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Who Plays Cruz Manuelos In Special Ops Lioness? Meet Laysla De Oliveira

‘Special Ops: Lioness’ is a thrilling series inspired by a U.S. Military program. It follows the story of Joe (Zoe Saldana) navigating the challenge of recruiting a Marine for a crucial undercover mission. Their objective is to prevent another September 11th attack by Joe befriending the daughter of a suspected terrorist. The actress Laysla De Oliveira plays the role in Special Ops: Lioness, check out some facts about her below!

About Laysla De Oliveira, Who Plays Cruz Manuelos

Laysla De Oliveira as Cruz Manuelos in special ops Lioness
Source: Special Ops: Lioness, Paramount+

Laysla De Oliveira was born on January 11, 1992, in Toronto, Canada, to a Brazilian family. With her father being a musician and her mother having worked in the circus industry, Laysla was exposed to an art environment from an early age. After completing school in Toronto, she pursued her passion for acting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.

Laysla has quite an intriguing name with an equally fascinating origin story. In her Instagram, she once mentioned that a Madonna song inspired her name; however, she doesn’t specify which one.

Personal Life

Laysla is currently in a relationship with the well-known American actor Jonathan Keltz. Jonathan is recognized for his acting skills in movies like Dadnapped and Reign. Interestingly, they got together before starring in the movie Acquainted back in 2018.

Laysla De Oliveira’s Career And Movies

In 2012, she made her television debut with a gripping drama series called “Covert Affairs.” Since then, she has appeared in TV shows and short films such as Nikita, Onto Us, Gothica, and Acquainted. Additionally, she also worked on a captivating drama film titled “Guest of Honour” (2019), which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Furthermore, she showcased her talent in a horror film called “In the Tall Grass,” which was released on Netflix on October 4, 2019. Laysla lately has been receiving more recognition for her remarkable performances in several notable projects. One of her roles was portraying Dodge in the popular Netflix series “Locke & Key.”

Laysla also has made appearances on other well-received TV shows such as “The Gifted,” “iZombie,” and “Murdoch Mysteries.” She recently starred in the action series called “Special Ops; Lioness,” playing the role of Cruz Manuelos. Cruz is a determined soldier who never hesitates to follow orders in this show. She is incredibly loyal to her team. Will go to great lengths to ensure their safety. Cruz has a knack for staying calm in high-pressure situations. Can think on her feet no matter what comes her way.