Melissa Fumero is mostly known as an actress, but she is also a successful film director. Having earned fame as Adriana Cramer in ‘One Life to Live’ and Amy Santiago in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, she continues to soar higher in her career.
Recognized by critics and nominated for awards, the young actress has contributed a lot to the creation of a positive image of Latinos in media and mass culture. Melissa Fumero Brooklyn 99 role is a good example of this.
- Name: Melissa Fumero
- Birthdate: August 19, 1982
- Birthplace: North Bergen, New Jersey, USA
- Ethnicity: Latino, Cuban
- Occupation: Actress and director
- Net worth: $2 million
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: David Fumero
- Children: one child
Melissa Fumero early life and education
Born Melissa Gallo, the actress is the fourth child in her family. Both her parents are Cuban who migrated to the United States as teenagers. Carlos Gallo, the father, is an architect, while Martha Gallo, the mother, is a travel guide. The actress’s siblings are Maximillian, Julia and Johanna.
The family moved to Lyndhurst when Melissa was six years old. As a child, she was very active and loved dancing and singing in the church choir. When she went to school, she joined the theatre production. This choice has determined her destiny.
After graduation from school, the actress joined New York University where she studied drama. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Interestingly, she was offered her very first and, simultaneously, breakthrough role on her last day of school. The role she received was in ‘One Life to Live’.
Melissa Fumero movies
‘One Life to Live’ is one of the most-watched TV shows not only on American television, but also in the whole world. Many famous actors began their careers after landing a role in this show. Melissa joined the project back in 2004 and stayed in it until 2007. Closer to the end of 2007, she decided not to carry on with the contract but appeared on the show again in 2008 when Adriana Cramer’s storyline emerged again.
The return lasted for 15 episodes, and then she disappeared from the legendary TV series until 2010. She went back on set for a short while, during the return of Kelly Cramer whose character was portrayed by Gina Tognoni.
Fumero appeared on big screens in 2009 with a role in an independent film under the title ‘Tiny Dancer’. In 2010, her TV series career moved on with five episodes of ‘Gossip Girl’, in which she portrayed Zoe. In 2013 she was cast for the role of Amy Santiago in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, the female lead who opposes Andy Samberg.
The TV show has also given her a chance to become a director. She created and directed ‘Return of the King’, an episode in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ season 6 (2019).
Melissa Fumero husband
The actress’s love story is very fascinating. As a teenager, she took a liking to David Fumero, who was an MTV model at that time. At the time, he was just a crush, who was much older than she was. Life took an interesting turn years later when the two met on the set of ‘One Life to Live’.
At the time, she was 22 years old and did not recognize her teenage crush at first. She realized that David was her teenage crush when they got to know each other more.
The two actors started dating and got married in December 2007. The couple welcomed their first baby on March 24, 2016, five days after ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ season 3 was filmed. The baby boy received the name Enzo. Recently, the actress posted a picture showing her new baby bump. She is expectant with her second child.
Where does Melissa Fumero live? She resides in Los Angeles with her young family, who own a dog named Bella.
Melissa Fumero net worth
The actress has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Melissa Fumero is a television star and a director. So far, she has featured in different films and television shows, but many people recognize her as Amy Santiago in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'. When she is away from work, the actress is a loving mother and wife.