Melissa Barrera (actress)

Melissa Barrera (born July 4, 1990) is a Mexican actress and singer.[1] She is best known for her roles in the telenovelas Siempre Tuya Acapulco (2013) and Tanto Amor (2015), and for portraying Isabel Cantú in Club de Cuervos. She has starred in the Starz series Vida since 2018.[2]

Melissa Barrera
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Barrera in 2019
Melissa Barrera Martínez[1]

(1990-07-04) 4 July 1990 (age 30)[1]
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2011–present

Early life and educationEdit

Barrera was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico.[2] She studied musical theater at NYU Tisch.[2]



She attended the American School Foundation of Monterrey where she appeared in the school's musical productions including MUN's Voices, Grease, Aida and Footloose. Her television debut was on the Mexican reality show La Academia in 2011, where she showed off her talent for singing.[3] In 2013 she was part of the duet "Melissa y Sebastian" with whom she recorded her first album and had her first top ten radio hit with their first single "Mamma Maria," a cover of the Ricchi e Poveri song from the 1980s. In 2015, she recorded the theme song "Volver a caer" alongside the Mexican singer Kalimba.[4] for her telenovela "Tanto Amor."


In 2012 she participated in two telenovelas, La mujer de Judas and La otra cara del alma.[5] In 2010 while still in college (New York University) she participated in the film L for Leisure. In 2014 she obtained her first starring role in the telenovela, Siempre tuya Acapulco with the Venezuelan actor Daniel Elbittar.[6] In 2015, she starred in the last telenovela produced by TV Azteca, Tantor amor.[7] Barrera was cast in the lead role of Lyn on the Starz drama series Vida in 2018.

In April 2019, it was announced that Barrera would be starring as Vanessa in the upcoming film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.[8]

In August 2020, Barrera was cast in an undisclosed role on the fifth Scream film, which will be directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.[9] The film will be released on January 14, 2022.[10][11]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 L for Leisure Kennedy
2016 Manual de principiantes para ser presidente Brisa Carreiro
2016 El Hotel Karina
2017 Sacúdete las penas Luisa Martin Del Campo
2017 Club de Cuervos Isabel Cantú
2019 Dos Veces Tú Daniela Cohen
2021 In the Heights Vanessa
2022 Untitled Scream sequel TBA Filming
TBA Carmen Carmen


Year Title Role Notes
2011 La Academia Herself 14 episodes
2012 La mujer de Judas Zulamita Recurring role
2012–2013 La otra cara del alma Mariana Durán Recurring role
2014 Siempre tuya Acapulco Olvido Pérez Main role (season 1); 124 episodes
2015 Tanto amor Mía González Main role (season 1); 119 episodes
2016–2017 Perseguidos Liliana Rincón Recurring role (season 1); 11 episodes
2017 Club de Cuervos Isabel Cantú Recurring role (season 3); 8 episodes
2018 Vida Lyn Hernandez Main role


  1. ^ a b c d Mariana Rosas. "Melissa Barrera, le sonríe el éxito". Estilo DF (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Shapiro, Bee (October 4, 2019). "Melissa Barrera Goes from Mexican Telenovelas to 'Vida' Star". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "¡Está insoportable! Aseguran que a Melissa Barrera ya se le subió la fama". TVNotas (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Kalimba cantará con Melissa Barrera el tema de la telenovela Tanto Amor". Tvyespectaculos (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Elena Gómez Poncet. "Melissa Barrera asegura que no es una improvisada". TVNotas (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Melissa Barrera protagonizaría telenovela con Daniel Elbittar". TVNotas (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Melissa Barrera y Leornardo García protagonizarán "Tanto amor"". Informador México (in Spanish). Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (April 11, 2019). "Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jon M. Chu Find Their Nina & Vanessa For 'In The Heights' Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 17, 2020). "'Scream': 'Vida' & 'In The Heights' Star Melissa Barrera Set For Key Role In Spyglass & Paramount Slasher Movie Relaunch". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Miska, Brad (August 28, 2020). "Relaunch of 'Scream' Slashing Into Theaters on January 14, 2022!". BloodyDisgusting. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 24, 2020). "New Scream Movie From Spyglass Media Will Be Released by Paramount (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

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