Eiza González is a Mexican actress and singer making waves in Hollywood with her roles in films like Baby Driver, Alita: Battle Angel, and Bloodshot. She is also set to star in the upcoming action thriller Ambulance, directed by Michael Bay. But who is Eiza González, and how did she become one of the most sought-after talents in the industry?
From Lola to Darling
Eiza González was born on January 30, 1990 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Carlos González and Glenda Reyna, a former model. She has one elder brother, Yulen. She lost her father in a motorcycle accident when she was just 12, which she later revealed caused her to suffer from compulsive overeating and depression for several years.
She started her acting career at 16, when she was cast as the lead role of Lola Valente in the Mexican musical telenovela Lola, érase una vez (Lola, Once Upon a Time). The show was a huge success in Mexico, other Latin American countries, and the United States. Eiza also sang the show’s theme song and released her debut album, Contracorriente, in 2009.
She then moved to Argentina to star in another musical telenovela, Sueña conmigo (Dream With Me), where she played Clara Molina, a girl who dreams of becoming a pop star. The show aired on Nickelodeon Latin America from 2010 to 2011 and featured Eiza’s music.
In 2013, Eiza decided to pursue her career in Hollywood and moved to Los Angeles. She landed her first English-speaking role as Santanico Pandemonium, a seductive vampire queen, in the horror series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, based on the film by Robert Rodriguez. She appeared in the show for three seasons from 2014 to 2016.
Her breakthrough film role came in 2017, when she played Monica “Darling” Castello, a bank robber and the girlfriend of Jon Hamm’s character, in the action crime film Baby Driver, directed by Edgar Wright. The film was a critical and commercial hit, earning Eiza praise for her performance.
From Alita to Ambulance
Eiza continued to impress audiences and critics with her diverse roles in different genres. In 2019, she starred as Nyssiana, a cyborg bounty hunter, in the cyberpunk action film Alita: Battle Angel, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. James Cameron was the film’s producer, and Robert Rodriguez was the director.
In 2020, she played KT, a former Navy diver who joins a team of enhanced soldiers, in the sci-fi superhero film Bloodshot, based on the comic book by Valiant Entertainment. The film starred Vin Diesel as the titular character.
She also appeared in films such as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, I Care a Lot, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Spirit Untamed.
Her upcoming project is Ambulance, an action thriller directed by Michael Bay and co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The film follows two brothers who steal an ambulance after a heist goes wrong and discover that there is a dying patient inside. Eiza plays Cam Thompson, a paramedic who tries to save the patient’s life while being chased by the police. The film is expected to be released in 2022.
Eiza González Beyond Acting
Besides acting and singing, Eiza is also passionate about fashion and beauty. She has been the face of several brands, such as Avon, Neutrogena, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Cartier. She has also graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue Mexico, Elle Mexico, GQ Mexico, Harper’s Bazaar Latin America, Cosmopolitan US, and Shape US.
Eiza is also involved in various charitable causes and supports organizations such as UNICEF Mexico, Save the Children Mexico, Stand Up To Cancer US, Time’s Up US, and Black Lives Matter US. She has also spoken about mental health awareness, body positivity, gender equality, and immigration rights.
Eiza González is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation. She has proven herself a star in Spanish and English-speaking markets and has shown no signs of slowing down. She inspires many young people who dream of pursuing their passions and making a difference.
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