Angela Alvarado was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was raised in Villalba, Puerto Rico until her parents moved the family to the South Bronx. She attended Arts High School in Newark NJ majoring in Visual Arts. She majored in Economics with a minor in Film at Hunter College. She began her career as a model in New York city. She quickly moved on to acting and then later directing. She has been married to Draco Rosa since 1990. They have two sons, Revel Rosa and Redamo Rosa.