4) Ana de la Reguera
Anabell Gardoqui “Ana” de la Reguera was born on 8th April 1977. She is a Mexican actress who has starred in telenovelas, films, and the HBO television series Eastbound & Down.
Reguera was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother was a Miss Veracruz who became a journalist and TV personality. She began her performance arts studies in the Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura and was the host of Pasarela on Televisa Veracruz. She left the Televisa’s CEA, and then studied with Rosa María Bianchi, Patricia Reyes Spíndola and Rafael Miranau. She also studied at the Centro de Formación Actoral de TV Azteca (CEFAC).
Her acting career began with her role in the telenovela Azul (1996) followed by Pueblo chico, infierno grande (1997), with Verónica Castro, for which she received the Heraldo award for best female acting, and Desencuentro which was her third telenovela under the direction of Ernesto Alonso. Tentaciones (1998) marked her beginning with the production company Argos Comunicación. She was immediately offered a role in Destino and Todo por amor, for which she received the Palmas de oro award.
Cara o Cruz was the first telenovela co-production between Argos Comunicación and Telemundo, that was made exclusively for the Hispanic audience living in the United States. It was later rebroadcast in Mexico, by independent channel CNI. She was also seen playing María in the telenovela Por tí for TV Azteca and the mini-series that followed up on Pedro El Escamoso, Como Pedro por su casa which was a co-production between Caracol from Colombia and Telemundo.
Reguera has been in many commercials and television shows in Mexico, such as: Mujer, casos de la vida real, Al derecho y al Derbez, Íntimamente Shanik, Chiquitos pero picosos, La venta increíble, Llévatelo and Cómplices en familia. In theatre she has participated in El cartero directed by Raúl Quintanilla, for which she received two awards from the Mexican Association of Theatre Journalists.
In 2010, she began appearing in commercials for Kahlúa liqueur. She signed a multimillion-dollar contract with CoverGirl to be one of the official faces, along with Drew Barrymore and Queen Latifah, of its ad campaign.
Her introduction to film began in Por la libre, under the direction of Juan Carlos de Llaca. Later she acted in the film Un Secreto de Esperanza and in 2003 Ladies Night, alongside Ana Claudia Talancón. In 2005 she played the starring role in Gitanas which aired on Telemundo in the United States. She is perhaps best known for her role as Sister Encarnación in Nacho Libre, a film by Jared Hess, director of Napoleon Dynamite. She also played a small role in the movie, Cowboys & Aliens. In 2010, she played the historical Josefa Quintana, a mistress of Father Miguel Hidalgo, hero of the Mexican War of Independence.
In 2006, Reguera hosted the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America along with Mexican alternative rock group Molotov. She is currently working with Argos Comunicación on the HBO Latin American series “Capadocia” along with Rebecca Jones and also serves as a spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics. Reguera appeared as Kenny Powers’ love interest in Season 2 of HBO’s hit series Eastbound & Down.
Films she acted
Film Character Director Production
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Maria Jon Favreau Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, and Reliance Entertainment
- Di Di Hollywood (2010) Rita Marlow Bigas Luna Canal+Espana Hidalgo-La historia jamas Josefa Quintana Antonio Serrano Astillero Films contada (2010)
- Cop Out (2010) Gabriela Kevin Smith Warner Bros. Pictures
- Backyard (2009) Blanca Carlos Carrera Tardan/Berman
- Paraiso Travel (2008) Milagros Simon Brand De La Mancha Productions
- Sultanes Del Sur (2007) Mónica Silvari Alejandro Lozano Lemon Films
- Nacho Libre (2006) Sister Encarnacion Jared Hess Paramount Pictures
- At The Edge (2006) Lucía Teresa Suárez Agárrate del Barandal
- The Thief (2004) Woman Yibrán Asuad Miguel Musalem
- Ladies’ Night (2003) Ana Gabriela Tagliavini Buenavista/Argos
- A Beautiful Secret (2003) Lety Leopoldo Laborde Benito Salermo
- Dust to Dust (2001) Maria Juan Carlos de Llaca Altavista Films
- Eastbound & Down, Vida Jody Hill / David G. Green Home Box Offie (HBO) (6 episodes, 2010)
- Royal Pains, Carmen Mathew Penn Universal Cable Prod., Prospect Park, (2 episodes, 2010) and USA Network
- Capadocia 2 Lorena Guerra Carlos Carrera, Javier Patrón HBO Latinoamérica / Argos (13 episodes, 2010) y Pedro Pablo Ibarra
- Empire State Ellen Cochrane Jeremy Podeswa ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Company (TV Movie, 2009)Capadocia Lorena Guerra Carlos Carrera, Javier Patrón HBO Latinoamérica / Argos (12 episodes, 2008) y Pedro Pablo Ibarra
- MTV Latin America Host MTV
- Music Awards (2006)
- Gypses (2005) María Salome Jorge Fons Argos/Telemundo
- MTV Latin America Presenter MTV
- Music Awards (2004)
- Luciana and Nicolás (2004) Luciana Jimmy Arteaga Alomi Producciones
- Peter at Home (2004) Astrid Juan Carlos Villa Caracol Televisión
- Movie Awards (2004) Winner/Presenter MTV
- For You (2003) María Carlos Guerra TV Azteca
- Face or Cross (2002) Lorena/Aída Jorge Fons Argos/Telemundo
- All for Love (1998-2000) Lucía Javier Patrón Argos
- Tempations (1998) Fernanda Segovia Alberto Cortés Argos
- Desencuentro (1997) Beatriz Claudio Reyes Televisa
- Small Town, Big Hell (1997) Priscila Benjamín Cann Televisa
- Woman: Real Life Cases Arturo Ripstein Televisa(4 episodes, 1997)
- Blue (1996) Cecilia Raúl Araiza Televisa
Othelo (2009) Desdémona Claudio Rios UNAM Il Postino (1998) Beatriz Raúl Quintanilla Fela Fábregas
- Canacine/Movie Industry 2011 Best Actress for Hidalgo: La historia jamas contada Chamber’s Award
- Canacine/Movie Industry 2010 Best Actress for BackyardChamber’s Award
- Imagen Award 2010 Best Actress Film: Backyard
- Association of Theatre 2010 Best Actress of the Year for Othelo Journalists in Mexico
- Association of Theatre 2010 Best Actress for Othelo Critics & Journalists
- Top Glamour 2010 Best National Actress
- GQ Magazine 2007 Woman of the Year
- Silver Goddess 2007 Critic’s Choice Best Actress for On the Edge (Así del Precipicio)
- Silver Goddess 2004 Critic’s Choice Best Supporting Actress for Ladies’ Night
- Canacine/Movie Industry 2004 Best Actress for Ladies’ Night
- Chamber’s Award
- MTV Movie Award 2004 Favorite Actress for Ladies’ Night
- Golden Palm Award 2002 Critic’s Choice for All for Love
- Association of Theatre 1998 Best Actress of the Year for Il Postino
- Journalists in Mexico
- Association of Theatre 1998 Best Promising Actress for Il Postino
- Critics & Journalists
- El Heraldo 1997 Best New Actress for Small Town, Big Hell
- Kahlúa – International Campaign (2011)
- Lipton Ice Tea – International Campaign (2010)
- Cover Girl – Image- International Campaign (2008-2010)
- Pantene – National Campaign – México & Latin America (2008-2010)
- Special K – National Campaign – México (2009)
- Montblanc – National Campaign (2007) Ciel (Coca Cola Company’s Sparkling Water) National Campaign – México (2006-2008)
- Caress -National Campaign – United States (2006)
- Macy’s – Fall’s Promotional Campaign – United States (2006)
- Telefónica – National Campaign – México (2004)
- BeLight (Pepsi Co’s Flavored Natural Water) National Campaign – México (2004)
- Blockbuster – Internal Campaign – México (2003)
- Secret – Print National Campaign – México (2002)
- Head and Shoulders – National Campaign – México (1997)
Ana de la Reguera is also heavily involved with charity work. Most recently, she uploaded a video to YouTube in order to help raise awareness for Veracruz, her home state, affected by heavy rains and a devastating Hurricane Karl. In the video, de la Reguera advises on the various options to support, and offers methods to make donations. The viral campaign went all over Twitter and other online sites, raising much needed money for the victims of the hurricane. De la Reguera also founded the organization VeracruzANA AC which is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to raise funds and finally build a touristic boulevard of Antigua- something that has been promised by political organizations for years. Antigua is one of the most important and historical communities in Veracruz, and the most damaged by the hurricane. This June marked the culmination of her hard work and the Grand Opening ceremony for the touristic boulevard.
Whether she is volunteering during a natural disaster, fundraising for those in desperate need of relief, engaging voters, or spending time with her family, de la Reguera proves that ambition can be applied to philanthropic ventures, as well as a successful career that knows no boundaries, both in the United States and around the world.
Her official website is located at http://www.anadelareguera.net