Place of Birth
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Claudia Lopez is a Colombian American model, actress, and film producer.
As a model, Claudia is considered a symbol of Latin beauty. She is looked for by companies interested in promoting products to the Latin market. She has appeared in several fashion catalogs, magazine covers, CD labels, billboards, posters, calendars and TV commercials in marketing campaigns for Frito-Lay, Anheuser-Busch, Coors Light, Corona, Aguardiente Cristal, Inca Kola, Ron Caldas, Turbo Power, Rubies Customes, Goya, Salutti, Twix, Tequiza, Jarritos, IBS Int'l Beauty Show, and the Department for Export Production Thaitrade, just to name a few.
As an actress, Claudia has appeared in several films, including Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005) (V), Trust the Man (2005), We Own the Night (2007), Golgonooza (2007) and Lavoe (2011). Her acting career has taken her beyond her Latin roots; in the movie Rupturian, in preparation for production (2012), she has the role of a Russian specialist in biological warfare.
As a film producer, Claudia participated in Noon Day Sun (2011), Genesis 39 (2011), Sam (2011), and as a Production Manager in Secret Guilt (2012).
Claudia Lopez was born in Medellin, Colombia to Nuria Grijalva and Gustavo Grijalva. Her parents are both of Spanish descent, dedicated to their fashion family business Giane'N Inc. At the age of 8 Claudia was sent to a boarding school in La Ceja, Antioquia, for 3 years. It was there where Claudia participated for the first time in school plays. At the age of 14 her family moved to New York, where she attended her first fashion show; from that very moment, becoming a model became her goal.
In 1991, at age 17, she won the princess prize for the Girl of the Year, in a contest organized in Queens, NY, and in 1992, the first prize as the Latin Model of New York. That same year she participated in the contest for Miss Hawaiian Tropics in New York, and was invited to represent her native country Colombia in the international competition in Las Vegas. In 1993 she had the opportunity of working on her first national fashion catalog Sentimental New York for the designer Sam Hourani, and in 1994-1995 she had her first CD covers for the national and international editions of Dancing Salsa USA, volumes 1 and 2. With these covers she became well known as a model.
In 1997, Claudia studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
In 1998, she participated in a Sears' fashion show, and created her model and talent agency Karisma New York.
In 2000, she participated in the Univision TV program "A que no te atreves" (1999), along with Sofía Vergara, Adriana Lavat, Juan Alfonso Baptista and Harry Geithner, who inspired her to get into acting.
In 2001, she decided to create a second marketing agency. Putting together the names of her two sons Brandon and Dielmer, she created Brandiel Productions, through which through the years she has developed several marketing campaigns for Frito-Lay, Anheuser-Busch, Coors Light, Corona, Aguardiente Cristal, Inca Kola, Ron Caldas, Turbo Power, Rubies Customes, Goya, Salutti, Twix, Tequiza, Jarritos, IBS Int'l Beauty Show, (DEP) Thaitrade, and others.
In 2002, with the support of Anheuser-Busch, she published her first calendar Claudia Lopez 2002, and was hired as a model by Turbo Power to participate in hair shows.
In 2003, Anheuser-Busch hired her to work on the marketing campaign Todos Toman Bud-Light, which appeared on TV and billboards. That same year she was in the cover of the Latino New York magazine, and in the Stuff Magazine (sister of Maxim Magazine).
In 2004, Bud-Light and Maxim magazine created their campaign Enfocate con Bud-Light, where Claudia appeared on TV commercials and billboards; she published her first poster, which was a total success, and decided to dedicate herself to acting.
In 2005, she published her second poster, and under Karisma NY / Brandiel she published posters for Ivon Hernandez and Carolina Aristizabal. Once again, she was hired by Turbo Power (professional hair dryers) as a model for catalogs, boxes, events and promotional conventions in USA and Puerto Rico. That year, she had a medical problem and was operated on emergency. Coming out of convalescence, she replied to an ad looking for extras to appear in the movie Carlito's Way: Rise to Power with Jay Hernandez. This movie recreated her desire to get into acting. A few days later she was called to appear in the movie Trust the Man, where she had the opportunity of working with Eva Mendes. That year she decided to become a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG),and continued her acting studies at the Thomas Waites Acting Studio in New York.
In 2006, she participated in the short film Golgonooza. At the end of the shooting, she was called for an interview with Joaquin Phoenix and James Gray (film director), who gave her a small role in the movie We Own the Night, where she had the opportunity of working with Robert Duval, Joaquin Phoenix), Mark Wahlberg, and Eva Mendes). That same year she published her third poster, and was hired by Rubies Customes.
2007 was the release of We Own the Night; a few days before Claudia was invited to the Jaime Bayly show of Megavision. By the end of this year, Claudia started to orient herself towards film and TV production.
In 2008, she studied Film Production at the Hollywood Film Institute, and started to work as a Producer with Michael Martinez (Director, Producer, Script Writer), partner of Geneal Productions and CEO of Shaiel Films, Victor Gomez (Producer), partner of Geneal Productions and Hernan Herrera (Director, Producer, Script Writer) CEO of Lucerna Studios. With this group, Claudia worked in the production of the film Noon Day Sun. That same year, she worked in the film The Singer (Hector Lavoe), directed by Anthony Felton, in the role of Raquel Pauzner de Torrijos, first lady of Panama in the 70's. In this movie Claudia worked with Patricia Manterola, 'Raul Carbonell', and La India.
In 2009, she published her fourth poster, appears in billboards for Turbo Power, and appeared in the film Vortex, directed by Bernardo Chilindron.
In 2010, she started working as a producer and actress for the Sci-Fi film Rupturian, (2012) under pre-production activities.
In 2011, she worked as a producer for the event Hollywood en Colombia carried out in Bogota, Colombia, by Dov Simens, under the organization of Geneal Productions, Solorzano Producciones and Sol Azul Productions.
In 2012, Claudia appeared in a digital billboard at Times Square, New York, for the Department of Export Promotion (DEP) Thaitrade.com produced by Panda Productions, and worked as a Production Manager for the feature film Secret Guilt.
In 2013 She was hired by Bagata Jewels, then she worked in the TV series Renascence behind the cameras as Executive Producer and Production Manager, Claudia is currently working in an untitled feature film project as a Producer .
Claudia is considered a symbol of refined Latin American beauty; modern, up to date, and highly sophisticated.
Biography by: Albert Herrera