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Christina Vidal
Birth name Christina Abbi Vidal
Born November 18, 1981 (1981-11-18) (age 28)
Queens, New York,
United States
Genres R&B, soul
Occupations Actress, singer-songwriter
Years active 1993—present (actress)
2002—present (singer)
Labels Nickelodeon Records (2000-2002)
MCA Records
Associated acts Will Smith, Khaliah Adams, 3LW, Adrienne Bailon, Naturi Naughton, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan, The Cheetah Girls, Lindsay Lohan
Website MySpace

Christina Abbi Vidal (born November 18, 1981) is an American film and television actress and singer. She is best known for her role in the Nickelodeon sitcom Taina, in which she played the title character.

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Biography

Early life

Vidal was born and raised in Whitestone, an area in Queens, New York, the daughter of Puerto Rican[1] parents Anne, a secretary, and Manuel Vidal, Jr. a business and tax consultant.[2] She attended the Performing Arts School Of New York. When she was 17 she joined a girl group called Gemstone (along with Jade Villalon and Crystal Grant). Vidal later moved to Orlando, Florida, to proceed with the filming of Taina. Her sisters Lisa Vidal and Tanya Vidal are also actors and have appeared on TV and in theatre; she also has a brother, Christian.[3]

Acting career

Vidal's acting career started when one of her teachers told her there was an audition for the movie Life with Mikey (1993), starring Michael J. Fox. She auditioned and got the part of "Angie Vega", and was therefore the first Puerto Rican child actress to play a lead in an American film.[4] Since then, Vidal has appeared in numerous films and television series, with her most notable role being Taina Maria Morales in the Nickelodeon show Taina. The sitcom was at first successful and ran for two seasons until it was surprisingly cancelled in the summer of 2002 because Nickelodeon felt that it only appealed to girls.

The next year she starred in the film Freaky Friday alongside Lindsay Lohan. She played the role of Maddie in that film. That same year, she starred in the short-lived ABC action TV series about police officers called 10-8: Officers on Duty until she suddenly left after two months on the show. Also in 2003 she guest starred in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Paris Fate. In 2006, she did an untitled sitcom pilot along with her sisters for ABC (which was executively produced by George Lopez). The show wasn't picked up but later that year she starred in the film See No Evil, along with having a brief stint on the hit sitcom Girlfriends. In recent times, she made cameo appearances in the movies I Think I Love My Wife, Mask of the Ninja, and the internet comedy short "Love Automatically", written by Mylinda Royer and directed by Allison Haislip.[5] Most recently, Vidal played a supporting character in the film Magic Man, which was released in 2009.

Music career

Christina has always been known for her musical ability. When she was in the band Gemstone, she recorded songs with herself as well as bandmate Jade Villalon performing vocals. A few of these tracks would surface many years later on albums consisting of demoes, rare tracks, and special songs of Jade Villalon's music project, Sweetbox. In 2002, she was briefly signed to MCA Records and in that time she was supposed to release her first single "Tropical" and her solo debut album "White" in the summer of 2002, but never did. That same year she provided guest vocals on the remix of Will Smith's summer hit "Nod Ya Head" from the Men in Black II soundtrack. She has been working hard to release an album sometime in 2008. She was apart of Lupe Fiasco's 1st & 15th Entertainment.[6] Rumor had it she appeared in Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar" music video as the celebrity next to him in the limo, but that was not the case. She also recorded a track for the work out cd called Byou from Sabrina Bryan of the Cheetah Girls. The song she recorded was "Anything is possible".

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1993 Life with Mikey Angie Vega Film Debut
1995 Welcome to the Dollhouse Cynthia
1998 Brink! Gabriella TV Movie
2000 Details Maggie
2003 Hotel Gisel TV Movie
Chasing Papi Festival Singer
Freaky Friday Maddie
2004 Beck and Call Unknown Role TV Movie
2005 The Mosquito Tia
2006 See No Evil Christine
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Candy
2008 Mask of the Ninja Mercedes TV Movie
2009 Magic Man Elena
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Ramona Suarez Episode: "Camouflage"
1995 The Commish Julianna Muldoon Episode: "Off Broadway: Part 1"
Episode: "Off Broadway: Part 2"
1997 F/X: The Series Theresa Episode: "Bad Influence"
1997-1998 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Sophia Del Bono
1999 Providence Street Girl Episode: "Saint Syd"
Touched by an Angel Ilena Episode: "Hearts"
2001-2002 Taina Taina Maria Morales
2002 All That Guest Episode: "Christina Vidal/Tyrese"
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Fate Paris Episode: "Romance Looming"
2003-2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Deputy Gabriela Lopez
2004 Second Time Around Gabrielle Herrera Episode: "Secrets"
Episode: "A Kiss Is Still a Kiss"
2005 Clubhouse Carmen Episode: "Between First and Home"
2006 Girlfriends Samantha Stephens Episode: "Bad Blood"
Episode: "Just Joan"
2007 ER Elena Vega Episode: "In a Different Light"
2009 Monk Winona Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes Camping"
House M.D. Sandy Episode: "Wilson"
2010 Episode: "Private Lives"
The Deep End Rachel Esposito Episode: "Nothing Personal"

Discography

Soundtracks

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1994 Young Artist Award Best Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy - Youth Actress Won[7] Life with Mikey
Most Promising New Youth Actress (special award) Won[7]
2002 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Television Series Nominated Taina

See also

References

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