Ivelin Giro was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. At an early age, Giro folk dance, and acting with the renowned actor and director Alejandro Lugo, who founded the Actors School of the Cuban Broadcasting Institute. While studying with Lugo, Giro had her first starring role in the Cuban film “La Novia para David”.
She also hosted the program “Revista de la Mañana Cubana” for the Cuban Television Network ICRT Instituto Cubano de Radio y Television. During an international fashion event held in Cuba, she was chosen as the event’s “Most Popular Model.”
Thanks to the publicity from that event, she signed with a Milan-based modeling agency. Giro landed campaigns with “Givenchy”, “L’Oreal,” and others. She was also featured on many magazines covers around the world for international publications including “Vogue”, “Elle”, “Marie Claire”, and “Madame Figaro”. As an international model, Giro walked in couture shows for designers “Giorgio Armani”, “Dolce & Gabbana”, “Chloé”, and “Valentino”.
In Miami, Giro re-launched her acting career with the play “Baño de Damas”, in which she played the character Marines, a cocaine-addicted young woman. Later, she performed the role of Olga Knipper, a Russian actress, in the play “I Take Your Hand in Mine” directed by Jim Tommaney. Ivelin Giro co-founded with director Victor Varela the experimental theatre company called “Obstaculo”.
Ivelin Giro persuaded her acting career on television leading many episodes of the Telemundo series “Decisiones”, as well as several series as “El Zorro La Espada y la Rosa” where she played the leading role of Queen of Spain for Telemundo, Sony Pictures Television transmitted in Latin America, United States, the Caribbean, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, all the Scandinavian and Eastern European countries. She performed a variety of leading roles for acclaimed television series for Univision and Televisa.
Ivelin Giro hosted the Telemundo program “Cada Dia” and participated in the movie “Bad Boys 2” with Will Smith, “Hey DJ”,‘’Category 4” and “Tumbe”.
Today, Giro is a successful actress, clothing designer of “Touche Muah”, and the producer of the Miami Musical Festival “Mambo Madness. Ivelin Giro is fluent in: Spanish, English, Italian, French.
Louis Gossett Jr. has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition for “Take A Giant Step” (1953), where, beating out 400 other candidates, the then 16-year-old landed the lead.
His acting career soon flourished and his work in the stage and film versions of the groundbreaking drama about African-American family life in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) proved a watershed. This led to numerous appearances on network series in the 1960s and 70s culminating in 1977, when he picked up an Emmy for his eloquent portrayal of Fiddler in the landmark ABC miniseries “Roots”.
Meanwhile, his big screen reputation grew with critically acclaimed work in such comedies as “The Landlord” (1970) “The Skin Game”(1971) with James Garner, “Travels with My Aunt” (1972) and the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning drama “The River Niger” (1975). A riveting performance as a drug-dealing cutthroat stalking Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset in “The Deep” (1977) catapulted him to wider popularity, but the tough by-the-book drill sergeant in “An Officer and a Gentleman” (1982) won him a Best Supporting Oscar that consolidated his place in the Hollywood hierarchy.
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. Maria Conchita is currently working in the Telemundo television series ‘El Señor de los Cielos’.
Mexican Actor Damián Alcázar has won 25 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 as “Father Natalio” in The Crime of Padre Amaro, Olvidados, “Taxista” and in Crónicas a un Desayuno. In 2007, Alcázar portrayed “Lord Sopespian” in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the much-anticipated follow-up to the fantasy hit The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Currently leading actor in the Netflix Original Serie: NARCOS.
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.
The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, in London nominated Boaz for Best Film for Osprey (2018), In 2015-2014 he was nominated Action on Film Award by the Action on Film International Film Festival, USA as Best Actor for Flashes. 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).
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.
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.
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).
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. Hemky Madera stars as Pote in USA Network’s newest drama, Queen of the South.
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
Roberto began his acting career in Colombia, South America to much acclaim. His film performances include La Fiesta de su Hermana, Golden Goal!, Che: Part One with Benicio del Toro, Blues – Reese, Hacia la Oscuridad and Sexual Dependency.
Roberto has performed in the television series Narcos (2015) from Netflix, Metástasis (2013 TV series) from Sony Pictures, 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. Currently he lives in Los Angeles, California.
Born in Panama City, Panama, Carlos traveled to the United States on an acting scholarship to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. After subsequent study at the University of Illinois and Wayne State University in Detroit, he began his professional career in New York, making his Broadway debut in the Circle-in-the-Square’s production of “The National Health.” Extensive stage work followed, including appearances at many of the country’s regional theaters such as the Hartford Stage Company, Atlanta’s Alliance Theater and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum.
Pursuing a parallel career in arts administration, Carlos has been Executive Director of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors in New York, a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts and a co-director of the JACK Arts Ensemble based in Los Angeles. Carlos has performed on numerous films including: Speed, Without Men, The Space Between, Honesty, Pencil, Rose, The Virgin of Juarez, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Double Take, Across the Line, One Man’s Hero, Anarchy TV, Invader, Eruption, Dark Breed, The Glass Cage, Blood In, Blood Out, In the Heat of Passion, The Fisher King, The Return of Superfly, Crocodile Dundee II. He recently participated in the movie “Parker” with Jennifer Lopez.
Milton Cortés is an awarded wining Bolivian composer, singer and actor, known for Señora (1998), Hijos del viento (2000) and For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012), Forgotten (2012), and the television series Salomé, Labyrinths of Passion, and most recently “Paquita la Barrio” produced by Sony Internationals.