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[ɲaˈi] noun: "hello" in flamboyant Brazilian Portuguese

Mariana was born in Rio de Janeiro, and raised all over the world. Eventually, she landed in the USA and spent the greater part of her life in the Midwest, East Coast and now the West Coast of the country.

She graduated in Communication & Psychology at Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR) and headed to Brazil shortly thereafter, where acting found her. "I had given up on the dream... but the dream did not give up on me." Through a full TV/Film acting scholarship, she honed her acting skills in Nu Espaço, one of the most successful acting schools in Rio de Janeiro.

Upon graduating, she worked at a soap opera at the prestigious Globo TV, "Babilônia," as well as tour the country with top notch theatre ensembles and original plays.

Mariana roams between Los Angeles and New York through her work in films, commercials and theatre.

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💎 ELENA 💎 A womxn severely bound to her class and strict religious upbringing — invisible to the world and to herself. Her father, Francisco, was a Brazilian immigrant who landed in Southern California in the late 19th century to start a new life. He lucked out in the Gold Rush and his swift wealth expanded the shadows already within him… the same shadows he shared amongst his two children. His older son, Jacob, is his pride and joy… Elena, on the other hand, is a burden Francisco must carry. His wife died giving Elena birth and her father has not once let her forget it. Elena’s arranged marriage seemed like the first dream coming true in her life. Her husband, Frederick Williamson, was the most handsome young oil baron in Southern California… until he showed his true colors on their wedding night and up until his swift death. He left her with wealth beyond measure and an empty vessel with no identity nor inner worth. She is at an existential crossroads, and for the first time, she can make a choice for herself… but it is too late? Come check out “O” at Regal Cinemas Live at @lashortsfest to find out. Tickets in Bio 🎟️ Photography: @gersonlopes_photographer (We wish we could also have Gerson’s composition here… but you’ll get to delight yourself to it at the film. His piano soul chant is… medicine for Elena, and for us all). #lashortsfest #periodpiece #proofofconcept #brazilian #storytellers #actorlife #oscarqualifying #thankyouteam
The moment before
The Thief

You are Universe

Magic in awed expansion

Limitless potential.

Mariana Arôxa -- Actor, Writer, Haiku Enthusiast

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