Catalina Sandino Moreno

Actor
For an actress with little training and experience, Catalina Sandino Moreno made a seismic impression with her first feature film role. In "Maria Full of Grace" (2004), Moreno played the title character who, sick of ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1981 in Colombia

Filmography

Actor (22)

Incarnate 2015 (Movie)

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A Most Violent Year 2014 (Movie)

Luisa (Actor)

At the Devil's Door 2014 (Movie)

Leigh (Actor)

Castro's Daughter 2014 (Movie)

Alina Fernandez (Actor)

Medeas 2014 (Movie)

Christina (Actor)

Red Band Society 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stranger in Paradise 2014 (Movie)

Jules (Actor)

Swelter 2014 (Movie)

Carmen Bishop (Actor)

Magic, Magic 2013 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

The Bridge 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Greater Glory 2012 (Movie)

Adriana (Actor)

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

Aleida March (Actor)

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

Aleida Guevara (Actor)

El Corazon De La Tierra 2007 (Movie)

Blanca (Actor)

Love in the Time of Cholera 2007 (Movie)

Hildebranda Sanchez (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Loin Du 16Eme") (Actor)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

Sara Garcia (Actor)

Fast Food Nation 2006 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

Journey to the End of the Night 2005 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Maria Full of Grace 2004 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Falling Skies (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

For an actress with little training and experience, Catalina Sandino Moreno made a seismic impression with her first feature film role. In "Maria Full of Grace" (2004), Moreno played the title character who, sick of working a slave-wage job as a flower dethorner in a small village outside Bogota, Columbia, becomes a drug mule and smuggles heroin into the United States. Powerful and emotional, "Maria Full of Grace" became a hit on the international festival circuit. So gripping was Moreno's performance that she shared with Charlize Theron the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Relationships

David Elwell Best Boy Electric

Husband
Met during the production of "Maria Full of Grace" (2004)

EDUCATION

Lee Strasberg Institute

New York , New York 2004

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Milestones

2010

Played the villainous vampire Maria in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

2009

Co-starred with Matthew Broderick in The New Group's Off-Broadway premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's "The Starry Messenger"

2008

Portrayed Ernesto Guevara's daughter in Steven Soderbergh's biopic, "Che"

2007

Played a supporting role in the Mike Newell adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera"

2007

Co-starred in Ethan Hawke's adaptation of his own novel, "The Hottest State"

2006

Portrayed a Mexican immigrant working in a slaughterhouse in Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation"

2004

Feature acting debut, playing a young girl who consents to transport heroin into the US, in director Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace"; received SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress

2004

Made her New York stage debut in an Off-Off-Broadway staging of Shakespeare's "King John"

Bonus Trivia

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"After I first saw Catalina, I said, 'We're going to make her a star.'" Marston says. "We didn't make her a star, of course. She made herself a star. Since doing the film, Catalina, in a way, has discovered herself." - Joshua Marston, director of "Maria Full of Grace" to Premiere magazine, February 2005

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