Bárbara Mori

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Mori and the second or maternal family name is Ochoa.
Barbara Mori
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Bárbara Mori in 2010
Born Barbara Mori Ochoa
(1978-02-02) February 2, 1978 (age 36)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality  Uruguayan
 Mexican
Occupation Actress, model, producer, writer
Years active 1997-present
Partner(s) Sergio Mayer (1997-2000)
Manolo Cardona (2002-2005)
José María Torre (2006-2009)
Beto Cuevas (2010-2011)
Jon Ecker (2012-2014)
Children Sergio Mayer Mori Jr. (b. 1998)
Parents Yuyi Mori
Rosario Ochoa
Relatives Kenya Mori (sister)
Kintaro Mori (brother)
Paola Durante (cousin)

Bárbara Mori (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbarβaɾa ˈmoɾi oˈtʃoa]; born Bárbara Mori Ochoa on February 2, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay) is an Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer and writer.

Mori started her career in 1992 as a fashion model at the age of 14, later she became an actress when she co-starred in 1997 on the smash TV-hit Mirada De Mujer with TV Azteca; then, she starred in the soap opera Azul Tequila. Her big break came in 2004, with the telenovela Rubí (a remake of the 1968 series) by rival network Televisa, in which she played the main character. She also has starred in several self-produced films and music videos.

Biography[edit]

Mori was born on 2 February 1978. She is of Uruguayan-Mexican-Japanese-Lebanese heritage.[1][2] She has two siblings, actress Kenya Mori and Kintaró Mori. Her parents, Japanese-Uruguayan Yuyi Mori and Lebanese-Mexican Rosario Ochoa, divorced when she was three years of age. Mori spent her early childhood between Mexico and Uruguay and finally settled in Mexico City at the age of twelve.[3]

Early work (1992-1997)[edit]

One day, while working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to work as a model. She became independent by the age of seventeen and went to live with her cousins.[4] At nineteen she met actor Sergio Mayer, who would later become father to their son Sergio, born in 1998.[5] They never married.

She later studied acting in El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. She made her acting debut in the Mexican telenovela Al norte del corazón. She then participated in the comedy series Tric Tac and Mirada de mujer the following year. She obtained her first TVyNovelas Award for her role in Mirada de mujer for Best New Actress.

Commercial success (1998-2003)[edit]

In 1998, Bárbara Mori got her first leading role as "Azul" in the series Azul Tequila, co-starring with Mauricio Ochmann. A year later she filmed the series Me muero por tí in Miami, with Peruvian actor Christian Meier. Later, she acted in various other telenovelas, including the Telemundo telenovela Amor descarado.

In 2001, she got her first film role in the romantic comedy Inspiración, the film was a box-office success in cinemas.

In 2002, she playing the villain role as a seductive college student in the telenovela Subete A Mi Moto opposite Vanessa Acosta.

Consolidation (2004-2008)[edit]

In 2004, she signs with Televisa and starred as Rubí, a smash TV-hit and highly–rated Mexican soap opera, of the same name, which earned her another TVyNovelas Award.

In 2005 she obtained the starring role in the blockbuster film La mujer de mi hermano as Zoe, and her husband was portrayed by Christian Meier, with whom she had previously co-starred in Me muero por tí. At the same year she lent her voice in the Spanish-language version for the movie Robots.

She also won the leading role in "Pretendiendo", a Chilean/Mexican-backed movie which was critically panned.[citation needed]

International film success (2009-2011)[edit]

In 2009, she starred in the psychological crime thriller Amor, Dolor y Viceversa alongside Leonardo Sbaraglia, the drama is about a female architect who is obsessed with a promising surgeon, who allegedly saw in her nightmares. The crime-drama was filmed in Mexico city and was produced by Mori herself. The film earned mixed reviews from critics and viewers.[6][7]

In 2011, she got the main role in the action-drama "Viento En Contra", alongside actors Héctor Arredondo and Fernando Luján, in which she played a successful and promising CIO, who is unjustly involved in a police chase due to a scandal of a financial fraud. The film was distributed by Warner Bros and received mixed reviews by critics. The drama was filmed on locations of Mexico city and Valle de Bravo. Mori was the producer of the film.[8]

Indian film producer Rakesh Roshan signed her as the leading lady for his movie Kites opposite his son, Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. It was shot in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, it went into production by the end of July 2008, and was released on May 21, 2010.

Mori was diagnosed with early stage cancer and is now a proud survivor. She talks about her journey in UniGlobe Entertainment's docu-drama titled 1 a Minute, scheduled for release on 6 October 2010 in the USA and 29 October 2010 in India.[9] The documentary is being made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral and will also feature cancer survivors Olivia Newton-John, Diahann Carroll, Melissa Etheridge, Namrata Singh Gujral, Mumtaz and Jaclyn Smith as well as William Baldwin, Daniel Baldwin and Priya Dutt, whose lives have been touched by cancer. The feature is narrated by Kelly McGillis. The film will also star Lisa Ray, Deepak Chopra and Morgan Brittany.

Filmography[edit]

Telenovelas, Series, Films, Theater
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tric Trac Special Appearance
Al norte del corazón Special Appearance
1997-98 Mirada de mujer Mónica San Millán Supporting Role
1998-99 Azul Tequila Azul Vidal/Soledad Protagonist
1999-00 Me muero por ti Santa Protagonist
2000 Inspiración Alejandra Film
2001 Amores, querer con alevosía Carolina Morales Protagonist
2001 Vaselina, el musical Theatrical Performance
2002 Vaselina, al revés Theatrical Performance
Celos dije Theatrical Performance
2002-03 Súbete A Mi Moto Nelly Noriega/Nelly Toledo Main Antagonist
2003-04 Mirada de mujer: El regreso Mónica San Millán Supporting Role
Amor Descarado Fernanda Lira Protagonist
2004 Rubí Rubí Pérez Ochoa de Ferrer/Fernanda Martínez Pérez/Rivera Pérez Antagonistic Protagonist
2005 Pretendiendo Helena/Amanda Film
La mujer de mi hermano Zoe Film
Robots Cappy (voice) Film-Mexican version
2007 Por siempre Film
2008 Cosas insignificantes Paola Film
Violanchelo Consuelo Film
2009 Amor, dolor y viceversa Consuelo Film
2010 Kites Natasha/Linda Film
1 a Minute Star Film
2010 El coleccionista Miranda Theatrical Performance
2011 Viento en Contra Luisa Braniff Film
2014 Dos Lunas Soledad/Luna Garcia TV Series

Commercial[edit]

  • Saba
  • Veet
  • L'Oréal
  • Pantene PRO-V
  • Inka Chips

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Premios TVyNovelas[edit]

Year Category Telenovela Result
1998 Best Female Revelation Mirada de mujer Won
2005 Best Lead Actress Rubí

Premios Juventud[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result
2005 Girl of my Dreams Rubí Won
2006 Bárbara Mori
2007 She Steals the Show La mujer de mi hermano

Premios People en Español[edit]

Year Category Film Result
2010 Best Actress Kites Won[10]

Premios Canacine[edit]

Year Category Film Result
2005 Mexican Actress of the Year La mujer de mi hermano Won[11]
2009 Cosas insignificantes Nominated[12]
2011 Viento en contra Won[13]

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