Alfonso Herrera

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Alfonso Herrera
Alfonso Herrera in September 2016.png
Herrera in 2016
Born Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez
(1983-08-28) August 28, 1983 (age 34)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Diana Vázquez (m. 2016)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Latin pop
Instruments Vocals
Labels
Associated acts RBD

Alfonso "Poncho" Herrera (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfonso eˈreɾa]; born Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez on August 28, 1983) is a Mexican stage and screen actor and former singer, who is best known for starring in Clase 406 (2002), Rebelde (2004), RBD: La familia (2007), Mujeres Asesinas (2009) Camaleones (2009), El Equipo (2011), Sense8 (2015–present), and El Dandy (2015). As of autumn 2016, Herrera starred alongside Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, and Alan Ruck in the 10-episode, critically acclaimed Fox TV adaptation "inspired by" the William Peter Blatty best-selling novel The Exorcist.

He gained international recognition as a member of the Latin Grammy-nominated pop group RBD. He has since appeared in films including Amarte Duele (2002), Venezzia (2009), Espectro (2013), La Dictadura Perfecta (2014) and El Elegido (2016).

Biography[edit]

Alfonso Herrera Rodríguez was born in Mexico City.[1] He has an older brother, Alejandro and a younger brother, Oscar. He attended the Edron Academy, a prestigious high-class British school, alongside Gael García Bernal and Ximena Sariñana and graduated in 2002. Herrera originally wanted to become a pilot and was going to move to San Antonio, Texas, to enroll in an aviation school. He changed his mind and decided to enroll at the Centro de Educación Artística run by Latin American media giant Televisa.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Following his completion at the Centro de Educación Artística, Herrera began working professionally in theater. He performed in Las Brujas de Salem (2001), Como matar a un ruiseñor (2001) and Antigona (2001).

In 2002, he was cast in the film Amarte Duele, directed by Fernando Sariñana, and from there moved into television, working in the telenovela Clase 406, alongside Dulce Maria, Anahí, and Christian Chávez, who later became his bandmates in RBD.

Poncho in Brazil, 2006.

In 2004, he was cast as one of the main characters in Rebelde, a Mexican remake of the hit Argentine novela Rebelde Way. Herrera played Miguel Arango, a teenager who moves to Mexico City to avenge his father's death. Rebelde was a hit worldwide and had over 400 episodes, lasting from 2004 to 2006.

Following the success of Rebelde, in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band's characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors' real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in High Definition. The show ran from March 14, 2007 – June 13, 2007, and only lasted 13 episodes.

In 2007, Herrera began filming Volverte a Ver with Ximena Herrera. It was released in December 2008. The movie was filmed in Mexico and Argentina.[2] In 2008, he also starred in the play The Pillowman, replacing actor Kuno Becker.[3][4]

Herrera promoting the film Volverte a Ver in 2008.

In 2009, he began filming Venezzia in Venezuela, alongside Ruddy Rodríguez.[5]

On May 21, 2009 it was announced that Herrera would star alongside Spanish Mexican singer/actress Belinda Peregrín in Televisa's latest novela, Camaleones.[6] Herrera played Sebastián, a man who pretends to be a professor and steals expensive art work in order to protect his jailed father.[7]

In 2009, he also guest-starred in an episode of Mujeres Assesinas, "Soledad, Cautiva", alongside his Rebelde co-star Angelique Boyer.

Herrera also worked alongside actors Plutaco Haza, Paola Núñez, Sergio Klainer, Guillermo Larrea, Jana Raluy, and Raúl Vallejo on the Spanish version of Rain Man, known in Spanish as Cuando los hermanos se encuentran.

Besides Rain Man, 2011 has brought up new projects for Herrera. He worked on a television series called El Equipo (The Team) produced by Pedro Torres where he played a federal policeman named Fermín Pérez. This series has been compared to the television series CSI and was aired in Mexico as well as the United States.

Alfonso is currently filming a television series called El Diez where he will play a soccer player named 'Chava Espinoza'. This series will be aired soon on ESPN Deportes; which is available on the United States as well as some Latin American countries.

On August 19, 2011, Herrera's most recent movie Así es la Suerte will premier on theaters around various areas in Mexico.

In 2016, Herrera starred in the American TV series The Exorcist based on the 1973 film of the same name alongside Geena Davis.

Music career[edit]

The success of Rebelde launched RBD. To date RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and have toured across Mexico, South America, Serbia, Romania, the United States and Spain.

Poncho wrote the song "Si No Estas Aqui" for the CD Empezar Desde Cero (RBD) in 2007.

On August 15, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour, which ended in early 2009.

In a November 2008 interview with Open magazine, Herrera said he has no intention of having a solo singing career after RBD and that he does not see himself as a singer.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Amar te duele Francisco
2008 Volverte a ver Pablo
2009 Venezzia Frank
2011 Así es la suerte Guillermo
2013 Espectro Mario
2014 Obediencia perfecta Adult Julián Santos
2014 La dictadura perfecta Carlos Rojo
2016 The Chosen Ramón Mercader

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Clase 406 Juan David Rodríguez Pineda
2004–2006 Rebelde Miguel Arango Cervera
2005 La energía de Sonric'slandia Miguel Arango Cervera 2 episodes
2007 Lola, érase una vez Himself 1 episode
2007 RBD: La familia Poncho 13 episodes
2008 Terminales Leonardo Carral 13 episodes
2009 Mujeres asesinas Esteban Episode: "Soledad, cautiva"
2009–2010 Camaleones Sebastián Jaramillo
2009 Tiempo final Arturo Episode: "El billete"
2009–2014 El Capo Niño Malo 4 episodes
2011 El Equipo Fermín Pérez 15 episodes
2011 El Diez Salvador "Chava" Espinoza 8 episodes
2011 El encanto del águila Aquiles Serdán 1 episode
2015–present Sense8 Hernando Fuentes
2015–2016 El Dandy Daniel "El Dandy" Bracho / José "Pepe" Montaño
2016 Urban Cowboy Kyle Television film
2016 Drunk History Ernesto "Che" Guevara 1 episode
2016–present The Exorcist Father Tomas Ortega 10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003
MTV Movie Awards México[9][10]
Favorite Villain
Amarte Duele
Won
2005
Premios Juventud
Torrid Romance
Dulce María & Alfonso Herrera
2006
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
Himself
What a Hottie!
TVyNovelas Award
Best Young Lead Actor
Rebelde
Nominated
2007
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
Himself
What a Hottie!
Won
2008
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
Nominated
What a Hottie!
2009
Premios Juventud
He's Got Style
What a Hottie!
Diosas de Plata
Breakthrough Male
Volverte A Ver
2010
Kids Choice Awards México
Favorite Male Character
Camaleones
Premios Juventud
Can He Act or What
Venezzia
Won
Canada International Film Festival
Best Actor
2011
Premios Juventud
What a Hottie!
Camaleones
Nominated
2012
Kids Choice Awards
Best Latin Artist
Himself
Kids Choice Awards México
Favorite Voice in a Movie
The Lorax
2015
TVyNovelas Award (Colombia)
Best Supporting Actor – Series
El Capo
Diosas de Plata
Best Actor
La Dictadura Perfecta

Discography[edit]

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