Ana de la Reguera is a Mexican actress best known to western audiences for her starring role as Vida in the television comedy series Eastbound & Down.
Ana is considered the most international actress in Mexico. Univision chose her as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States, among women like Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
Vogue Latinoamérica magazine included her in its list of the 33 most elegant women in the world. People en Español named her one of the 50 most beautiful and news media in Mexico considered her the most profitable actress in the country.
Ana started 2010 with a worldwide publicity campaign for Lipton tea with actor Hugh Jackman. This campaign added to ones Ana she was doing with Cover Girl, Pantene, Special K and Flip, and has done with Macy's, Coca-Cola (Ciel), Pepsi (Be Light) and Caress, among many others.
In 2010 she appeared in the film Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, and directed by Kevin Smith. Ana plays Gabriela, a strong-willed woman with a very picante and colourful language, who gets rescued by Bruce and Tracy's characters (and puts them in trouble in the process).
Her movie Backyard - in which Ana plays a cop in an outlaw border city controlled by drug traffickers and killers - was chosen to represent Mexico in the 2010 Oscars, in the best foreign film category.
Directed by Carlos Carrera (The Crime of Father Amaro, nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film) and written and produced by Sabina Berman, it won the Silver Plaque in the Chicago Film Festival and was selected to participate in the Toronto Film Festival, among others.
In Spain, Ana appeared in Di Di Hollywood, a movie from director Bigas Luna (Jamón, Jamón).
In Latin America she appeared in Capadocia's second season. The succesful HBO series got three International Emmy nominations for its first season.
In the spring of 2008 Capadocia, the HBO mega-production about the chaotic and miserable life in a women's prison in Mexico, was released with record-breaking ratings in Mexico and Latin America. It was released in the US in the fall of 2008 for HBO OLE. Three of the most recognized directors in Latin America participated in this HBO original production.
Also in 2010, Ana released the Mexican movie Hidalgo/Moliere about the controversial life of Mexico's independence hero, the priest Miguel Hidalgo. She plays Hidalgo's second wife. She shares credits with Demian Bichir (Weeds, Ché).
In 2009 Ana went back to the theatre. She played Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello. The play was hugely succesful in Mexico's renowned Juan Ruiz de Alarcón play house.
Her first Hollywood film Nacho Libre (2006), with actor Jack Black, gave her the opportunity to be seen around the world. In 2008 she became the new face for Cover Girl world-wide, next to Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifa and singer Rhianna.
In Paraiso Travel, Ana plays the role of Milagros, singing and dancing for the first time in a movie. John Leguizamo and Colombian top actress Margarita Rosa de Francisco are also part of the movie, which was presented at the Tribeca film festival.
Sultanes del Sur (Sultans of the South) was filmed mainly in Argentina and was co-produced by the Spanish company Filmax and Lemmon Films in Mexico. In this action-thriller Ana plays Monica Silvari, a mean and sophisticated bank robber. Spaniard actor Jordi Molla and Tony Dalton are part of the international cast.
In 2007 Ana won her second Diosa de Plata (Silver Goddess) award for best actress in the powerful film Así del Precipicio (2006).
Her introduction to film was starring in Por La Libre (From Dust to Dust), in 2000. This film earned her two nominations: El Heraldo de la Revelación Femenina (Best New Actress) and Eres Mejor Actriz (Best Actress).
Later she acted in the film Un Secreto de Esperanza (A Beautiful Secret) with Oscar-nominated actress Kathy Jurado, in 2002.
In 2003 she had a leading role in Ladies Night. The movie became the box office success of the year. With that film, Ana won three major awards: the Latin America MTV's Favorite Actress Award, the Mexico movie industry Award for Best Actress of the year (CANACINE) and the Diosa de Plata (Silver Godess) Award for Best Supporting Actress (2003) and best actress (2007).
Ana is also known in the United States and Latin America for her roles in telenovelas (soap operas). In 2005 she played the staring role in Gitanas (Gypsies) which aired originally on Telemundo in the U.S. and was later seen as far away as Ucrania, Spain and Argentina.
Her professional career began with her role in the telenovela Azul (Blue) in 1996, followed by Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande (Small Town, Great Hell) in 1997, for which she received the Heraldo Award for Best New Actress.
Desencuentro (Dis-Encounter) was her third telenovela under the direction of the internationally recognized Ernesto Alonso.
Tentaciones (Temptations) in 1998 marked her beginning with power house Argos Productions. She was immediately offered a role in Todo Por Amor (All for Love) for which she received as a protagonist The Golden Palm Award.
After that, it was non-stop work for Ana. Cara o Cruz (Cross or Face) was aired by Telemundo in 2002. Ana also played María in the telenovela Por tí (For You), in 2002.
The following year she participated in the Colombian TV series Como Pedro Por su Casa (Like Pedro In His House). Ana also had the lead role in the Peruvian soap opera Luciana y Nicolas (2003).
Ana began her performance arts studies in the Cultural Institute of Veracruz. She then left the southern state of Veracruz for Televisa's Center for Artistic Education (CEA) and TV Aztecas's artistic institute (CEFAC) in Mexico City. She studied with Lisa Robertson and Aaron Spicer in L.A.
In theatre she has participated in El Cartero (Il Postino) for which she received two awards: for Best Actress from the Association of Theatre Journalists in Mexico and for the year's Most Promising Actress from the Association of Theatre Critics and Journalists.
Ana is one of the most recognized faces in Latin America and Hispanic America. She has participated in numerous television programs. She also hosted the 2006 MTVLA Music Awards.
She is a frequent guest in entertainment and talk shows and has made the cover of the most important magazines in the region.
Ana was born in Veracruz, Mexico.