Gillian Telling and Natalie Stone
July 12, 2017 08:27 AM


Kiefer Sutherland is off the market!

The 24 star has been dating actress Cindy Vela under the radar for the past few years, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Since Sutherland, 50, began his starring role on Designated Survivor last fall, Vela, 38, frequently travels to Vancouver where he films the drama series. She has also been on tour with him and his band in Europe this summer.

It was an adventure. #family | Photo by @jaysmix |

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Guys Choice Awards

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#tbt to #London

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Vela will star in the upcoming indie film, It’s Gawd, in which she plays a character who’s half human/half angel and half Hispanic/half Japanese. According to the film’s director, he wrote the role with Vela in mind “because of her quirky personality.”

Here are five things to know about the actress.

1. She is a classically trained saxophonist.

Learning one of my favorites on this sunny and breezy Los Angeles day.

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When you need to practice but don't want to get out of the pool.

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2. She won Miss Latina USA in 2000.

3. She’s an avid Harry Potter geek.

4. Before moving to Los Angeles, she was band director at Harlingen High School in Texas.

5. She “died” in a set up video that went viral and people thought she was really dead.

It’s Gawd will be released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video this Friday.

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