Christina Vidal

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Christina Vidal
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Vidal in 2007
Born Christina Abbi Vidal
(1981-11-18) November 18, 1981 (age 32)
Whitestone, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Christina Marie Vidal
Occupation Acting coach, songwriter
Years active 1993–present

Christina Abbi Vidal (born November 18, 1981) is an American film/television actress, and singer. She is best known for her roles in the films Life with Mikey, Brink!, Freaky Friday, See No Evil, and the Nickelodeon sitcom Taina, in which she played the title character.

Early life and education[edit]

Vidal was born and raised in Whitestone, an area in Queens, New York, the daughter of Manny Vidal, a tax consultant and businessman, and his wife Josie, a secretary, both of Puerto Rican ancestry.[1][2] She attended the Performing Arts School Of New York. When she was 17 she joined a girl group called Gemstone (along with Jade Villalon and Crystal Grant). Vidal later moved to Orlando, Florida, to proceed with the filming of Taina. Her sisters Lisa, and Tanya are also actors and have appeared on TV and in theatre; she also has a brother, Christian.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Vidal's acting career started when one of her teachers told her there was an audition for the movie Life with Mikey (1993), starring Michael J. Fox. She auditioned and got the part of "Angie Vega", and was therefore the first Puerto Rican child actress to play a lead in an American film.[4] Since then, Vidal has appeared in numerous films and television series, with her most notable role being Taina Maria Morales in the Nickelodeon show Taina. The sitcom was at first successful and ran for two seasons until its cancellation in the summer of 2002 because Nickelodeon felt that it only appealed to girls.

The next year she starred in the film Freaky Friday alongside Lindsay Lohan. She played the role of Maddie in that film. That same year, she starred in the short-lived ABC action TV series about police officers called 10-8: Officers on Duty until she suddenly left after two months on the show. Also in 2003 she guest starred in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Paris Fate. In 2006, she did an untitled sitcom pilot along with her sisters for ABC (which was executively produced by George Lopez). The show was not picked up but later that year she starred in the film See No Evil, along with having a brief stint on the hit sitcom Girlfriends. In recent times, she made cameo appearances in the movies I Think I Love My Wife, Mask of the Ninja, and the internet comedy short "Love Automatically", written by Mylinda Royer and directed by Allison Haislip.[5] Most recently, Vidal played a supporting character in the film Magic Man, which was released in 2009.

Music[edit]

When Vidal was in the band Gemstone, she recorded songs with herself as well as bandmate Jade Villalon performing vocals. A few of these tracks would surface many years later on albums consisting of demoes, rare tracks, and special songs of Jade Villalon's music project, Sweetbox. In 2002, she was briefly signed to MCA Records and in that time she was supposed to release her first single "Tropical" and her solo debut album "White" in the summer of 2002, but never did. That same year she provided guest vocals on the remix of Will Smith's summer hit "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)" from the Men in Black II soundtrack. She was a part of Lupe Fiasco's 1st & 15th Entertainment.[6] She also recorded a track for the work out cd called Byou from Sabrina Bryan of the Cheetah Girls. The song she recorded was "Anything Is Possible". She also sang the song "Take Me Away" in the movie Freaky Friday.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Life with Mikey Angie Vega
1995 Welcome to the Dollhouse Cynthia
2000 Details Maggie Short film
2003 Chasing Papi Festival Singer
2003 Freaky Friday Maddie
2005 Mosquito, TheThe Mosquito Tia
2006 See No Evil Christine
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Candy
2010 Magic Man Elena
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Cosby Mysteries, TheThe Cosby Mysteries Ramona Suarez Episode: "Camouflage"
1995 Commish, TheThe Commish Julianna Muldoon Episode: "Off Broadway: Parts 1 & 2"
1997 F/X: The Series Theresa Episode: "Bad Influence"
1997–1998 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Sophia Del Bono Main Role (Season 2); 21 episodes
1998 Brink! Gabriella TV movie
1999 Providence Street Girl Episode: "Saint Syd"
1999 Touched by an Angel Ilena Episode: "Hearts"
2001–2002 Taina Taina Maria Morales Lead Role
2003 Hotel Gisel TV movie
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Fate Paris Episode: "Romance Looming"
2003–2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Deputy Gabriela Lopez Main Role; 14 episodes
2004 Beck and Call TV short
2004 Second Time Around Gabrielle Herrera Episode: "Secrets"
Episode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"
2005 Clubhouse Carmen Episode: "Between First and Home"
2006 Girlfriends Samantha Stephens Episode: "Bad Blood"
Episode: "Just Joan"
2007 ER Elena Vega Episode: "In a Different Light"
2008 Play or Be Played TV movie
2008 Mask of the Ninja Mercedes TV movie
2009 Monk Winona Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes Camping"
2009 House Sandy Episode: "Wilson"
2010 House Sandy Episode: "Private Lives"
2010 Deep End, TheThe Deep End Rachel Esposito Episode: "Nothing Personal"
2010 In Plain Sight Amber Whitman Episode: "Son of Mann"
2010 Castle Jamie Ruiz Episode: "Almost Famous"
2011 Things We Do for Love Episode: "Best Friend"
2011 Fairly Legal Sofia Peña Episode: "Coming Home"

Discography[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1994 Young Artist Award Best Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy - Youth Actress Won[7] Life with Mikey
Most Promising New Youth Actress (special award) Won[7]
2002 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Television Series Nominated Taina

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