Zoey Roommate Dana
"Yes, look is one of the things they look for in acting, but it's not just that. You can have someone that is absolutely beautiful, but they could not act at all. When it comes to look-wise, I personally don't think they should go for look because there are so many people out there that are amazing actors and they're like, 'Oh wait, you can't play the part because you don't look a certain way.' I think look-wise shouldn't be a big deal in acting." Kristin Herrera.
Starting out in commercials at age 6, Kristin Herrera got her big break at age 15 when she was cast as Zoey's (played by Jamie Lynn Spears) sarcastic roommate Dana Cruz (2005), on Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-nominated live-action sitcom, "Zoey 101," which earned her a Young Artist Award for Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama).
"I think I am my worst critic. I feel like I can always improve." Kristin Herrera.
Meanwhile, the 5' 4" Latin/Hispanic with brown eyes and naturally dark brown hair has guest-starred in such TV shows as "NYPD Blue," "7th Heaven," "The Division," "The Bernie Mac Show," "ER," "General Hospital," and "Without a Trace." She also appeared in the 2007 films "Freedom Writers" and "Resurrection Mary."
"Honesty, being loyal, just loving you for who you are and just always being there for you. That's my perfect idea of boyfriend." Kristin Herrera.
Childhood and Family:
A Latin/Hispanic descendant, Kristin Lisa Herrera was born on February 21, 1989, in Los Angeles, California, where she attended Hillcrest Christian School in Granada Hills, California. She has two older brothers, Ryan and Justin.
"Everyone's so much fun to work with. Jamie Lynn's - she's a very, very sweet girl, she's very down to earth, she's just fun to be around." Kristin Herrera.
The oldest teenage girl on “Zoey 101,” Herrera is good friends with co-star Jamie Lynn Spears and learned how to surf with her. She is also friends with Brenda Song and Ashley Tisdale.
"I would like to give my friend Brenda Song acknowledgment and sincere thanks. She been my inspiration and coaching me ever since I started going out theatrically. I owe my acting career to her. Brenda this is from my heart to yours!!! I luv ya & having the greatest time of my life. Your more like the sister I never had." Kristin Herrera.
Herrera, who won West Coast National Tap Champion, spent several years mastering ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dancing. She also enjoys basket ball, surfing, and snowboarding. She played basketball for Hillcrest.
"I love California. Everything out here is fun. There's so many things to do, like go to the mall, go down Melrose. So many places - to the beach. You can basically go anywhere and you'll have fun." Kristin Herrera.
"I was walking in the market one time with my mom, and a manager came up because - well now I always straighten my hair, but then I had big brown curly hair and she's like, 'Oh you should be in acting. She seems like she'd be good in doing commercials.' So my mom looked into it and got me into an agent." Kristin Herrera.
Entering the show biz in commercials since she was six, Kristin Herrera began acting on television at age 11 when she played an uncredited guest role on the longest-running ABC Daytime American soap opera, "General Hospital." She followed it up with more guest appearances in such TV shows as ABC's Emmy Award-winning police drama "NYPD Blue," the CW family drama "7th Heaven," Lifetime cop/crime drama "The Division," FOX sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," and the hit NBC medical drama "ER."
Recalling her appearance on "The Bernie Mac Show," Herrera said, "The day we shot it was Halloween so everyone was dressed up — just like Bernie Mac was so fun to work with, along with his costars. I think that was the most fun."
After returning as a guest in a December 2004 episode of "General Hospital," Herrera snagged her most popular role to date, as Zoey's (played by Jamie Lynn Spears) sarcastic roommate Dana Cruz, who constantly fights with another roommate, Nicole (played by Alexa Nikolas), on Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-nominated live-action sitcom, "Zoey 101." She stayed on the show during its first season (2005) and left after her character was accepted by a Europian student exchange program. Along with the show's cast members, Herrera won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) in 2006.
About her character in the teen show, Herrera said, "Dana and I are two completely different people. Dana is very sarcastic, she's not afraid to say anything, if she has something on her mind, she'll say it. Basically everyone would call her 'bossy'. In real life, I'm completely not like that. I'm nice, I make people laugh; I make a fool out of myself. One thing we might both have in common is that we both like basketball."
She also commented about her co-star Jamie Lynn Spears and her pop star sister Britney, saying "I thought Britney Spears was beautiful and gorgeous, but I didn't really listen to that type of music because I'm not a really big pop, r&b, and rap person, I'm a rock girl! I was so excited to work with Jamie Lynn."
Herrera subsequently guest-starred in a May 2006 episode of CBS FBI missing persons unit drama, "Without a Trace." In the following year, Herrera, who has said she wanted to work with Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, and Reese Witherspoon, began appearing in films. She was cast in Richard LaGravenese-directed crime/drama starring Hilary Swank, "Freedom Writers," which based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell, and in Sean Michael Beyer's thriller starring Kevin Schmidt and Pamela Noble, "Resurrection Mary" (both in 2007).
"When I'm working with people that are really, really big and everyone knows their name I'm like, 'Oh my gosh,' I hope I do good, I hope I don't mess up.' Usually I worry before I go in, but once I'm in there I'm like, 'You know what, I can do this.'" Kristin Herrera.
Young Artist: Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama), "Zoey 101," 2006