Adriana Barraza, March 2009
March 5, 1956 |
Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
|Occupation||Actress, acting coach, director|
|Spouse(s)||Carlos Valsagna (m. 1978; div. 1985)
Arnaldo Pipke (m. 2005)
Adriana Barraza (born March 5, 1956) is a Mexican film and television actress and director. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Broadcast Film Critics Association and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also a veteran actress of Televisa telenovelas. Barraza is the third Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, in a year when ten Mexicans were nominated at the 79th Academy Awards.
Barraza was born in Toluca, Estado de Mexico in Central Mexico, and has lived since 1974 with her Argentine husband in Chihuahua. While her spouse taught on the philosophy faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, she studied acting at the fine arts school, worked and raised her daughter.
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.
Her two most recognizable films are Amores Perros and Babel; the latter garnered her nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Online Film Critics Award, and a Chicago Film Critics Circle Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. She won in this category at the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards. This role has earned her wide acclaim and she was nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, losing to Jennifer Hudson for her performance in Dreamgirls.
Barraza directed Locura de Amor (in which she also starred), Nunca Te Olvidare and El Manantial. 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.
She currently works for Telemundo as an acting instructor to smooth out the accents of actors and actresses from all over Latin America, giving them a more Mexican lilt and sound. In 2007, Barraza was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Barraza appeared in the films Henry Poole Is Here, Drag Me to Hell, And Soon the Darkness. As 2011, Barraza's latest films include From Prada to Nada and Thor. She currently recurs as Guadalupe Elizalde, on the FX television series The Strain.
|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|
|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|
|And Soon the Darkness||Rosamaria|
|Sucedió en un día||Madre|
|Burning Palms||Louisa Alvarez|
|Te presento a Laura||Conchita|
|2011||From Prada to Nada||Aurelia Jimenez|
|2012||El Cartel Delos Sapos||La abuela|
|2014||The Strain||Guadalupe Elizalde||Recurring Role|
Awards and nominations