She was born in Havana, Cuba to Cuban-American parents and has a younger brother named Jason Acosta.
She began performing at the age of ten, when she auditioned for a local theater production and landed the lead.
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There are lacerations of the intestine and both kidneys.
Peña was honoured with an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her portrayal of Pilar in the film.
As a result, her actual canonical fate after the first film is still unknown.