Born in Cost Rica, Ana Mercedes always loved to entertain.
She started dancing at the age of four which lead to acting and a year later her professional debut at “The National Theater” in San Jose.
traded in her “Quinceanera” for the opportunity to continue her studies in Los Angeles. In 1992 after raising her family, she went back to acting and following her bliss.
Her constant training and dedication has been rewarded by working with film directors such as the Oscar, Golden Globes and Emmy award winning, Mike Nichols; as well as comedic director Judd Apataw of the 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.
She has also shared the screen with a pool of talented Oscar, Golden Globes and Emmy winning actors such as Octavia Spencer, Christine Lathi, Annie Pots, Lynn Redgrave, Martin Sheen, John Goodman, Bobby Cannvale and Larry David.
Her many episodic television credits include, among others, "SWAT",“NCSI”,"Shameless"," Riverdale", "Vida", "True Detective""Major Crimes"“Dexter”, “Medium”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; and recurring roles on "9-1-1", "ARROW", “The West Wing”, and “Melrose Place”. Her daytime credits include a recurring role on “The Young and The Restless” ,and three years as Connie on “The Bold and The Beautiful".
In 2005, her talent took her to Sundance with “Un Dia En la Vida” which was awarded the IFCT World Tour Award and Best Dramatic Short.
In the leading role, she portrays Rosalia Gomez who saddles with an ailing husband and a downtrodden motel business wakes up to a new challenge. In 2016, she worked along side Harry Dean Stanton in what became his last film, "Lucky".
Her commercial and voice-over work has covered both the Hispanic and the general market. Over the course of a few years, Ana Mercedes was the Female Host of the Simultaneous Broadcasting for the United Cerebral Palsy Starathon, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the cause.
In 1997 she was awarded the first Centro America Unida: Premio a la Excelencia. That same year the city recognized her contributions to the community by awarding her with the “Los Angeles Outstanding Enhancement Award”.
Today, dedicated to her craft, Ana Mercedes continues her pursuit for her next role, one that both challenges and inspires.