Vidal in 2007
|Born||Christina Abbi Vidal
November 18, 1981
Whitestone, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
|Other names||Christina Marie Vidal|
|Occupation||Acting coach, songwriter|
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
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. 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.
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. 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 of the consensus that Nickelodeon felt that it only appealed to girls. Although it has been noted that many of Nickelodeon's programming after Taina heavily 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. Most recently, Vidal played a supporting character in the film Magic Man, which was released in 2009.
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. 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.
|1993||Life with Mikey||Angie Vega|
|1995||Welcome to the Dollhouse||Cynthia|
|2003||Chasing Papi||Festival Singer|
|2005||Mosquito, TheThe Mosquito||Tia|
|2006||See No Evil||Christine|
|2007||I Think I Love My Wife||Candy|
|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|
|1999||Providence||Street Girl||Episode: "Saint Syd"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Ilena||Episode: "Hearts"|
|2001–2002||Taina||Taina Maria Morales||Lead Role|
|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"|
|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"|
Awards and nominations
|1994||Young Artist Award||Best Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy - Youth Actress||Won||Life with Mikey|
|Most Promising New Youth Actress (special award)||Won|
|2002||ALMA Award||Outstanding Actress in a Television Series||Nominated||Taina|
- [dead link]
- "Lisa Vidal Biography (1965-)". Filmreference.com. 1965-06-13. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- [dead link]
- "May 2006 | An Interview with Christina Vidal". Blackfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "Love Automatically (remix)". YouTube. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "1st & 15th | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "15th Annual Awards". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 2014-06-04.