Mía Maestro

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Mía Maestro
Mia Maestro by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Maestro in 2015
Born (1978-06-19) June 19, 1978 (age 43)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter
Years active1998–present

Mía Maestro (born June 19, 1978) is an Argentine actress and singer-songwriter. She is 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 in 2005 for 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 García 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 their mutual 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 1st Night, based on the opera Così fan tutte by Mozart, the comedy Meant to Be, and the American indie film The Music Never Stopped 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] In 2017, she returned to theater and played the role of Diana Salazar in Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror. The play was produced in multiple countries, an adapted version of the play had its United States premiere in a production by Miami New Drama at Miami Beach's Colony Theatre.

She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Aside from her native Spanish, Maestro speaks English and Italian.

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, released 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.[7][8]

On October 7, 2014, Mia Maestro's debut album Si Agua was released by Arts & Crafts.[9] It was recorded in Iceland. NPR's Alt.Latino referred to her voice as one of Alt.Latino's favorites of 2014.[10][11]


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



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Tango Elena Flores
1999 The Venice Project Danilla
2000 Timecode Ana Pauls
Picking Up the Pieces Carla
El astillero Mujer
2001 Hotel Cariola
2002 Frida Cristina Kahlo Choreographer: Tango
2003 Four Lean Hounds Kay Short film
2004 The Motorcycle Diaries Chichina Ferreyra
The Holy Girl Inés
2005 Kept and Dreamless Celina
Deepwater Iris
Secuestro Express Carla
2006 Poseidon Elena Morales
2007 The Box Sasha Eccles
2008 Visioneers Charisma
2010 Meant to Be Gigi
1st Night Nicoletta
Water and Salt Micaela
2011 The Music Never Stopped Celia
The Speed of Thought Anna Manheim
It Goes Without Saying Joan Short film
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Carmen Denali
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Savages Dolores
2013 Some Girl(s) Tyler
2014 Grand Street Antonia
2019 End of the Century (Fin de siglo) Sonia
2020 The Binding (film) (Il Legame) Emma
2022 The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future Magdalena


Year Title Role Notes
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Marianela TV movie
2001 In the Time of the Butterflies Maria Teresa
2004–2006 Alias Nadia Santos Guest (Season 3)
Main cast (Season 4)
Special guest (Season 5): 31 episodes
2005 Family Guy Loka 1 episode
Voice role
2006 The Ten Commandments Zipporah TV movie
2007 The Man Dr. Lola Fiero
2008 The Summit Maria Puerto 2 episodes
2008–2009 Crusoe Olivia 7 episodes
2010 Cutthroat Nina Cabrera TV movie
2012 White Collar Maya 2 episodes
2013 Person of Interest Mira Dobrica 1 episode
2014–2015 The Strain Dr. Nora Martinez Main cast (Season 1–2): 26 episodes
2015 Hannibal Allegra Pazzi Episode: "Contorno"
Scandal Elise Martin 3 episodes
2018 Nashville Rosa 2 episodes
2019–2021 Mayans M.C. Sederica Palomo 9 episodes
2021 Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone Emilia TV movie


  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 July 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Meet Mía Maestro: Argentinian Starlet Turned Singer | Music, Remezcla". Remezcla. January 8, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  7. ^ "'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' Soundtrack: Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Theophilus London Contribute". Billboard. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  8. ^ "Mia Maestro's Focus In 'Breaking Dawn' Is The Music". MTV.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Si Agua by Mia Maestro, released 07 October 2014". miamaestro.bandcamp.com. October 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "New Cuban Hip-Hop Meets Old Cuban Soul". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). October 9, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Best Of 2014: Alt.Latino Listeners' Picks". NPR.org(Alt.Latino). December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2014.

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