Ariadna Gil is the type of actress that does not rest on her laurels or coast on her own beauty. Her film work has been defined by a willingness to take on difficult roles in movies that are off the beaten path. Born in Barcelona, she initially gained minor celebrity singing for her brothers' band, Matamala, before becoming a local on-air television personality. In 1986, she was discovered by artist and film director Bigas Luna , who cast her in a supporting part in the treacherous romance "Lola." Roles in small but ambitious Spanish films followed until her big break came with 1992's lively period comedy "Belle Epoque," in which her gender-bending portrayal of the lesbian Violeta was the first in a string of unique roles that have defined her career. She portrayed a runaway bride with dreams of becoming an opera diva in the quirky French comedy "Celestial Clockwork," a nun who becomes an anarchist in the harrowing historical drama "Freedomfighters," a mentally troubled lover in "Black Tears," and the put-upon wife of a fascist officer in Guillermo Del Toro's war-torn fairy tale "Pan's Labyrinth." She has branched out internationally, appearing in films from Mexico, Argentina, and and America, most notably the Ed Harris indie western "Appaloosa" ('08).