Latina Action Star Jessica Medina Turning up the Heat in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad
Latina actress and stunt coordinator Jessica Medina (Boss Level, Rampage & The Fate of the Furious) is on set of her new film, now in production. Medina, also known in the industry as the first Latina stunt coordinator in Hollywood, is always aware of her roots and has a mission to advocate for Latinos to be seen in a different light in Hollywood.
“I’ve been in this wonderful country since I was seventeen years old. To now be in Hollywood acting alongside movie legends such as Idris Elba and Margot Robbie is very humbling and at the same time a reminder that dreams do come true” said Medina in Los Angeles about her feature on James Gunn’s upcoming feature The Suicide Squad, premiering August 6th.
Medina was born in the small town of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Always creative, she often made plays for her family and friends while growing up. At the tender age of seventeen, Jessica decided to move to Miami and try her chances at living in America.
Medina credits her stepfather as an important mentor, for giving her the tools and knowledge to thrive in any situation. She decided to get into acting and stunts at 19 years old.
Jessica attended Miami-Dade college and where she studied English and started taking acting classes to further her interest in the theatrical arts. She was soon discovered by casting agents for Univision and began working regularly as a host for various television shows and commercials.
Jessica next moved to Atlanta to break into more mainstream English-speaking roles. There she began studying the Meisner technique and the Stanislavski method with Lisina and John Stoneburner. This led to Jessica’s first guest-starring role on the Nickelodeon television series My Parents, My Sister and Me with Robin Givens. Jessica was also cast in the feature film Repentance starring Forrest Whittaker.
Medina soon had many parts on various films, television shows and commercials. Her desire for more creativity led her to develop the project Night Angel with collaborator and director Ben Ramsey. Wanting to further develop her skills, Jessica studied with some of the best acting coaches in Los Angeles including Tom Proctor, April Wester, Peter Wise and Bobby Chance.
Jessica decided to move back to Atlanta to concentrate on developing new projects. Her recent film work also includes The Gateway with Olivia Munn, scheduled to premiere on August 20, 2021 and the feature film Domestic Seduction. Television shows include Madam Secretary and even a national print ad for Go Back. Move Ahead encouraging adults to go back to college.
Jessica’s newest passion project is to fight for the rights of underage sex-slaves world-wide. She plans to create an organization and become a voice that helps raise awareness amongst local politicians, so that the innocent children can be protected from this ongoing injustice.
Always a fitness enthusiast, Jessica trains also in the Martial Arts, Distance Running, Aerobics and Military Tactics.