Dascha Polanco

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Polanco in 2015, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Dascha Yolaine Polanco

Place of Birth: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Date of Birth: December 3, 1982

Ethnicity: Dominican Republic [African, Spanish]

Dascha Polanco is a Dominican-American actress. She is known for her roles on the series Orange Is the New Black, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, and Russian Doll, and in the films Gimme Shelter, The Cobbler, Joy (2015), The Irishman, In the Heights, DC League of Super-Pets, and Samaritan.

She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the daughter of Janet and Rubén Darío Polanco. She moved to the U.S. at a young age, and was raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, and Miami, Florida.

Dascha has two children.

Dascha has stated that she took a DNA test, which indicated that her genetic ancestry includes Spanish and 31% Malian (from Mali in Africa).

10 Responses

  1. Jarap says:

    She is mixed race as most people of the Dominican Republic are. She is not only Black and White. All Dominicans have other admixtures, such as Arab and Native American.

  2. danishcookie7 says:

    According to Dascha her DNA consist of Iberian Peninsula and 31 percent of her genetic make-up tracks back to African country, Mali. She never mentioned having any other african countries in her genes but usually multiracial latinos have score more than one african country.

    I don’t know much about how latinos identify in their own countries but Dascha Polanco identifies as a black woman. I’m just curious, in the Dominican Republic would Dascha be considered “black”? I’ve seen black dominicans and Dascha does not resemble them at all. She is clearly mixed race. I don’t think anyone would guess she is fully black. She was raised in America so perhaps she follows the one drop rule (which has always been illogical in my opinion).

    • andrew says:

      Mali as country did not exist until a few time ago. Post-colonialism policy made it.

      In DR they speak Spanish and no such racist crap as considering all persons of color as black exists (as Fuxxybeard and Midori do here), in fact she falls within the light spectrum of mulatto population of DR.

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        Quote( no such racist crap as considering all persons of color as black)

        Please show me one comment, where I made that kind of statement. As I always state, I don’t call anyone anything they don’t call themselves. So if you’re going to quote me, do it correctly alright ANDREA

        • andrew says:

          I dont want to start another controversy with you, so if you have your (wrong for me) opinion, good for you. Also most of the people call me Andrew or Andre.

          • fuzzybear44 says:


            Hey you brought me up in your conversation, I wasn’t bothering you. Also it was only fair play ,if you don’t like your site name changed, then don’t change mine.

          • andrew says:

            Well fair enough. I keep trolling you too much lately, I have to stop…Bye.

  3. Mixed Kidd says:

    CORRECTION: Her birthplace is Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is also the daughter of Janet Polanco and Rubén Darío Polanco.

  4. fuzzybear44 says:

    She is a Dominican, however on the show she plays a Puerto Rican that hates Dominicans

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