Lupe Ontiveros Award

Rising star Isabela Moner, at just sixteen years old, is highly regarded as a singer, actress, dancer and songwriter. Isabela most recently starred in Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight with Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel. Next, she will star opposite Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the Stefano Sollima-directed sequel to the 2015 film Sicario, and Paramount Pictures’ Instant Family alongside Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer.

Isabela is also set to star in the titular role in Paramount Players’ Dora the Explorer. Based on the long-running hit Nickelodeon animated series, the live-action theatrical feature will follow a teenage Dora – accompanied by her best friend, the monkey Boots, and her cousin Diego – on an adventure.

Isabela’s prior credits include: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie, the voice of “Heather” in Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, as well as starring as “CJ Martin” in Nickelodeon’s series, 100 Things To Do Before High School.

She was also honored with Cinemacon’s 2017 “Rising Star of the Year” Award at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Isabela made her debut on Broadway with the revival of Evita at age ten. That same year, Isabela made her national and international television debut as a singer in The Next Big Thing New York. She earned her first feature film lead role in the critically acclaimed The House that Jack Built, winner of numerous awards at film festivals across the United States. Isabela finished that year by originating the lead role of Wendy in the new upcoming musical Fly, joining a team of professionals who had won the Tony Award.

Months later, in 2013, Isabela went on to star as Wendy in the world premiere of Fly the Musical. Other workshop and theatre credits include: Zorro (Young Lisa), Little Miss Sunshine (Rosa Maria), A Christmas Carol (Sarah Cratchit), Annie (Annie), Les Miserables (Young Cossette).

She previously appeared in NBC’s Growing Up Fisher and the Nickelodeon movie Splitting Adam, as well as voiced a series regular character on the Nickelodeon animated preschool series, Dora and Friends: Into the City. She has also been involved in several national commercials.  

While living in New York and Los Angeles, she continues her training under the guidance of some of the most highly regarded voice, dance and acting professionals in those cities. Isabela loves writing songs in her spare time, and when she is not performing, she continues to develop her skills playing the piano, guitar and ukulele. Album credits include:  Broadway’s Evita, When I Grow Up, and her own solo album, Bela, under Republic Records, which has not yet been released. As a soloist, Isabela performs at benefits and venues in New York City and Cleveland, such as the Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub and several others. Isabela has had the privilege of working under the direction of several Emmy and Tony Award winning directors and producers. In addition, she has appeared in the Opera Cleveland production of I Pagliacci. She has earned the honor of performing as a soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall and, on separate occasions, has sung alongside Jon Anderson from “Yes” and Billy Jonas while being accompanied by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

Isabela is an honors student, is equally fluent in Spanish and English and is learning French. Some of her pastimes are skiing, snowboarding, skating, jumping on the trampoline with her brothers, Gyovanni and Jared and going out with her friends. Isabela feels privileged to have crossed paths with people who have been more than just amazing professionals, but also friends, advisors and advocates for her talents.

 

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