Verástegui at the 16th Annual MovieGuide Faith and Values Awards Gala
May 21, 1974 |
Xicoténcatl, Tamaulipas, Mexico
José Eduardo Verástegui (Spanish pronunciation: [eðuˈarðo βeˈɾasteɣi]; born on May 21, 1974) is a Mexican model, singer, and actor. He was part of band Kairo and later a solo music career, before he started appearing in Mexican telenovelas and eventually feature films like Chasing Papi and Bella the latter produced by his own production company "Metanoia".
Verástegui was raised in a practicing Catholic Christian family. After finding success as a musical entertainer, and then as a soap opera star, he decided to pursue a career in Hollywood. In 2002, before filming commenced on Chasing Papi, Verástegui took voice-coaching lessons to improve his English pronunciation. The coach was a committed Catholic, and in the course of their conversations Verástegui re-discovered his faith and resolved to change his lifestyle. He also declared that he had decided to turn down offers to play roles in films that conflicted with his Catholic beliefs. In an interview with Dave Hartline, the author of The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism and published by Catholic Report, he said he was committed to attend Mass daily, praying, reading the Bible, saying the rosary and going to Confession at least once a week. He also said that he first encountered his renewed faith in Scott Hahn's book, Rome Sweet Home that "had a great impact on me and its influences can be seen in a lot of what I do".
Verástegui is a pro-life advocate, through the organization "Mantle of Faith". Verástegui recounts an anecdote about his beliefs: he was doing research for his role in Bella and had gone to an abortion clinic as part of that process. While there, he started talking to a Hispanic couple who were going to the clinic for an abortion. He says that, recognizing him from his telenovela roles on Mexican television, they listened as he described his upcoming role and the plotline of "Bella". They reconsidered their decision and went home without going ahead with the abortion. Immediately after their child was born, they called him to tell him the good news and thanking him and asking for his permission to name the child Eduardo after him. He also made a point of meeting "little Eduardo" weeks later.
In 2008, he released a long video message denouncing the high rate of abortion in Hispanic communities in the United States and speaking out loudly about alleged targeting of the Hispanic communities with pro-choice messages by the Barack Obama campaign during the presidential race.
Actively involved in charities, he has established "Manto de Guadalupe" a pro-life organization with worldwide outreach and based in Los Angeles and offering a crisis pregnancy center for the underprivileged Latina women.
Verástegui cofounded the production company "Metanoia Films" (the Greek word for "repentance") with co-founders and partners Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and Leo Severino. The company based in Beverly Hills, California, and is committed to produce films that touch the consciences and hearts of people. The company released its debut film Bella directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and starring Verástegui. The next project of the company is Little Boy written by Alejandro Monteverde and Pepe Portillo. Starring Emily Watson, Kevin James, David Henrie, Jacob Salvati, Ben Chaplin, and set in 1945, it tells the story of youngster who does all he can to be reunited with his father, a soldier fighting in World War II and captured by the Japanese. Meanwhile he has to befriend Hashimoto, a Japanese man back home.
- as part of Kairo
(For detailed discographies, see Kairo discography section )
- 1994: Signo del tiempo
- 1995: Gaudium
- 1996: Cara a cara [joint album credited to Kairo & Magneto]
- 1997: Éxitos
- as solo
- 2001: Eduardo Verástegui
- as part of Kairo
- 1994: "En los espejos de un café"
- 1994: "Háblame de ti"
- 1994: "Te amaré"
- 1994: "Perdóname'
- 1995: "No nos rendimos"
- 1995: "Ponme la multa (Fammi la multa)"
- 1995: "Dile que la amo"
- 2001: Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny" (Alt. Version) (playing her love interest in the music video)
|2003||Chasing Papi||Tomas Fuentes|
|2005||Meet Me in Miami||Eduardo|
|2009||The Butterfly Circus||Méndez|
|2011||Cristiada||Anacleto González Flores|
|1997||Mi querida Isabel|
|Una Luz en el Camino||Daniel|
|1999||Alma Rebelde||Emiliano Hernandez|
|Tres Mujeres||Dr. Ramiro Belmont|
|2001||Salomé||Eduardo||Guest star: Season 1, Episode 1|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Jarod Parker||Guest star: Season 1, Episode 14|
|2004||Charmed||David||Guest star: Season 6, Episode 12|
- (Spanish) "Página Oficial del Municipio de Xicoténcatl, Tamaulipas, México". Xicoténcatl Municipality. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- Hernandez, Lee (November 3, 2008). "Pérez Hilton lashes out at Verastegui over Proposition". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2010-09-14.
- Hartline, Dave (April 22, 2010). "An Interview With Eduardo Verastegui, Lead Actor and Co-Producer Of The Highly Anticipated Film Bella.". Catholic Report. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- Greydanus, Steven D. "An interview with filmmakers Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, Eduardo Verástegui, Leo Severino and Sean Wolfington". Decent Films website. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
- Testimony about his pro-life position", YouTube, Retrieved on 2012-08-31.
- Eduardo Verástegui anti-abortion message in 2008. Youtube.com (2008-09-24). Retrieved on 2012-08-31.
- "Mexican actor pledges to build largest pro-life women's clinic in US", Catholic News Agency, 19 January 2011.
- Little Boy page on Metanoia Films Official website. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2012-08-31.
- Dos dias con Eduardo Verastegui /Two days with Eduardo Verastegui en/at www.TheresaBernabe.TV 
- Eduardo Verástegui's Interview with "Catholic Digest".
- Eduardo Verástegui Official Site (English) and (Spanish)
- Metanoia official website
- Bella film official website
- Eduardo Verástegui at the Internet Movie Database