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Teresa Ruiz (actress)

Teresa Ruiz (actress) Mexican actress

Mexican actress
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Intro Mexican actress
Is Actor Film producer Film actor Stage actor Television actor
From Mexico
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 21 December 1988, Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico
Age: 31 years
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Teresa Ruiz Lopez, known as Teresa Ruiz, is a Mexican American film actress and producer who is considered one of the most prominent and respected actress of Mexico; has won several best actress awards at International film festivals. Ruiz is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.

Early life

Teresa Ruiz was born in Santiago Matatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico. and grew up in Los Angeles, California where she attended Santa Monica High School, after moving from El Paso, Texas. While living on the border of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua Ruiz became an active member of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa A.C. ("May our Daughters Return Home, Civil Association") a non profit organization composed of mothers, family members, and friends of victims of the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez.


Teresa Ruiz belongs to the youngest generation of the López Mateo family widely known in Southern Mexico to grow maguey plants, from where they have brewed mezcal for more than four decades. In the eighties, part of the family migrated to the US where they pioneered the popularization Oaxacan gastronomy gaining great success among the American community



Teresa Ruiz is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio where she trained under the tutelage of Actors Studio members: Lou Antonio, Martin Landau, Greta Seacat and Sandra Seacat.

Ruiz also trained under a residency scholarship at the Odin Teatret house of the International School of Theatre Anthropology founded by Eugenio Barba, who was a disciple of Jerzy Grotowski in Holstebro, Denmark.


Ruiz was a part of the second season The Last Ship (TV series) produced by Michael Bay and made special appearances in the 2 part episode "Return to Sender" of the American television police procedural series Major Crimes and on the American action drama television series Gang Related (TV series).


Her debut film Bienvenido Paisano won great success among the Latin American community and became a popular film among migrant families residing in the US. In 2006, she appeared in the Gregory Nava's controversial film "Bordertown" alongside Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas. The story was based on the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and had the support of Amnesty International.

In 2010 Ruiz played the title role in Gerardo Tort´s "Round Trip" (Mexican title "Viaje Redondo"), for which she won several best actress awards including the International Film Festival Guadalajara's Silver Mayahuel, the Prix D'interprétation Féminine at the International Festival of Amiens in France and the India Catalina in Colombia; as well as Mexico's Academy Award: Ariel.

Ruiz also starred in Carlos Bolado's "Tlatelolco"; the film tells the story of the 1968 massacre of protesting students in Mexico's capital. The following year, she starred in Jose Luis Gutierrez-Arias' remake of the Spain's classic film "Marcelino Pan Y Vino".

She has worked under Mexico's most notable industry directors and producers such as Jaime Romandia, Monica Lozano and Felipe Cazals. In 2013 she shot one of Mexico's most anticipated films "Cantinflas", a biopic about renowned actor Mario Moreno Cantinflas, where she played iconic actress and dancer Meche Barba also known as "The Mexican Venus"

Commercial Work

In 2015, Ruiz was chosen to co-star in the film The Delivery next to Mickey Rourke, Raymond Cruz and Carl Weathers in an action movie parody directed by Louis Leterrier that celebrates the Toughest Guys in action and Nissan’s 5-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. She filmed advertisements in both Spanish and English to promote the brand.


Ruiz a founding member and until 2013 an Executive Partner of the production company Machete, which won the Camera DÒr at the 63 Cannes film festival for Michael Rowe's film "Leap Year".


In 2014 Teresa played the part of Veronica in The Actors Studio sponsored production of The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play was produced by Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn and Al Pacino and opened in Los Angeles in September 2014

Ruiz made her musical theater debut in 2006 in the play "Carmen" by Georges Bizet at the Fru Fru Theater in Mexico City. Later that year she played one of the main roles in Ofelia Medina´s "Frida" where she portrayed young Frida Kahlo; in 2007 the play had its worldwide premiere at the International Cadiz Theater Festival in Spain, then proceeded to tour Cuba, Denmark, the UK and Mexico; in 2008 the play had its US premiere at The New LATC in Downtown Los Angeles.

She took part of "Margaret's Birthdate Wish" presented at The International Theater Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. That same year, she played the title character in the stage production of John Peilmeier's "Agnes of God".


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Delivery La Reyna Directed by Louis Leterrier
2015 Gringo Honeymoon Rosalita Directed by Alexandra Debricon
2013 Cantinflas Meche Barba Directed by Sebastian del Amo
2012 Mariachi Gringo Ashlee Directed by Tom Gustafson
2012 Ciudadano Buelna Actress Directed by Felipe Cazals
2012 Colosio: El Asesinato Alejandra Iglecias Produced by Monica Lozano Directed by Carlos Bolado
2012 Tlatelolco Licha Produced by Fernando Sariñana Directed by Carlos Bolado
2011 Nos Vémos, Papa Producer Premiered at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival
2011 Cherry Palace Unknown This film remains unfinished
2010 Viaje Redondo Lucia Produced by Mantarraya - Jaime Romandia Directed by Gerardo Tort
2010 Marcelino Pan y Vino Cruz Directed by Jose Luis Gutierrez
2010 Año Bisiesto Producer Cannes Film Festival Best First Film
2006 Bordertown Cecilia Rojas Directed by Gregory Nava
2006 Bienvenido Paisano Piffany Directed by Rafael Villaseñor Kuri


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Last Ship (TV series) Teresa TNT
2014 Gang Related Marissa 20th Century Fox Television
2013 Major Crimes Monica Garcia Warner Brothers
2011 El Encanto del Aguila Xacinta Televisa


Won 7 awards & 9 nominations, such as:

Guadalajara International Film Festival

Year Category Film
2009 Mayahuel de Plata Viaje Redondo

Amiens International Film Festival in France

Year Category Film
2009 Prix d’interprétation féminine Viaje Redondo

Colombia International Film Festival

Year Category Film
2010 Best Actress Viaje Redondo

Mexico's Academy Award, Ariel

Year Category Film
2010 Best Actress Viaje Redondo

Canacine Awards

Year Category Film
2012 Best Actress Viaje Redondo

Cannes Film Festival

Year Category Film
2010 Best first film Leap Year by Michael Rowe
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