Christina Ochoa

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Christina Ochoa
Cristina Ochoa Lopez

(1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 33)
Barcelona, Spain
OccupationActress, scientist, writer

Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez; 25 January 1985) is a Spanish actress, science communicator, and writer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ochoa is the grand-niece of 1959 Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa,[2] and the daughter of acclaimed Spanish sculptor Victor Ochoa. She has spent her life surrounded by members of both the scientific and artistic worlds.[1][3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Contáct@me Gabriela
2011 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Dominique Episode: ""Teenage Family Night""
2012 Modern Family Nurse Episode: "Baby on Board"
2014 Matador Karen Morales
2014 Chaotic Awesome Herself Web series; co-writer and correspondent
2016–2018 Animal Kingdom Renn Randall Recurring role (season 1–3), 12 episodes
2017 Blood Drive Grace D'Argento Main role
2017–2018 Valor CW3 Nora Madani Main role
2018 A Million Little Things Ashley Morales Main role

Theatre and film[edit]

Ochoa began acting as a hobby, starting in theatrical plays in Washington, D.C., at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.

She soon decided to pursue a career in performance arts, and moved to Madrid in order to study and work in the field. She has said: "Science was all my life .... But when I got on stage for the first time, there was a void inside me that was suddenly filled ... one I hadn't even known was empty".

From there, Ochoa moved on to work in theatre and TV, including on I Hate My Teenage Daughter,[4] Modern Family[1] and Spain's La que se avecina, as well as in films, including Cats Dancing on Jupiter.

She is the founder and owner of QE (Quantum Entanglement) Productions, responsible for the 2011 short film Stay with Me, which won awards at film festivals both internationally and in the United States.[4][5]

In 2014, Ochoa played Karen Morales on the Robert Rodríguez show, Matador.[1][3]

She has portrayed Renn on the TNT drama Animal Kingdom since 2016.

In 2017 she became the female lead of NBC Universal and SyFy series Blood Drive.


Ochoa has written articles for several publications. Her first published work was featured in Vogue Spain.[6] She has regular spreads featured in H,[7] in which she focuses on profile pieces and book reviews. She also has a monthly film column in El Imparcial.[8]

Science communication and academia[edit]

Ochoa is the host of the Know Brainer educational podcast, and has been the host and keynote of several scientific conferences and shows including the college prep program MESA, Bitesize TV's Chaotic Awesome, and NERD ALERT on The Young Turks network.

She is part of the Los Angeles Committee for Science for Society, which promotes science in society and scientific literacy, and which is the sponsor of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).[1] She served as commentator for ISEF 2017.

She has been an active member of Mensa since 2009.[citation needed]

After graduating from Santa Isabel La Asunción in Madrid, she began an undergraduate degree in oceanographic engineering at Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, off the coast of Africa in the Canary Islands.

She continued with advanced marine biology studies at James Cook University in Australia, where she focused on Elasmobranchii, subclass which includes sharks and rays.[4]

She also enrolled in additional subjects in particle physics at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED) but merged into full-time acting before she could complete her master's.

She has also participated as an expert guest on the scientific comedy podcast Professor Blastoff, part of the Earwolf network; Cara Santa Maria's Talk Nerdy; and several online STEM education platforms.


  1. ^ a b c d e Castellanos, Melissa (26 August 2014). "'Matador' Actress Christina Ochoa on Her El Rey Role, Ocean Science and Carrying on Her Family's Nobel Prize-Winning Legacy". Latin Post. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  2. ^ Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1959.
  3. ^ a b Rodriguez, Priscilla (15 July 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: Christina Ochoa Talks 'Matador' & Being a Science Enthusiast". Latina. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c McGinnis, Jeff (30 January 2014). "From Science to the Spotlight: Actress Christina Ochoa moves from academia to the arts". Toledo Free Press. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. ^ Los Angeles Movie Awards 2011 Archived 28 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ , VOGUE Ed. Conde Nast Oct 2010. Article BOA – Christina Ochoa.
  7. ^ , H Magazine, Ed. Future of Hollywood Spreads, Issues- 2010–2011.
  8. ^ [1], Author: Christina Ochoa.

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