Ana de la Reguera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gardoqui and the second or maternal family name is de la Reguera.
Ana de la Reguera
Anna in a magazine
Born Anabell Gardoqui de la Reguera
(1977-04-08) April 8, 1977 (age 39)
Veracruz, Mexico
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Anabell Gardoqui "Ana" de la Reguera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈana ðe la reˈɣeɾa]; born April 8, 1977) is a Mexican[1] actress who has starred in telenovelas, films, and the HBO television series Eastbound & Down.

Early life[edit]

Reguera was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother, Nena de la Reguera, was a Miss Veracruz who became a journalist and TV personality.[2] She began her performance arts studies in the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura and was the host of Pasarela on Televisa Veracruz. She left the Televisa's CEA, and then studied with Rosa María Bianchi, Patricia Reyes Spíndola and Rafael Miranau. She also studied at the Centro de Formación Actoral de TV Azteca (CEFAC).

Acting career[edit]


Her acting career began with her role in the telenovela Azul (1996) followed by Pueblo chico, infierno grande (1997), with Verónica Castro, for which she received the Heraldo award for best female acting, and Desencuentro which was her third telenovela under the direction of Ernesto Alonso.

Tentaciones (1998) marked her beginning with the production company Argos Comunicación. She was immediately offered a role in Destino and Todo por amor, for which she received the Palmas de oro award.

Cara o Cruz was the first telenovela co-production between Argos Comunicación and Telemundo, that was made exclusively for the Hispanic audience living in the United States. It was later rebroadcast in Mexico, by independent channel CNI. She was also seen playing María in the telenovela Por tí for TV Azteca and the mini-series that followed up on Pedro El Escamoso, Como Pedro por su casa which was a co-production between Caracol from Colombia and Telemundo.

In 2014 she booked a role in Netflix "Narcos", the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. She plays Elisa.[3]


Reguera played the role of Lorena Guerra in the HBO series Capadocia. The first season of the series was broadcast in 2008 and it continued for 3 seasons. The series received good reviews.[4]

Commercial work[edit]

Reguera has been in many commercials and television shows in Mexico, such as: Mujer, casos de la vida real, Al derecho y al Derbez, Íntimamente Shanik, Chiquitos pero picosos, La venta increíble, Llévatelo and Cómplices en familia.

In theatre she has participated in El cartero directed by Raúl Quintanilla, for which she received two awards from the Mexican Association of Theatre Journalists.

In 2010, she began appearing in commercials for Kahlúa liqueur.[5] She signed a multimillion-dollar contract with CoverGirl to be one of the official faces, along with Drew Barrymore and Queen Latifah, of its ad campaign.[2]


Her introduction to film began in Por la libre, under the direction of Juan Carlos de Llaca. Later she acted in the film Un Secreto de Esperanza and in 2003 Ladies Night, alongside Ana Claudia Talancón. In 2005 she played the starring role in Gitanas which aired on Telemundo in the United States.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Sister Encarnación in Nacho Libre,[6] a film by Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite. She also played a small role in the movie, Cowboys & Aliens.

In 2010, she played the historical Josefa Quintana, a mistress of Father Miguel Hidalgo, hero of the Mexican War of Independence in the Mexican film Hidalgo: La historia jamás contada.

Other ventures[edit]

In 2006, Reguera hosted the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America along with Mexican alternative rock group Molotov.

She is currently working with Argos Comunicación on the HBO Latin American series "Capadocia" along with Rebecca Jones and also serves as the image for the beauty brand esika, one of the most important brands in Latin America. Reguera appeared as Kenny Powers' love interest in Season 2 of HBO's hit series Eastbound & Down.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Por la libre María
2002 secreto de Esperanza, UnUn secreto de Esperanza Lety
2003 Ladies' Night Ana
2006 Caco, ElEl Caco
2006 Nacho Libre Sister Encarnación
2006 Así del precipicio Lucía
2007 Sultanes del Sur Monica Silvari
2008 Paraiso Travel Milagros
2009 Empire State Ellen Cochrane
2009 Traspatio, ElEl Traspatio Blanca
2010 Cop Out Gabriela
2010 Di Di Hollywood Rita Marlow
2010 Hidalgo: La historia jamás contada Josefa Quintana Mexican War of Independence
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Maria
2014 Jessabelle Rosaura
2014 The Book of Life Carmen Sánchez
2015 Las Aparicio Alma
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Azul Cecilia Telenovela
1997 Pueblo chico, infierno grande Priscila Telenovela
1997 Desencuentro Beatriz Telenovela
2000 Tentaciones Fernanda Segovia Telenovela
2000 Todo por amor Lucía Telenovela
2002 Cara o cruz Mariana Medina/Aída Telenovela
2002 Por tí María Aldana/Isabel Miranda Telenovela
2003 Como Pedro por su casa Astrid Television series
2003 Luciana y Nicolás Luciana Telenovela
2004 Gitanas María Salomé Telenovela
2008 Capadocia Lorena Guerra Television series
2009 Empire State Ellen Cochrane Pilot episode
2010 Eastbound & Down Vida Television series
2010 Royal Pains Carmen Television series
2014 Anger Management Livi Television series
2015 The Blacklist Vanessa Cruz Episode 2.18, "Vanessa Cruz (No. 117)"
2015 Narcos Elisa Alvaro Netflix series
2016 Drunk History: El Lado Borroso De La Historia Amada Diaz Television series
2016 Jane the Virgin Paola Television series
2016 From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Venganza Vordugo Television series


  1. ^ Reed Johnson (February 25, 2007). "Latinos are ready for their Kodak moments". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  2. ^ a b Ana de la Reguera, Conquering Hollywood. Retrieved on 2012-06-02.
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  4. ^ Johnson, Reed (2008-09-17). "Captive women, free of cliches". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  5. ^ Rosario, Mariela. (2010-11-15) POLL: Ana de la Reguera's "Intriguing" Kahlua Commercial. Latina. Retrieved on 2012-06-02.
  6. ^ Carina Chocano (June 16, 2006). "Nacho Libre". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  7. ^ 'Eastbound & Down' Heads to Mexico For Season 2, Taps New Regulars. (April 2010). Retrieved on 2012-06-02.

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