The Argentine actress scored a breakout in her very first film, Carlos Saura’s “Tango” in 1998. It was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for best foreign film.
The same year, she won an “Ace” Award for Best New Artist of the Year for her role as Lulu in Frank Wedekind’s Pandora’s Box, a stage production that ran in Buenos Aires.
The 37-year-old actress and singer went on to appear in movies such as Salma Hayek’s 2002 biopic “Frida,” 2004’s “Motorcycle Diaries,” with Gael García Bernal, and 2006 disaster film “Poseidon.”
Then came “Twilight.”
She was cast as a vampire in the final two installments, “Twilight, Breaking Dawn, Part 1″ and Twilight, Breaking Dawn, Part 2.” Her character was more than 300 years old, but still ravishingly beautiful of course!
Although she was originally aligned with the Volturi clan, she broke off from them after meeting her mate, Eleazer, another Volturi. The both left the ruling clan and joined the Denali clan from Spain so they could give up human blood.
Vampire Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, described Carmen as “a very compassionate soul.” As a couple, she and Eleazer were very similar to Alice (Ashley Greene) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) Cullen.
The Denali clan became close allies with the Cullens in their face-off against the Volturi in the final “Twilight” installment.
After the epic saga, she landed another high-profile role Oliver Stone’s 2012 crime thriller “Savages,” with Blake Lively, Salma Hayek Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta and Benicio del Toro.
Mia also did several guest-starring roles on television before landing a regular gig last year in FX’s horror drama “The Strain.”
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