Danna Paola

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rivera and the second or maternal family name is Munguía.
Danna Paola
Danna Paola by Sotelo on 2014
Background information
Birth name Danna Paola Rivera Munguía
Born (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 20)
Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Genres Latin pop, latin ballad, electropop, teen pop, pop
Occupation(s) Actress, singer, model, fashion designer, philanthropy
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Universal Music México
2001 – present
Associated acts Aleks Syntek, Chayanne, Noel Schajris

Danna Paola Rivera Munguía (born 23 June 1995 in Mexico City), better known as Danna Paola, is a Mexican singer, actress, model, fashion designer and recording artist. Danna gained popularity in her native Mexico as a child actress and singer, starring in dozens of television projects throughout her early childhood and adolescence, but also for her Elphaba role at the Wicked México Production. She received her first leading role in the telenovela, María Belén, and released her first album, Mi Globo Azul, at age 6.

Danna is also the third best Elphaba worldwide according to Broadway.

Early life[edit]

Paola was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the daughter of Patricia Munguia and Juan Jose Rivera Arellano, the former singer of Grupo Ciclón and Los Caminantes. She has an older sister, Vania.[1]


1999–2003: Early career[edit]

Danna Paola began acting, at age 4, in her native Mexico City, when in 1999, Televisa, began a children's casting search for the children's program, Plaza Sésamo (the Mexican version of Sesame Street). Accompanied by her mother, Paola attended the casting with her sister and both were selected to participate on the show.[2]

She received her first acting role at age 5 in the telenovela, Rayito de Luz, in 2000. In 2001, at age 6, Paola received her first leading role in María Belén. The same year, she released her debut album, titled Mi Globo Azul.

2004–2013: Breakout success[edit]

In 2004, she was the lead of the successful children's series, Amy, la niña de la mochila azul, and released her second studio album, Océano. A year later, she was the female lead of Pablo y Andrea, the television adaptation of the classic novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

In 2009, she was cast as "Patito" in Atrévete a Soñar, the Mexican remake of the popular Argentine children's telenovela, Patito Feo.[3] Paola filmed two seasons of the show and production was concluded in late 2009. Atrévete a Soñar marked Paola's transition from children's to tween telenovelas. Paola and the cast of the telenovela recorded two soundtracks and toured across Mexico, in order to promote the show.[4] The telenovela and its soundtrack were very successful throughout Mexico and Latin America. The soundtrack was certified double platinum in Mexico.[5]

At the ending of 2010, Disney looked Danna and she was responsible for giving voice to Rapunzel in "Tangled." Paola's dubbing was used in Hispanic America, and she also sang the Rapunzel's parts of the soundtrack.

In 2011, she began the production for her fourth solo studio album. Her previous discography included songs for telenovela or film soundtracks. She revealed that she wanted her new album to reflect her growth as an artist and shed her image as a child actress.[6] "Ruleta", written by Mexican pop singer, Paty Cantú, was announced as the album's lead single. The official music video premiered on Paola's official VEVO channel on 14 March 2012. The single rose to number 32 on the Top Mexican Airplay charts in July 2012.[7]

Her self-titled album, Danna Paola, was released on 5 June 2012, simultaneously in Mexico and Latin America for digital download and physical release. It included 11 songs written by popular Mexican artists such as Jesse y Joy, Río Roma, Ha*Ash, and a collaboration with 3BallMTY.[8] The album debuted at number 1 on iTunes Mexico and Argentina, 5 on iTunes (United States) and 56 on AMPROFON.[9] Previously, "Curame" was announced as a single,[10] but on 19 June 2012, the song was replaced by "Todo fue un show" as the album's second single. Paola explained that she decided to change the single choice, in order to showcase her vocal ability.[11] The single debuted at number 1 on iTunes Mexico. The album's following single, "No Es Cierto", is a duet with Noel Schajris, gained popularity specially on Latin America and all around the world reaching the top charts and VEVO, YouTube with more than 50,000,000 views, and it also debuted in number 1 on iTunes. Her fourth single, "Agüita", is the official theme song for the second season of MTV Latin America's series, Niñas Mal debuted at number 1 in iTunes Mexico, and represented a change in Danna's style.[12]

In May 2012, she served as the opening act for Demi Lovato's concerts in at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.[13]

2013–present: Wicked[edit]

In May 2013, Paola auditioned for the first Spanish-language Mexican production of the successful Broadway musical, Wicked, in Mexico City. She auditioned for both Glinda and Elphaba, performing Popular and Defying Gravity. Later that same month, the final cast for the Mexican production was announced, with Paola playing the role of Elphaba. The production opened in Mexico City at Teatro Telcel, on 17 October 2013. Critics in Mexico, as well as the play's original composer, Stephen Schwartz, praised her performance.[14][15] At the age of 18, Paola was the youngest person to play the role of Elphaba in a professional production.[16]

In addition to being well received by critics, the play was also a commercial success in Mexico City. In its first 12 weeks, it sold over 100,000 tickets and had more than 100 performances, breaking a box office record and making it one of the most successful theatre productions in Mexico's history.[17][18]

In January 2014, Paola was cast in "Saving Sara Cruz" a modern day remake of the 1992 film, "The Bodyguard" and did a press conference on a popular hotel at Hollywood, CA. Danna was touring at the most popular media TV networks of Los Angeles and did her first appearance on the United States Television at Young Hollywood, she was interviewed by Nikki Novak and visited the Young Hollywood Studio. [19] The film will be Paola's English-language debut.

In March 2014, Danna, debuted as fashion designer collaborating, designing and imposing her own style with the Mexican's popular brand "Sexy Jeans" on garments like skirts, blouses, dresses, heels, jackets, leggings, jeans, tops and more. [20] Danna was invited in two seasons for designing her own brand of clothes, which was called "Danna Paola, by SexyJns". The brand was successfully accepted by consumers from Mexico and Latin America, especially teenagers, selling all the clothes and copies produced in its entirety. [21] [22]

In August 2014, Danna collaborated to the "Dancing Queens" Abba's Mexican Tribute, with popular Mexican singers such as Ana Victoria, Fey, Carla Morrison, Paty Cantú, the Belanova band and more. Danna did a cover of "Take A Chance On Me" the track number 10 of the CD. "Take A Chance On Me" was released as single of the CD on 2 September, and debuted at number 1 on iTunes México.[23]

In October 2014, Danna was special guest at Noel Schajris concert for singing "No Es Cierto" in the Lunario of the "Auditorio Nacional" in Mexico City. Paola also informed that she is currently working on her new album, a "Primera Fila" style, the album will be released in 2015 and will include songs written by herself and will be recorded in a live concert concept.[24]

Danna was also named by MTV as the "Queen of Latin Electropop" thanks to her debut single to the electropop genre "Agüita", the song was produced by Javiera Mena and released in 2013. The song was totally accepted by the Mexican teenagers and Mexican market, sound in all the radio stations of Mexico and Latin America. [25]

In October 29, Danna sang "No Good Deed" from Wicked at Lunas del Auditorio Awards in the National Auditorium which had the full capacity. Her performance received a standing ovation from all the 10,000 attendees because of her magnificent voice. Danna also won her first "Luna del Auditorio" in the category of "Broadway Show".[26]

Once the queen of latin electropop finished her Elphaba roll on Wicked Mexico, the producer Alex Gou invited her to join Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar playing the lead role "Maria" on tour around the Mexico's cities then with a small season on the Teatro Aldama. The cast was conformed by Juan Solo, Carla Medina, Roger González, Vince Miranda, and more. The season opened on July 16 2015 and closed on August 23. The production was totally accepted by selling all the spend tickets. [27]

In July 2015, Danna decided moving to Miami before a long mix-in between she and her native TV channel Televisa, where she was veted for more than two years. She finally decided to finish her relation with them by signing a multimillionaire contract with the American Spanish language broadcast television network Telemundo owned by the NBCUniversal Television Group. Danna received a multimillionaire contract by filming a telenovela called Quien Es Quien. The shooting started on July 20 2015 in Miami.[28] [29]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Tear This Heart Out Lilia Ascencio (Age 12) Film debut
2010 Tangled Rapunzel Voice role; Spanish dubbing
2015 Home Tip Voice role; Spanish dubbing
2015 Saving Sara Cruz Sara Cruz Voice role; English dubbing


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Rayito de luz Lupita Lerma Television debut
2001 Alegrijes y rebujos Herself Episode: "La fiesta"
2001 María Belén María Belén García Marín Lead role
2002 La familia P. Luche María Belén "Ludovico en la escuela" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2002-2003 ¡Vivan los niños! Estrella Recurring role
2003 De pocas, pocas pulgas Amy la serenita Recurring role
2004 Amy, la niña de la mochila azul Amy Granados-Betancourt Arteaga Lead role
2005 Contra viento y marea Young Natalia Ríos Recurring role
2005 Pablo y Andrea Andrea Saavedra Lead role
2007 Muchachitas como tú Paola Recurring role
2007 Objetos perdidos Niña "Objeto 8" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2007 XHDRbZ Niña de Oro
2008 La rosa de Guadalupe Samantha Episode: "Adiós a la calle"
2008 Querida enemiga Bettina Aguilar Ugarte Recurring role
2009 Plaza Sésamo Patito 1 episode
2009–10 Atrévete a soñar Patito Lead role
2013 Como dice el dicho Mayra "Los deseos se cumplen" (Season 3, Episode 56)
2015–present ¿Quién es quién? Paloma Lead role; filming[30]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Regina: Un Musical Para Una Nación Que Despierta Regina
2004 Anita la huerfanita Anita
2013–14 Wicked Elphaba First production in Spanish
2015 Hoy no me puedo levantar Maria México Tour


Studio albums
  • 2001: Mi globo azul
  • 2004: Océano
  • 2005: Chiquita pero picosa
  • 2012: Danna Paola
  • 2004: Lo mejor de Amy, la niña de la mochila azul
  • 2009: Atrévete a soñar 1.5
Live albums
  • 2010: Atrévete a soñar: El concierto
  • 2003: Regina: Un Musical Para Una Nación Que Despierta (musical)
  • 2004: Amy, la niña de la mochila azul – Vol. 1 and 2 (telenovela soundtrack)
  • 2004: Anita la Huerfanita – El Musical (musical)
  • 2005: Mensajero de Paz
  • 2006: Pablo y Andrea (telenovela soundtrack)
  • 2009: Atrévete a soñar / Atrévete a soñar 2 (telenovela soundtrack)
  • 2010: Tangled (film soundtrack)
  • 2014: Take A Chance On Me (from Dancing Queens: Un Tributo A Abba)

Awards and nominations[edit]


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  11. ^ "Danna Paola presenta su segundo sencillo 'Todo Fue Un Show'" (in Spanish). Universal Music Magazine. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "'Danna Paola' estrena video de "Agüita", tema de "Niñas Mal 2"" (in Spanish). Estereofonica. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Letras de: danna-paola-abrira-conciertos-de-demi-lovato". SonicoMusica.COM. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Grande, Asael (15 October 2013). "Creadores de Wicked aplauden el musical mexicano que supera al de Broadway". Diario Imagen (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Notimex (17 October 2013). "Danna Paola calla prejuicios y sorprende al público en "Wicked"" (in Spanish). Provincia. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Wicked to Open in Mexico City in October; Complete Casting Announced". innuendoandoutuendo.com. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "'Wicked' lanza promoción para celebrar sus 100 representaciones en cartelera :: TVNotas !Irresistible!". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Danna Paola rechaz� dos telenovelas". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Mexican 'Wicked' Starlet Danna Paola Sings "Defying Gravity"". Young Hollywood. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Danna Paola da el salto a las pasarelas y debuta como diseñadora". Hola!. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Es cantante, actriz y diseñadora de modas". Yucatan's Daily. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Danna Paola nos habla sobre su sexy línea de ropa". El Grafico. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Los hits de Abba se revisten". Universal Music Magazine. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Noel Schajris, en el lunario". Organización Editorial Mexicana. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  25. ^ Medina, Emily. "¿Quién es la más diva?". Diario Basta. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "Danna Paola sorprende cantando en Las Lunas del Auditorio". La Primera Plana. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  27. ^ Woodside, Maxine. "Arranca Danna Paola temporada de 'Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar'". Radioformula. Radioformula. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  28. ^ De la Luz Miranda, María. "Danna Paola, feliz con Telemundo". El Universal. El Universal. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  29. ^ De la Luz Miranda, María. "Confirmado: Danna Paola se va a Telemundo". La opinion. Agencia Reforma. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  30. ^ "Danna Paola muestra su look para ¿Quién es Quién?". Espectaculostiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved August 2, 2015. 

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