Christina Ochoa

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Christina Ochoa

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Christina Ochoa
Born Cristina Ochoa Lopez
(1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 33)
Barcelona, Spain
Occupation Actress, scientist, writer

Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez; 25 January 1985) is a Spanish actress, science communicator, and writer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ochoa is the grand-niece of 1959 Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa,[2] and the daughter of acclaimed Spanish sculptor Victor Ochoa. She has spent her life surrounded by members of both the scientific and artistic worlds.[1][3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Contáct@me Gabriela
2011 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Dominique Season 1, Episode 2
2012 Modern Family Nurse Season 3, Episode 24
2014 Matador Karen Morales
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[edit]

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,[4] Modern Family[1] 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.[4][5]

In 2014, Ochoa played Karen Morales on the Robert Rodríguez show, Matador.[1][3]

She has portrayed Renn on the TNT drama Animal Kingdom since 2016.

In 2017 she became the female lead of NBC Universal and SyFy series Blood Drive.


Ochoa has written articles for several publications. Her first published work was featured in Vogue Spain.[6] She has regular spreads featured in H,[7] in which she focuses on profile pieces and book reviews. She also has a monthly film column in El Imparcial.[8]

Science communication and academia[edit]

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).[1] She served as commentator for ISEF 2017.

She has been an active member of Mensa since 2009.[citation needed]

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 continued with advanced marine biology studies at James Cook University in Australia, where she focused on Elasmobranchii, subclass which includes sharks and rays.[4]

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.

Actress (14 credits)
 2018 A Million Little Things (TV Series)
Ashley Morales

The Game of Your Life (2018) … Ashley Morales
Friday Night Dinner (2018) … Ashley Morales
Save the Date (2018) … Ashley Morales
Band of Dads (2018) … Ashley Morales
Pilot (2018) … Ashley Morales
 2016-2018 Animal Kingdom (TV Series)
Renn Randall

Off the Tit (2018) … Renn Randall
The Center Will Hold (2018) … Renn Randall
In the Red (2018) … Renn Randall
The Killing (2018) … Renn Randall
Betrayal (2017) … Renn Randall
 2017-2018 Valor (TV Series)
Nora Madani

Costs of War (2018) … Nora Madani
Oscar Mike (2018) … Nora Madani
Command & Control (2018) … Nora Madani
Ciphers (2018) … Nora Madani
Stay Frosty (2017) … Nora Madani
 2017 Blood Drive (TV Series)
Grace d’Argento

Finish Line (2017) … Grace d’Argento
Faces of Blood Drive (2017) … Grace d’Argento
Rise of the Primo (2017) … Grace d’Argento
Scar Tissue (2017) … Grace d’Argento
The Chopsocky Special (2017) … Grace d’Argento
 2015 Cats Dancing on Jupiter
 2014 Matador (TV Series)
Karen Morales

Dead Dreaming in Bagan (2014) … Karen Morales
Riot ‘Til I Die (2014) … Karen Morales
Mano A Mano (2014) … Karen Morales
Code Red Card (2014) … Karen Morales (as Christina Ochoa Lopez)
The Naked and the Dead (2014) … Karen Morales (as Christina Ochoa Lopez)
 2014 Chaotic Awesome (TV Series)

Episode #1.12 (2014)
 2013 The Neighbors (TV Series)
Princess Leia

A Christmas Story (2013) … Princess Leia (as Christina Ochoa Lopez)
 2012 Modern Family (TV Series)

Baby on Board (2012) … Nurse
 2011 I Hate My Teenage Daughter (TV Series)

Teenage Family Night (2011) … Dominique (as Christina Ochoa Lopez)
 2011/II Stay with Me (Short)
 2009 Contáct@me (TV Movie)

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