Yareli Arizmendi - Co-writer (Lila Rodriguez)
Best known for her role as “Rosaura” in “Like Water For Chocolate,” Yareli Arizmendi received her BA in Political Science and an MFA in Theatre at UC San Diego, where she was awarded the Grace Kelly Fellowship and later the Grace Kelly Achievement Award.
During her college career she worked at Teatro Meta translating and staging Latin American plays, as well as developing the bilingual In-Schools Program. Other theatres she worked with during that time include La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Rep, and Sushi Gallery.
In 1990 Yareli translated the screenplay version of “Like Water For Chocolate” so Alfonso Arau, director and producer, could travel the world finding money to make the film. In 1991 she also auditioned for the role of Rosaura and got it.
During the shoot of “Like Water For
Her one-woman show – “Nostalgia Maldita: 1-900-MEXICO, featured on the PBS “Heritage Series,” is an ironic look at living a bi-national, bi-cultural reality. Yareli’s character spends the duration of the show on a Stairmaster machine as a "punishment from the gods” for defying her destiny and crossing the Mexican border in search of Donny Osmond.
In 1994 Yareli moved to
Yareli has lent her voice to many products but she is most proud of her work with public awareness campaigns against child abuse, AIDS, and Lead Poisoning. Yareli can also be heard on NPR commentaries as well as various audio book recordings including, “The Alchemist”, “Like Water For Chocolate” and “The Law of Love.”
Caroline Aaron (Aunt Gigi)
Aaron has also acted extensively on television and the stage. She has guest starred on such popular series as “Mad About You” and “Law & Order,” as well as appearing on-stage in such acclaimed works as the Broadway production of “The Iceman Cometh” and the national tour of Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Sisters Rosenweig.” Aaron recently completed production on Kevin Spacey’s feature, the Bobby Darren biopic “Beyond The Sea.”
Melinda R. Allen (Ellen Abercrombie)
Melinda R. Allen started her film career with the William Friedkin directed drama “Blue Chips” starring Nick Nolte and Mary McConnell in 1994. She then went on to star as Jamie Lee in the romantic comedy “Nice Guys Sleep Alone” (1999), followed by the features “When Actors Attack” and “Technowhere” (1999). In the same year she also starred as Ginger in “The Silence of Speed.” Her most recent feature roles include Sam Cade in “Fish” and Bette in the action crime thriller “Meddle and Steal.”
Fernando Arau (Undocumented worker #1)
Maureen Flannigan (Mary Jo Quintana)
Born and raised in
John Getz (Senator Abercrombie)
John Getz has had an extensive career in both film and television. His versatile feature film career includes starring roles in such films as the horror classic “The Fly” with Jeff Goldblum, “Born on the Fourth of July” with Tom Cruise (1989), “Curly Sue” with James Belushi for director John Hughes (1991). He also co-starred with Frances McDormand for the Coen Brothers’ thriller “Blood Simple.”
Getz was most recently seen on the small screen in the recurring role of D.A. Gabe Fellows in “Joan of Arcadia.” He has starred and guest starred in such television classics as “Barney Miller,” “Murphy Brown,” “Three’s Company,” and “Murder She Wrote” as well as today’s top-rated shows including “Ned and Stacey,” “JAG,” “CSI” and “The Guardian.”
Eduardo Palomo (Roberto Quintana)
When fans, peers, and critics alike think of the late Eduardo Palomo, a stunning image of a fair skinned, green eyed, virile Latino come to mind; an actor lauded and loved across the world; a rising star in English-language films and television; and not to mention just an all around beautiful human being. His life was cut short on November 6th, 2003, but his work and influence continue in all projects he touched, including the highly anticipated Sergio Arau film, A DAY WITHOUT A MEXICAN, premiering May 11th, 2004.
Few actors achieved what Eduardo did in a relatively short period of time: International star of 13 feature films, 22 Spanish television series, 33 plays; and winner of more than 40 prestigious international awards. These include Best Actor awards and nominations: Italy's Telegatto award in 1995 (the winners' roster includes Dustin Hoffman, Kirk Douglas and Sofia Loren); 1 Ariel (Mexico's Oscar) award in 1991, 1 Ariel posthumous nomination in 2004 for EL MISTERIO DEL TRINIDAD/Mystery of the Trinity; and for the same project, 1 Diosa de Plata (Mexicos Golden Globes) granted by PECIME, Mexicos association of film journalists.
In 2002 Short after a short Cameo as his first appearance on American television as a"Judge" on the Nickelodeon series "The brothers Garcia" Directed/Produced by Jeff Valdez Eduardo played a "Mexican neighbor" on the award wining film "Cojones"directed by Ted Mendenhall/D.P.;DJ Caruso.
In 2003, Eduardo impacted television audiences with his role as Chief Lazareno in the controversial miniseries hit, KINGPIN, executive produced by Aaron Spelling, and seen by millions in the United States, airing on NBC, Bravo and Telemundo. His last TV work was alongside Liza Minelli as a special guest role on the Fox TV series, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, executive produced by Ron Howard.
Eduardo considered himself fortunate to work with a host of successful and promising directors including Guillermo del Toro( "Hell boy"), Alfonso Cuaron("Y tu Mama tambien"), Carlos Carrerra ("El crimen del padre Amaro"), and now, Sergio Arau.
Over the years, Eduardo's range led him to play everything from family man to the voice of the Spanish version of TARZAN to criminal to lover to hero to transvestite to thug to cop to goof ball... His fans continue to eat it all up, throughout Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, Italy, Philippines, Greece, England, China, Russia, the United States; and he's been featured on hundreds of magazine covers to prove it.
to his friend and manager, Aquiles Enriquez,a couple of films still to
come up: "He wrote two great scripts one call "Y" and the
other is a work on his original and critically acclaimed play, "UNA
PAREJA CON ANGEL",and they will be carried on and produced by Eduardo's
best friend and wife, Carina Ricco.
Muse Watson (Louis McClaire)
Muse Watson was born in