Info | Photos | Official

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‘The Belko Experiment’ Teaser Trailer

Posted on Dec 1st, 2016 • Posted by renee in Project: The Belko Experiment ,Video0 Comments

Melonie Diaz Joins James Gunn Thriller ‘The Belko Experiment’

Posted on May 21st, 2015 • Posted by renee in Project: The Belko Experiment0 Comments

“Fruitvale Station” star Melonie Diaz will join Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”) and John Gallagher Jr. (“The Newsroom”) in MGM Studios’ thriller “The Belko Experiment,” which is being produced by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who announced the news on Wednesday.

Greg McLean is directing the movie, which is gearing up to start production next month in Bogota, Colombia. Peter Safran is producing with Gunn, who wrote the script several years ago.

“The Belko Experiment” follows an American company in South America whose employees are pitted against each other and forced to fight for their lives as their true natures are revealed.

Gunn wrote on Facebook that he adored “Fruitvale Station” and Diaz’s “honest performance” in that film. “So when she said she was interested in playing Dany Wilkins, one of the leads of the film, I jumped up and down and punched my desk and some trash cans and my assistant Simon with pure joy.” He ended his post with “PS Melonie, Simon forgives you for the broken nose.”

Diaz recently starred opposite Adam Sandler in Tom McCarthy’s “The Cobbler,” and her previous feature credits include “Raising Victor Vargas,” “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” and Michel Gondry‘s “Be Kind Rewind.” She’s represented by the Gersh Agency, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein.


Photoshoot Update

Posted on Apr 4th, 2015 • Posted by renee in Portraits and Photoshoots0 Comments

I’ve added over 80 HQ photos from shoots Melonie has done over the last few years!


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Interview: Nylon

Posted on Mar 12th, 2015 • Posted by renee in Interview0 Comments

In The Cobbler, a magical-realist dramedy starring Adam Sandler, Melonie Diaz plays a neighborhood activist who crosses paths with a shoe cobbler (Sandler) who stumbles on the power to literally walk in other people’s footsteps. When he puts on his customers’ shoes, he inhabits their bodies and sees life from their perspective. Diaz herself has been inhabiting other lives since she broke out at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival with Raising Victor Vargas. Since then, the Lower East Side native has steadily built a career appearing in critically acclaimed projects, including a tour de force performance in 2013’s Fruitvale Station, which earned her an Independent Spirit nomination. With a fresh perspective on Hollywood, Diaz is up to taking Hollywood to task, talking about the need for more visible minorities in film and how to avoid typecasting. Also, she has some good advice for any gals who are dating in their thirties—thank goodness.

What was it like working with Adam Sandler? 
There’s a reason why Adam’s where he is. Some people don’t get it. They’re like, Why is this guy such a big movie star? And then it’s like, Oh my god, I can totally understand the magnitude of his celebrity. He’s really kind, so normal, a good actor, quite giving, and he’s just a normal guy. He doesn’t have a joke every five seconds but has a really good sense of humor and is really laid back.

You ask him on a date at the end. Do you like older men?
I’m 30 years old and men get much more interesting as they get older, I can tell you that. I don’t see why not. A date wouldn’t hurt.

Your character is organizing a stand against gentrification in the movie. Have you dealt with gentrification in real life? 
I’m from the Lower East Side, born and raised, and that was a huge part of the conversation, that I love the neighborhood that I grew up in. I feel very connected to it. I see the way it changes so drastically. I’m seeing it transform before my eyes.

The neighborhoods get better in some ways and worse in others.
I do feel like it sucks because part of gentrification is the streets get cleaned up and it looks nicer and there’s much less crime, but at the same time you lose the soul and the character, you lose the mom and pop shops. So that’s a kind of double-edged sword.

All the streets wind up looking the same with all the same chain stores.
Yeah, there are all these wonderful stores that I grew up going to that are no longer there. And the people who have chosen to make small business as a living can no longer afford rent. That’s a shame. That’s what really upsets me. Yeah, uprooting these families and homes because somebody, I don’t know who, decides these neighborhoods are really cool and great real estate—I’m not really sure how to fix that. There should be some regulation on that.

What about typecasting? Are you at a level where you’re able to avoid it now?
I was attached to do an HBO show, and I was really excited about that because I auditioned and it was like a main character deal, essentially. But I can’t see a key role or bigger roles in terms of what they offer to people like me. It’s frustrating. It’s the same for a black actor. If they’re a better actor they deserve success. Yeah, I’m frustrated, yes.

Are you optimistic that things are beginning to change?
I think the success of Empire helps. I was talking to an executive friend and he says most of the studios are like, What’s happening there? And hats off to the creator, Lee Daniels. What I would like to see happen is we need more writers and we need more creators and we need more original content, that’s what I’m feeling right now. We need people who green light stuff to be open to that. Shonda Rhimes has been an incredible success story. She has a voice and she hires people of color in her cast and has been successful.


Buy X/Y on iTunes!

Posted on Mar 5th, 2015 • Posted by renee in Project: X/Y0 Comments

Melonie’s movie X/Y (co-starring America Ferrera, Common, and writer/director Ryan Piers Williams) is on iTunes today (March 06). Make sure to support Melonie and her co-stars by buying or renting it!

Photos: The Art Of Elysium’s 2015 HEAVEN Pre-Event Dinner

Posted on Nov 17th, 2014 • Posted by renee in Uncategorized0 Comments

I’ve added the first HQ photos of Melonie attending this year’s Art of Elysium pre-event dinner!


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The Cobbler Trailer

Posted on Nov 14th, 2014 • Posted by renee in Project: The Cobbler ,Video0 Comments

The first trailer for Melonie’s upcoming film The Cobbler has been released! Co-starring is Adam Sandler, Ellen Barkin and Steve Buscemi

Photoshoot Additions

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2014 • Posted by renee in Portraits and Photoshoots0 Comments

I’ve added two missing photoshoots to the gallery, including one HQ shoot of Melonie and the Fruitvale Station cast promoting the movie at Cannes in 2013.


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X/Y to play at Marfa Film Festival

Posted on Jun 28th, 2014 • Posted by renee in Project: X/Y0 Comments

X/Y will be making its Texas premiere at the upcoming Marfa Film Festival on July 5! Tickets are available at the site.

X/Y to play at Outfest

Posted on Jun 20th, 2014 • Posted by renee in Project: X/Y0 Comments

Melonie’s latest movie X/Y will be playing at the 2014 Los Angeles Outfest on July 12! Tickets are $14 and are available here.

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