Daniela Vega

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Daniela Vega
A head shot of Vega while she looks at camera
Born (1989-06-03) June 3, 1989 (age 29)
San Miguel, Santiago Province, Chile
Other names Dani Vega
Occupation
Years active 2011–present

Daniela Vega Hernández (born June 3, 1989) is a Chilean actress and mezzo-soprano singer.[1][2] She is best known for her critically acclaimed performance in the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman (2017).[3][4] At the 90th Academy Awards in 2018, Vega became the first transgender person in history to be a presenter at the Academy Awards ceremony. In 2018, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[5]

Early life

Born on June 3, 1989 in San Miguel, Santiago Province, she was the first child of Igor Alejandro Vega Inostroza and Sandra del Carmen Hernandez de la Cuadra.[6] Vega began studying Opera with her grandmother at the age of eight.[7][8] Growing up, she attended an all boys school where she was bullied.[9][10] It was while she was attending the all-boys school in her late teens that she realized she was transgender and began to transition.[9][7] Her parents and younger brother Nicholas were supportive of her, despite the conservative nature of Chile at that time.[11][10] After she transitioned she suffered from depression due to the lack of opportunities for her as a trans woman,[12][13][7] but her parents were supportive and her father encouraged her to go to beauty school, and later theater school.[9]

Career

2011–2017: Early roles and breakthrough

Vega was asked by a writer and director to collaborate on a stage piece about transitioning, using her experience as a foundation.[14] Her contribution resulted in her going on to star in the eventual stage production, Martin de la Parra's 2011 play La mujer Mariposa (The Butterfly Woman). This piece, where she also had the opportunity to sing, ran for eight years in Santiago. During this time, she participated in more pieces, most notably in Migrante (Migrant), a piece about migration.[15][16] Vega's profile was elevated to a wider audience when she appeared in the music video of the famous song "Maria" by Manuel García in 2014. The song and music video were made in collaboration with a gay suicide prevention organization, to help raise awareness and prevent suicide in gay teens.[17] She made her screen debut in 2014 in a drama called La Visita (The Guest), playing a trans woman at her father’s wake.[18][14]

Vega at the red carpet of the Fénix Awards 2017, Mexico

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival saw the release of A Fantastic Woman (2017), directed by Sebastián Lelio, a film for which her performance was acclaimed by critics.[19][3] A Fantastic Woman tells the story of Marina (played by Vega) and Orlando (played by Francisco Reyes), an older man with whom she is in love and planning a future. After Orlando falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to face family and society, and fight again to show who she is: a fantastic woman.[20] Critic Guy Lodge in a review for Variety praising Vega's performance said: "Vega's tough, expressive, and subtly distressed performance deserves far more than political praise." He continued to note that "It’s a multi-layered, emotionally polymorphous feat of acting, nurtured with pitch-perfect sensitivity by her director, who maintains complete candor on Marina’s condition without pushing her anywhere she wouldn’t herself go."[21] Her name was strongly mentioned for an Oscar nomination as Best Actress.[22][23][24] She won an award for her performance at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film.[25] A Fantastic Woman went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Vega became the first openly transgender person ever to be a presenter at the Academy Awards ceremony in 2018.[26][27][28]

In 2018, it was announced that Vega would have a recurring role in the Netflix miniseries Tales of the City.[29]

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Vega became the first transgender person in history to be an Academy Awards presenter in 2018.[30] Time magazine named Vega one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.[5]

Filmography

Film

Title Year Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
The Guest 2014 Elena Maurício López Fernández Original title La Visita [14]
A Fantastic Woman 2017 Marina Vidal Sebastián Lelio Original title Una mujer fantástica [31]

Television

Title Year Role Channel Notes Ref(s)
Tales of the City 2019 Ysela Netflix Recurring role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref(s)
2015 17èmes Rencontres du Cinéma sud-américain La Visita Best Actress Won [32]
2017 Film Festival Lima PUCP A Fantastic Woman Best Actress Won [33]
Premio iberoamericano de cine Fénix Best Actress Won [34]
Havana Film Festival Best Actress Won [35]
2018 Palm Springs Film Festival Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film Won [36]
Dorian Awards Best Performance of the Year – Actress Nominated [37]
Herself Rising Star Award Nominated
International Cinephile Society Awards A Fantastic Woman Best Actress Nominated [38]
Caleuche Awards Best Leading Actress Won [39]
Platino Awards Best Actress Won [40]

References

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External links

  • Daniela Vega on IMDb
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