When The CW
's reboot of the cult favorite TV series Charmed
was announced, the first question on everyone's minds was who would be playing the "Charmed Ones," the trio of supernaturally chosen sister witches. Instead of casting big-name actresses, the network chose instead to select three actresses who have worked steadily but haven't had breakout roles just yet. The middle sister, Mel Vera, is played by Melonie Diaz
, a longtime staple of the indie film world.
Diaz began her career in the New York theater scene, appearing in off-Broadway
plays and fringe festivals. This work led to her entry into the film world, with supporting roles in small and independent films. Her early-career credits include the direct-to-video dramedy Double Whammy
and 2002's Raising Victor Vargas
, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Although she briefly appeared on TV (in an episode of Law & Order
and in a