Zulay Henao
Zulay henao
General Information
Gender Female
Age 34
Born May 29, 1979
Birthplace Medellín, Colombia
Years Active 2005-present
Occupation(s) Actress
Character Marianna
Love Thy Neighbor
Episodes Appeared: 3

Zulay Henao is an Colombian-American actress. She has appeared in movies like Grizzly Park as Lola, Feel the Noise as C.C, Illegal Tender, and S. Darko as Baelyn.


Zulay Henao was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the States with her family at four years-old with her parents. Living in New Jersey, she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress. Before pursuing acting, Henao joined the United States Army after graduating high school. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, she found time to study at Methodist College. After her three-year commitment to the military, Zulay decided to finally pursue her dream of performing. She enrolled at the New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts, which she would attend for the next three years. It was during this time that her break came, landing the female lead in Feel the Noise starring opposite R&B singer Omarion.

She was hand selected by writer-director Tom Skull to star in his horror feature Grizzly Park produced by Before the Devil Knows You're Dead's Belle Avery. Next would be the role that really put Zulay on the map – a starring role opposite Terrence Howard and rising star Channing Tatum in Dito Montiel's Fighting. Zulay played the love interest of Tatum.

Zulay would go on to star in John Singleton's Takers alongside the star-studded cast of Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Hayden Christensen, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, Zoe Saldana and Jay Hernandez. Zulay also appeared in the follow up to S. Darko (a follow-up to Donnie Darko) alongside John Hawkes, Ed Westwick, James Lafferty and Daveigh Chase. Zulay also starred in the independent feature, and cult favorite, Boy Wonder, by award-winning director Michael Morrissey. Zulay also starred in horror film Hostel: Part 3 as well as the sci-fi spectacle White Space.

Zulay is no stranger to the small screen either. Her TV credits include guest-starring roles on Mark Gordon's Grey's Anatomy, Lifetime series Army Wives, NBC's Law and Order: SVU and ABC's The Unusuals, as well as the Lifetime TV movie Racing for Time, directed by Charles Dutton.

She will next appear in Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club alongside Amy Smart, Nia Long, Terry Crews and Eddie Cibrian.


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Film 101 Unknown Role
Clearview Gloria Rojas
2007 Illegal Tender Mora
Feel the Noise Carol "CC" Reyes
Saturday Morning Unknown Role
2008 The Heart Is a Hidden Camera Natasha
Grizzly Park Lola
Racing for Time Carmen TV Movie
2009 Fighting Zulay Velez
S. Darko Baelyn Direct-to-video
The Magnificent Cooly-T Angie
2010 Takers Monica Hatcher
Boy Wonder Teresa Ames
2011 Havana Heat Agent Brianna Evans pre-production
Hostel: Part III Nikki
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Army Wives Delores Marino Episode: "Only the Lonely"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Forensics Tech Casanueva Episode: "Svengali"
2008 Fear Itself Christie Episode: "New Year's Day"
2009 The Unusuals Rosa Trumble Episode: "Crime Slut"
2013 Love Thy Neighbor Marianna Perez Main Role

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