Cuban-born actor Edvin Ortego studies more than just the crime scene in the second season premiere of FOX’s thrilling smash-hit, “The Following,” scheduled to air on January 27th.
From creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the “Scream” franchise), “The Following” chronicles FBI Agent Ryan Hardy’s (Kevin Bacon) pursuit of a legendary serial killer and his murderous cult of followers. In the season premiere episode, titled “Resurrection,” Ortega heads back to school as a criminology student in Hardy’s class where things get complicated for his notorious instructor.
Ortega was thrilled to be part of the psychological thriller, explaining, “I learned so much from working with Kevin Bacon and director Marcos Siega. They were so professional and made everyone feel like a big part of the team.”
Coming later this spring, Ortega gets caught up in a bad situation during an episode of the highly-anticipated second season of Netflix’s Golden Globe nominated series, “Orange is the New Black.” Ortega enjoyed every minute of working with director Daisy Mayer and the amazing cast and crew, adding “This was one of the most fun sets I have ever been on.”
Ortega has several other projects in the works, including appearing opposite soap opera star Jimmy Bernal on the telenovela “El Capo,” directed by fellow Cuban Lilo Vilaplana, and a starring role in the indie comedy feature “Meeting Molly.” He recently completed work on the indie romantic comedy “Lady Peacock” and the zombie indie film “29 Alexander,” starring as a cop during apocalyptic times, which puts a new horrifying twist on a classic genre. Audiences will recognize Ortega from his previous roles in the CBS drama “A Gifted Man,” the indie short “Bidentity Crisis” and alongside Justin Timberlake in a national Target commercial campaign.
Ortega was born in Havana, Cuba, where he spent his early childhood years before his family moved to Panama City, Panama. A few years later, his family packed up again and headed for America, settling in Yonkers, NY, where Ortega would spend his formative years and eventually graduate from Westchester Community College and Mercy College. An accomplished host, d.j., singer and dancer, Ortega regularly hosts live events for Radio Disney.