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      Maria Canals-Barrera

      Maria Canals-Barrera

      Highest Rated: 79% My Family/Mi Familia (1995)

      Lowest Rated: 1% The Master of Disguise (2002)

      Birthday: Sep 28, 1966

      Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

      Latina actress Maria Canals-Barrera is best known as matriarch Theresa Russo on the wildly popular Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place." Long before Canals-Barrera became involved with that production, however, she was a working actor, first appearing on an episode of the undercover-cop show "21 Jump Street" in 1990. Numerous TV roles followed, including a stint on the short-lived comedy series "Key West," set in her real-life home state of Florida, along with guest spots on various sitcoms, including "Caroline in the City" and "Veronica's Closet." In 1997, she joined the cast of "The Tony Danza Show," appearing in all of the series episodes before its cancellation. In addition to being featured on a run of the Latino-themed show "American Family," starring Edward James Olmos, Canals-Barrera began working extensively as a voice actor, portraying characters on the animated superhero programs "Static Shock" and "Justice League," among others. She signed on as Theresa on "Wizards of Waverly Place," and the show eventually garnered a huge following, even leading to a 2009 TV movie where she reprised her role. Well-established as a Disney Channel regular, Canals-Barrera also appeared in the hit TV movie "Camp Rock" as the mother of Demi Lovato's character, and returned for the sequel, "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." She is married to actor David Barrera, and the couple has two children together.

      Highest rated movies

      My Family/Mi Familia
      Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
      Camp Rock
      Larry Crowne
      Imagining Argentina
      God's Not Dead 2
      The Master of Disguise

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      Maria Canals IMAGINING ARGENTINA, Antonio Banderas, Maria Canals, 2003 Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera (L), Carlos Ponce (C), Cristela Alonzo (R), 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC Cristela, from left: Cristela Alonzo, Gabriel Iglesias, Maria Canals Barrera, Carlos Ponce, 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera, 'Mexican Mona Lisa', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/06/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Carlos Ponce (L), Maria Canals Barrera (R), 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Cristela Alonzo (L), Maria Canals Barrera (R), 'Mr. Felix and Ms. Daniela', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/24/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera (L), Gabriel Iglesias (R), 'Latino 101', Season 1, Ep. #18, 03/27/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera (L), Cristela Alonzo (C), Carlos Ponce (R), 'Latino 101', Season 1, Ep. #18, 03/27/2015, ©ABC Cristela, from left: Gabriel Iglesias, Cristela Alonzo, Maria Canals Barrera, Carlos Ponce, 'Latino 101', Season 1, Ep. #18, 03/27/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera (L), Carlos Ponce (C), Cristela Alonzo (R), 'Latino 101', Season 1, Ep. #18, 03/27/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera, 'Hypertension', Season 1, Ep. #12, 01/30/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera, 'Confirmation', Season 1, Ep. #16, 03/13/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera, 'Gifted and Talented', Season 1, Ep. #15, 02/27/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera (L), Carlos Ponce (R), 'Equal Pay', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/14/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera, 'Fifteen-Something', Season 1, Ep. #17, 03/20/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Maria Canals Barrera, 'Dead Arm', Season 1, Ep. #11, 01/16/2015, ©ABC Cristela, Cristela Alonzo (L), Robyn Cohen (C), Maria Canals Barrera (R), 'Mr. Felix and Ms. Daniela', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/24/2014, ©ABC Cristela, from left: Jacob Guenther, Maria Canals Barrera, Carlos Ponce, Cristela Alonzo, 'Hall-Oates-Ween', Season 1, Ep. #4, 10/31/2014, ©ABC Cristela, Carlos Ponce (L), Maria Canals Barrera (R), 'Hall-Oates-Ween', Season 1, Ep. #4, 10/31/2014, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Identity Crisis Professor Dr. Angela Harris (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters Bella (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet #FBF Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Inspirations Bonnie (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 17% The Wedding Do Over Irene Anderson (Character) - 2018
      10% 62% God's Not Dead 2 Catherine Thawley (Character) $20.8M 2016
      No Score Yet 95% Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Ellen Yindel (Voice) - 2013
      No Score Yet 79% The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex Theresa Russo (Character) - 2013
      37% 41% Larry Crowne Lala (Character) $35.6M 2011
      63% 55% Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Connie Torres (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 67% Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Theresa Russo (Character) - 2009
      50% 75% Camp Rock Connie Torres (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 67% The Proud Family Sunset Boulevardez (Voice) - 2005
      No Score Yet 50% Scooby Doo and the Monster of Mexico Sofia Otero (Voice) - 2003
      31% 71% Imagining Argentina Esme Palomares (Character) - 2003
      1% 36% The Master of Disguise Sophia (Character) $40.4M 2002
      No Score Yet 83% Justice League: Starcrossed the Movie Unknown (Character) - 2001
      79% 88% My Family/Mi Familia Unknown (Character) $11.1M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      100% 26% The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Sunset Boulevardez (Voice) 2022-2023
      60% 63% Lopez vs Lopez Lily (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 75% Kenan Loretta (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 79% Young & Hungry Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 95% Sofia the First Mare of the Mist (Guest Voice) 2017
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Issabella (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Last Man Standing Sheryl (Guest Star) 2016
      53% 61% Cristela Daniela (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 91% Wizards of Waverly Place Theresa Russo (Character) 2007-2012
      40% No Score Yet The Loop Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Handy Manny Peggy Salazar (Guest Voice) 2006
      No Score Yet 81% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      92% 90% Curb Your Enthusiasm Dalilah the Hygienist (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 40% The Proud Family Sunset Boulevardez (Guest Voice) 2001-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Family Christy (Guest Star) 2002
      83% No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Veronica's Closet Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      7% No Score Yet The Tony Danza Show Unknown (Character) 1997-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      86% No Score Yet Almost Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Carmen (Guest Star) 1994