A talented and versatile actress, Justina Machado continues to endear audiences and earn critical acclaim for her work on stage, television and film. Machado currently stars in the hit comedy "One Day at a Time," opposite Rita Moreno. Machado stars as Penelope, a newly single war veteran, raising her two children with the help of her mother. In 2018, Machado earned her first Critics' Choice Television Award nomination, for her portrayal of Penelope Alvarez. She was also awarded an Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress and the show won for Best Comedy.
Machado is perhaps most well-known for her role as Vanessa Diaz in HBO's "Six Feet Under." Additionally, Machado appeared alongside Gina Rodriguez in the fourth season of CW's Emmy Award-nominated comedy series, "Jane the Virgin" and voiced the character Carmen in Disney's animated series "Elena of Avalor." In 2009, Machado made her Broadway debut in the Tony® Award-winning musical "In the Heights," starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. In 2010, Machado joined the production of award-winning director George C. Wolfe's "A Free Man of Color."