Actress / Director – Biography
After a rewarding career in Mexican films, television, theatrical and operatic productions, Magi Avila made her way to the Mecca of Entertainment -Hollywood.
Magi Avila is currently filming the first season of “My American Family” TV Series, with Mr. Danny Trejo and ordered by Amazon. Magi can be seen in the feature Film "Dog Eat Dog" with Oscar winner, Nicolas Cage, and 4 times Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, directed by Paul Schrader. Dog Eat Dog premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, obtaining a long-standing ovation. She also has a pivotal role in "First Kill" with Mr. Bruce Willis and Hayden Christensen. Magi Avila also appears in "A Better Life" with Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, directed by Chris Weitz (Twilight Saga "New Moon"). On U.S. Television, Magi guest-starred on Jerry Bruckheimer's "Training Day" with Bill Paxton. She also worked in the final episode of the acclaimed AFI Award winning drama television series "The Shield", from Shawn Ryan. She is currently in post-production of her directorial Debut with an inspiring true life story documentary.
Magi Avila has performed as a lead and co-starred in US Theater Productions such as "Nuevo California" with the San Diego Repertory Theater and "Little Red", with the Josefina López' Los Angeles based Casa 0101 organization, among others. Magi has also directed many theater productions herself. Magi has already made her indelible mark as the co-writer, producer and lead performer of the Musical Theater production of "Carmen Miranda - The Lady In The Tutti Frutti Hat". She brought to life the yesteryear famous Brazilian Broadway actress with her singing and Samba performances.
In the beginning of her professional career in her native Ensenada, Mexico, Magi presented as an opera singer and with a choral group known as "Voces De Primavera", under the direction of Maestro Jesus Veliz, performing for celebrities, dignitaries and the then president of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo. Her teen charm and innate talent won her modeling jobs. Magi Avila soon started to appear in print ads and popular television commercials. Magi also served a short stint as a News Reporter and on-camera talent for the Mexican television network, Televisa.
Magi studied her 4 years of theater and arts at the Autonomous University of Baja California Extension, her M.A. in theater of the body at the University Guadalajara A.K.A. UDG. She then moved to the USA to study at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, for 3 more years. Miss Avila has continued sharpening her acting skills with several acting coaches in Hollywood.
She now lives in Los Angeles, CA. Magi Avila is immensely grateful for all the people she has had the pleasure of collaborating with, throughout her career in the USA and Mexico.