valerie ortiz

*Los Angeles, CA -( Valery Ortiz is known for Date Movie, South of Nowhere, E News!, and most currently stars in VH1’s breakthrough scripted series Hit The Floor as Raquel Sadana, a feisty single mom that loses her spot on the NBA Devil’s dance team.

This past week Valery Ortiz appeared on Spotlight On, a one-on-one long format interview segment with host Alikona Bradford on Maria Menounos’s new media platform, Afterbuzz TV Network. During the interview she discusses her big break, running her first marathon, and what it was like shooting for Maxim Magazine.

Valery moved to Los Angeles from Orlando, Florida after wrapping her first on-air hosting job for Nickelodeon’s “Splat!” without any expectations of her career immediately taking off.

“I came out here on a road trip,” said Ortiz, “I didn’t come here thinking I want to do something huge tomorrow…” Only three short months later, while working at Hard Rock Cafe, she got the call that she booked her first movie role as “Jell-O” (impersonating JLo) in the parody comedy Date Movie. “Everybody who knows me knows I love JLo, so it was kinda a big deal!” Since then her career has snowballed into a whirlwind of jobs, but the young starlet remains humble stating that being called a celebrity is “the weirdest thing for me….it’s weird because I don’t see myself like that and I look at other celebrities and I’m like ‘oh wow!’ And I get excited about other people.” Even when Ortiz drives to Paramount to shoot for her current series “Hit The Floor” she says driving onto the lot “till this day, no lie…it’s humbling, outside of yourself a humbling moment.”

When not hard at work Valery is passionate about fitness and recently celebrated completion of her first marathon running 26.2 miles in 4 hours and one minute in the L.A. Marathon. Though she jokes about the “one minute (!)” she told Afterbuzz “it was such an accomplishment, something I always wanted to do.”

Valery has also been featured in twice Maxim Magazine for their “50 Most Beautiful People” list. Though she looks confident and gorgeous, she revealed to Spotlight On host Alikona Bradford that Maxim was her first swimsuit shoot, “I’m so shy and scared…I was nervous, oh my gosh so nervous!”

Check out the interview:


AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On, hosted by Alikona Bradford, is a special segment created to give fans a more intimate look into the lives of their favorite celebrity entertainers. It airs live and is available for download the next day on iTunes and You Tube. Spotlight On broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra’s Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro’s online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans’ favorite TV shows. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 100 countries. For more information about the network, visit


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