Adriana Cataño is an actress and television host with over twenty years experience. This green eyed beauty is known as one of Miami’s Beauty Icons. Thanks to her clean and positive image, Adriana has been the spokesperson for Rooms to Go (largest chain of furniture stores in the U.S ) for over 19 years, making it evident that she is loved and respected among Hispanics in the U.S. She is completely bilingual and has worked in both the mainstream and Hispanic market making her a true crossover talent. Adriana is the beauty writer for Eventos Magazine, one of Florida’s most elegant and prestigious publications. Adri was chosen to host the reality show “Cuerpos de Gloria” for world renown beauty expert Gloria Hincapie due to her elegance, class and expertise on nutrition & beauty tips. Adriana’s last award was the “Mujer Imagen” award by the Mujer Imagen Foundation and Imagen Magazine in Miami, Florida for her show business seminars and her endless work with teenagers in the Dade County community. Her seminar has been so successful she now has her own segment on how to get started in show business on America Te Ve’s hightest rated show, “Happy Hour.”
When Adriana launched her two-day seminar, “How to break into show business and succeed” she was immediately named “Hispanic Artist of the Year” by the Hispanic Heritage Council and Miami Dade College for her amazing work with teenagers in the Miami Dade County community and her superb acting seminars. She continues her seminars for teenagers who want to break into show business, giving them all of the do’s and dont’s, supplying them with headshots, an acting coach and an overall view of the in’s and out’s of the show biz industry. All five of Cataño’s seminars have been sold out.
Her most recent acting credits include a principal role on “America’s Most Wanted” on Lifetime Television, which is one of the most respected and highest rated shows in the US. In addition she was part of the main cast of the award winning series titled “Grachi” season 1 and season 2, playing “Cristina Esquivel.” Both seasons won Favorite Telenovela at the Kid’s Choice Awards and have been the highest rated series of all time on Nickelodeon Latin America.
Adriana has worked on several Spanish language telenovela’s for networks such as Nickelodeon Latin America, TV Azteca, Univision and Telemundo. She played the role of Jacqueline Tovar, a sexy villain in TV Azteca’s telenovela “Belinda”, which aired internationally with overwhelming success in the US and Mexico. During the launch of Univision’s “Secreto de Amor”, Adriana garnered a huge fan base by playing the role of “Elisa Ferrer” and establishing herself as a dominant force among her peers. Other Spanish lead roles include: Grachi 1 and Grachi 2, Belinda, Secreto de Amor, Morelia, MariElena, Amor Latino and Cadena Braga. Adriana’s crossover to the mainstream market took place with the lead role of “Julia Vargas”, on ABC’s “Moon Over Miami.” Also, she starred in the independent film “Zombie Farm”, which was shot in English and Spanish making it the first indie of its kind and was released on DVD in 2011. Due to Adriana?s undisputable beauty, charisma and talent, she has worked along A-list talents such as Will Smith in “Bad Boys” and Eddie Murphy in “Holy Man.” Cataño recently co-hosted several days on Telemundo’s morning show titled, “Un Nuevo Dia.” She excels at hosting live television & live events. She has also co-hosted several shows on Univision including “Despierta America” and “Viva La Familia de Todo Bebe”, as well as hosted several “New Year’s Eve” specials for Telefutura on several occasions. She has been a recurring guest on Univision?s top rated shows such as: “El Gordo y La Flaca,” “Don Francisco Presenta,” “Primer Impacto,” and “The Cristina Show.” Another astonishing phase in her career was being an anchor and TV host for Telemundo’s highest rated shows “Edicion Especial” and “Cinemundo.” Adriana was the producer, writer and reporter for Telemundo?s “Hollywood DF”, where she had the honor of interviewing celebrities which include: Shakira, PDiddy, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Halle Berry and Jimmy Smitts amongst others.
She has hosted several TV Specials for Telemundo of vital importance such as “Latin Billboard Awards Pre-Show and Post Show,” “Ritmo Latino Music Awards,” “Calle Ocho,” “Lo Maximo del Espiritu Latino,” and “Sonidos del Milenio. Adriana hosted Fox Sports weekly show “Fox Al Bate”, which required her to cover the Major League Baseball All-Star Games and World Series, as well as the opportunity to interview MLB legends such as: Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken Jr, Ken Griffey Jr, Jose Canseco, Livan Hernandez and Edgar Renteria among others. On three different occasions, Adriana has had the opportunity to be the presenter at the regional Emmy’s, and co-hosted an NBC TV Special “My People, Mi Gente.” Most recently, she had the pleasure of interviewing Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for his film GI JOE Retaliation.
Adriana is a household name among Hispanics in the US, Central and South America. She has graced the covers, and has been featured on hundreds of National long leads and regional newspapers such as: Selecta Magazine, Venue Magazine, Latino Show Magazine, Gente Latina Magazine, FHM, LifestyleMiami.com, Eventos Magazine,People en Español, Conexiones Internacional Magazine, Hola, Cosmopolitan en Español, Ocean Drive en Español, TV Notas Mexico,TV Notas USA, Mira, Men?s Fitness en Español, and Open Your Eyes Magazine just to name a few. She has starred in over 1000+ advertising campaigns world-wide including: Coors Light, Colgate, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Head and Shoulders, Shiseido Cosmetics, Revlon, Presidente Brandy, Cerveza Presidente, Pepsi and Tide.
A few years ago, Adriana discovered a hidden talent and her passion for voice-overs. She is a favorite among the largest ad agencies in the US and Latin America, and has been the voice of several international campaigns such as: Gucci Guilty Perfume, Glade, Sunny D, Tylenol, Alltel Wireless, McDonald?s, Statefarm Insurance, Walgreen’s, Aveeno Cosmetics, Smirnoff Vodka, L?Oreal, Folger’s, Payless Shoes, Tampico Orange Juice and Mike’s Hard Lemonade among many others.
Her fans are so happy that Adriana launched her facebook public figure page facebook.com/ catanoofficial. She posts daily beauty tips along with exercise and nutrition guides. Most people are not aware that Adriana was an obese teenager, weighing 165 lbs. by the age of 16. She worked very hard to lose 50 lbs. by the age of 17 and managed to keep off her weight, and began her modeling career during high school. During her pregnancy, Adriana weighed 185 lbs. and after giving birth to her daughter Gaby, she dropped her weight down to 122 lbs. (before Gaby turned 1) through perseverance and staying focused. Her daughter is now 19, and Adriana is a true example that an obese teenager can blossom into a calendar beauty just like she did. Through dedication, patience, love and self-control anything is possible. Adriana is adamant and excited to help millions of people around the world who are struggling with their weight issues. Her friends, colleagues and fans have insisted that she writes a book about three important life components: Mind, body and soul (beauty, exercise and nutrition). Cataño is also a philanthropist and very active in charity events in Miami, Florida. She recently donated all of the proceeds from her seminar to the Scarlett Contra el Cancer foundation and she is a supporter of St. Jude Cancer Research Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital and many more.
Adriana was born in Miami, Fl but she is extremely proud of her Colombian roots. Her perseverance and hard work have led her to a successful career at a young age. She studied Broadcast Journalism at Florida International University, and acting methods with well-renown acting coaches such as: Michelle Danner at the Larry Moss Acting Studio (Los Angeles, CA), Lori Wyman, Dan Chernau, Michael Gioia, Marc Durso, Sonia Nikore, John Fionte, Mel Johnson, Marc Macaulay, Robbie Burns and Iris Acker.
Mujer Imagen 2013- Mujer Imagen Foundation & Imagen Magazine
Artist of the Year 2012- Hispanic Heritage Council & Miami Dade College
Female Icon 2012- Women In The Arts
Female Icon 2011- Women In The Arts
Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards- Favorite Telenovela- Grachi season 1
Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards- Favorite Telenovela- Grachi season 2
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