Who is Melissa Fumero?
Melissa is an American actress probably best known for hers role as Adriana Cramer in the TV series “One Life to Live” (2004-2011), and as Amy Santiago in the TV series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (2013-2021), among other popular roles that she’s had so far in her career.
Melissa Fumero Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Melissa Gallo was born on 19 August 1982 in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA, to Cuban parents, Carlos and Martha Gallo, who moved to the USA as teenagers. Her father is a mathematics professor and worked at a jewelry store, while her mother was a homemaker and hairdresser.
She spent the first six years of her life in Guttenberg, but the family then returned to Lyndhurst. She started dancing lessons early on, and became interested in acting when just ten years old after seeing the play “The Secret Garden”. This prompted her parents to enroll her in acting lessons, which she attended until her high school matriculation.
She then enrolled at New York University, from which she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama. The financial situation in the family wasn’t good, and her parents had to spend all their savings and took loans, so she still lived at home during her studies until she was 19 years old, to ensure they could pay tuition.
Career Beginnings and Immediate Success with “One Life to Live”
Fumero auditioned for the role of Adriana Carter in “One Life to Live” after graduating from college, and was ultimately cast in the part. Adriana first appeared as a minor character, initially portrayed as a naive and sheltered young woman who had a strained relationship with her mother but her role expanded over time.
As the series progressed, Adriana became involved in various storylines and romantic relationships. She was briefly engaged to Rex Balsom (played by John-Paul Lavoisier), but the engagement was broken off when Adriana learned that Rex was actually her half-brother. Adriana then began a relationship with Tate Harmon (played by Mark Lawson), a character with a dark past who was involved in criminal activities.
One of the major storylines involving Adriana was her kidnapping by Tate and held captive for several weeks. During this time, Adriana developed a close bond with fellow captive and former love interest Rex, leading to a reunion of the two characters.
Melissa Fumero and Amanda Setton as Blair Waldorf’s minions are the “One Life to Live” pick-me-up I need today. pic.twitter.com/t2rWfFAKFs
— Joe Reid (@joereid) October 25, 2017
Another significant storyline for Adriana was when it was revealed that she was not actually Dorian’s biological daughter but was instead the daughter of a man named Manuel Santi. This revelation led to a series of dramatic events and confrontations between Adriana, Dorian, and other characters on the show.
In 2009 she starred with Demetri Martin, a comedian, and writer, in his own comedy sketch show “Important Things with Demetri Martin”, as April, a character who is part of a group of friends trying to navigate the world of dating and relationships.
The following year, she played the recurring character Zoe in the popular CW series “Gossip Girl”. Although she appeared only in five episodes, she was praised for her work, which enabled her to land new roles.
Continued Success and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
After a few one-time appearances in such TV series as “The Mentalist”, “Royal Pains”, and “CSI: NY”, she won another long-running TV role as Amy Santiago in the TV series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. The series follows the detectives of the 99th precinct of the NYPD, focusing on both their personal and professional lives, solving crimes and navigating their relationships with each other.
Melissa Fumero played the role of Amy Santiago, one of the detectives in the precinct, and a character who initially started out as a somewhat uptight and by-the-book type, but evolved over the course of the series into a more well-rounded, confident, and comedic personality.
Fumero auditioned for the role of Rosa Diaz, another detective in the precinct, but the show’s creator, Michael Schur, and executive producer, Dan Goor, thought that she would be a better fit for the character of Amy Santiago. Fumero’s audition impressed the producers, and they were particularly struck by her chemistry with Andy Samberg, who plays Jake Peralta, her love interest and partner on the show.
She went from being a competitive and somewhat socially awkward detective to someone who had developed strong relationships with her colleagues, especially with Jake, who became her husband by the end of the series. Santiago also progressed in her career, being promoted to sergeant, which allowed her to take on a leadership role in the precinct.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” underwent a major change in 2018, when it was canceled by Fox after its fifth season, which sparked outrage from fans, who launched a social media campaign to save the show. NBC eventually stepped in to pick up the series for a sixth season, citing its commitment to diversity and its belief in the show’s ability to resonate with audiences.
The move to NBC proved to be a successful, as the show continued to receive critical acclaim and strong ratings throughout its final three seasons.
Melissa won an Imagen Award in the category for Best Supporting Actress-Comedy for her work on the series.
Other Work and Career After ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
In 2017, Melissa appeared in the independent drama film “DriverX”, directed by Henry Barrial and starring Patrick Fabian as Leonard, a middle-aged man who becomes a ride-sharing driver to make ends meet after losing his record store business. Melissa co-starred in the film as Jessica, a young and idealistic filmmaker who becomes one of Leonard’s regular passengers.
In 2021, Melissa Fumero lent her voice to the character of Melissa Tarleton in the animated series “M.O.D.O.K.”, which was created by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt. The show is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and follows the life of M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing), a megalomaniacal supervillain who is struggling to balance his career as a criminal mastermind with his responsibilities as a husband and father.
Fumero’s character is a scientist who works for A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics), a villainous organization that frequently clashes with M.O.D.O.K. over control of the criminal underworld. Her performance was widely praised by critics, and despite good reviews of the show overall, it was canceled after just one season.
Recently, she was cast as Eliza Walker in the TV comedy series “Blockbuster”, created by Vanessa Ramos based on the Blockbuster brand, co-starring Randall Park and Olga Merediz, among others.
Fumero’s been more focused on voice roles recently, and as a result, she voiced Sophie in the animated series “Velma” (2023), and Bella in the animated series “Digiman!”.
According to authoritative sources, Melissa Fumero’s net worth is estimated at over $4 million, as of early 2023.
Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Children
Melissa has been married to David Fumero since 2007, and they have two children, Enzo and Axel. The two met while on the set of “One Life to Live”, in which he played one of her love interests, Christian Vega. His other roles include Mike Sandoval in “Power”, and Lt. Jason Calloway in “L.A.’s Finest”, among others.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Melissa Fumero has dark brown hair and brown eyes. She’s 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall, weighs approximately 130lbs (58kgs), with vital statistics of 33-23-33, and bra size 38B.