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Maria Canals Barrera (born Maria Pilar Canals in Miami, Florida, September 28, 1966) is an American actress and singer. She received her Theater degree from the University of Miami's drama school, and has worked extensively in theater in both Miami and Los Angeles. She made her network television debut in the 1993 TV series Key West and has appeared in the WB series Popular as a prostitute by the name of Candybox, as well as such films as America's Sweethearts and The Master of Disguise.

She has gained much recognition with comic book fans in recent years for her role as Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol on Bruce Timm's Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series. She also had a recurring role in Static Shock as Shelly Sandoval, a news reporter, and in Danny Phantom as Danny Fenton/Phantom's high school crush, Paulina. She also performed the voice of Mercedes "Meche" Colomar in the 1998 video game Grim Fandango. Canals also played incidental characters in two episodes on the TV series The Boondocks ("Grandad's Fight" and "Home Alone"). Canals has also starred in The George Lopez Show as Claudia Palmero. She also does the voice of Sunset Boulevardez on Proud Family. Her most recent project is portraying Theresa Russo on Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place. She stars as Mitchie's mom in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock as Connie Torres. She is currently expected to appear in film adaptation of Wizards of Waverly Place. Maria has played a TV mom to both Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez who are best friends. As seen in one of Selena Gomez's YouTube videos, Maria has two daughters.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Theresa Russo TV Movie
2008 Camp Rock Connie Torres TV Movie
2007 - present Wizards of Waverly Place Theresa Russo TV Series
2007 The Loop Agent Denise Yeah Presents
2006 George Lopez Claudia Guest Star
2005 The Proud Family Movie Sunset Boulevardes TV Movie
2004 Justice League Unlimited Hawkgirl, Fire TV Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm Delilah - Hygienist TV Series
2003 Danny Phantom Paulina Voice TV Series - recurring role
2003 Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico Sofia Voice (credited as "Maria Canals")
2002 The Master of Disguise Sophia Movie
2001 America's Sweethearts Zeta-Jone's assistant Movie
The Proud Family Sunset Boulevardes TV Series
Justice League Hawkgirl, Livewire TV Series
1993 Cop and a Half Mrs. Bobo #2 Movie
1993 Key West Fig TV Series
1990 21 Jump Street Rosina TV series

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