Melissa Barrera Martinez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León México. The first of four daughters of Rosana Maria Martinez García and Tomás Gerardo Barrera Tames. She attended the American School Foundation of Monterrey from the ages of 4 to 18 when she graduated high school. It was during her middle school years that she began getting involved in theater. She participated in school plays and musicals such as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Footloose,’ ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Aida.’ She began her professional career during her last year of high school when she led the Mexican production of ‘Romeo y Julieta'(the original french musical) playing the part of Julieta. After that she also participated in a regional production of ‘Footloose’in the role of Ariel before leaving for college in New York. She auditioned and was accepted to the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) as part of the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University (NYU) in 2009. During her years at NYU she participated in productions such as ‘Sweet Charity’ and Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ in the lead role of Grusche Vachnadze. In 2011 she left NYU when she was selected to participate in the Mexican reality show ‘La Academia’of TV Azteca in which she gained lots of critical acclaim for her singing and dancing abilities. At the end of 2011 she was chosen to participate in her first telenovela in TV Azteca: ‘La Mujer de Judas’ in the role of Zulamita. Directly after that she was offered her second role as the young ingenue in the telenovela ‘La Otra Cara del Alma’ alongside the latin telenovela star Gabriela Spanic. In this telenovela she earned great reviews for her acting abilities and earned her first lead in a telenovela as Olvido in ‘Siempre Tuya Acapulco.’ This became her big break as she positioned herself as one of the fresh new faces of Mexican television and the show became one of the most successful and beloved stories in over 20 countries. After the success of ‘Siempre Tuya Acapulco’she got offered her second lead role in a telenovela ‘Tanto Amor’in which she once again earned critical acclaim for her acting. After working in television she opted to try her luck in the film industry doing 4 films in two years. Two of the films which she leads are set to premiere in the second half of 2017: The first set in the 1950s ‘Sacúdete las Penas’, the second, a modern drama ‘Prima.’ Not leaving her love for the theatre behind Melissa has always procured to alternate television and film with theatre, starring in three long running productions in Mexico city: ¨Despertando en Primavera'(Spring Awakening) as Wendla, the spanish hit musical ¨Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar (Hnmpl)¨ as Maria, and Mel Brook’s Él Joven Frankenstein'(Young Frankenstein) as Inga alongside the comedians Adal Ramones and the famous Mascabrothers. For her role as Maria in ‘Hnmpl’ she won two awards: Revelation in Theatre from the Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales (APT), and the Female Revelation in a Musical from the Agrupación de Críticos y Periodistas de Teatro (ACPT).
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