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Maras

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Menina D'Amours Fortunato (born 28 November 1980; age 33) is a Portuguese and French-Canadian model, actress, and dancer who portrayed the Orion slave girl Maras in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Bound".

Fortunato was born in Revelstoke, BC, Canada and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She has many interests including dancing, choreography, acting, directing, web design, photography, modeling, traveling, teaching, and foreign languages.

She made her first business experiences as a dancer for projects such as The Early Show (1999-2003), the documentary Hip Hop Get Down (2003), the reality show Classmates (2003), and an episode of The Hollow Men. She continued to appear in seven episodes of the comedy series Mad TV (2004-2008), Wolfgang Petersen's action blockbuster Poseidon (2006, with Caroline Lagerfelt and Austin Priester), the horror film Holla (2006), and the comedy Kickin It Old Skool (2007, with Christopher McDonald and Alan Ruck). She served as stunt double for Jennifer Garner in J.J. Abrams' Alias episode "Tuesday" (2005), alongside Shauna Duggins.

Fortunato has discussed her role as Maras in several science fiction publications. Her appearances include Star Trek Communicator issue 155, Star Trek Magazine issue 122, and Starlog issue 356 (June 2007). Her character also has a trading card and a 2008 released Decipher trading card. [1]

More recently she served as casting director and associate producer for the television science fiction film Divas of Novella (2008), directed and produced by Tim Russ, and starring Gary Graham and Star Trek: Enterprise co-star Crystal Allen, and as a show dancer in the television film Spectacular! (2009), beside teaching and judging dance classes and competitions.

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