Donnabella Mortel

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Donnabella Mortel
BornDonnabella Mortel
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
🏡 ResidenceLos Angeles, California
🏫 EducationSeattle University
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  2008–present
🏡 Home townMagnolia, Washington

Donnabella Mortel is an American actress, writer, and producer, of Filipino descent. She is best known for her roles on the television shows and films, The Young and the Restless (2017), How to Get Away with Murder (2015), Jane The Virgin (2015), Retail (2014), Born Bad (2011), Ulterior Motives: Reality Tv Massacre (2016), and NCIS (2015).


2008-2013: Early Work[edit]

Mortel made her entertainment debut in 2008 starring in the feature film Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors playing ambitious young woman fighting her way through the streets of Los Angeles on her journey to success. The filmed co-starred Arden Cho.

In 2011 Mortel went on to appear on Fox's House and starring in the Lifetime film Born Bad, alongside Michael Welch, Bonnie Dennison, Meredith Monroe, and David Chokachi. A reviewer from Dread Central described Mortel's character as "disturbingly realistic.[1]

In 2012 Mortel made her first major film debut appearing in the film Savages, which was directed by Oliver Stone.

In 2013 Mortel was cast as a recurring cast member on the series, The Cost of Living, which was created, written, and directed by Kevin L Walker. She also wrote and directed the short film, Playing Pretend, where she starred opposite Kevin L. Walker.

2014–present: Success in television and film[edit]

In 2014 Mortel began to see more success in television and film. Mortel appeared in the film Murder 101, opposite Tom Sizemore playing a young and capable detective, and then soon after she appeared on the television show Love That Girl! opposite Phil Morris.

Later in 2014 Mortel was cast in the short film Speed Dating, opposite Keir O'Donnell for the top 10 directors contest on HBO's Project Greenlight. Mortel ended 2014 by creating, writing, and starring in the series, Retail. The series co-starred Kevin L. Walker, Noel Gugliemi, and Derrick Redford,[2] and achieved significant viral success.[3]

In 2015 Mortel went on to appear on various television shows opposite numerous notable actors and actresses. She appeared on the television show, Grandfathered, opposite John Stamos and Josh Peck. She appeared on Jane the Virgin, opposite actresses Andrea Navedo and Jenna Ortega. She appeared on Ray Donovan, opposite Liev Schreiber and Eddie Marsan, and she was cast in a recurring role on appeared on NCIS.[4]

Mortel ended 2015 by guest starring as "Alicia," on an of How to Get Away with Murder[5] opposite Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, and Sherri Saum, with whom she had a talked about kissing scene.[6] Mortel played a young business woman that finds herself intertwined in a complex murder scheme with Sherri Saum. The episode was directed by John Terlesky.

In 2016 Mortel cast to star in the film Freshwater as "Jamie Castell," alongside Joe Lando and Zoe Bell. She played a young, fit, and ambitious cheerleader trying to escape the clutches of a monster size reptile. She continued on to appear on the television shows Mary + Jane, Uncle Buck,[7] Mistresses,[8] Westworld, she starred in the film Let Me In, opposite Kevin L Walker,[9] and she also starred in the film, Ulterior Motives: Reality Tv Massacre, as "Paris," opposite Jaclyn Betham, Chris Hayes, and Vincent Ward. Mortel played a reality TV star that gathers at a Hollywood Hills mansion with a group of friends and winds up having to fight for her life to stay alive.

So far in 2017 Mortel has appeared on the Netflix series, I'm Sorry, TruTv's Atypical, and the hit daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, as "Kylie Weston,"[10][11][12] where she played a young hot shot Hollywood director.

Mortel can also be seen in commercials for brands such as, Coke Zero, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile with Rob Corrdry,[13] McDonald's with Deion Sanders, Ford with Kevin L Walker, and Pizza Hut with Kristen Wiig.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hoodrat 2: Hoodrat Warriors Celia Lead
2011 Born Bad Dana Lead
2012 Savages Marla Supporting
2014 Murder 101 Officer Nunez Supporting
Speed Dating Kamia Strong Supporting
2015 Clocks Run on Time Bridget Lead
2016 Ulterior Motives: Reality Tv Massacre Paris Lead
Freshwater Jamie Castell Lead
Let Me In Kat Lead


Year Title Role Notes
2011 House Meredith Episode: "Parents"
2013 The Cost of Living Recurring Cast 3 Episodes
2014 Love That Girl! Carla Episode: "Mr. Pop Bottles"
2014-2015 Retail[16][17] Main Cast 12 Episodes
2015 Jane The Virgin Nurse Gina 1 Episode
Ray Donovan Marcy 1 Episode
Grandfathered Hottie 1 Episodes
NCIS Recurring Cast 2 Episodes
How To Get Away With Murder Alicia Episode: "It's Called the Octopus"
2016 Mistresess Julie Episode: "Mistaken Identity"
Uncle Buck Jennifer Special Guest Episode
Mary + Jane Krystal Episode: "Sn**chelorette"
Westworld Sophia Episode: "The Bicameral Mind"
2017 The Young and The Restless Kylie Weston Episode: #1.11176
I'm Sorry Carla Episode: Ass Cubes
Atypical Waitress Episode: Antartica
2018 Reverie Episode: Point of Origin


Mortel narrated the This Shattered World: A Starbound Novel, the second of a trilogy created and written by New York Times best selling author Amie Kaufman,[18][19] alongside Callard Harris, and Lincoln Hoppe. Mortel also narrated parts of Amie Kaufman's Illuminae, and some of Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad audio book, by George R. R. Martin.[20]


  1. "Born Bad (2011)". Dread Central. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  2. "Rising Star Kevin L. Walker Teams with Donnabella Mortel, Starring in and Producing Comedic Web Series, "Retail" and revealing the "Space Chariot Scooter"" (Press release). Retrieved 2017-09-30 – via PRWeb.
  3. "Actors Kevin L. Walker, Derrick Redford, & Donnabella Mortel Reveal The Revolutionary 'Space Chariot' in their new comedy series "Retail"". PRWeb. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. Donnabella Mortel (2017-11-24), Donnabella Mortel in CBS's NCIS, retrieved 2017-12-17
  5. "Donnabella Mortel -- How To Get Away With Murder". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  6. "Donnabella Mortel, Aja Naomi King, and Sherri Saum Turn Up The Heat on How To Get Away With Murder – Creative Geniusess". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  7. "A Charismatic Uncle Shakes Things Up in ABC's New Comedy 'Uncle Buck'". TV Weekly Now. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  8. "Scoop: Donnabella Mortel on MISTRESSES on ABC". 2016-06-06. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. "Actors Kevin L. Walker, Donnabella Mortel, Angie Teodora Dick, & Maynard Okereke Give Viewers A Scary Treat on Halloween with "Let Me In"" (Press release). Retrieved 2017-09-30 – via PRWeb.
  10. "The Young and the Restless Comings and Goings: It's Celebrity Guest Week!". SoapHub. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  11. "Y&R casts Donnabella Mortel". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  12. "The Young and the Restless Comings and Goings: It's Celebrity Guest Week!". SoapHub. 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  13. Donnabella Mortel (2015-04-24), Donnabella Mortel with Rob Corddry in T-Mobile's "Tiscount" Commercial, retrieved 2017-09-30
  14. "Donnabella Mortel Cheers with Kristen Wigg in Pizza Hut's new Huts Rewards Campaign". Donnabella Mortel. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  15. "Donnabella Mortel TV Commercials". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  16. "Rising Star Kevin L. Walker Teams with Donnabella Mortel, Starring in and Producing Comedic Web Series, "Retail" and revealing the "Space Chariot Scooter"". PRWeb. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  17. "Kevin L. Walker, Derrick Redford, & Donnabella Mortel Star in Funny New Web Series "Retail"". Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  18. "This Shattered World (Starbound Series #2)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  19. "Donnabella Mortel". Goodreads. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  20. George R. R. Martin; Kathleen Turner; Clancy Brown; Adrian Paul; P.J. Ochlan; full cast; Random House Audio, Aces Abroad: Wild Cards IV, Random House Audio, retrieved 2017-12-13

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