Carolina Guerra

Colombian teen model turned TV celebrity moves into mainstream

CLAIM TO FAME

The former Miss Bogota catapulted to pan-regional renown as an MTV Latin America presenter at age 17. She also hosted one of Colombia’s highest rated shows this year, “Colombia’s Next Top Model,” which aired on broadcast network Caracol TV.

CROSSING OVER

She’s already popular among U.S. Hispanic TV viewers for her roles in hit telenovelas and for co-hosting Univision’s 2009 music talent show “Viva el sueno!” (Long Live the Dream!). Guerra, 24, stars with Peter Facinelli and Sophia Myles in “Gallows Hill,” her first English-language pic, which IM Global is selling at Cannes.

EARLY START

She began modeling at the age of 15, thanks to her fashion designer mother. At 17, she was pulled in to audition for an MTV hosting job while accompanying her friend. She got the job; her friend didn’t. She starred in her first TV series “El ventilador” at 18.

SECRET TREAT

Would love to be in a project that will take her to the Oscars. Actors she admires include Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Daniel Day-Lewis; names on her directors’ shortlist: Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino.

BUZZWORTHY

David Higgins, co-producer of “Gallows Hill,” says Guerra is “instrumental in ratcheting up the tension in the story.” She’s also been featured in Mexican drama “Restos,” helmed by Alfonso Pineda, and played the lead in Colombian drama “La lectora” (The Reader). She starred in the second season of “A corazon abierto,” the local version of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and has been on hit skeins “Nuevo rico, nuevo pobre”; “El cartel 2″; “Montecristo” and “Regreso a la guaca,” which aired on U.S. Hispanic channels.

TESTIMONIALS

“She is an incredibly talented actress, a great singer and a gorgeous Latina … she is a star waiting to happen,” says Mexican producer Alex Garcia, who cast Guerra in “Restos” and “Playback.”

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