Ana Brenda Contreras, sometimes credited simply as Ana Brenda, is a Mexican American actress and singer.

Background

Contreras was born in McAllen, Texas on December 24, 1986[1]. She moved to Mexico City in 2002 at age 15 to join the reality show Pop Stars[2], in which she was a finalist and member of a group, T'detila, who released an album with the same name. In 2003, she joined Televisa's Centro de Educación Artística (CEA) to study acting. In 2005, Contreras portrayed Juanita Sánchez in her debut telenovela, Barrera de amor (Barrier of Love). In 2006, she participated in a production of Grease. That same year, Contreras played Claudia in the telenovela Duelo de Pasiones (Duel of Passions). From 2008 to 2009, Contreras also starred as Violeta Madrigal in the telenovela Juro Que Te Amo. In 2009, she played Maura Albarrán in the telenovela Sortilegio (literally "Sortilege", "Love Spell" in English-speaking markets). That same year, she appeared as Marcela Garrido in an episode of the Mexican TV series Mujeres Asesinas (Killer Women) . From 2010 to 2011, Contreras played the lead role of Aurora Alcázar on Teresa . She also played Carol in the musical Timbiriche.

Contreras later starred in the telenovela La Que No Podía Amar (The One Who Couldn't Love) as Ana Paula Carmona from 2011 to 2012. In 2013, she portrayed Maricruz Olivarez in the telenovelaCorazón Indomable (Wild at Heart) , a remake of Marimar . Two years later, she played the lead role of Verónica Prado Castelo in the telenovela Lo Imperdonable (Unforgivable). Contreras next starred as Gregoria Vera AKA Goyita Vera in Blue Demon from 2016 to 2017, and as Alejandra Ponce in Por Amar Sin Ley(To Love Without Laws) in 2018.

In August of 2018, The CW announced that Contreras had been cast in her first English language role, which turned out to be recast Cristal Flores in the second season of the network's prime time soap opera reboot, Dynasty.[3] [4]

Personal Life

Contreras married Alejandro Amaya in a civil ceremony in Las Vegas on April 4, 2013. On May 14, 2014, she sent a press release informing the permanent separation with her spouse. In February 2016, it was confirmed by her Lo Imperdonable co-star, Iván Sánchez, that the two are in a relationship. [5]

Filmography

Film
Year Project Role Notes
2008 Divina Confusión Bibi
2009 Cabeza de Buda Invitada 2 Uncredited
2014 Volando Bajo Mariana Arredondo
2015 The Babymoon Yesenia
2017 El Que Busca Encuentra Esperanza (Penny)
Television
Year Project Role Notes
2005 Barrera de Amor Juana "Juanita" Sánchez Supporting role
2006 Duelo de Pasiones Claudia Supporting role
2008–2009 Juro Que Te Amo Violeta Madrigal
2009 Mujeres Asesinas (Mexican TV series) Marcela Garrido Season 2, Episode 2: "Las Garrido, Codiciosas"
2009 Sortilegio Maura Albarrán
2010–2011 Teresa (2010 TV series) Aurora Alcázar
2011–2012 La Que No Podía Amar Ana Paula Carmona
2013 Corazón indomable Maricruz Olivarez / Maria Alejandra Mendoza Olivarez
2015 Lo Imperdonable (2015 TV series) Verónica Prado Castelo
2016–2017 Blue Demon (TV series)' Goyita Vera
2018- 2019 Por Amar Sin Ley Alejandra Ponce Season 1-Season 2
2018–2019 Dynasty Cristal Jennings Season 2

Awards and recognition

Premios Diosas de Plata

Year Category Film Result
2009 Female Revelation Divina Confusión won[6][7] [8]
2015 Special Performance by an Actress Volando bajo nominated[9]

Premios ACPT

Year Category Show Result
2017 Best Musical Actress El Hombre De La Mancha nominated

Images

Trivia

  • Being Mexican American, she is fluent in English and Spanish.
  • After news broke of her getting cast on Dynasty, both Ana Brenda and Rafael de La Fuente revealed they have grown close to each other and called themselves the Latin Mafia. [10]
  • She's Nathalie Kelley's successor as announced officially by The CW in August of 2018.
    • She is Daniella's predecessor for the role of Cristal Jennings.
  • On Sunday, September 23, 2018 Ana Brenda hosted a dinner where mole, a traditional Mexican dish and homemade tortillas were cooked and invited the Dynasty cast.

References

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