The Portrait’s Secret Cast

mariaMaria Conchita Alonso

An American citizen born in Cuba and raised in Caracas, Maria Conchita Alonso started her career winning the Miss Teen-Ager of the World Pageant in Portugal, and Miss Venezuela for the Miss World Pageant. She became a Star in Latin America as an actress and singer, and at 20 had her first, of many, #1 hits. Maria Conchita is a multi-Grammy nominee with platinum and gold albums, including wining an ALMA Award, Pioneer Award, Golden Eagle Award.

She became a worldwide name in her film debut Moscow on the Hudson co-starring Robin Williams, after came The Running Man, Colors, Predator2, The House of the Spirits among many others. She has won many awards in various fields. She was the first non-USA born Hispanic to star on Broadway with Kiss of the Spider Woman, and played many roles in both TV movies and primetime series such as, Desperate Housewives. She’s an animal activist as well as active with human rights.

945113_330638927064107_486030647_nEduardo Paxeco

Eduardo Paxeco is considered one of the best film actors from Chile. Eduardo was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and is a graduate from the University of Chile in film acting. He has participated in various theater productions, film and television projects. In film his most impacting participations were in: “03:34, Earthquake in Chile” directed by Juan Pablo Ternicier, where he won the “Best First Work Actors Award” at the Lleida Latin-American Film Festival in Spain.  In “Optical Illusions”, the best film in Bratislava Slovakia Festival directed by Cristian Jiménez, Eduardo received the Best Leading Actor Pedro Sienna Film 2010 Award (OSCAR Academy Award from Chile) by the National Council of Culture and the Arts in Chile.  Paxeco also participated in “The Good Life”, a film directed by Andres Wood, which won the Goya Award for Best Latin American Film in 2009, and also won in the Huelva, Cartagena and Havana Film Festivals. In this role Eduardo had his first nomination for Best Actor Pedro Sienna).

y_vino_al_mundo_una_estrella_e886815f5fc2fccf464a1d1cdAna Obregon

Ana Obregón is a Spanish actress, writer and producer as well as a European celebrity and socialite. In 2012, she won the Angel Film Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) from the Monaco International Film Festival for her contribution to television and film.

Obregón has appeared in films from countries including Spain, France, United States and Italy but she is best known for her high-profile personal life and her career as a television actress, most notably for her performances in the Spanish television series A las once en casa and Ana y los siete. In 1997, she won Atv Awards, in Spain, Entertainment for ¿Qué apostamos? (1993).

She is best known to American audiences for her role as Bo Derek’s sidekick in 1984′s Bolero. She also appeared in an episode of Who’s the Boss, playing Ana, Tony Miceli’s Italian cousin. She also co-starred in the 1983 3-D action adventure film Treasure of the Four Crowns with Tony Anthony.

damian-alcazar-ariel_0Damian Alcazar

Mexican Actor Damián Alcázar has won 16 International Academy Awards for Best Actor, including 9 Ariel’s. Damián premiered onscreen in the late ’90s and spent much of his onscreen time in Mexican productions. Alcázar’s early projects maintained a somewhat low profile critically and commercially, but by the early 2000s, the actor began building a fairly steady resumé of Spanish-language international crossover hits. He made his most significant impression with supporting roles in The Crime of Padre Amaro; Father Natalio, and Crónicas. In 2007, Alcázar signed to play Lord Sopespian in The Chronicles of Narnia as Prince Caspian, the much anticipated follow-up to the fantasy hit The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 Hemky-Madera1Hemky Madera

Hemky, began his acting career in the Dominican Republic to much acclaim. On the widely known television production Grandes Series Dominicanas (Great Dominican Series), Hemky played the lead in the mini-series En La Olla, followed by Trio en Alta Mar both directed by renowned Dominican director and producer Alfonso Rodriguez.  His career in the U.S. has included performances with renowned actors such as: Harvey Kietel, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diana Bracho in the film Dreaming of Julia where he portrayed a young human rights crusader in 1950′s Cuba. He had support roles in Problem of Evil, The Last Intervention, Pimp Bullies, Bless Me, Ultima, Prisoner 614 , Supremacy, Tamale Lesson, Joshua Tree, Rango, Caged Animal, King of the Avenue, La Soga, Playball, Yuniol, Cupidity , Cuban Blood, and The Bookie’s Lament . He also had a role in The Lost City with Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray and on television his credits have included spots in shows like The Shield and Law and Order: Criminal Intent and in the ensemble in a comedy Weeds where he was nominated by Screen Actor Guild Award for Outstanding Performance.

htf_imgcache_18896Bobbie Phillips

Brains and beauty are two words that have been repeatedly used to describe Bobbie Phillips throughout her career. Graduating high school at only 16 years old, Bobbie took drama classes to prepare her for becoming a trial attorney. In lieu of pursuing law, the acting bug got her and she moved to Los Angeles. Her talent and looks were quickly noticed and she began work immediately. She has credited casting director Dori Zuckerman with helping her to land her first guest role on the short-lived sitcom They Came from Outer Space. She went on to do shows such as Married with Children and Baywatch as well as the film TC 2000, in which she starred with Billy Blanks (developer of Tae Bo).

She continued doing sitcoms and martial arts films, but none of these really gave her acting chops the workout she desired. Upon the advice of famed casting director Johanna Ray, Bobbie went from blonde to brunette and her career changed within weeks. She started getting the kinds of roles she wanted, such as Julie Costello on Steven Bochco’s critically acclaimed Murder One. She has since received awards for her stints on shows such as The X-Files (she was the unforgettable Dr. Bambi Berenbaum we all loved to hate), the syndicated drama The Cape as Lt. Barbara DeSantos and the highly rated Paramount/UPN franchise “Chameleon”, where she had the opportunity to blend her acting with her martial arts abilities, as well as blend into the background. Throughout her career, Bobbie has starred in many independent films. She is also a writer, singer, philanthropist, animal advocate and entrepreneur.

About The Portrait’s Secret: ”At this point in my life, I CHOOSE to surround myself with incredible people. I am honored to now be working with such a loving, talented soul Dr. Janet Alvarez Gonzalez on her incredible film project. I get to portray a real life hero who stood up for human rights at high personal costs. This film tackles tough real life issues in a well laid out, beautifully unfolding, story”- Bobbie Phillips

25th Annual Guadalajara International Film Festival - Press Conference with Maria RojoMaria Rojo

Mexican actress María de Lourdes Rojo e Incháustegui, commonly known as María Rojo; has won 7 International Academy Awards for Best Actress, including 1 Silver Ariel’s awards.   Maria Rojo is an actress and politician, and considered one of the Tops 10 film actresses of Latin America.

She is currently Senator of the Republic in the upper house of Mexican Congress. She has participated in successful Mexican films such as Rojo amanecer, El Callejón de los Milagros, El Infierno; and in telenovelas and televisión series of Alborada, Mañana es para siempre, Corazón Salvaje and Mujeres Asesinas.

Donny_Boaz_MG_2651_bgDonny Boaz

Donny Boaz grew up in Waxahachie, Texas, a small town south of Dallas. While playing college football he was scouted as a model, and overnight, his life changed. Soon he was modeling for the likes of Abercrombie and Neiman Marcus. He has walked the runways in London, Milan, Paris, Sydney, L.A. and New York, and has graced the cover of GQ Japan.

While back in Dallas he was given the opportunity to cross into the acting world and immediately made an impact. His starring debut was an NBC movie of the week, “Saving Jessica Lynch.” He has been seen in “All My Children”, “Guiding Light” and from these roles he was voted in the Top 25 Sexiest Men in America 2004. Since, 2003, he has booked over 70 projects, in film, television and commercials. He had participated in the films: “The Great Debaters”, “13 Sins”, “Killer School Girls from Outer Space”, “The Con-Test”, “Raptor Ranch”, among others including the television series Dallas. The locals in Dallas call him the next charmer to come out of Texas.

He was Nominated, Bonehead Award at the Bare Bones International Film Festival 2014 for Best Ensemble Cast in a Non-Feature for Amazin’ Grace (2014).

MV5BMTQ5MTkzMTczOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODA2NTU0OA@@__V1_SY317_CR20,0,214,317_AL_Taylor Dooley

Taylor’s first step on her path to stardom began when she was nine and she started studying dance and acting with the Phoenix Theater’s Performance Troop. With the theater group, Taylor’s unique personality and dramatic and comedic dexterity were quickly discovered by audiences in and around Phoenix.  She quickly landed a national commercial for Famous Footwear, and ads for Disney Superstar Kids, Mary Kate and Ashley clothing line and Honda’s Odyssey minivan.  She enjoys horseback riding, dancing and swimming. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her parents and younger brother.

robetto-urbina-burgosRoberto Urbina

Roberto began his acting career in the Columbia to much acclaim. His films performances include La fiesta de su hermana, Golden Goal!, Che: Part One, with with the Oscar Academy Award winning actor Benicio del Toro, Blues – Reese, Hacia la oscuridad and Sexual Dependency.  Roberto has played in the television series The Mentalist, Red is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, What a Difference a Day Makes, Heroes: Destiny, Let Us Pray, Escape, Capture, Intervention and most recently Correo de Inocentes.

paulPaul Ganus

Born and raised in Michigan, Paul started his diverse acting career as a stunt man in Chicago. His film credits include “The Mask of Zorro,” “Rumor Has It,” “Forever Young,” “No Turning Back,” and “Goodbye, Casanova.” Some of his recent television appearances include “Harry’s Law”, “Dark Blue”, “Big Love”, “Bones”, “Southland”, “Heroes,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Fashion House,” “C.S.I.,” “Cold Case,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “The Mentalist,” and “House.”

Paul was affectionately known as “El Gringo Malo” in Mexico during the late 90’s, starring in several television novellas and films there as antagonists, and was nominated for a best supporting actor Ariel for his work as ‘Wilson’ in director Carlos Garcia Agraz’s “Ultima LLamada”. Paul can be seen in the theatrical films “Alone Yet Not Alone”, “To Have and To Hold”, and the family Hallmark television film, “Cupid’s Bed and Breakfast”. He recently recurred on T.V. as ‘Mr. Swanson’ in MTV’s “Hard Times of RJ Berger”, Agent Tanner on TNT’s “Perception”, and wrapped his latest guest spots on “90210” and ABC Family Channel’s, “Twisted.”. Paul lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 24 years, actress Ellen Bradley Ganus, and his two children, who are young actors, musicians, and voice artists, Spencer Lacey Ganus and Tyler Ganus.

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