She’s already experienced international acclaim on television… And now María Gabriela de Faría is setting her sights on the big screen.
The 19-year-old Venezuelan actress/singer will portray John Leguizamo and Karen Martinez’s rebellious daughter in the Spanish-language comedy film El Paseo 2, which just finished filming in Colombia.
“I always loved acting,” says de Faría, who became famous as Isabela “Isa” Pasquali on hit Nickelodeon Spanish-language series Isa TKM. “It’s really interesting work because you have to understand everything about human nature, both in its bright side and its dark side.”
de Faría—who was recently nominated for a Kid’s Choice Awards (Mexico) award for Favorite Villain for playing the evil witch Mia in the popular Nickelodeon teen series Grachi—couldn’t be more excited about her big screen debut.
“I never did movies, and this has been a wonderful chance with two great actors. I’m so excited!” said the Caracas native who began her career at the age of 5 in television commercials and telenovelas like Ser Bonita No Basta and the children’s series Tukiti, Creci de Una.
But de Faría isn’t solely concentrating on acting… She’s hoping to continue recording and performing music, especially with the success of her Isa TKM-related sold-out live tour and two #1 albums.
“Right now I’m working on my album, but I can’t say much about it yet in the way of details. I can only say that my disc will be very youthful and very much like me,” said de Faría, who admits to being a huge Pink and Beyonce fan.
No word yet on when El Paseo 2 will hit theaters.