Melissa de Sousa in "Reed Between the Lines" on BET

In the new sitcom, the actress of Panamanian descent is a Latina playing an actual Latina

By Se Fija! Online
Published on LatinoLA: October 13, 2011

Melissa de Sousa in "Reed Between the Lines" on BET

You'll probably recognize Melissa de Sousa when you see her--in fact, you'll probably recognize almost everybody in the cast of "Reed Between the Lines," the newest weekly sitcom from BET. She's been a part of half a dozen TV series and even more movies since she was a teenager, including "The Street," "One on One," and "Second Time Around," and she's done guest shots on everything from "Ghost Whisperer" to "Castle." She was even in the extremely cool and sexy web series "The Bannen Way" a couple of years back. Her film credits are pretty cool, too: "Miss Congeniality," "Lockdown," and "The Best man," that earned her a NAACP Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Best of all, Melissa--of Panamanian descent, by the way--is a Latina playing an actual Latina (not nearly enough of those this season!). She's Gabriella Jimenez, the "childhood best friend and office suitemate" to Carla Reed, played by Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends"). Carla's husband is played by Malcolm Jamal Warner ("The Cosby Show"); her receptionist is Anna Maria Horsford from "Amen." You see? It is all familiar faces, and sometimes that's a good thing.

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