I am so LA.
Willow Cruz
Willow (4x02)
Biographical information
Full Name
Winnifred Cruz
Ma Lady (by Joey)
Girl, Willows (by Maddie)
c. 1998 (Age 19)
Basketball Player
Resides In
Los Angles, California (currently)
Steven's Point, Wisconsin (formerly)
Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood Basketball Team (formerly), The Dream, Southern California State University
Physical Description
Hair Color
Eye Color
Personal Information
Joey (Possible Boyfriend/Close Friends)
Liv Rooney (Close Friends/Band Mate/Former Teammate)
Holden Dippledorf (Close Friend/Band Mate)
Maddie Rooney (Best Friend;Teammate)
Andie Gustamante (Close Friend/Band Mate)
Cassie (Teammate)
Stains (Teammate)
Joey (Boyfriend)
Lacey (Teammate)
Josh Willcox
Production Information
First Appearance
Latest Appearance
Portrayed By

Winifred "Willow" Cruz is a recurring character in Liv and Maddie. She is part of the girls' basketball team. She is also Maddie's best friend, and had a obsessive crush on Joey, until they officially become a couple in SkyVolt-A-Rooney.

Willow is portrayed by Jessica Marie Garcia.


Willow is a tough girl, who claims she "doesn't go down." She takes her basketball seriously. And is sometimes shown to have a soft side. Willow and Maddie are best friends and are shown to be very close. Willow is a good person. She is one of the hilarious characters in Liv and Maddie. She always stands up for herself, and never lets anyone bring her down. It was often shown that she was obsessed with Joey and that obsession lasted 3 years.



Willow is first seen in Team-A-Rooney, she is part of the basketball team with Maddie and along with her teammates she tries to keep the basketball team up and running and tries to persuade the principle to see that people do care about basketball.

In Sleep-A-Rooney, she does a school project with Maddie, they build something together for the project instead of doing a long report because it was last minute. Together afore building they put some things on the thing.

In Brain-A-Rooney, Willow goes to Maddie's yard sale and buys almost everything that belongs to Joey, since she has a crush on him. Willow also gives away Maddie and Liv's project which they did when they were little and Maddie is angry because of that. At school she wears one of Joey's shirts and when she says hi to Joey, he says hi back but ends the hi weirdly because he notices the shirt she's wearing.

In Slump-A-Rooney, Maddie and Willow practice to get into the softball team but they don't practice very well and break a pot. This was because she was in a slump, so she goes with Maddie to see Karen since she deals with these kinds of things, Maddie and Karen find out this is because of Joey, because she is always thinking about him and doesn't concentrate.

Physical Appearance

Willow is an 18 year old girl with black hair and brown eyes. She is tall and strong, but has a soft side too, especially when she is around or thinking of her crush, Joey. She is part of the girls' basketball team and likes sports.

Strengths and Weaknesses


She is good at basketball. In Cowbell-A-Rooney, it's shown she has a good aim.


Joey is her weakness. When she is around him she acts soft. Even if anyone mentions anything, often she will find some complicated way to associate that with a stalker-like question about Joey. She also isn't very polite sometimes and can be very aggressive towards people who stand in her way.



Maddie Rooney

(Teammate; Best Friend)
Maddie is Willow's team captain and best friend. They always hang out together. They've worked on a school project together. They also planned a yard sale together to raise money for their school trip to Montreal. Maddie ends up going with her to SCSU.

Liv Rooney


Liv and Willow were bandmates for their band 'The Dream'

Andie Bustamante


Joey Rooney

(Possible Boyfriend/Close Friends)
Willow had gigantic crush on Joey. Sometimes she did anything to get closer to him. Then in SkyVolt-A-Rooney, Joey finally realizes he really likes Willow back, and they become a couple. See Joey and Willow (relationship) for more Information. They break up in Linda and Heather-A-Rooney when they ask each other to not date and stay just friends.



Willow doesn't go down!
I wanna get married in that!


I can't concentrate.
Nothing, that's the problem. It's spring time, love is in the air, birds are chirping but all I can think about is why my sweet little Joey bird won't chirp at me!
I can't concentrate. When I pitch, I look directly at you but every time I look at you, all I see is Joey.


All hail the Queen of Hearts!


  • She had a major crush on Joey, which is first mentioned in Team-A-Rooney.
  • She has an athlete's foot which is shown in Team-A-Rooney.
  • She likes to win.
  • She likes basketball and takes it really seriously.
  • She said that she wants to marry in her basketball uniform.
  • She tried to make Joey's retainer fit inside her mouth.
  • Her team number is 44.
  • Her locker is purple with number 44 stickers on it, along with a shrine of Joey Rooney.
  • She is Maddie's best friend.
  • At Maddie's yard sale, she bought a lot of Joey's old stuff, including a T-shirt with his face on it.
  • She's two years older then Joey Rooney.
  • According to her, Joey Rooney and Maddie Rooney look like each other which contributed to her slump in Slump-A-Rooney.
  • Her locker has a picture of Joey Rooney holding kittens.
  • In Muffler-A-Rooney, Willow uses the threat of a hug to keep Joey away
  • She ships Dump Truck and Andie. She had held up a heart towards them in Cowbell-A-Rooney.
  • SkyVolt-A-Rooney is her first appearance since Dream-A-Rooney
  • She goes to South California State University in Season 4 with Maddie.
  • She is Joey's first girlfriend.
  • Her last appearance is in End-A-Rooney
  • She lifted the lockers away in Champ-A-Rooney so Maddie could run to meet Diggie.
  • Her first appearance in season 4 was in Linda and Heather-A-Rooney

Episode Appearances

  • In the entire series,Willow appeared in 34 episodes.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4


Liv & Maddie Season 4 Promotional Photo
To view the Willow Cruz gallery, click here.

Main Characters
Liv RooneyMaddie RooneyJoey RooneyParker RooneyKaren RooneyRuby
Recurring Characters
Diggie SmallsWillow CruzArtie SmallsSkippy RamirezOceanJohnny NimbusEvanReggieHolden DippledorfAndie GustamanteAlexLaceyJosh WillcoxStainsGemma Nimbus