Catalina Sandino Moreno Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Bogotá, Colombia
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Catalina Sandino Moreno was born on April 19, 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia. She is an actress and producer, known for Maria Full of Grace (2004), Che: Part Two (2008) and Fast Food Nation (2006). She has been married to David Elwell since April 15, 2006. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

David Elwell (15 April 2006 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (20)

Took acting classes at a Bogotá (Colombia) theater before getting "discovered" by an anonymous supporter who referred her name to the casting agent for Maria Full of Grace (2004).
Studied advertising at a college in Colombia before moving to New York City around 2003.
Reads Spanish-language books because she misses hearing the language as she did when living in Colombia.
She is the first Colombian to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Mother is a pathologist.
Was in New York when she heard on television that she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Maria Full of Grace (2004).
Attended Saint George's School in Bogotá, Colombia.
Was one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2005.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
Became interested in theater and stage at a very young age.
Became the first actress ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Performance that was spoke entirely in Spanish throughout the entirety of the film.
Won Best Actress at the 2004 Cartagena Film Festival in her home country Colombia.
In the future Catalina would love to work with Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro Amenábar.
Is a huge fan of Ang Lee and would love to work with him in the future.
Very good friends with Ethan Hawke.
One of very few actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for their screen debut.
(April 15, 2006) Married her boyfriend of 4 years David Elwell.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a son in January 2009. Child's father is her husband, David Elwell.
She is the first person born in the 1980s to have received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, for Maria Full of Grace (2004). Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the award, for Black Swan (2010).

Personal Quotes (7)

It is amazing. None of us ever expected ['Maria Full of Grace'] to be so big. It was a film that was made with all the love in the world and it is being so well received. We would have never expected it.
I love theater. I want to keep learning and I think that by doing as much theater as I can, it will make me a better actress for film.
"It's the story of this girl and at the end of the movie she's a woman." - on Maria Full of Grace.
Maria had such an impact on me that I didn't want to do something so light. I wanted to do something with power. Anyone can be a beautiful girl. Any girl can be that. So I didn't do anything for three years. I was waiting for the right roles.
I feel I have a responsibility, as an actress, as a Colombian immigrant, and just as a person, to show people reality. It would be nice to be an actress who loves action movies, but I'm not that kind of actress.
It was kind of like a big thing for me to just go for it, to take my clothes off and be me. It was something that I really thought about, to do or not to do. Then I just said ... I'll do it. I'm normal, it's not a big deal. On doing nudity for the first time in The Hottest State.
I know! It's crazy. I would never even in my wildest dreams thought of being nominated for an Oscar for the first movie. I thought it was going to be on cable, not on the movies, not in the theaters...you know it's just insane.

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