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Creator / Lina Esco

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Lina Esco is an American actress of Colombian descent, born in Miami, Florida on May 14, 1985.

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.


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.