Sara Elena Ramrez is a Mexican-American actor and singer who was born on August 31, 1975. Ramrez, who was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, immigrated to the United States when he was eight years old and later earned a fine arts degree from the Juilliard School.
Sara Ramirez’s Early Life
Ramrez was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, in northwest Mexico, on August 31, 1975. Mexicans are Ramrez’s mother and father. When Ramrez’s parents were divorced when he was eight years old, he moved in with their mother and finally made his way to Tierrasanta, San Diego, California.
Ramirez’s passion for music inspired their mother to enroll them at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where a singing audition revealed their talent. In high school, Ramrez began performing in plays.
After performing in shows like Into the Woods, Hello, Dolly!, and Annie, among others, Ramrez was recommended for the Juilliard School in New York City, where they earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts dramatics.
Ramrez continued to hone their acting abilities and singing technique at Juilliard. Ramrez is a fluent speaker of both Spanish and English.
Sara Ramirez’s Personal Life
Longtime partner Ryan DeBolt, a business analyst at TIMEC in Paris, France, proposed to Ramrez on June 27, 2011. On July 4, 2012, they were wed in a small ceremony on a New York beach. Ramirez confirmed their breakup with Ryan DeBolt in an Instagram post on July 6, 2021.
In September 2016, Ramirez gave their hair to Locks of Love, a company that creates wigs for kids with illnesses that cause hair loss. They then wore a buzz cut that was fashioned as an undercut.
Sara Ramirez’s Sexuality
Ramirez identified as LGBT and bisexual in October 2016 in Los Angeles, California, at the True Colors Fund’s 40 To None Summit now called the Impact Summit.
They said that their choice to come out publicly was “very organic and natural” in an email to the Huffington Post. Ramirez stated in August 2020 that they had recently come to the conclusion that they identify as nonbinary and had been using the pronouns she/they; they shifted to they/them sometime in 2021.
Sara Ramirez’s Career Life
Ramirez started out performing in Broadway plays, making their debut in Paul Simon’s The Capeman, before branching out into parts in movies and television shows.
Ramirez’s big break came when they played the original Lady of the Lake in Spamalot on Broadway in 2005; they were awarded the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for their performance.
Sara Ramirez’s LGBTQ Character In Television History
Ramrez was given the option to select their own primetime television program from a variety of ABC lineups, and they decided on Grey’s Anatomy. In 11 seasons and 239 episodes, they portrayed Dr. Callie Torres, the most persistent LGBT character in American television history.
The character’s bisexuality was one of the first series of regular LGBT roles on primetime television because of Ramrez’s voluntary insertion. Ramirez came out as bisexual and eventually as non-binary after leaving the series, using they/them pronouns.
In subsequent roles, they played the bisexual, non-binary characters, Kat Sandoval, in Madam Secretary, and Che Dáz in And Just Like That…
Sara Ramirez’s Voice Acting And Awards
Ramirez made his voice acting debut in the 1999 video game Um Jammer Lammy. In the 2012–2018 animated series Sofia the First, she provided the voice of Queen Miranda.
2009 saw the debut of Ramrez’s single “Silent Night.” In 2011, their self-titled EP made its Billboard 200 debut at position 37.
Ramrez’s long advocacy for LGBT rights earned him the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2015 Ally for Equality Award. In addition to other honors, Ramrez has won a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Tony Award.
Sara Ramirez’s Singing Career
In 2009, Ramrez released their debut single, a cover of Silent Night. Grey’s Anatomy’s tenth episode of the sixth season used the song. Under the Atrevida Records imprint, their self-titled debut extended play was released on the iTunes Store in March 2011.
The EP had four tracks, including a rendition of “The Story,” which Brandi Carlile had previously recorded for her 2007 album. Ramirez and Rob Giles, the album’s writer-producer, collaborated on two of the album’s three songs.
The debut of Sara Ramirez was at position 37 on the Billboard 200, position 9 on the Independent Albums chart, and position 38 on the Canadian Albums Chart.
In the same week, “The Story” made its debut at positions 69 on the Billboard Hot 100, 72 on the Canadian Hot 100, and 34 on the Irish Singles Chart.
Under the imprints of Decca Records and ABC Studios, respectively, soundtracks for Monty Python’s Spamalot (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2005) and Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event (2011) were made available.
Sara Ramirez’s Production
With the teen comedy Loserville in 2016, Ramrez transitioned into production. In collaboration with the Pacer Foundation’s Center for Bullying Prevention & Stomp Out Bullying, the project was made public.
Ramrez took Bebe Neuwirth’s place as Nadine Tolliver in the fourth and fifth seasons of the CBS political drama Madam Secretary from 2017 to 2019. They portrayed Kat Sandoval, Secretary Elizabeth McCord’s (Téa Leoni) new policy advisor.
Ramrez was chosen to play non-binary comedian and podcast presenter Che Daz in the Sex and the City remake series And Just Like That in 2021. Reviews of Che’s persona have ranged from neutral to unfavorable.
Sara Ramirez Promote LGBT Rights
Ramrez is an activist who works hard to promote LGBT rights. They are a part of the Task Force, the San Diego, New York, and San Francisco LGBT Centers, as well as the board of directors of True Colors United.
They spoke at a True Colors Fund conference in favor of LGBTQ youth who are homeless. Ramirez also lends assistance to organizations like BiNetUSA, NDLON, the American Institute of Bisexuality, the Bisexual Organizing Project, and Mujeres De Maz.
In 2015, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation presented them with the Ally for Equality Award.