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Lina Esco is an American actress of Colombian descent, born in Miami, Florida on May 14, 1985.
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Her breakout role was as Katie Vega on Cane, daughter of the lead character played by Jimmy Smits. Esco wrote, directed and starred in Free the Nipple, a film about feminist activists fighting laws which make going topless a crime for women, but not men.

She played SWAT officer Chris Alonso on S.W.A.T. (2017), who also struggles with being in a male-dominated profession. Her role also explored other issues facing women and LGBT+ people (as Chris is a bisexual woman).

Esco is an activist who has backed the Free the Nipple campaign (as her film above was about), passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the #Me Too movement (she has stated Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her) and charitable efforts against dolphin slaughter. She has also been open about twice being raped in the past.

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Selected Filmography:

  • London (2005) as Kelly (her very first role)
  • Cane (2007) as Katie Vega
  • LOL (2012) as Janice
  • Free the Nipple (2014) as With
  • Flaked as Kara (2016)
  • S.W.A.T. (2017) as Chris Alonso (2017-2022)

Tropes in her work include:

  • Action Girl: Chris on S.W.A.T. is a consummate example, as a highly trained police officer (she's also the team's sniper, so with a particular specialty).
  • Actor-Shared Background: She frequently plays Latina characters, and speaks Spanish in some of her roles.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Some of her characters' ethnicities are never mentioned, with no indication whether they're Latina like her or something else.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Esco has had a pageboy haircut for years, and thus her characters do too, which fits into them often being The Lad-ette.
  • The Lad-ette: In a number of her roles, she's a tomboy who acts like "just one of the guys" most times, notably as Chris on S.W.A.T..
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  • Ms. Fanservice: She hasn't been shy about going topless (with her film Free the Nipple completely centering on this) or doing sex scenes.
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