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Biographical Information
Gender: Female
Date of birth: December 5, 1971
Age: 44
Nationality: American
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Occupation(s): Actress
Years active: 1996-present
Official Twitter: @kalimrocha
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Kali Michele Rocha (born December 5, 1971) is an American actress. She is portraying the mother of four Rooney children and school psychologist in the Disney Channel Original comedy series, Liv and Maddie.


Early life

Rocha was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 1993.


Rocha is best known to comedic audiences as the Atlantic American flight attendant who had a humorous fight with Ben Stiller's character at the airport in the 2000 hit comedy Meet the Parents (a role she reprised in the sequel Meet the Fockers. She also recurred memorably on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Anya's vengeance demon pal, Halfrek, as well as William the Bloody's love affection, Cecily. The two characters are considered the same person. Rocha played Stonewall Jackson's wife, Anna in Ron Maxwell's Gods and Generals, an epic drama about the first two years of the American Civil War. Other films include The Crucible, White Oleander, The Object of My Affection, and Ready? OK!.

In 2000, Rocha created the role of Cybil in Nicky Silver's off-Broadway comedy The Altruists, starring alongside Eddie Cahill, Veanne Cox, and Sam Robards.

She has appeared on the Will and Grace episode "Strangers With Candice", as a straight woman who flirted with Will. In spring 2006, Rocha played the principal in the short-lived NBC sitcom Teachers. Kali guest-starred in on the February 20, 2007, episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Cindy Marino, an aggressive TV reporter. Also, she appeared on an episode of Bones as a victim's mother. Notably, Rocha plays the character of a fourth-year resident surgeon, Dr. Sydney Heron, at Seattle Grace Hospital in the hit ABC TV series Grey's Anatomy. She was the first of the Buffyverse alums to appear in the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice universe, including Seth Green, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nicholas Brendon, and a few others.

In 2009, Rocha appeared with fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Emma Caulfield in the film TiMER.

Rocha starred in the first and only season of Sherri starring Sherri Shepherd from "The View" which was loosely based on Shepherd's life. Rocha played Summer, Sherri's boss and eventual friend. It aired on the Lifetime Network.

Personal life

In January 2008, Rocha announced that she was pregnant. She gave birth to her first child on August 4, 2008, and her second on January 25, 2011.



Holly Hunter, Kali Rocha and others; When Billie Beat Bobby

Kali Rocha as Connie, one of the friends of Billie Jean King in the 2001 made-for-TV movie "When Billie Beat Bobby."

Kali Rocha on Modern Family

Rocha as a party planner on the "Modern Family" episode "Leap Day."

Year Title Role
1996 The Crucible Mercy Lewis
1997 Liberty! The American Revolution Eliza Wilkinson
1998 The Love Letter (TV movie) Flossy Whitcomb
1998 The Object of My Affection Melissa Marx
2000 Autumn in New York Shannon
2000 Meet the Parents Atlantic American Flight Attendant
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby (TV movie) Connie
2001 The Weber Show (TV series) Sophie
2001 Becker (TV series) Kayla
2002 Family Law (TV series) Kelly Gilbert
2002 White Oleander Susan Valeris
2000-2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) Halfrek / Cecily Addams
2002 Hack (TV series) Joyce
2003 Platonically Incorrect (TV movie)
2003 Gods and Generals Anna Morrison Jackson
2003 Crossing Jordan (TV series) Felix Tate
2003 Will & Grace (TV series) Stephanie
2004 Stuck (short) Sasha
2004 Meet the Fockers Flight Attendant
2005 Confessions of an Action Star Beth
2005 Family Plan (TV movie) Stacy
2005 Without a Trace (TV series) Liz Murray
2005 29th and Gay HIV Nurse
2005 Bam Bam and Celeste Angela
2005 Seagull Kali
2006 Falling for Grace Carla
2006 Teachers. (TV series) Principal Emma Wiggins
2006 Ira & Abby Tracy
2006 Standoff (TV series) Leanne Benson
2007 The Call (TV movie) Wendy 'the Wolf' Wolfram
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) Cindy Marino
2007 Dead Write Samantha
2007 Boston Legal (TV series) Allison Lovejoy
2007 Ripple Effect Alex
2006-2007 Grey's Anatomy (TV series) Dr. Sydney Heron
2008 Notes from the Underbelly (TV series) Paige Bartlett
2008 Over Her Dead Body Angel
2008 Ready? OK! Halle Hinton
2008 John's Hand (short) Terry
2009 Monk (TV series) Maria Scheter
2009 TiMER Matchmaker Patty
2009 Stolen Coral
2009 Sherri (TV series) Summer Dickie
2010 Video Night (video short) Kali
2010 Buried 911 Operator (voice)
2010 $#*! My Dad Says (TV series) Roberta
2011 Serenity House (short) Marnie
2011 Mr. Stache (short) Narrator
2011 Drop Dead Diva (TV series) Dr. Audrey Foley
2011 The Exes (TV series) Deanna
2012 Black Briefs (video) Kali (segment "Video Night")
2012 Modern Family (TV series) Party Planner
2012 Brake 911 Operator
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) Ms. Fowler
2012 Puppy Love (TV movie) Gail
2013 The Loft Mimi Landry
2013 Bits and Pieces (unaired pilot) Jodi
2013 Space Station 76 Donna
2013-present Liv and Maddie Karen Rooney


  • She enjoys filming with cast everyday she says it's so much fun.
  • She likes watching BBC's "Downton Abbey", just like her character, Karen.
  • She is a very experienced actress and has been in a lot of TV shows and movies.
  • She has co-written at least four episodes of Liv and Maddie with Jonathan McClain; BFF-A-Rooney, Neighbors-A-Rooney, Vive-La-Rooney, and Tiny House-A-Rooney.


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