Mia Maestro

Mia Maestro


6/19/1978, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Birth Name

Mía Maestro



Also Known As

Mía Maestro, Maestro
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Mia originally trained to be a classical vocalist, moving to Berlin when she was 18 to receive special training. While there, she began studying acting. She landed parts in many films, including 'Timecode' and 'Frida.' Eventually she got a break when she got the part of spy Nadia…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She got the part of Nadia Santos on Alias after meeting series producer J.J. Abrams for another show of Abrams called Lost but she ended up getting the part of recurring character and eventual series regular on Alias as Sydney's half-sister.

    • She ranked #99 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

    • Her height is 5'4.

    • Mia's grandmother and mother share her name. Unfortunately, Mia's grandmother died before she was born.

    • Maestro traveled to Austria, where she was able to work with Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper in The Venice Project (1999).

    • In 2004, Maestro appeared in a recurring role on the popular television spy drama Alias, playing the newly discovered younger sister of main character Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), and became a series regular the next season.

    • She ranked #67 in 2001 in Maxim's 100 Sexiest Women.

    • She trained to be a classical vocalist.

    • Her boyfriend is Ned Benson, an actor/director.

    • Her mother is a former economist and her dad is a businessman in Argentina.

    • One of her favourite movies is School of Rock.

    • She ranked #61 in 2001 in Stuff magaine's 100 Sexiest Women.

    • She loves scuba-diving.

    • She won an ACE award for her performance in a theatrical production of Pandora's Box.

    • She has a dog named River.

    • In For Love or Country: the Arturo Sandoval Story, she played the mother of actor Freddy Rodriguez, who is actually 3 years older than her in real life! Now they are going to star in the same movie again, Wolfgang Peterson's remake of The Poseidon Adventure.

    • She has starred in four movies with her good friend, actress Salma Hayek: Frida, In the Time of the Butterflies, Hotel and Timecode.

    • She was offered the role of Angelica in Anima in 2003 but had to turn it down because of scheduling conflicts. The lead role went to Claudia Soberón.

    • She is a spokesperson and model for Movado.

    • Starred in the Hans Christian Anderson musical My Life as a Fairy Tale at the Lincoln Center in New York, July 2005.

    • She stars in the music video for Prince's single, Te Amo Corazon.

    • She was in the USA version of Playboy in December 2002.

    • She initially trained in Argentina, Maestro moved to Berlin at the age of 18 to develop a vocal repertoire -- in German -- of the works of Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler, which added to her already rigorous schedule of vocal, dance and music classes.

    • Her experience in Berlin both inside and outside of school gave her a renewed spirit and confidence that translated into several noteworthy dramatic performances when she returned to Buenos Aires.

  • Quotes

    • Mia: I'm very surprised at my career because I think I've been able to do exactly what I want to do. I've been doing theater in NY at Lincoln Center last year, I've done this TV show that I'm very proud of which is one of the best TV shows in the States and I'm able to do blockbuster movies, but then I'm able to do independent movies and just keep working in my first language which is Spanish and keep the doors open to go back and shoot in Argentina. So I'm just excited to keep it very eclectic and with a large variety, which I like and the fact that I'm able to work both in Spanish and in English gives me a much bigger array of characters to play and that's how you keep acting.

    • Mia: I don't know what I'm going to do. I have some offers for Argentina and some for here. I haven't decided if my next movie will be in Spanish or in English so I have to make up my mind and make a decision soon.

    • Mia (on doing the choreography for the movie Tango): Ashley [Judd] and Salma [Hayek] had to do this tango. And the choreographer had no idea how to dance tango. It was hilarious. This woman had choreographed this whole tango dance like it was out of one of the Zorro movies, you know, very flamboyant, with flamenco steps! So [director] Julie Taymor very nicely said, "Thanks a lot." And then I helped her with some tango steps and we kind of put this 1920s European Tango choreography together. But it was a collaborative effort... I'm from Argentina, so when someone comes with flamenco steps, you know that has nothing to do with tango. Any Argentine could tell you that.

    • Mia: Hollywood is kind of a bad world.

    • Mia: I'm a total carnivore.

    • Mia: Naturally, I'm pretty physical.

    • Mia: The other day I had a running scene, and I had two hours until my next scene. Instead of going back to the trailer, I kept on running for an hour.

    • Mia: If something's important to you, you make time for it.

    • Mia: My parents were overprotective because you could get kidnapped and bombs were exploding in the streets.

  • Hot, talented, sexy, simply... Gorgeous!

    Ever since her first appereance on "Alias," as Sydney Bristow's sister Nadia, Mia Maestro continues to impress us with her talent and her good looks.

    Mia comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she's one of the very rare foreign actresses that suceed in America. Before she landed a role on "Alias," Mia acted in many TV roles, but she was never recognized on television, and her amazing talent and work was never appreciated.

    So I ask myself "Where has she been before?", "How come such a hot and talented actress never got her time on screen."

    I believe that Mia impressed you, just as much as me, and her 5 minutes of glory on the big screen will come someday... It is amazing how she matches talent and good looks, she seems like a perfect match!

    Anyway, to stop myself before I go on talking about how hot she is, here's just one more thing -- I hope we'll get to see Mia in more roles on television, or maybe even in Hollywood, so her talent would be recognized and more appreciated all over the world.moreless
  • Mia Maestro is an amazingly beautiful and talented actress.

    The first time I laid eyes on Mia Maestro, I feel helplessly in love with that sweet, innocent face. How could anyone resist her warm smile, enchanting eyes, and perfect body? As time went on, I came to realize not only was she gorgeous, but that she was also a very talented actress.

    There are a lot of pretty faces around Hollywood, but few of those women have the talent to be considered legitimate professionals. Mia is one of the few actresses that have the talent to go with the looks. Her character on Alias often calls on her to be emotional and she does a great job of making the viewers believe it.

    I was a big fan of Alias before she was added to the cast, but her presence just makes the show that much better and more enjoyable to watch. Whenever she's on the screen, she steals away the spotlight from every other character on the show which is a sign of how popular she will become as she gets more exposure in North America. For now, it's kind of nice knowing she's my ravishing little secret.moreless