Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno (born 19 April 1981) is a Colombian actress. She shared the Silver Bear with Charlize Theron and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Maria Full of Grace (2004).
Sandino Moreno was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She grew up in a middle-class family, her father is a vet and her mother a pathologist. She attended Saint George's School in Bogotá, Colombia. Before becoming an actress, she studied advertising at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.
In 2003, casting calls for Maria Full of Grace were conducted in both New York and Colombia where she was initially noticed for her talent at the acting school in Bogotá. She was then referred to a casting audition where she beat over 900 girls for the lead role. She left the college to begin her first movie project. Starring Sandino Moreno as María Alvarez, a Colombian girl who works in a flower plantation when she was pregnant and then as a drug mule. Sandino Moreno's role in this movie was acclaimed, receiving positive feedback from different websites and film critics. This performance made her the first Colombian, the second South American, and third Hispanic actress nominated for an Academy Award. She was the first person born in the 1980s to have received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Also, she won the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival shared with Charlize Theron and received a nomination to Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2005, she moved to New York City to study dramatic arts and for continue with her success career at the moment, and was invited to join AMPAS. In 2006, she played roles in independent film Fast Food Nation with Patricia Arquette, and Paris, je t'aime, where she starred as a young immigrant mother in the segment "Loin du 16e". In 2007, she starred as Hildebranda Sánchez in Love in the Time of Cholera, based in novel of the same name by Gabriel García Márquez, where she appeared alongside Javier Bardem and Fernanda Montenegro.
In 2008, she appeared alongside Benicio del Toro in Steven Soderbergh's Che, playing the role of Aleida March de Guevara, the second wife of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. This film was acclaimed by the critics. She was at the premiere in 2008 Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, she played the role of female Vampire Maria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, based on the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.
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After a break in her career, in November 2013, she returned in TV roles when it was announced she would play the title role in the forthcoming biopic Castro's Daughter, based on Alina Fernández’s autobiography of the same name. Also she starred in films Roa (2013) and A Most Violent Year (2014) where she appeared with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. On October 20, 2014, it was announced that she would be joining the final season of Falling Skies in a recurring role as Isabella.
In 2016 she starred in the TV series American Gothic as a recurring character, Christina Morales. In the same year, she returned to the world of cinema in Custody, where she appeared alongside Viola Davis. The film was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Moreno was one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2005.
Moreno met motion picture electrician David Elwell while working on Maria Full of Grace. She married motion picture electrician David Elwell, who she met while working on Maria Full of Grace, on 15 April 2006 in a small ceremony held in Cartagena de Indias.
In 2009, she gave birth to her first child, a boy, in New York City.
|2013||The Bridge||Alma Ruiz||9 episodes|
|2014||Red Band Society||Eva Palacios||3 episodes|
|2015||East Los High||Eddie's Mom||4 episodes|
|2015||Falling Skies||Isabella||6 episodes|
|2015-2019||The Affair||Luisa||28 episodes|
|2016||American Gothic||Christina Morales||Recurring role|
|2019||Room 104||Maria||Episode: "Rogue"|
Awards and nominations
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 20, 2014). "Catalina Sandino Moreno Joins 'Falling Skies' On TNT". Deadline. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- "Se casó Catalina Sandino, actriz de "María llena eres de gracia"". Caracol Radio (in Spanish). 2006-04-17. Retrieved 2007-05-14.