Eiza González

Eiza González

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Eiza González
Eiza González en IDM pasarelas.jpg
Born Eiza González Reyna
(1990-01-30) January 30, 1990 (age 27)[1]
Caborca, Sonora, México
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2007–present
Partner(s) D. J. Cotrona (2014-2016)
Website eizagonzalezr.com.mx

Eiza González Reyna (Spanish pronunciation: [‘ei̯sa ɣon̥’sales ‘r̄ei̯na]; born 30 January 1990 in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico) is a Mexican actress and singer. In 2007, she gained popularity for her debut role as “Lola” in the Mexican teen-oriented musical telenovela Lola…Érase una vez. She currently plays Santanico Pandemonium on the television show From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.

Early life[edit]

Born in Caborca, Sonora, Mexico,[1] González is the only daughter of former Mexican model, Glenda Reyna. She has one brother, Yulen, who is twelve years older than her. Her father, Carlos, died in a motorcycle accident when she was 12. She cites her father’s death as a strong influence in her career.[2] She attended two private bi-lingual schools, Edron Academy and the American School Foundation, both located in Mexico City.[3][4] She completed two years of a three-year course at Televisa‘s acting school, Centro de Educación Artística, before she was cast as the protagonist in the 2007 teen-oriented telenovela Lola…Érase una vez at 16.

Acting career[edit]

2007–2012: Career beginnings and breakout success in Latin America[edit]

From 2003 through 2004, González studied acting at the M & M Studio, an acting school in Mexico City run by famed actress, Patricia Reyes Spíndola.[3] At age 14, she was accepted into Televisa’s famous acting school, Centro de Educación Artística in Mexico City. While attending school, she was first spotted by producer and director, Pedro Damian (best known for his success with Latin pop band, RBD). Two years later, Damian cast González in a remake of Argentina’s famous children’s telenovela, Floricienta. She portrayed “Lola”, the lead female protagonist in Lola…Érase una vez. The show began filming in late 2006 and debuted in Mexico on February 26, 2007. It was later shown in various countries throughout Latin America and the US. To promote the show, González went on a national tour in Mexico to perform songs that she sang on the show. Lola…Érase una vez ran for two seasons before ending in early 2008. Following the completion of Lola…Érase una vez, González, accompanied by her mother, moved to New York City briefly to attend a three-month course of acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in the spring of 2008. She returned to Mexico City in early fall of that same year.[5]

In April 2009, González was cast in an episode of the popular crime drama television series Mujeres Asesinas as a supporting character for the second season. She starred alongside Mexican actress Susana González in the episode Tere, Desconfiada, playing the teenage antagonist, “Gaby”. González commented that she was informed about the casting call while she was preparing to release her first solo album Contracorriente.[6]

In early 2010, following the US release of González’s debut album, Contracorriente, she announced to fans via Twitter that she had been cast as the lead protagonist in the musical “tween” telenovela Sueña conmigo.[7] González played dual roles of “Clara” and Clara’s alter-ego “Roxy Pop”. For the role, González traveled to Buenos Aires to film in April 2010. She lived in Buenos Aires for a year, travelling back to Mexico City on breaks during the production of Sueña conmigo. When filming ended in February 2011, Gonzalez returned to Mexico City. The show was produced by Televisa and Nickelodeon Latin America, and aired on July 20, 2010 in Argentina, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. Because of its success in Argentina, the cast performed several concerts in throughout Argentina from March to July 2011.[8]

In June and July 2011, González attended castings for Televisa’s newest tween television series, Miss XV in Mexico City. She auditioned for one of two lead roles and was considered for the lead role. However, producers felt she was too old for the part and she lost the role.[9]

In early 2012, González filmed Casi 30, a comedy-drama directed by Alejandro Sugich. Filming was conducted in Sonora and Mexico City. González plays Cristina, an 18-year-old ballet student who falls in love with Emilio, the film’s lead character.[10] The film marks González’s acting debut in cinema. In 2013, the movie premiered at several film festivals in Mexico, but it premiered nationwide in Mexico on August 22, 2014.[11][12][13]

In May 2012, she was officially confirmed as one of the female protagonist, Nicole “Nikki” Brizz Balvanera, for Televisa’s latest telenovela, Amores verdaderos. Amores verdaderos is a telenovela remake of the TV Azteca television series Amor en custodia, based on the Argentine telenovela of the same name. Filming began on July 23, 2012 and concluded in early May 2013. The show premiered on September 3, 2012 for Canal de las Estrellas in Mexico.

Originally, Mexican producer Pedro Torres offered González the lead role of Sofía López-Haro (Serena Van Der Woodsen in the original television show) in his television show, Gossip Girl: Acapulco, the Mexican remake of the hit American television series, Gossip Girl. González considered accepting the role, but declined, due to her rigorous filming schedule for Amores verdaderos.[14]

2013–present: Move to USA, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series and upcoming projects[edit]

In September 2013, González was cast in director Adrian Cervantes’ film, All Hail the Squash Blossom Queen. The film was slated to star Bonnie Wright of the Harry Potter film franchise, and González was expected to play “Brittany” in the movie. She was later dropped from the project when the role was recast in 2015.[15][16] In November 2013, she was announced as a cast member for producer Robert Rodriguez‘s television series, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.[17] González plays Santanico Pandemonium, a role portrayed by Salma Hayek in the original film. The role is González’s first English-speaking part, and she is also featured prominently on the print advertisements for the series. The show is produced by Rodriguez for his cable network El Rey. González relocated to Austin, Texas to film the program’s first season. Following its U.S. debut, the show began available for streaming internationally on Netflix in the UK, Canada, and Latin America. On March 26, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season on El Rey.[18][19][20] On August 12, 2014, she hosted the “MTV Millennial Awards” at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City.[21][22] In March 2015, González and the cast of From Dusk till Dawn: The Series returned to Austin, Texas to begin filming for the show’s second season.[23]

In mid-December 2015, she was confirmed as a cast member for the upcoming comedy film, Baby Driver, scheduled for release in 2017.[24]

Spokesmodel career[edit]

In 2008, González was chosen as the new face of “Color Trend de Avon” for cosmetics brand Avon in Mexico.[25] She filmed commercials for the skincare brand, “Asepxia”, in Mexico in 2009. She was announced as the newest brand ambassador for skincare line, Neutrogena in February 2015. She filmed advertisements in both Spanish and English to promote the brand.[26]

Musical career[edit]

Debut album: Contracorriente (2008–2010)[edit]

Following the success of her debut performance in Lola…Érase una vez, González signed a deal with EMI Televisa to record her own album as a solo artist in late 2008. Pre-production and recording for González’s debut album, Contracorriente (Counter-current in English) began in fall 2008; the album was recorded in Texas, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. The album was released in Mexico on November 24, 2009. It was released in the US on January 26, 2010. The album’s only single, Mi Destino Soy Yo, was released in Mexico on October 20, 2009.[27] To promote the single, she performed at televised music festivals and concerts across Mexico.[28] Because of the Sueña conmigo musical tour in Argentina, González was unable to embark on a longer tour for the album or release a second single.

Second album: Te acordarás de mí (2011–2012)[edit]

In June 2011, González announced that she wished to focus on the production and recording of her second solo album. She also revealed that she planned to spend the remainder of the year working on new music and would not return to film or television projects until the album was completed.[29] She completed production on her second album during the first months of 2012. The album was recorded in Mexico City, Texas, and the Dominican Republic.[30]

Her first single, Te Acordarás de Mí, was released for digital download on iTunes for Mexico on April 16, 2012 and May 22, 2012 for the U.S. The song was co-written by González, singer-songwriter Alejandra Alberti, and Carlos Lara in Mexico City.[31] González’s second album, Te Acordarás de Mí was released on June 12, 2012 in Mexico for physical and digital format; it was released digitally on iTunes the U.S. on the same day.[1][32] The album contains 12 songs; González co-wrote three songs.[33] Te Acordarás de Mí debuted at number 66 on the Mexican Charts.[34] Invisible was announced as the second single; it was released on the radio in Mexico on August 1, 2012.[35]

In February 2013, González confirmed plans for a re-release edition of her second album but it was later cancelled.[36]

Personal life[edit]

González moved to Los Angeles, California in late August 2013 to further pursue her acting career.[37][38] She is fluent in English and speaks some Italian.[3] In June 2011, she began dating Mexican businessman Pepe Diaz for two years. The pair split in the summer of 2013.[citation needed] In 2014, she began dating her From Dusk till Dawn: The Series co-star, D.J. Cotrona until June 2016. In September 2015, she revealed that she struggled with depression and compulsive overeating from age 15 to 20 as a result of her father’s death.[39][40]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Jessica Quilligan Spanish-language voiceover
2013 The Croods Eep Crood Spanish-language voiceover
2014 Almost Thirty Cristina
2015 Jem and the Holograms Sheila “Jetta” Burns
2017 Baby Driver Darling
2018 Alita: Battle Angel Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007–2008 Lola, érase una vez Dolores “Lola” Valente 224 episodes
2008 Una familia de tantas Gabriela Ortega Unaired pilot
2010–2011 Sueña Conmigo Clara Molina / Roxy Pop 150 episodes
2012–2013 Amores verdaderos Nikki Brizz Balvanera 181 episodes
2014–present From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Santanico Pandemonium 24 episodes

Theatre[edit]

Year Play Role
2008 Hoy no me puedo levantar Cameo
2012 I Love Romeo y Julieta Julieta

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Universal Awards

Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2014 Hottest Mexican Teen Herself Nominated Danna Paola

Latin Music Italian Awards

Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2014 Best Look Herself Nominated Belinda
2013 Best Latin Female Artist of The Year Herself Nominated Danna Paola
Favorite Latin Artist Herself Nominated Danna Paola
Best Look Herself Nominated Danna Paola
Artist Saga Herself Nominated Danna Paola
2012
Artist Saga Herself Nominated Paulina Rubio
Best Latin Female Video of The Year Herself Nominated “Ruleta” by Danna Paola
Best Latin Female Album of The Year Te Acordarás de Mí Nominated Danna Paola by Danna Paola

TVyNovelas Award

Year Category Title of work Result
2008 Best Female Revelation Lola, érase una vez Won

Kids’ Choice Awards

Kids’ Choice Awards Mexico
Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2011 Favorite Actress Sueña Conmigo[41] Nominated Isabella Castillo
2013 Favorite Artist Eiza González Won
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie The Croods Won
2014 Favorite Selfie Eiza González Nominated “El Piojo”
Favorite Fashionista Eiza González Nominated Danna Paola
Kids’ Choice Awards Argentina
Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2011 Favorite Actress Sueña Conmigo[42] Nominated María Eugenia Suárez
Newcomer on TV Won
Meus Prêmios Nick
Year Category Title of work Result
2011 Favorite Actress Sueña Conmigo[43] Nominated
Hair Crazy Eiza González Nominated
Fashion Police Awards
Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2014 Best Dressed of the Year Eiza González Nominated Danna Paola

Premios Juventud

Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2013 The Girl of My Dreams Amores verdaderos Nominated Blanca Soto
Best Theme Novelero “Me Puedes Pedir Lo Que Sea” (feat Marconi) Won

Lo Nuestro Awards[edit]

Year Category Title of work Result
2009 Breakout Artist or Group of the Year Eiza González Won

People en Español Award

Year Category Title of work Result
2013 Best Actress Amores verdaderos Nominated
Best Couple (with Sebastián Rulli) Nominated

Premios Oye![edit]

Year Category Title of work Result
2007 Best New Artist Eiza González Nominated

MTV Millennial Awards

Year Category Title of work Result Lost to
2013 Cake of the Year Eiza González Nominated Belinda

Premios Celebrity E!

Year Category Title of work Result
2012 Celebrity of the Year Eiza González Nominated
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