Maria Canals-Barrera

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Actress (1966)
Thu Sep 15 2022
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Maria Canals-Barrera is an American actress, voice artist, model, singer, and businesswoman. The public broadly acknowledges her for her role as Theresa Russo in the fantasy sitcom series Wizards of Waverly Place.

Maria Canals is also a voice-over artist and is behind the voice of Hawkgirl in the animated series Justice League, Shelly Sandoval in Static Shock, and Señorita Vivas in Pepper Ann. Her full name is Maria Pilar Canals-Barrera

Relationship Status: Married/ Dating or Single?

Maria Canals-Barrera is a married woman who tied her wedding knot with David Barrera on January 16, 1999. They met each other for the first time at the Mark Taper Forum, a theatre in Los Angeles, California. Both were given their role in the play. Maria was doing the role of a lady temptress that tempts David Barrera. 

Maria Canals-Barrera and her husband David Barrera hugging each other
Maria Canals-Barrera and her husband David Barrera hugging each other (Image Source: alchetron.com)

At first, Maria hated her role and David for no reason, but after nearly two weeks, she fell in love with him. In an interview, Maria claimed that she loved his talent and unique personality, and the way David treated her was enough for her to fall in love. 

Maria and David started dating then and are still together after more than twenty-three years. The romantic couple is free of conflict and other dissonance, enjoying their married life. We can often see their photos with their children on her social media. 

About Maria's Husband: David Joel Barrera

David Joel Barrera, shortly known as David Barrera, is a Hollywood actor who has played in several television blockbusters like NYPD BlueBosch, That's Life, and Murder One. He has also given voice to video games like Ridge Racer 6Midnight Club 3: DUB EditionSaints Row, and Need For Speed: Underground.

Maria Canals-Barrera's husband David Joel Barrera in black T-shirt leaning against a white wall
Maria Canals-Barrera's husband, David Joel Barrera (Image Source: amprofile.blogspot.com)

Moreover, David was born on December 28, 1968, in San Juan, Texas, USA. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego, and was awarded the Princess Grace Award in acting. 

Maria's Children: Mother of Two

Just like in Wizard of Waverly Place, Maria Canals is a great mother in real life too. She shares two children with David Joel Barrera. After four years of marriage, in 2003, the couple got blessed with their first child Bridget Barrera

Maria Canals-Barrera with her husband David Barrera and two daughters Bridget Barrera and Madeleine Barrera
Maria Canals-Barrera with her husband David Barrera and two daughters Bridget Barrera and Madeleine Barrera (Image Source: Instagram @maria_cb)

Bridget is hoping and developing her career in the TV industry. She played her first role in Wizards of Waverly Place as Little Girl in 2011 at the age of 8. She recently got a lot of fame and love by her fan for her role as Stella in Flunk'd! and Jen in iCarly

Later after six years of marriage between David and Maria, they welcomed their second daughter Madeleine Barrera in 2005. Madeleine is currently focusing on her education, keeping her career aside. She studies in a high school nearby her hometown Los Angeles.

Physical Outlooks & Body Measurement

Wizard of Waverly Place actress Maria Canals has an extremely impressive and attractive look. She stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inch (168 cm) and has an average weight of 67 kg (148 lbs). Her natural light brown hair, hazel brown eyes, and cute smile give her a charming glow. 

Glamourous look of Maria Canals-Barrera in black dress
Glamourous look of Maria Canals-Barrera in a black dress (Image Source: Instagram @maria_cb)

Talking about Maria's body measurement, she has a body size of 38-27-36 like Hallie Gnatovich. As far as we know, the actress didn't involve in any kind of body surgery, and all her looks are natural. 

Maria Canals-Barrera's Net Worth

Throughout her career as an actress and vocalist, Maria has accumulated a very healthy amount of money to live her life luxuriously. As per authoritative sources, the estimated net worth of Maria Canals-Barren is $2 million

Maria Canals-Barrera charged around an estimated $10000 per episode for Wizards of Waverly Places, whereas Selena Gomez was paid around $30000 per episode. 

With this estimation, the voice artist of Hawkgirl Maria has earned over $1 million from the fantasy sitcom WOWP. This massive earning is one of the primary contributors to her whopping net worth of $2 million

Early Life & Childhood

Maria Canals-Barrera was born as Maria Pilar Canals on September 28, 1966, in Miami City, Florida, United States. As her parents are from Cuban-descent, Maria used to speak Spanish in her home with her parents. She started taking drama classes at her senior high school, Hialeah-Miami Lakes.

Photo of Maria Canal-Barrera in her childhood  in red dress sitting on a chair in a garden
Photo of Maria Canal-Barrera in her childhood (Image Source: Instagram @maria_cb)

During her school, Maria was active and used to participate in several programs, including talent contests. She even played the role of Amanda in "The Glass Menagerie," a memory play by Tennessee Williams. 

After her high school graduation, Maria made up her mind to pursue acting as her career. So, she joined the University of Miami and graduated with a degree in Theater Arts. 

Family Details: Father & Mother

Maria was born to her father, Ricardo Canals Sr., and mother Sara Canals. Both of her parents are from Cuba of Catalan descent and later decided to relocate to the USA permanently. 

Maria's mother, Sara Canals, was a great human and used to live in Hialeah, Florida when she relocated to the USA. She was a beauty pageant and won the "Reina del Carnaval" (queen of the carnival) 1957 Holguin, Cuba.

Black and white photo of Maria Canals-Barrera's father Ricardo Canals Sr. and mother Sara Canals
Black and white photo of Maria Canals-Barrera's father Ricardo Canals Sr. and mother Sara Canals (Image Source: familytron.com)

Sadly, Sara Canal died on September 20, 2015, on Sunday. Maria being a mommy's princess was totally shattered at the moment. On her mother's demise, Maria quoted on her Instagram

My sweet Sara, my dear mother, I'm going to miss that spark you still had. You were like NO ONE else. I loved it when you sang and danced. A great cook even! You will always be my beauty queen. Are you singing and dancing with the angels right now? :-)

Maria Canals's Career: Theatre To TV Industry

Maria Canals started her career as a theatre actor but later shifted to the Televison and film industry. She started her career in 1990 on season 4, episode 19 of the TV series 21 Jump Street. Each year she used to get at least one offer from TV production companies, and she grabbed all the opportunities. 

In 1993, she got a recurring role in the comedy series Key West. The year 1997 and 1998 was exceptional for her career, as she got the chance to play the leading role of Carmen Cruz in The Tony Danza Show. 

After almost seventeen years of her career, she got the chance to sign a contract with Disney for Wizards of Waverly Places, with other actresses like Perry MattfeldThis was one of the most outstanding achievements of her career and led her to a successful career.

Owns a Pet Kokoni: Honey

21 Jump Street actress Maria Canal is undoubtedly an animal lover. She owns a lovely brown and white Kokoni pet dog named Honey

Maria Canals-Barrera with her pet dog Honey
Maria Canals-Barrera with her pet dog Honey (Image Source: Instagram @maria_cb)

Maria adopted Honey on April 11, 2013. She celebrates Honey's birthday on April 11 each year with her family. 

Is Maria Canals Active on Social Media?

Maria likes to be active on social media like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and TikTok and has a huge fan following across the platforms.

Her Instagram @maria_cb has more than one hundred and eighty hundred thousand followers. She uploads posts frequently, on an average of 2-3 posts a week. 

Maria joined the Twitter community in mid-2009 with her handle @Maria_CB. As of now, it has over four hundred eighty thousand followers. 

Maria has her official TikTok account by the name mariacanals_barrera. She has uploaded a few videos but has a fan following of more than three hundred thousand.

 

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