|Born||Cristina Ochoa Lopez
(1985-01-25) 25 January 1985
|Occupation||Actress, scientist, writer|
Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez; 25 January 1985) is a Spanish actress, science communicator, and writer.
Ochoa is the grand-niece of 1959 Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa, and the daughter of acclaimed Spanish sculptor Victor Ochoa. She has spent her life surrounded by members of both the scientific and artistic worlds.
|2011||I Hate My Teenage Daughter||Dominique||Season 1, Episode 2|
|2012||Modern Family||Nurse||Season 3, Episode 24|
|Chaotic Awesome||Herself||Co-writer and correspondent; web series|
|2016–2018||Animal Kingdom||Renn Randall||Recurring role; season 1–3 (12 episodes)|
|2017||Blood Drive||Grace D’Argento||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2017–2018||Valor||CW3 Nora Madani, US Army||Main role (13 episodes)|
|2018||A Million Little Things||Ashley Morales||Main role|
Theatre and film
Ochoa began acting as a hobby, starting in theatrical plays in Washington, D.C., at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.
She soon decided to pursue a career in performance arts, and moved to Madrid in order to study and work in the field. She has said: “Science was all my life …. But when I got on stage for the first time, there was a void inside me that was suddenly filled … one I hadn’t even known was empty”.
From there, Ochoa moved on to work in theatre and TV, including on I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Modern Family and Spain’s La que se avecina, as well as in films, including Cats Dancing on Jupiter.
She is the founder and owner of QE (Quantum Entanglement) Productions, responsible for the 2011 short film Stay with Me, which won awards at film festivals both internationally and in the United States.
Ochoa has written articles for several publications. Her first published work was featured in Vogue Spain. She has regular spreads featured in H, in which she focuses on profile pieces and book reviews. She also has a monthly film column in El Imparcial.
Science communication and academia
Ochoa is the host of the Know Brainer educational podcast, and has been the host and keynote of several scientific conferences and shows including the college prep program MESA, Bitesize TV’s Chaotic Awesome, and NERD ALERT on The Young Turks network.
She is part of the Los Angeles Committee for Science for Society, which promotes science in society and scientific literacy, and which is the sponsor of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). She served as commentator for ISEF 2017.
After graduating from Santa Isabel La Asuncion in Madrid, she began an undergraduate degree in oceanographic engineering at Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, off the coast of Africa in the Canary Islands.
She also enrolled in additional subjects in particle physics at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED) but merged into full-time acting before she could complete her master’s.
She has also participated as an expert guest on the scientific comedy podcast Professor Blastoff, part of the Earwolf network; Cara Santa Maria’s Talk Nerdy; and several online STEM education platforms.