Actress, singer, and composer Gina La Piana stars on the new TV Series, “Rock in a Hard Place”, by Brett Ratner and Huffington Post writer David Fagin. She plays ‘Prism’, daughter of aging Jewish punk rock star ‘Lance “Lint” Jones’, played by Steven Weber. Rosanna Arquette and Lesley Ann Warren are also in the series.
Gina’s upcoming film roles include ‘Stacey’ in “Audrey” and ‘Clea’ in “BG3: Play Kids”. Her previous roles ‘Gloria’ in “Black Widow”, ‘Sophia’ in “30 Days to Die” from Lionsgate, “Theresa” in “Meet Dave” with Eddie Murphy, ‘Sandra Lopez’ in “Knockout”, and Tom Cruise’s former girlfriend in “Jerry Maguire”. Gina also starred opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in “Al G Indahouse”, his first working title film before “Borat”.
Gina’s Television credentials include guest roles on the FOX Series “Bones”, “The Mentalist” and “Criminal Minds” on CBS, “Everybody Hates Chris” on UPN, Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, and the original “Beverly Hills 90210”. She also makes recurring appearances on “Days Of Our Lives” as ‘Gabby Ortiz’.
Her talents extend to composing as well, having worked on major soundtracks for Avi Arad’s production company, best known for owning Marvel Comics. She scored two films for him, “Tekken” and “Robosapien: Rebooted”. Gina also scored the soundtrack for “Opposite Day”.
Song writing is also in her repertoire, with songs written for Walt Disney Pictures’ “Beverley Hills Chihuahua 2” and the end title song for “Cinderella: Part Two”. Gina wrote and performed two songs for the Fox 2000 "Ramona and Beezus” (starring Selena Gomez). While on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, Gina had the wonderful experience working alongside Matthew Perry and performing two original songs, “I Don’t Want to Start Over” and “Fly Away”.
Gina’s entertainment career began when she signed a major label deal with SONY in an all girl group called “Carmen Jones”. Later on she signed with Columbia Records to be in another all-girl group called “Movida”. As a mature artist, she pursued a solo album with MCA alongside Randy Jackson. Gina has released two albums, "On top", an electropop album released in Europe, and a self-titled pop rock album released on iTunes.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Corona, California, Gina was raised by her father, a brilliant guitarist and vocalist. From the time she could walk, she was already a “little performer”, raised on The Rolling Stones, Cat Stevens, Journey and other legendary bands. Another source for her performing personality came from Lucille Ball and “I Love Lucy”, which became a childhood fascination that inspires her to this day. It was this eclectic mix that motivated her to pursue a career in acting. She received a scholarship to attend the esteemed American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she studied classical theater, film, and television acting.
Gina resides in Los Angeles where strives to combine her two favorite passions; acting and music.