Catalina Saavedra Pérez
January 8, 1968
|Occupation||Film, Stage and Television actress.|
Catalina Saavedra Pérez (born January 8, 1968) is a Chilean film, stage and television actress. She is better known to international audiences for playing the title character in the 2009 film The Maid, for which she received several awards and nominations.
Saavedra's father is the writer Omar Saavedra Santis. She started acting lessons at the age of ten, prompted by her mother's hiring of a private theater arts teacher in Valparaíso, Chile. Years later, her love for acting led her to deepen her studies at the "Escuela de Teatro Imagen" in Santiago, Chile, and later in Barcelona, when she began to study experimental theatre.
Saavedra's first professional theatre performances were in roles in plays such as "El Despertar" (1991–1997), "Pervertimientos y Otros Gestos Para Nada" (1993) and "La noche de la Iguana" (The Night of the Iguana) (1994), and in a Café-chantant called "TV cable 90" (1992). On film, Saavedra's first appearances were in short films, such as "El Bidón" and "Volando Voy" (directed by Miguel Littin). Saavedra's has performed various roles in a several soap operas, sitcoms and TV shows on Chilean and German television.
International recognition for Saavedra came in 2009, for her leading role as Raquel in the 2009 Chilean film The Maid (2009 film). It was released on August 13, 2009 in Chile and October 16, 2009 in the United States, grossing over $400,000 in the first few weeks in theaters with only 18 copies circulating, turning into one of the most successful Chilean films in the United States. The film ended its theatrical run in the United States with a gross of $576,608. Her role was praised by specialized press and critics around the world, bestowing her many acting awards, including Best Actress at the Sundance Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Huelva Film Festival, Biarritz Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival and Miami Film Festival, a breakthrough award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and a Satellite Awards nomination. In late 2009, she appeared as a possible nominee for the most important film awards, Academy Awards and Golden Globes Awards along with the film The Maid for International Movie.
|1997||El Bidón||Short film|
|Volando Voy||Luchita||Short film directed by Miguel Littín, director nominated twice for an Academy Award.|
|1999||Salmón a lo Pobre||Short film|
|2007||Normal con Alas|
|La Vida me Mata|
|2008||31 Minutos, La Película||Cachirula (voice)||Havana Film Festival Award-winning for Best Animated Film|
|Chile Puede||Magda||Supported by the National Council For Arts & Culture, Chile|
|Mami Te Amo|
|2009||The Dancer and the Thief||Madre Ángel||Short appearance.|
|The Maid||Raquel||Sundance Film Festival Award-winning.
Nominated for "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards" consideration honoring 2009 achievements.
|2014||The Quispe Girls||Lucía Quispe||
Directed by Sebastián Sepúlveda.
|2019||Ema||Directed by Pablo Larrain|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Altazor Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Las Brutas||Won|
|2007||SANFIC||Special Mention for Acting||La vida me mata||Won|
|2009||Guadalajara International Film Festival||Best Actress in a leading role||The Maid||Won|
|Iberoamerican Huelva Film Festival||Won|
|Turin Film Festival||Won|
|Biarritz Film Festival||Won|
|Cartagena International Film Festival||Won|
|Miami International Film Festival||Won|
|Havana Film Festival||Won|
|Sundance Film Festival Awards||World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting||Won|
|Gotham Film Awards||Breakthrough Actor||Won|
|Satellite Awards 2009||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|2010||Dorian Awards||Film performance of the year||Nominated|
|Altazor Awards||Best actress||Won|
|Pedro Sienna Awards||Best Actress in a leading role||Won|
|People en Español Awards||Best Actress in a leading role||Nominated|
Work in TV & Stage
Television credits (sitcoms and series)
- Jaguar Yu (1992).
- Amor a domicilio, la comedia (1996) as Brígida.
- Geografía del deseo (2004), as Marisa.
- Los Galindo (2005), season 1, episode 1.
- Loco por ti (2005), season 4, episode 2.
- Los simuladores (2005), season 1, episodes 1, 3, 4 and 8.
- La Nany (2005), season 1, episodes 8 and 76.
- La otra cara del espejo (2006), season 1, episode 1.
- Urgencias (2006), season 2, episode 9.
- Huaiquimán y Tolosa (2006), season 1, episode 8.
- Los Venegas (2006 - 2011) as Josefina.
Television credits (soap operas)
- Hasta en las mejores familias (1994) as Jessica.
- Amor a Domicilio (1995) as Brígida.
- Adrenalina (1996) as Raquel Trujillo.
- Playa Salvaje (1997) as Susana.
- Fuera de Control (1999) as Pamela Duarte.
- Sabor a Ti (2000) as Virginia Solano.
- Piel Canela (2001) as Talula Vargas.
- Buen Partido (2002) as Rita.
- Fortunato (2007), as Dulcinea.
- El Despertar (1991–1997).
- Pervertimientos y Otros Gestos Para Nada (1993).
- La noche de la Iguana (1994).
- Muerte de un Funcionario Público (1995).
- Telarañas (1996, 1998).
- Sht (2000).
- Ojos Rotos (2001–2002) (performed in Chile and at the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami).
- Firmas para el Amor (2001–2002), Assistant director.
- Circulando (2003).
- Ni Ahí (2004).
- Inocencia (2004).
- En La Sangre (2004).
- Putas Errantes (2005–2006).
- El lugar de la misericordia (2006), Assistant director.
- Las Gallinas (2007).
- Las Brutas (2007) (performed in Chile and in a Tour to Europe).
- Los Mountainbikers (2008).
- Diatriba de la victoria (2009).
- Equívoca Fuga de Señorita Apretando un Pañuelo de encaje sobre su Pecho (2009).