From Colombia to California

Actress Liliana Franco is enjoying her journey to stardom

By Mona Elyafi
Published on LatinoLA: July 18, 2004

From Colombia to California

Liliana Franco is the talented actress who has successfully built up a portfolio acting in numerous plays and independent movies, including appearances in a variety of segments for the highly popular Univision talk show "Christina Show", "De Pelicula" as well as "Good Morning America" and "Primer Impacto".

Poised for a breakthrough year, she was recently cast to play the lead female role in the independent short entitled "Friend", written, directed and produced by Mike Quick.
The movie reminiscent of a Jean-Paul Startre book, subtly explores the human psychic, the encounter with the "Other" and the existential conflicts that ultimately emanates from all relationships.

Liliana will play "Denise", a self-centered yet seductively intense woman torn between the constant urgency of satiating her needs, preserving her friendship with her best friend who is in love with her, and saving the relationship with the man she passionalety loves. The script focuses on the dichotomy and tension between Liliana?s character and the best friend, a painter suffering from a block. It brilliantly reflects on the phenomenon of "passion" and skillfully addresses the inherent resulting issue of destruction. An insightful look into the human mind and the motives, intentions as well as reasons behind one?s actions. "Friend", currently in production stages, will be ready to travel through the film festival circuits in the Fall of 2004.

She made her debut in the entertainment arena winning the number one spot in the New York based Latin Beauty Contest "Miss Esmeralda". A master coup she repeated at "The Miss Hispanidad" beauty pageant where again she stole the first prize. Consequently, Liliana successfully pursued a modeling career participating in Hawaiian Tropic and The Model of The Year for John Casablanca. However, Liliana always remained connected to her true passion: ACTING. She completed two years of Film Studies at NYU and went on to secure numerous parts in theatre plays and independent film productions. She won "La Medalla Thalia" (The Thalia Medal) for her rendition of Adela in "La Casa De Bernanda Alba". Recognized by Music industry veterans, Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades, she graced the small screen by appearing in their music videos.

Establishing herself as a sought-after commodity, Liliana honors well her Latin heritage by possessing that feverish passion and fiery drive inherent to the prestigious elite of Latina actresses. Born in Cali, Colombia, Liliana comes from a family of well-known high profile public figures. Her grand-father, Manolo Villareal, is one of the most acclaimed and revered charismatic anchorman and voice-over of the country. Following his footsteps, Liliana successfully carries on her patriarchal legacy in the performing arts.

She was blessed with great media coverage for her acting and beauty pageant prizes including reviews in prominent outlets such as Cromos (called her "The most precious jewel exported from Colombia"), The Village Voice (claimed "she has never been so electrifying"), Noticias Del Mundo (commented "Liliana truly represents the beauty and the wonders of colombia" and dubbed her "Extraordinary. So young yet brings so much to the stag"), and NY?s El Diaro/La Prensa wrote "Liliana should go to Miss Universe so she can take the crown to her homeland Colombia".

Liliana is a true talent with impressive acting skills and a charismatic appeal that always has the audience and public drawn to her.

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