Daniella Pineda plays Sophie Deveraux, a powerful witch out to exact revenge on the vampire who killed her sister, on The CW’s new drama The Originals.
Pineda was born in Oakland, California. She studied journalism and sociology at Mills College with the hopes of becoming a war correspondent. After graduating, she worked for a short time as a public radio reporter. In 2010, Pineda moved to New York City to pursue a career in writing. She fell into acting after being discovered by a manager/producer during her first audition as a writer-performer for a Comedy Central pilot.
Pineda started out in film, working on three movies with Ed Burns, including Newlyweds, Doggy Bags and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. In 2012, she landed a recurring role on Homeland.
In 2013, Pineda was featured in Backstage Magazine as one of 30 Actors on the Rise.
In addition to acting and writing, Pineda has a passion for hosting. She’s been making YouTube videos that have garnered great buzz on sites including Huffington Post and Jezebel. She’s also starred in several College Humor videos.
Currently, Pineda is writing a dark comedy horror film titled Cocaine Sleepover.