A native of the Dominican Republic, she began her days at the University of Florida as a nursing major. She soon became dismayed after receiving a 62% on a Chemistry exam, a class she needed to do well in for her intended career path.
She then called her mom and told her that she was switching majors. Julissa explained that the camaraderie between the students in the theatre program helped her from feeling homesick and potentially transferring schools. She graduated from the university in 2011.
After college, she moved to Miami to pursue her acting dreams. When roles weren’t panning out, she took the plunge and moved to L.A. in 2013.