“One of my favorite days, yes. All day, massaging Harrison Ford. That was rough.” Jacqueline Obradors on acting with Harrison Ford
American television and film actress Jacqueline Obradors has created a prolific career since her debut appearance in 1992. The Argentinean descendant beauty is possibly most familiar as Harrison Ford’s sexy and playful girlfriend Angelica in Ivan Reitman’s Six Days Seven Nights (1998, earned a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination), William Forsythe’s wife Mrs. Elaine Fowler in the Rob Schneider hit comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalow (1999) and Stacy Vetter, the wife of Vin Diesel in A Man Apart (2003). She also played roles in such films as the adventure Unstoppable (2004, alongside Wesley Snipe), the Disney animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001, lent her voice for the teen mechanic Audrey), the independent hit Tortilla Soup (2001), Wayne Kramer’s Crossing Over (1996), Soldier Boyz (1996), The People (1997) and Red Sun Rising (1993).
On the small screen, the ALMA-nominated Obradors is best known for playing Detective Rita Ortiz on the ABC crime drama NYPD Blue (2002-2005). In addition to a string of guest performances in well-liked series like “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “Diagnosis Murder,” and “Murder, She Wrote,” former Playboy model Obradors was also seen as Irma in four-episodes of the NBC sitcom “Jesse” (1999-2000), and played Elena Ramirez in the short-lived sitcom “Battery Park” (2000). She currently stars as Freddie Prinze Jr.’s sister Sofia in the comedy show “Freddie” (2006- ).
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to Argentinean parents, Jacqueline Obradors was born in San Fernando Valley, California, on October 6, 1966. She is the younger sister to Richard Obradors (born in July 1965). Jacqueline, whose nickname is Jackie, enjoys traveling and yoga.
Det. Rita Ortiz
California-born Jacqueline Obradors began her professional career on television at age 26 with a guest role on an episode of “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and made her first film appearance a year later in the movie The Waiter, starring David Schwimmer. Also in 1993, she landed the small role of Rita when director Francis Megahy cast her in the action Red Sun Rising, opposite Terry Farrel. Obradors made guest appearances on television’s “Vanishing Son,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Renegade,” “Live Shot,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “High Tide,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “The Burning Zone” and “Silk Stalkings.” In between her hectic schedule on TV, she went on to pursue her film career by adding three different projects to her resume. She was seen in the festival-circuit, award-winning Crossing Over (1996) for writer/director Wayne Kramer, the action-thriller Soldier Boyz (1996, starring Michael Dudikoff) and The People (1997, costarred Bradley Whitford, Giancarlo Esposito and Wendy Makkena).
After numerous screen performances, Obradors’ breakthrough role eventually arrived in 1998 when director Ivan Reitman hired her to play Harrison Ford’s sexy love interest Angelica in the romantic adventure Six Days Seven Nights. For her fine efforts in the film, which also starred Anne Heche and reunited her with Schwimmer, Obradors received a nomination at the Blockbuster Entertainment awards. She also shone as Mrs. Elaine Fowler, the wife of William Forsythe, in Mike Mitchell’s Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalow (1999). The comedy also starred Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin and Arija Bareikis.
The praised performances paved the way for Obradors to land several excellent opportunities in both television and film. During the 1999-2000 season, she took on a recurring role in the NBC sitcom “Jesse,” playing Irma, and made her debut as a series’ regular in the NBC police-themed sitcom “Battery Park” (2000, as Elena Ramirez) for creator/producer Gary David Goldberg. Unfortunately, Battery Park was quickly axed by the network. The actress then assumed several episodic roles in series like “Strong Medicine,” “Some of My Best Friends” and “Kate Brasher.” She further differentiated herself on the small screen when she joined the cast of ABC’s much-acclaimed series “NYPD Blue” (2002) during its ninth season as Det. Rita Ortiz. She stayed with the show until its final season in 2005.
Obradors made her comeback to the big screen in 2001 by picking up her first starring role in the independent hit Tortilla Soup, a remake of Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman, set in the Latino community of Southern California. In the María Ripoll-directed comedy-romance, she was cast as Carmen Naranjo, opposite Tamara Mello, Judy Herrera and Nikolai Kinski. The same year, her voice could also be heard as the teenage mechanic Audrey Rocio Ramirez in the animated, sci-fi movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Next up for Obradors, she found herself acting with Vin Diesel, Alice Amter and Jim Boeke in the action thriller A Man Apart (2003), wherein she portrayed Diesel’s wife Stacy Vetter, and starred as Amy Knight, a Baltimore Detective and Wesley Snipe’s fiancée, in the adventure Unstoppable (2004). Currently, 40-year-old Obradors is teamed with Freddie Prinze Jr. as his sibling Sofia in the comedy show “Freddie” (2006), created by Bruce Helford and Bruce Rasmussen.
Aside from her acting career, Jacqueline Obradors is also a model. Among her modeling gigs were appearances in Playboy, People and Stuff magazines.