Hispanic Female Actresses Biography
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Striking blonde actress who has parlayed a successful modeling career into big-screen success. After making the blockbuster film The Mask (1994) opposite Jim Carrey, Diaz turned down more commercial work in favor of independent films such as Head Above Water (1996) and She's the One (1996). She returned to major studio work as Julia Roberts's rival in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997). She starred in 1998's surprise hit, There's Something about Mary. Diaz joined Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000) and its sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). She did the voice of Fiona in the animated Shrek (2001) and Shrek 2 (2004) and is slated to continue the role in Shrek 3 (2007). She played Leonardo DiCaprio's romantic interest in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002).
Bianca Marroquin has definitely earned the title, “trailblazer.” From being the first Latina to crossover from a local production to Broadway, to becoming the star of the new Spanish-version of Mary Poppins, she’s certainly making her mark in show business. We caught up with her to talk musicals, acting and how being a Latina has played a role in her life.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got interested musical theater?
“I was born in Monterrey Mexico, and I would go to school in Texas. I lived on the border, so I was very fortunate to grow up between two worlds and both cultures and both languages and traditions. I always knew I wanted to dance. I started ballet when I was three years old, and I just knew it was something that I loved and that I wanted to do. I graduated from high school and went back to my birth city, Monterrey. They started bringing Broadway musicals to Mexico, and auditioned people in Monterrey and Guadalajara. I went and eventaully landed a role in Beauty and the Beast. I was then in Rent and Phantom of the Opera and then Chicago. It was my first leading role [in Chicago], and in six months I was invited to crossover to the main Broadway production. I was the first Mexican woman to ever do a crossover, but I had no idea about that till I read the press. My whole life changed, and I wanted to really show that I could do this, and also be a true theater ambassador for my country.”