Who is Melissa Fumero? Best known for playing the uptight rule-following neurotic overachiever Amy Santiago in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘, Melissa Fumero is a talented American actress and now a well-known face. ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ is a police procedural sitcom that ran from September 17, 2013, to September 16, 2021.
Amy is found to ingratiate herself before Raymond Holt who is the new commanding officer of the group. Amy’s competitiveness is supposed to be stemmed from her upbringing with seven brothers. She is a nerd and can often be seen to pick up flaws and be annoyed at Jake’s childishness.
Jake and she went on a date in the first season though they started dating seriously from season three. The two of them get married in season five and in season seven they welcome their son Mac.
Now let us talk about how the personal life of the cast of Amy- Melissa Fumero is.
Acting Career of Melissa Fulero:The Wrap
Born in New Jersey this thirty-nine years old actress kicked off her acting career in 2004 by playing Adriana in the American soap opera ‘One Life to Live. The opera ran from July 15, 1968, to January 13, 2012. The plot of the soap opera is set in the suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a fictional city Llanview.
The primary foci of the series are the wealthy Lord family who is white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, the working class Wolek family who is Polish American in origin, comparatively less wealthy than the Lord Family- the Riley family who are Irish Catholic and the African American Sadie Gray. It is interesting that she got the role on her last day at New York University from where she received a 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.
Melissa’s big-screen debut was through the lead role in the independent film ‘Tiny Dancer‘. Melissa’s role in ‘Tiny Dancer’ is of a seventeen years old woman at Ati who is a Spanish Harlem. She meets a young choreographer who convinces her to dance and finally begins training her. Shonn Wiley stars in the opposite lead role to Ati.
There is a connection between these two castings as Shonn’s wife did a cover photo shoot with David Fumero who was Melissa’s boyfriend. In 2013 she acted in the role of Zoe in five episodes of ‘Gossip Girl‘ streaming on The CW.
Melissa got her big break in 2013 when she was cast as the female lead in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’. Dam Goor and Michael Schur created this police procedural comedy. Besides Melissa Fumero, other cast members of the TV Series include Andy Samberg as Jake who is Amy’s boyfriend, coworker, and later husband, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully. The series is acclaimed by both critics and fans.
As a director, she directed the episode ‘Return of the King’ of that comedy series. The episode belongs to the sixth season of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’. She also directed the episode ‘Wine & Hip Hop’ of ‘Grand Crew’. As a voice actress, she gave voice to the characters of animated shows ‘Elena of Avalor’, ‘She-Ra’, ‘Princesses of Power’. Recently she has been cast in Netflix’s comedy ‘Blockbuster’ in 2022.
Her other roles were in ‘Decent’, as Melissa in ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell’, as Jessica in ‘DriverX’, like Alex in ‘A Stone in the Waters. Besides in ‘One Life to Live’s Melissa’s other TV Series roles include Adriana Cramer in ‘All My Children’, Carmen Reyes in ‘The Mentalist’, Brooke in ‘Royal Pains’, Michelle Rhodes in ‘CSI: NY’, April in ‘Men at Work’, as herself in ‘Top Chef Duels’, ‘Hollywood Game Night’, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’s, ‘The $100000 Pyramid’, ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’, ‘Match Game’ The Admirable in ‘Mack & Moxy’, Estrellita in ‘One Day at a Time’, Ms. Ortega in ‘Diary of a Future President’. Her web shows include ‘Haute & Bothered’ as Jo, ‘Half Empty’ as Jill, ‘Mourners, Inc.’ as Monica Herrera, ‘Stolen Hearts’ as Erica.
Awards and Nominations:
Melissa Fumero received nominations of Imagen Awards for Best Supporting Actress- Television for acting in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ in 2015, 2016, 2019. In 2015 she won NHMC Impact Awards for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Positive Portrayals of Latinos in Media for ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’.
Personal Life of Melissa Fulero:
Melissa’s maiden name was Melissa Gallo. She met her husband David Fumero on the set of ‘One Life to Live. David Fumero is also a Cuban-American like Melissa. They got married on December 9, 2007. The two of them have two sons- Enzo and Axel. Enzo was born on March 24, 2016, and Axel was born on February 14, 2020.