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Ramirez at the 7th Annual Television Academy Honors on June 1, 2014
Ramirez at the 7th Annual Television Academy Honors on June 1, 2014
Cierra Alexa Ramirez

(1995-03-09) March 9, 1995 (age 29)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2005–present

Cierra Alexa Ramirez (born March 9, 1995) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Mariana Adams Foster in the Freeform television series The Fosters and reprising her role in the spin-off series Good Trouble, which she also co-executive produced with co-star Maia Mitchell. Her accolades include an ALMA Award and a GLAAD Media Award nomination.

Early life

Ramirez was born on March 9, 1995 in Houston, Texas. Her father, Sonny Ramirez, was a music producer and her mother, Cris Ramirez, was a kindergarten teacher. Ramirez was raised in Sugar Land, Texas and attended Westside High School for two years before moving to Los Angeles, California. She graduated high school through a home-school program to allow her to pursue her acting career.



Music led to Ramirez making her television debut—when she was 10 years old, she performed a song the "Apollo Kids Star of Tomorrow" segment of Showtime at the Apollo. Ramirez is signed to Empire and Tribeca Music Group. She has performed as the opening act for a number of musical acts, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago and Ruben Studdard.

On June 20, 2016, Ramirez released her first EP Discreet. Her singles subsequently followed her first EP: "Faded" Feat. Baeza in 2017.

In 2018, Ramirez released the first single “Bad Boys” off of her debut album, Over Your Head, which was released February 28, 2020. Singles that followed “Bad Boys” were; “Liquid Courage (Love Me Better)", "Broke Us" Feat. Trevor Jackson in 2019 and “Over Your Head” in 2020.

Music videos for the singles "Faded", "Bad Boys", "Liquid Courage" and "Broke Us" were released. "Liquid Courage (Love Me Better)", "Broke Us", and “BBU” were directed by Maria Skobeleva.


In 2007, Ramirez played a recurring role on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Jasmine, a young camper with anger management issues. Ramirez played recurring character Kathy in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, introduced in the 100th episode as a pregnant freshman.

Ramirez had her film debut in the titular role for the 2012 feature film Girl in Progress, for which she won an ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress Supporting Role.

Starting in 2013, Ramirez played Mariana Foster in the ABC Family (renamed "Freeform" channel) series The Fosters. Her character is a straight-A student who, with her fraternal twin Jesus, has been adopted by a lesbian couple into a multi-ethnic blended family. The show premiered on June 3, 2013, and in January 2017, Freeform announced that it had been renewed for its fifth season. However, according to Entertainment Weekly, the series would be cancelled after a three-night limited series on June 6, 2018, to be followed with a spin off, Good Trouble premiering January 9, 2019, featuring Ramirez and Maia Mitchell.

Personal life

She is of Colombian and Mexican descent.

She dated Youtuber and comedian Jeff Wittek in 2015 for 3 years.

Since 2019, she has been in a relationship with musician OTHRSYDE, also known as Jonathan Zallez. They announced their engagement in September 2023.



Title Details Peak charts
Over Your Head
  • Released: February 28, 2020
  • Label: Tribeca Music Group/ Empire
  • Formats: Digital download
#15 on the US Pop iTunes Charts

Extended plays

Title Details Peak charts Notes
  • Released: June 20, 2016
  • Label: Tribeca Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download
- N/A


Title Year Album
(featuring Casey Veggies & Honey ...)
2016 Discreet
(featuring Baeza)
2017 Non-album single
"Bad Boys" 2018 Over Your Head
"Liquid Courage (Love Me Better)" 2019
"Broke Us"
(featuring Trevor Jackson)
"Love Me Ole (Latin Remix)"
(with Maejor & C-Kan)
Non-album single
"Over Your Head" 2020 Over Your Head

Other appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Círculo" 2019 Coastcity 1190 (EP)

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Other artist(s) Director(s)
"Faded" 2016 Casey Veggies & Honey C Austin Kelley
"Faded" 2017 Baeza Keoni Marcelo
"Bad Boys" 2018 None Arrad Rahgoshay
"Liquid Courage (Love Me Better)" 2019 None Maria Skobeleva
"Broke Us" Trevor Jackson
"Love Me Ole (Latin Remix)" Major & C-Kan Gabe Bostetler
"Over Your Head" 2020 None Riley Robbins
"BBU" (Vertical Video) None Maria Skobeleva



Year Title Role Notes
2006 All In Marisol Supporting role
2007 Star and Stella Save the World Stella Rivera TV movie
2012 Girl in Progress Ansiedad Lead role
2016 Petting Scorpions Daisy Lead role
2017 Drink Slay Love Pearl Lead role
2018 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors America Chavez Voice role
TBA The Re-Education of Molly Singer Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Showtime at the Apollo Herself October 29, 2005
2006 CSI: Miami Isabel Terraza Episode: "Deviant"
Zoey 101 Girl #1 Episode: "Surprise"
Desperate Housewives Annie Marie Episode: "Children and Art"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Jasmine Recurring role (4 episodes)
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Ruthy Spivey Scenes deleted
2012 Piper's Quick Picks Herself Guest
The Talk Herself
2012–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Kathy Recurring role (22 episodes)
2013–2018 The Fosters Mariana Adams Foster Main role
2019–present Good Trouble
2019 Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts America Chavez Voice
Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron
Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actress/Feature Film Girl in Progress Won
ALMA Award Favorite Movie Actress-Supporting Role Girl in Progress Won
The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Horizon Award Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female The Fosters Nominated
HOLA Awards Honoring Award The Fosters Won
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actress The Fosters Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Actress Good Trouble Nominated
2022 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Drama Series Good Trouble (as producer) Pending

See also

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