Several years ago, I was privileged to watch a very special Spanish-language film called “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (famous for the “Hell Boy” films and “Pacific Rim”), “Pan’s Labyrinth” is the tale of a young girl who escapes from the horrible existence (of living with her mother and sadistic new stepfather in a remote outpost during the Spanish Civil War) into a fantasy world where she is a fairy princess who must complete three tasks in order to obtain immortality.
This melancholy, yet deeply moving tale, introduced Ivana Baquero as the young girl, Ofelia. Ivana did an amazing portrayal of a young girl trapped in a hopeless life, who still keeps hope for a good life for her mother, herself and new-born brother. The power of this film impressed audiences and garnered numerous awards (including 3 Academy Awards… although, it didn’t win Best Foreign Language Film, surprisingly). Ivana, herself, won several awards for her performance as Ofelia. Among them were the Saturn Awards and Goya Awards.
In the years following her big debut, Ivana has managed to keep a relatively normal life. For school, she attended the American School of Barcelona. While there, she worked on learning English, as well as the regional Spanish language of Catalan.
While focusing on her academics, Ivana still found time to get in front of the camera. In 2008, she returned to the familiar time period of the Spanish Civil War in “The Anarchist’s Wife”. A year later, Ivana got to act alongside Hollywood heavyweight, Kevin Costner, as the antagonist in the horror film “The New Daughter”.
Currently, Ivana has recently starred in the film’s “Another Me” and “Gelo”. She has a few other projects in the pipeline. When she chooses to return to acting full time, this extremely talented and well-grounded young actress can end up being as big a star as Natalie Portman (who is one of Ivana’s acting idols).
One thing that Ivana is showing an appreciation for as she moves into adulthood is body art. Right now, at 20 years old, she already has two great feminine tattoos. Right around the time she turned 18, Ivana got the word “Home” inscribed on her lower back, near her hip.
More recently, she added a cute shining sun to on her right hip, near her bikini line.
It will be entertaining to watch Ivana as her career continues to develop. It will also be nice to see her continued love of tattoos.
You can follow Ivana on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ivanabaquero_ (this is not a verified account, but it seems to be run by her)
Instagram (Ivana shares a lot here): http://instagram.com/ivanabaquero