Adriana Barraza

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Adriana Barraza
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Adriana Barraza, March 2009
Born (1956-03-05) March 5, 1956 (age 59)
Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Occupation Actress, acting teacher, director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Carlos Valsagna (m. 1978; div. 1985)
Arnaldo Pipke (m. 2005)
Children Carolina Valsagna

Adriana Barraza (born March 5, 1956)[1] is a Mexican actress, acting teacher, and director.

In 1999 director Alejandro González Iñárritu cast her as the mother of Gael García Bernal's character in Amores perros, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2006, Iñárritu cast her again in his film Babel. For her performance in Babel she was nominated for the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, SAG, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Barraza is known in Mexico as Master Barraza from her partnership with Mexican director Sergio Jiménez, known as El Profe. They created the Actors Workshop in Mexico City, teaching and developing their own version of Method acting. Barraza began her career directing telenovela episodes, the actors in which she would also coach. In the 1990s she decided to step in front of the camera.

She currently operates her own acting school located in Miami, Florida titled Adriana Barraza's Black Box. Instructors at the school include her husband Arnaldo and daughter Carolina.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Barraza was born in Toluca, Estado de Mexico, the daughter of Celia (née González Flores), and Eduardo Carral Barraza, a farmer. Her mother died when she was ten years old from Myocarditis, a heart condition. Barraza herself has experienced two heart attacks. She has a sister named Maria Eugenia Barraza and three brothers, Eduardo, Porfirio, and Jose.[3]

She became pregnant at age 18 with her daughter, actress Carolina Valsagna b. 1975. The father of her daughter is not known, as he abandoned her. Her first husband was Carlos Valsagna, who she married in 1978, and he adopted her daughter and gave her his name. Her second husband is Arnaldo Pipke. Barraza studied acting through the Fine Arts School at Autonomous University of Chihuahua. [4]

Career[edit]

In 1985, Barraza moved to Mexico City, to work as a theatre director. Since 1985, Barraza has guest starred and directed the Mexican television show Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real, alongside host Silvia Pinal. She has also been a part of the telenovela ensembles of Bajo un Mismo Rostro playing Elvira, La Paloma as Madre Clara and Imperio de Cristal as Flora. In 1997 she took on the role of Nurse Clara Dominguez in Alguna Vez Tendremos Alas.

Barraza directed Locura de Amor (in which she also starred), Nunca Te Olvidare and El Manantial.

Barraza appeared in the films Henry Poole Is Here, Drag Me to Hell, And Soon the Darkness. In 2011, Barraza's latest films included From Prada to Nada and Thor (in which her part was cut down). She had a recurring role as Guadalupe Elizalde, on the FX television series The Strain. She recently starred in the film Cake opposite Jennifer Aniston.

She is also a professional acting coach and has worked with actors for a number of films and television shows, including the American film Spanglish. Barraza worked for Telemundo as an acting instructor, teaching accents to actors and actresses from all over Latin America, giving them a more Mexican lilt and sound appropriate for their character.[5]

Filmography[edit]

List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Los cosas simples TV movie
1994 Imperio de Cristal Flora Pilot episode
1995 Bajo un mismo rostro Elvira
La paloma Madre Clara
1996 La culpa Trabajadora Social
1997 Alguna vez tendremos alas Clara Domínguez
1998 Vivo por Elena Hilda 'La Machin'
The First Night Mamá de Bruno
1999 La paloma de Marsella
2000 Locura de amor Soledad Retana
Amores perros Mama Octavio
2001 La segunda noche Mama Lulu y Laura
1985–2003 Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real Lupe Appeared in 8 episodes from 1985–2006
2003 Clase 406 Mabel
2006 Babel Amelia
2007 ...Y solo humo Toña Short film
ER Dolores Salazar Episode: "Skye's the Limit"
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Esperanza Martinez
Tiempo Final Episode: "Reality Show"
CSI: Miami Carmen Delko Episode: "The DeLuca Motel"
2009 Rage Anita de Los Angeles
Drag Me to Hell Shaun San Dena
Tres piezas de amor en un fin de semana Sofía
2010 Revolución Chayo
And Soon the Darkness Rosamaria
Sucedió en un día Madre
Burning Palms Louisa Alvarez
Cerro Bayo Marta
Te presento a Laura Conchita
2011 From Prada to Nada Aurelia Jimenez
Thor Isabella Alvarez
2012 El Cartel de los Sapos La abuela
Mariachi Gringo Magdalena
2014 The Strain Guadalupe Elizalde Recurring role
2015 Cake Silvana
Wild Horses Post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 About.com Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Babel Won
Academy Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2007 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture Won
2011 Imagen Awards Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress From Prada to Nada Nominated

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