Daniella Pineda is a Mexican-American actress. She is best known for her roles on television series such as "The Originals," as well as Edward Burns-directed films "Newlyweds" and "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas."
Daniella Pineda was born in Oakland, California on February 20, 1987, and is of Mexican-American heritage. As a child, she tood a shine to journalism before ever considering being an actress as a career. In fact, upon graduating high, school, she enrolled at Mills College and wound up graduating with degrees in journalism and sociology. Her hope was to use her degrees in order to pursue a career as a war correspondent. However, sometimes fate has other plans, and eventually her work on public radio lead to bigger opportunities.
In order to become a writer, Daniella decided it best to make the transition to New York City in order to follow her dreams. It was while there that an audition as a writer-performer on a Comedy Central pilot garnered her some attention from a manager/producer looking to make an actress out of her after all. By 2010, she had landed her first guest role on the TV series "Men of a Certain Age," followed by her first feature film role in Edward Burns' "Newlyweds" the following year.
Ultimately, however, it was Daniella's comedic personality that truly got her noticed, as her YouTube videos and work with CollegeHumor Originals moved her career down paths she didn't think possible. Her 2012 role in a second film for Edward Burns titled "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" lead straight into a guest spot on "Homeland," followed by a role as Sophie Deveraux on The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" the following year. Her character would then be spun-off into her own series tltled "The Originals," which she continued to play the role of Sophie on for 13 episodes.