|Nationality Mexican, American|
Years active 2006–present
Role Film actress
|Occupation Actress, Producer|
Name Teresa Ruiz
|Full Name Teresa Ruiz Lopez|
Nominations Ariel Award for Best Actress
Movies Cantinflas, Mariachi Gringo, Tlatelolco - Summer of 68, Nos vemos papa, Amorous Pancho Villa
Similar People Carlos Bolado, Sebastian Del Amo, Beatriz Novaro, Lucia Carreras, Tom Gustafson
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.
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 Juarez, 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 Juarez.
Teresa Ruiz belongs to the youngest generation of the Lopez 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. Trained under the tutelage of Actors Studio members: Martin Landau, Catheleen Leslie and Lisa Richards in Los Angeles, California.
Ruiz was awarded a scholarship at the Odin Teatret house of the International School of Theatre Anthropology (founded by Eugenio Barba, who was a disciple of Jerzy Grotowski ) where she was mentored by Tage Larsen and Augusto Omolu.
Ruiz made a special appearance in the 2 part episode "Return to Sender" of the American television police procedural series Major Crimes. Ruiz is a co-star actress in Gang Related (TV series), an American action drama television series that debuted on May 22, 2014 at 9/8c. The show is airing on Fox during the 2013–14 American television season.
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 Juarez, Chihuahua and had the full support of Amnesty International as well as the non-profit Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa A.C.
In 2009 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'interpretation Feminine 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"
Ruiz is a founding member and Executive Partner of the production company Machete, which won the Camera DOr at the 63 Cannes film festival for Michael Rowe's film "Leap Year".
In 2003 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".
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.
Won 7 awards & 9 nominations, such as:
Guadalajara International Film Festival
Amiens International Film Festival in France
Colombia International Film Festival
Mexico's Academy Award, Ariel
Cannes Film Festival