Justina Machado Biography

Justina Milagros Machado is a popular American actress who is professionally known by the name of Justina Machado. The extremely confident and experienced actress is very well known for her role as Penelope Alvarez on the Netflix original sitcom series ‘One Day at a Time. She is also known for her role in the CW television series ‘Jane the Virgin’ as Darci Factor. Her breakout role was as Vanessa Diaz on HBO’s beloved drama series ‘Six Feet Under’. Her versatility as an actress and comedic prowess has made her a popular star.

Early Life

Justina belongs to Chicago, Illinois, U.S and was born on 6th September, 1972. Her mother, Alicia Morales Ruiz and her father, Ismael Machado had 2 children together. However, they got divorced later and her mother remarried and had three other children. So, Justina has three half-siblings along with another sibling. She came from a humble background and she grew up in the Northwest side of Chicago. She was raised as a Catholic.

Machado graduated from Lane Technical College Prep High School and always actively participated in her school plays. She always had an inclination towards drama and theater from the very beginning. She even took dancing lessons at Franklin Fine Arts Center. Also, she performed with the Latino Chicago Theater Company in her free time.

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Justina Machado Career

Justina wasn’t sure about the way she wanted to go about with her career until an agent with The Latino Chicago Theater Company helped her discover her ‘X’ factor as an actress. She eventually ended up working in 20 productions with the company within 5 years before she realized the wonderful actress she was. Then, she decided to go all out for pursuing a career in the show business and moved to New York City. After some time, the opportunity knocked on her door and she got offered for a role in Los Angeles, California. Thus, thereafter she moved to LA, California.

She landed her first 2 acting roles there with her acting career taking a kick start. She auditioned for the role of Vanessa Diaz which was originally meant to be a supporting role but was later on evolved into a main character with her character really being liked by the audiences and the critics alike. This eventually did result to be her breakthrough role in the television industry. She has played a part in more than 15 films & has also made appearances on stage in plays. Her role as Carmen Rodriguez (Her debut role) in ‘She’s so Lovely’and Isabella Hudson in ‘Final Destination 2’ in her film career became famous.

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She even appeared in a music video for TLC’s song “Damaged”. However, the most prominent works of her remain to be on the television. After the success of the TV series, ’Six Feet Under’, she appeared in various series like ‘1-800- Missing’, ‘Body of Proof’, etc. Her roles in ‘Jane the Virgin’ and ‘One Day at a time’ truly shine in her glittering career for both the critics and the audiences alike. Both those roles won critical acclaim.

Justina Machado Biography

Real Name Justina Milagros Machado
Birth Date September 6, 1972
Age (as of 2021) 48 Years
Birth Place Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Actress
Religion Catholic
Sun sign Virgo

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 2” – in Centimetres – 157 cm  
Weight in Kilograms – 58 kg  –  in Pounds –  128 lbs 
Body Measurements 36-25-37
Bra (Breast) Size 40C
Waist Size 25
Hip Size 37
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Average


Father Ismael Machado
Mother Alicia Morales Ruiz
Sister Gloria Calderon Kellett
Brother Not Known


School Lane Tech College Prep High School
College Franklin Fine Arts Center and Latino Chicago Theater Company

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relationship
Affair Yes
Boyfriend Emmanuel Gironi
Is she a lesbian? No
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Personal Life

Justina is dating actor as well producer Emmanuel Gironi although it is still unclear that since how long have the two been dating. Based on some pics posted on Instagram we are assuming that they are dating since 2014.

Justina Machado Net Worth

The talented and gorgeous actress Justina has earned a huge amount of wealth through her acting career. She has done wonders in the world of acting and this has helped her to earn a name and fame in the industry. Justina is estimated to have a net worth of around $ 1 million.


  • Justina’s parents moved from Puerto Rico to Chicago for a better life.
  • She worked as a bank teller after high school.
  • Justina is hugely politically outspoken putting Latinos first in her political work and engagement.
  • She even performed in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first play in the Heights in 2010.
  • Machado is fiercely Boricua and helped raise money for Hurricane Maria relief efforts.
  • Justina has been dating the award-winning writer, producer & actor Emanuel Gironi since 2015.

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