Raini Alena Rodriguez (born July 1, 1993) is an American actress best known for portraying Maya Blart in Paul Blart: Mall Cop. She also appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as Betsy, and on the Disney XD show, I'm In The Band as Annoying Arlene. She appeared in the 2011 film Prom as Tess. Raini portrays Trish De La Rosa in Austin & Ally.
Early Life and Family
Rodriguez was born in Bryan, Texas. She is the older sister of actor Rico Rodriguez. She has two other brothers, Ray and Roy Jr. Her parents, Diane and Roy Rodriguez, own a business called Rodriguez Tire Service. She is of Mexican descent.
Raini was discovered at an IMTA showcase, by Susan Osser, a California talent agent. After viewing Raini's performance, Osser suggested to Raini's mother that Osser should become Raini's manager and come to California to give Raini a year for career opportunities. At the time, Raini was 11 years old. Her mother agreed. Raini and her brother Rico moved to Los Angeles with their mother, while their father stayed in Texas to run the tire shop. Their mother home-schooled them to support their careers.
On March 12, 2017, Rodriguez's father, Roy, died at age 52.
|2006||Huff||Denise||"Black Shadows" (Season 2, episode 12)|
|2007||Handy Manny||Isabel Montoya||"Lost and Found"; voice role|
|2007||Family of the Year||Maria||"Pilot" (Season 1, episode 1)|
|The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Betsy||"Sleepover Suite" (Season 3, episode 7)|
|Parker||Kid on Playground #1||None|
|2008||The No Sit List||Marco's Sister #1||None|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Maya Blart||Supporting role|
|2010||I'm in the Band||Arlene Roca ("Annoying Arlene")||2 episodes|
|2011||True Jackson, VP||Nina||"True Mall" (Season 2, episode 31)|
|Austin & Ally||Trish||Main role|
|2015||Growing Up and Down||Jackie||Main role|
|2009||Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience||ADR voice||None|
Girl in Progress
|2015||Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||Maya Blart||Supporting role|
- Her star sign is Cancer.
- She was born in Bryan, Texas.
- Her mother's name is Diane & her late father's name was Roy.
- She has 2 older brothers named Ray & Roy Jr.
- Her family owns the Rodriguez Tire Business in Bryan, Texas.
- She started acting in 2006.
- She has a 15-year-old brother named Rico Rodriguez who stars as Manny, a preteen, in the hit ABC original comedy, Modern Family.
- She is the second oldest of the Austin & Ally cast (after Calum Worthy)
- She is the shortest out of the Main Cast.
- She has never ridden a roller-coaster.
- Along with acting, she hopes she will get a career in singing and directing.
- She loves spaghetti.
- Other than Rico, she has two other siblings.
- She has two older brothers and one younger brother (who also acts).
- She loves watching horror movies.
- She once stated that she can only make sugar cookies and scrambled eggs.
- If she visits a place, she usually gets a stuffed animal as a souvenir.
- She owns a jukebox.
- She graduated from high school at the age of 16.
- Her friends nicknamed her "Chewy" because she chewed on anything that she got a hold on.
- Raini said she hates when people post spoilers on Youtube.
- She recorded a song, "Living Your Dreams" for the movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3.
- In the 4th grade, she was named "Librarian of the Year," because she read every single book in the library.
- She has a Twitter account, and commonly tweets her co-stars of Austin & Ally.
- She often answers questions from fans on Twitter.
- She has a Tumblr account.
- She often says Laura Marano is very close to her and they tell each other everything.
- "Living Your Dreams" was the first song she recorded for Disney.
- She sometimes brings back candy for her co-stars of Austin & Ally, including scorpion suckers.
- She played the daughter of Kevin James in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop".
- Her favorite color is purple.
- 5'1 is her height.
- She is the one who asked everyone to stop the spoilers.
- Someone faked being her on Tumblr, being anonymous.
- She cannot skate.
- One word each main cast member would describe her as is incredible (Laura), gorgeous (Calum), and motherly (Ross).
- One of her must-have snacks while on set are strawberries.
- She has to arrive at set early to get her hair done.
- She grew one inch since she started filming Austin & Ally.
- Her dressing room is room 67.
- She has a lot of inspirational phrases on her dressing room wall.
- She loves gum.
- One of her favorite shows is Friends.
- She is the volunteer for "Show Some Heart" campaign.
- Raini won the Austin & Ally All-Star Challenge.
- She revealed in a "Fan Question" video that she thinks her character, Trish, will grow up to be a big-shot manager.
- She prefers Chocolate over Vanilla.
- Her favorite ice cream flavor is Strawberry.
- She is afraid of heights.
- She would rather drive than fly, due to her fear of heights.
- She will be helping to write some episodes for Season 3.
- She along with Laura Marano were in a live stream together when Laura reached 400K followers on her Twitter account.
- She was on an episode of The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody when she was younger.
- Her 5 favorite Austin & Ally episodes are Deejays & Demos, Club Owners & Quinceaneras, Backups & Breakups, Partners & Parachutes, and Albums & Auditions.
- Raini has never actually gone trick-or-treating.
- Her favorite school subject is reading.
- She appeared in Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 with Kevin James as the character Maya.
- She calls Ross Lynch her "Teen Idol".
- She was originally going to play Jackie in the new Disney Channel Series "Growing Up and Down" but the show did not get picked up by Disney Channel.
- She ships Jogan (Jasmine and Logan) from "I Didn't Do It", as revealed in a reply to Piper Curda's tweet about Jogan. 
- Raini sings a song in the first part of the two-part series finale, Musicals & Moving On, called "You've Got A Friend"