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The Blue Bloods Character You Likely Forgot Ariana DeBose Played

From Broadway to "Blue Bloods," actress Ariana DeBose has done a little bit of everything in the entertainment world. The star is best known for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story," which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (via Golden Globes).

DeBose is also known for her roles as cheerleader Alyssa Greene in Ryan Murphy's coming-of-age musical "The Prom" and as Emma Tate in the star-studded Apple TV+ musical comedy "Schmigadoon!" On stage, she's had roles in "Hamilton," "Hairspray," "Bring It On," and "Les Misérables."

Interestingly, the actress made her TV debut in Season 6 of "So You Think You Can Dance," where she competed with professional dancer Peter Sabasino. Since then, she's starred in indie films like the thriller "Seaside" and appeared on late-night shows. One of her earliest TV roles came in a Season 6 episode of the police procedural drama "Blue Bloods."

Ariana DeBose played a murder suspect

Since its debut in 2010, "Blue Bloods" has featured various guest stars across twelve seasons. Ariana DeBose appeared in the 2016 episode "The Road To Hell," where she portrayed potential killer Sophia Ortiz. The episode follows detectives Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) as they investigate the murder of a pimp.

The case is quickly complicated when four women who had been working for the victim confess to killing him. Each woman has a strong motive for murder, as the man had forced them into prostitution, and they had nowhere to turn because they were undocumented. Eventually, the truth comes out, and it's narrowed down to one woman — and it isn't Ortiz.

"The Road to Hell" also sees the surprising arrest of Nicky Reagan-Boyle (Sami Gayle), which leads to tension within the family of law enforcement workers, who are forced to debate whether or not she receives special treatment.