Houston Actress Goes Hollywood

A sexy funny lady: Houston actress lands a major Fox sitcom role, sets a gut-busting mission

Sexy funny lady: Actress Stephanie Beatriz lands major Fox sitcom role

Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox August 2013
Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz in the new single-camera workplace comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiering this fall on FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Facebook
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast, including Stephanie Beatriz Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Facebook
Stephanie Beatriz in Modern Family
Stephanie Beatriz most recently played Sofia Vergara's sister on Modern Family. ReleaseDonkey.com
Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox August 2013
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Stephanie Beatriz in Modern Family

Comedian Andy Samberg has found a leading lady for his new single camera comedy sitcom on Fox

She's sexy, she's no stranger to acting and she's from Houston. Stephanie Beatriz will star as Detective Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is set to premiere Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Fox.

Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur, who also wrote Parks and Recreation, have teamed up once again for this new sitcom. The ensemble comedy stars Samberg (Saturday Night Live) and Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age, Homicide: Life on the Street).  

The show focuses on what happens when a detective (Samberg), who has a carefree attitude, gets a new captain who has a lot to prove. 

Beatriz's character is strong, tough and opinionated. 

"I have been dreaming of playing a detective for a long time, and to be surrounded by such talent and to be working with such amazing scripted material is fantastic," Beatriz tells CultureMap. 

Samberg's character, Jake Peralta, is a good cop, but he's a screwball who likes to have fun at work. All of that changes when there's a new boss, Ray Holt (Braugher), who is much stricter. 

"Andy is very funny and very friendly," Beatriz says. "He's amazingly sharp witted and also very silly. He's a really honest comedian and actor — someone who is extremely easy to be around."

Beatriz most recently memorably played Sofia Vergara's sister on Modern Family. In 2009, she appeared on an episode of The Closer. She went to Clear Brook High School in Friendswood.

"I hope Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes people bust a gut laughing, and I hope I can contribute to that," Beatriz says. 
Watch the show's trailer: