Angie Cruz was born on February 24, 1972, in Washington Heights of New York City, New York, United States. She is of Dominican descent and often traveled to the Dominican Republic in her childhood. She had to take care of her brother because her mother had to support her family alone. She divorced her father when Angie was around six. After the divorce, the whole maternal side of the family came to New York City: her grandmother, her grandfather, and her mother’s five brothers and sisters.