Blanca Soto

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Blanca Soto
Born Blanca Delfina Soto Benavides
(1979-01-05) January 5, 1979 (age 35)
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Bill (2003–2004, died from melanoma)
Jack Hartnett (2006–2012)
Partner(s) Christopher Esqueda (2012–2013)

Blanca Delfina Soto Benavides (born January 5, 1979 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico) is a Mexican actress, model, and former beauty queen.

Career[edit]

Soto competed in the national beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Mexico in 1997, representing her home state of Nuevo Leon. That same year, Soto became Miss Mexico World and represented her country in the international beauty contest Vina Del Mar in Chile.

Soto's first role as an actress was in the short film La Vida Blanca, which she co-produced with then-ex-husband Jack Hartnett, who wrote and directed as well. For the role, she received her first award for Best Actress.[1] Soto then had supporting roles in films such as: "Divina Confusion", Deep In The Valley and Dinner for Schmucks. She starred in Venevisión's telenovelas in collaboration with Univision; Eva Luna (2010–2011) as Eva Gonzalez and El Talismán (2012) as Camila Nájera.[2] Soto starred with Fernando Colunga in Juan Osorio's telenovela; Porque el amor manda which was broadcast in Mexico from 2012-2013.[3]

She appeared in Billy Currington's music video "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" (winner of sexiest video of the year at the CMA).[4] As a model, Soto has been featured in advertisements for GAP, Lens Crafters, Venus Swimwear, Avon, Andrea, Charriol, Foley's, Yellowbook, Zara, Garnier and Budweiser,[5]

Personal life[edit]

Soto is of Spanish descent. In 2003, she was married to Bill for 8 months. He died of cancer in 2004. Soto married American actor, Jack Hartnett in 2006. She announced their separation on November 17, 2011 via her Twitter account.[6] Soto recently ended relationship with photographer Christopher Esqueda in 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 La Vida Blanca Blanca Erraruiz Lead role Short film

Grand Jury Award 2007 - Best Short Film

2007 Tampa Jai Alai Lissette Arriaga Lead role Short film
2008 Divina confusión Afrodita Supporting role
2009 Deep In The Valley Suzi Diablo Supporting role
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Monica Cameo
2010 Regresa Maria Gonzalez Lead role Mónaco Film Festival 2010 - Best Entertainment Film
2011 Eva Luna Eva Gonzalez Lead role Premio Rockie (Festival Mundial de Medios) 2011 - Best Telenovela of the Year
2012 El Talismán Camila Nájera Lead role
2012-2013 Porque el amor manda Alma Montemayor Lead role Premios People en Español 2013 - Best Telenovela of the Year
2014 Señora Acero[7] Sara Aguilar Bermúdez Lead role

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 The Vagina Monologues / Los Monólogos de la Vagina Various monologues ("Hair", "My vagina was my village", "Because he liked to look at it")
2013-2014 Obscuro Total Sofia

Credits as a Dubbing Actress[edit]

Year Title Original title Character Language
2012 Sí, Virginia: Un cuento para creer

en la Navidad

Yes, Virginia Mrs. Laura O'Hanlon English -> Spanish
2014 Hijo de Dios Son of God Mary Magdalene English -> Spanish

Credits as a Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2007 La Vida Blanca Short film Co-Producer,Executive Producer Grand Jury Award 2007 - Best Short Film
2012 I Won't Be Your Mirror Short film Co-producer MashRome Film Festival 2013 - Best Experimental Film
2013 Sovereign Short film Executive Producer

Appearances in Music Videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Notes
1997 Donato y Estefano Entre la linea del bien y la linea del mal
2002 Shalim Ortiz Nadie Como Tú
2002 Enrique Iglesias Nunca Te Olvidaré
2005 Billy Currington Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right CMT Music Awards 2006 - Hottest Video of the Year
2009 Noel Schajris Regresar

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2007 Feature Film Award Best Actress La Vida Blanca Won
2011 Premios Juventud She Steals the Show Regresa Won
2011 Premios Juventud Girl of my Dreams Eva Luna Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español Best Actress Eva Luna Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español Best Female Revelation Eva Luna Nominated
2011 Premios People en Español Best Host (& William Levy) Premios Juventud 2012 Nominated
2012 Premios Juventud Girl of my Dreams El Talismán Nominated
2012 Premios Actrices Latinas Best Couple (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Nominated
2013 Premios Juventud Girl of my Dreams Porque el amor manda Won
2013 Premios People en Español Best Couple (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Won
2013 Premios People en Español Best Actress Porque el amor manda Won
2014 Premios TVyNovelas Best Actress Porque el amor manda Nominated
2014 Premios TVyNovelas Best Kiss (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Nominated
2014 Premios TVyNovelas Best Couple (& Fernando Colunga) Porque el amor manda Nominated
2014 Premios TVyNovelas The Most Beautiful Women Porque el amor manda Nominated

Other Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 Nuestra Belleza Mundo Mexico Beauty contest ( + Special Award "Skin Solar Hinds")
1997 Miss Verano Viña del Mar Beauty contest
2005 Corona al Merito Recognition is given each year to a queen or ex-queen of Nuestra Belleza México, for their work and/or trajectory dignify human

values and the image of Mexican women in beauty contests, hoping to motivate them to excel day.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Yessica Salazar
Nuestra Belleza Mundo México
1997
Succeeded by
Vilma Zamora