played by Constance Marie
Constance Marie stars as Regina Vasquez, Daphne's hard-working single mom. Her whole life is flipped on its head when it's discovered that her biological daughter has grown up under an entirely unfamiliar roof, while she's raised a baby not her own.
Constance Marie won a 2013 Imagen Award and 2012 ALMA Award for “Best Supporting Television Actress” for her current role as Regina Vasquez on “Switched at Birth.” Marie is also known for her role as the hard-working and devoted wife, Angie, in “George Lopez,” for which The Imagen Awards honored her with a Best Actress in a TV Series Award and a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She has made guest appearances on “CSI,” “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and “According to Jim,” and starred opposite Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Eric Roberts in The Hallmark Channel movie, “Class.” She was the voice of Imelda, the mother of Antonio Banderas’ character Puss in the animated film “Puss in Boots.”
In her personal life, Marie is mother to three year old daughter Luna Marie Katich. Candid about the difficulties she faced trying to get pregnant and eventually turning to IVF, Marie is determined to reach out to women in similar situations to let them know that they are not alone. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about pregnancy wellness, she is a vegetarian and organic follower, and also practices a green lifestyle, decorating her daughter’s nursery with completely organic and non-toxic materials. She is also currently writing a baby blog for People.com, sharing her experiences and thoughts on trying to conceive, pregnancy, her daughter’s first year and green living.
In the debut year of “George Lopez,” Marie was also starring in the Golden Globe®-nominated series “American Family,” alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Raquel Welch. Her career began when she was a teenager in Los Angeles’ underground break-dancing scene. She was selected out of a group of 500 hopefuls to dance on tour with David Bowie. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she was cast as a dancer in the movie “Salsa.” The film’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega, introduced her to Steve Tisch, who offered Marie her very first acting job, a starring role as Penny on the CBS series “Dirty Dancing.”
It wasn’t long before she was working in feature films, starring as Toni Sanchez in the New Line film “Mi Familia,” directed by Gregory Nava. She won praise from fans for her portrayal of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla’s mother, Marcella, in the blockbuster film “Selena” (only a year older than her onscreen daughter, Marie had to undergo extensive make-up in order to portray Selena’s mother), and also starred in the celebrated film “Tortilla Soup” as the daughter of Raquel Welch. “Tortilla Soup” received an Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Television producer Gary David Goldberg soon offered Marie a role as Michael J. Fox’s antagonist love interest, Gabby, on the hit series “Spin City.” She also played Gabriella Diaz on “Union Square,” for which she received an Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Female in a Comedy Series, and portrayed Detective Toni Brigatti for two seasons on the popular series “Early Edition,” opposite Kyle Chandler.