New York native Roma Maffia began her acting career on-stage, appearing in all sorts of Broadway and off-Broadway plays, from musicals to Shakespeare. She only made occasional appearances in movies until a director asked her to audition for Ron Howard's upcoming comedy drama The Paper. When she won the role of Carmen in the film, she began investing real time and energy in her onscreen acting career. She continued to make appearances in several films a year until she was cast as Grace Alvarez, forensic pathologist for the NBC series Profiler; she stayed with the show from 1996-2000. Following that, it wasn't long before she picked up another role in a series; this time she signed on to play the part of Dr. Liz Cruz on the controversial series Nip/Tuck. She had a major role in the showbiz comedy The Blue Tooth Virgin.