Mía Maestro

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Mía Maestro
Mia Maestro by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Maestro at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1978-06-19) June 19, 1978 (age 37)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter
Years active 1998 – present

Mía Maestro (born June 19, 1978) is an Argentine actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Nora Martinez in The Strain, Nadia Santos in the television drama Alias, as Christina Kahlo in Frida, and as Carmen in The Twilight Saga.

Life and career[edit]

Maestro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1978.[1] She made her screen debut in Carlos Saura’s Tango, which received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best foreign film. Initially trained in Argentina, Maestro traveled to Berlin to develop a vocal repertoire of the works of Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler. Her first proper acting turn was in the play The Summer Trilogy by Carlo Goldoni, and by 1998, she secured the coveted role of 'Lulu' in Frank Wedekind’s Pandora’s Box at the San Martin Theater in her hometown of Buenos Aires. For this she garnered an "Ace" Award for Best New Artist of the Year.

In 2004 she joined the cast of ABC’s critically acclaimed series Alias for two seasons. In the same year, Maestro also appeared in the Argentine film, La Niña Santa (aka The Holy Girl), directed by Lucrecia Martel, as well as the Focus Features film The Motorcycle Diaries, (Golden Globe nominee 2005 Best Foreign Film) based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. The film was directed by Walter Salles (Central Station), and stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna. Maestro has starred as a victim of a kidnapping in Venezuela in Jonathan Jakubowicz’s thriller Secuestro Express, released by Miramax. In December 2005, she starred in Prince's music video for "Te Amo Corazón" which was directed by her friend Salma Hayek.[2]

In 2006, she co-starred in Wolfgang Petersen's film Poseidon, a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. She played Elena Gonzalaz, a stowaway girl going to meet her sick brother in the hospital with friend and waiter Valentine.

Maestro starred in the off-Broadway musical play, My Life as a Fairytale, inspired by the life and works of author Hans Christian Andersen and singing the music of Stephin Merritt from the Magnetic Fields. She also starred in Cosí, based on the opera Così fan tutte by Mozart; the comedy Meant to Be; and the American indie film Mr. Tambourine Man based on an Oliver Sacks story.

Maestro has been cast as the lead character in Cutthroat, an ABC television pilot for the 2010-2011 season.[3] As of September 30, 2010, she has been cast as Carmen of the Denali Coven in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2.[4]

Maestro guest-starred in White Collar as Maya, a restaurant owner with whom Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) has a fling while on the run.

She played Dr. Nora Martinez in the vampire horror series The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro. She also guest starred in the NBC television series Hannibal in 2015, playing the role of Allegra Pazzi, the wife of an Italian inspector.[5]

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Musical career[edit]

As a singer-songwriter Maestro has been performing in Los Angeles, New York City, and Buenos Aires, and is in preparation to start recording her EP followed by an album. In 2010 she performed in Iceland where she opened for Emiliana Torrini during several shows at the Háskólabíó theater in Reykjavík. She has collaborated with the UK band Faithless singing on the song 'Love Is My Condition' on their album The Dance, released in May 2010.[6]

Maestro's version of "Lloverá" appeared on the Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack, also as part of an EP titled Blue Eyed Sailor, scheduled to drop in November 2012. The EP features three songs: "Blue Eyed Sailor", "Time To Go" (featuring Damien Rice) and "Lloverá". It also features a music video of "Blue Eyed Sailor", directed by Juan Azulay and Guillermo Navarro, inspired by the art of Cecilia Paredes.

On October 7, 2014, Mia Maestro's debut album Si Agua was released.[7] It was recorded in Iceland. NPR's Alt.Latino referred to her voice as one of Alt.Latino's favorites of 2014.[8][9]


She won an ACE Award for her performance in the stage production of Pandora's Box.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Grand Street Antonia
2013 Some Girl(s) Tyler
2012 Savages Dolores
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Carmen Denali
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
It Goes Without Saying Joan Short film
The Speed of Thought Anna Manheim
The Music Never Stopped Celia
2010 Agua y sal Micaela
First Night Nicoletta
Meant to Be Gigi
2008 Visioneers Charisma
2007 The Box Sasha Eccles
2006 Poseidon Elena Morales
2005 Secuestro Express Carla
Deepwater Iris
Kept and Dreamless Celina
2004 The Holy Girl Inés
The Motorcycle Diaries Chichina Ferreyra
2003 Four Lean Hounds Kay Short film
2002 Frida Cristina Kahlo Choreographer: Tango
2001 Hotel Cariola
2000 El astillero Mujer
Picking Up the Pieces Carla
Timecode Ana Pauls
1999 The Venice Project Danilla
1998 Tango Elena Flores


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Scandal Elise Martin 3 episodes
2015 Hannibal Allegra Pazzi Episode: "Contorno"
2014–2015 The Strain Dr. Nora Martinez Main Cast (Season 1–2)
2013 Person of Interest Mira Dobrica 1 episode
2012 White Collar Maya 2 episodes
2010 Cutthroat Nina Cabrera TV Movie
2008–2009 Crusoe Olivia 7 episodes
2008 The Summit Maria Puerto 2 episodes; Mini-Series
2007 The Man Dr. Lola Fiero TV Movie
2006 The Ten Commandments Zipporah
2005 Family Guy Loca 1 episode; Voice role
2004–2006 Alias Nadia Santos Guest (Season 3)
Main Cast (Season 4)
Special Guest (Season 5): 31 episodes
2001 In the Time of the Butterflies Maria Teresa TV Movie
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Marianela


  1. ^ a b Mía Maestro Fansite Archived October 1, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ PRNewswire, Prince and Salma Hayek Create 'Te Amo Corazon' . December 12, 2005.
  3. ^ "Mia Maestro Eyeing ABC's 'Cutthroat' Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. March 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "It's Official: The Denali Coven Has Been Cast!". Summit Entertainment. September 30, 2010.
  5. ^ Brevet, Brad. ""Hannibal" Review & Recap: Season 3, Episode 5, "Contorno"". Rope of Silicon. Rope of Silicon. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/the-dance-deluxe-version/id368060626
  7. ^ "Si Agua by Mia Maestro, released 07 October 2014". miamaestro.bandcamp.com. October 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "New Cuban Hip-Hop Meets Old Cuban Soul". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). 9 October 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Best Of 2014: Alt.Latino Listeners' Picks". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). 18 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 

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