May 13, 2019
Hollywood actress serves as a strong role model for Latinas on screen and in real life.
Fenwick alumna Aimee Garcia, a member of the Catholic high school’s first co-ed graduating class in 1996, will address members of the current graduating Class of 2019 at its 88th commencement exercises on May 24 at the UIC Forum (tickets are required). Ms. Garcia, an actress who now lives in Los Angeles, grew up in Chicago and also resided in River Forest, IL. She is a co-star of the new Latino superhero film “El Chicano” (along with Raúl Castillo and George Lopez), which opened in theaters on May 3.
Garcia broke into acting as a child doing McDonald’s commercials with the likes of local sports icons Michael Jordan and Sammy Sosa. She was the first Latina to be Clara in “The Nutcracker” at the Arie Crown Theater and did numerous stage plays in Chicago during her time at Fenwick. After graduating from Northwestern University with degrees in economics, journalism and French, she moved to New York to work in finance before moving to Los Angeles to purse acting on a full-time basis.
Since then, Garcia has starred on numerous television shows, including “The George Lopez Show,” “Dexter,” (for which she was nominated for a SAG Award), “Family Guy,” “Supernatural,” “Trauma,” “Rush Hour” and currently stars as “Ella Lopez,” the only Latina scientist on Netflix’s “Lucifer.” She next will be starring alongside Charlize Theron, Chloe Mortez and Nick Kroll in MGM’s animated “The Addams Family.”
Ms. Garcia's 1996 Blackfriars' yearbook image.
On the writing front, Garcia presently is writing the “GLOW” comic books (based on the Netflix hit series), creating a Latina Superhero, starring, creating and producing a Latino family comedy with Emmy-winning producer of “The Office,” Lee Eisenberg, and also is starring in and writing a horror movie.
She recently made her directorial debut for MOSTE, a non-profit college scholarship program that mentors young girls and is helping Disney create the next Disney princess.
When she’s not working in Hollywood, Garcia is dancing, traveling, hanging with family and friends, and of course, flying back to Chicago to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs’ game at Wrigley Field, which she is doing (again) while in town this trip!