Vega at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017
|Born||(1989-06-03) June 3, 1989
San Miguel, Santiago, Chile
|Other names||Dani Vega|
Daniela Vega Hernández (born June 3, 1989), known as Daniela Vega (Spanish pronunciation: [daˈnjela ˈβeɣa]) is a Chilean actress and lyrical singer. Vega received critical acclaim for her acting debut in Sebastián Lelio‘s Oscar-winning film A Fantastic Woman.
Daniela Vega Hernández was born on June 3, 1989 in San Miguel, Santiago, to Igor Vega, a print owner, and Sandra Hernández, a housewife. After a while, the family moved to Ñuñoa, where her brother, Nicolás, was born. At the age of eight, one of her teachers discovered her talent for singing opera. She began to play in small productions in Santiago, that developed in itself a taste for the arts. In her free time and without any other formal education, she got involved with the local acting environment.
Early roles and breakthrough (2011–2017)
Eventually, Vega met a writer and director who suggested that they collaborate on a stage piece about her experience of transitioning. This resulted in her career debut in 2011 in the play La mujer Mariposa (The Butterfly Woman), a biodrama of transfiguration by director Martin de la Parra. This piece, where she also had the opportunity to sing, ran for eight years in Santiago. During this time, she participated in more pieces, most notably in Migrante (Migrant), a piece about migration. Vega gained notoriety when she appeared in the video clip of the famous song “Maria” by Manuel García in 2014. She made her screen debut in 2015 in a drama called La Visita (The Guest), playing a trans woman at her father’s wake.
The 67th Berlin International Film Festival saw the release of A Fantastic Woman (2017), directed by Sebastián Lelio, a film for which her performance was acclaimed by critics. A Fantastic Woman tells the story of Marina (played by Vega) and Orlando (played by Francisco Reyes), an older man with whom she is in love and planning a future. After Orlando falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to face family and society, and fight again to show who she is: a fantastic woman. Critic Guy Lodge in a review for Variety praising Vega’s performance said: “Vega’s tough, expressive, and subtly distressed performance deserves far more than political praise.” He continued to note that “It’s a multi-layered, emotionally polymorphous feat of acting, nurtured with pitch-perfect sensitivity by her director, who maintains complete candor on Marina’s condition without pushing her anywhere she wouldn’t herself go.” Her name was strongly mentioned for an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. She won an award for her performance at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film. Vega became the first openly transgender person in history to be a presenter at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.
|The Guest||2014||Elena||López Fernández !Maurício López Fernández||Original title La Visita|||
|A Fantastic Woman||2017||Vidal !Marina Vidal||Lelio !Sebastián Lelio||Original title Una mujer fantástica|||
Awards and nominations
|2015||17èmes Rencontres du Cinéma sud-américain||La Visita||Best Actress||Won|||
|2017||Film Festival Lima PUCP||A Fantastic Woman||Best Actress||Won|||
|Premio iberoamericano de cine Fénix||Best Actress||Won|||
|Havana Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|||
|2018||Palm Springs Film Festival||Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film||Won|||
|Dorian Awards||Best Performance of the Year – Actress||Nominated|||
|Herself||Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|International Cinephile Society Awards||A Fantastic Woman||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|Caleuche Awards||Best Leading Actress||Won|||