Natalia Cordova-Buckley

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Natalia Cordova-Buckley
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Cordova-Buckley in March 2019
Born (1982-11-25) November 25, 1982 (age 36)
Years active2008–present
Known forAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
FamilyPancho Córdova (grandfather)

Natalia Cordova-Buckley, sometimes credited as Natalia Córdova, (born November 25, 1982) is a Mexican-American actress best known for portraying Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[1]


Cordova-Buckley began her career as a ballet dancer, training under Fernando Alonso. Finding the occupation too restricting she decided to become an actress instead. She had reconsidered acting after trying to avoid it due to being teased about her voice in her youth. "The kids wouldn’t chase me around when we played tag because they would say that I screamed like a Godzilla. It wasn’t just my voice, but [also] the fact that I have a pretty strong personality and was always very outspoken and opinionated." She looked up to artist Frida Kahlo whom she would portray in voiceover in Coco.[2] Her grandfather is Pancho Córdova, an actor in Mexican and American cinema, whom she never got to meet.[3]

She moved to the U.S. and studied at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and later earned her first American role in McFarland, USA. She almost quit acting until she won the role of Elena Rodriguez on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., gaining recognition in the process.[3] During the show's fourth season, she headlined a 6-episode miniseries, Slingshot, which debuted online on December 13, 2016.[4]


Film roles
Year Title Role
2010 Sucedió en un día Natalia
2011 Lluvia de Luna Martha
2011 Ella y el candidato Andrea
2012 Ventanas al mar Ana
2014 Yerba Mala Bárbara
2015 McFarland, USA Señora Valles
2017 Coco Frida Kahlo (voice)
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Terminales Rita 2 episodes
2008–09 Los Simuladores Natalia 6 episodes
2010 Los Minondo Isabel 10 episodes
2011 Bienes raíces Olga 4 episodes
2016–present Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez Series regular: season 5-present, 32 episodes; Recurring guest star: season 3, 5 episodes and season 4, 8 episodes.
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez Web series
2017 Bates Motel Julia Ramos 2 episodes


  1. ^ Lovett, Jamie (February 16, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts Natalia Cordova-Buckley As Slingshot".
  2. ^ Tracy, Brianne (November 20, 2017). "Five Things to Know About Coco Star and Outspoken Mexican Actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley". People. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Cavassuto, Maria (April 14, 2016). "International Star You Should Know: 'Agents of SHIELD's' Natalia Cordova-Buckley". Variety.
  4. ^ Schick, Michal (December 28, 2016). "'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Natalia Cordova-Buckley talks 'Slingshot' and Yo-Yo's next adventure". Hypable. Retrieved March 31, 2018.

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