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Zulay Henao stars in "Love Thy Neighbor" on OWN as Marianna.

Zulay Henao was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the States with her family at four years old. Living in New Jersey, she knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress. However, Zulay didn't follow the conventional route to fame. In fact, she took a pit stop and joined the United States Army after graduating high school. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 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 music sensation Omarion. Simon Fields, Sofia Sondervan and Jennifer Lopez produced this Columbia Pictures feature film.

It was then that Hollywood insiders began to take notice of Zulay's irresistible beauty and talent. She was hand selected by writer-director Tom Skull to star in his horror feature "Grizzly Park," produced by Belle Avery ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"). Next would be the role that would really put Zulay on Hollywood's radar — a starring role opposite Terrence Howard and rising star Channing Tatum in Dito Montiel's "Fighting." The film centered on Tatum, a young up-and-coming street fighter and his "manager" played by Howard. Zulay would play the love interest to Tatum and their chemistry was palpable.

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, about a group of professional bank robbers. Zulay also appeared in the follow up to "Donnie Darko," "S. 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. The film centers on a traumatized boy who grows into a shy, determined teenager who patrols the mean streets of New York City, helping those in need and dishing out severe punishment to remorseless thugs. Zulay would also star in horror film "Hostel: Part 3," as well as the sci-fi spectacle "White Space" from the visual effects team behind "The Matrix."

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

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


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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: May 29, 1979
Height: 5' 5"
Birthplace: Medellin, Colombia
Hometown: New Jersey

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