She looks really, really familiar, and for good reason. Ana de la Reguera, while not familiar on the level of Mexican actress Salma Hayek, has still done plenty of great work seen on American shores.
The 44-year-old actress, our highlighted actress today during Hispanic Heritage Month, was first featured in lots of telenovelas such as "Todo por amor" and "Gitanas" in the '90s and '00s. She then made the transition to English language tv projects like "Eastbound and Down," "Narcos," "Goliath" and "Twin Peaks."
And on the big screen, you might recall her in one of the 3 roles below. No matter the platform, Ana de la Reguera is a star well worth remembering.
1 / Sister Encarnacion in 'Nacho Libre'
In an early film role, the actress plays the object of affection of half-Scandinavian, half-Mexican cook-turned-luchador Ignacio (Jack Black). Ignacio, who works alongside Reguera's character at an Oaxaca monastery, becomes the famed wrestler Nacho Libre in order to raise money for the orphanage. At the same time, he pines for this beguiling nun. Reguera is perfectly cast as the humble, utterly charming Encarnacion.
2 / Maria in 'Cowboys & Aliens'
While the film didn't blow up the box office as much as it did its western vistas, we still love "Cowboys & Aliens" for teaming up one of our favorites, actor Sam Rockwell, with Reguera, as a husband and wife, doctor and barmaid from the town of Absolution. Both are supporting players in a much larger ensemble, but we highly recommend checking the film out. The sci-fi western starring the faces behind James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is an underrated action spectacle.
3 / Maria Cruz in 'Army of the Dead'
Modern movie fans trying to place Reguera may have recently seen her as one of the main heroines in Zack Snyder's "Army of the Dead." Her character, Maria Cruz, is a capable, veteran warrior who has a long history with movie lead Scott Ward (WWE wrestler-turned impressive actor Dave Bautista). She's smart, she's beautiful, and if you cross her, she's no doubt going to kick your butt.
May 14, 2021
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