Jossara Jinaro stars in "Go for It!," alongside Aimee Garcia and Al Bandiero, as Loli.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jossara grew up in Colombia and as a little girl dreamed of dancing like Rita Hayworth in the film noir "Gilda." Samba and salsa rhythms pulled Jossara onto the stage, and she began dancing at the age of 5. She made her stage debut at 8 years old and left home at the age of 16 to pursue her artistic dreams. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Columbia College, a private fine arts college in Chicago and graduated top of her class.

Her professional career began on stage in Chicago and received rave reviews "dynamic and versatile, the ultimate chameleon," "a classic beauty who fills the stage with heat, passion, and intensity." She earned those reviews many times over with stage performance in the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Chicago's Teatro Vista, The Kennedy Center, The Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Teatro Sinergia. She performed on stage in "Ten Tricks" at the Elephant Asylum, and the historical Sor Juana in "The Nun," "The Countess" and "Beirut," directed by Cameron Thor at The Ventura Court Theatre. She was the female lead in Paddy Chayefsky's "The Tenth Man" at the Skylight Theatre under the direction of Golden Globe Award and multi-Emmy Award winner Gene Reynolds.

On the big screen, she held her own opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Collateral Damage," "The Flyboys" with Stephen Baldwin, Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena and has a lead role in "Middle of Nowhere." She also more recently appeared in "Hole in One."

On Television, Jossara earned an ALMA Nomination for her role as the funny and lovely Virginia Bustos in the Columbia/Tristar sitcom "Viva Vegas" on Telemundo and for 5 years played Rae Thomas on NBC's award winning daytime drama "Passions." Her compelling performance as the strong and sexy club owner was instrumental in her story line winning the 2006 GLAAD Media Award. She had a recurring role as Courtney Messina Cheech Marin's smart and driven activist daughter on the CBS legal drama "Judging Amy" and guest starred on "The Closer." Jossara went to Colombia to star as Katty in "La Bella Ceci y el Imprudente a novela" on the Caracol Network.

Jossara is a proficient stage actress and is currently on stage in three productions, The Circle directed by award winning director Shirley Jo Finney at the Matrix Theatre, The Birthday Present 2050 directed by Academy Award winner Jonathan Sanger at the Skylight Theatre and Firehouse written by award-winning playwright Pedro Antonio Garcia, directed by Bryan Rasmussen and produced by Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco.

Jossara produced and starred in the pilot "What About Us" and is currently producing a feature that was accepted into Panavision's new filmmaker's program. A member of the Screen Actor's Guild, she served on the EEOC and Latino subcommittee, she also chaired the committee responsible for the first SAG study "Missing in Action, Latinos in and out of Hollywood" in conjunction with the Thomas Rivera Institute.

Her talents are not limited to show business. Jossara served as an Executive Director for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and works with other non-profit organizations including The Children's Institute, Upward Bound and SSG (Special Service for Groups). She also worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a 6th grade Math and Science teacher.

Jossara is a trained Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap dancer and masters Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, and Belly dancing. She has won several salsa competitions and plays the guitar and the clarinet.


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Age: 44 years old
Birthday: May 25, 1973
Nickname: Jo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hometown: Columbia

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