While hardships break some people down, it can make others stronger. Barbara Mori’s story is a reaffirming of the latter. The Uruguayan-born Mexican actress had to become independent at a young age due to the hand life dealt her. Since then, she has worked her way up from doing odd jobs as a teenager to becoming one of the most famous names in Mexican television and entertainment.
Her acting portfolio extends back to her debut in the mid-1990s with a role in the Mexican comedy series Tric Trac (1996), and Mirada de Mujer (1997). Mori stuck to only Mexican moviemaking until later in her career when she made her foray into the Indian entertainment market with her role in movies like Kites (2010).
Barbara Mori Biography, Age
Mori came into the world on February 2, 1978, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her father, Yuyi Mori, is of Japanese and Uruguayan heritage while her mother Rosario Ochoa is Mexican. She grew up along her siblings Kintaro Mori and Kenya Mori who is also an actress.
By the time she was three years old, her parents got a divorce and this began a period in Barbara’s life of being shuffled between Mexico and Uruguay, although she finally opted for Mexico on a permanent basis by the time she was 12 years old. Her constant movement between countries taught her early on that she had to take her life in her own hands. This led to a period of the would-be-actress taking odd jobs to cater for herself.
She was noticed by a fashion designer called Marcos Toledo one day while she was working her job as a waitress in a local restaurant. This ushered her into the world of modeling. Three years later, Barbara Mori finally moved out of the house and went to live with her cousins.
A series of events that took place over the next few years led to her taking acting classes at El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral and subsequently made her acting debut on 1996’s Mexican telenovela, El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. Her subsequent performance in Mirada de Mujer won the actress her first award – a TVyNovelas Award in the category of “Best New Actress”.
In 1998, she played the lead character Azul Vidal in the drama series Azul Tequila. She was on the show for 64 episodes. A year later, she was joined on set by Peruvian actor Christian Meier for the series Me muero por tí, filming a total of 91 episodes.
After a few more televisions series, she got her first role in a film. The rom-com “Inspiración” was shot and released in 2001 to massive praise and it also proved to be commercially successful.
Success continued to ring her doorbell and in 2004 she penned a deal with Mexico’s largest mass media network to star as the lead character, Rubi on their eponymously titled blockbuster soap opera. This role earned her a second TVyNovelas Award.
She teamed up with Christian Meier again for the film La mujer de mi hermano, playing the character Zoe, the love interest and wife of Christian Meier’s character.
Barbara Mori’s next major success came in the 2009 psychological thriller Amor, Dolor y Viceversa. She starred in the movie with the likes of Leonardo Sbaraglia. It was also her first credit as a producer.
In 2008, she started working with Indian producer Rakesh Roshan on his movie Kites. She starred with the producer’s son Hrithik Roshan. The movie was filmed in different cities including Los Angeles, New Mexico, and Las Vegas. The movie was released in May 2010.
Her next production credit came with the 2011 movie Viento En Contra. Although the film was distributed by Warner Bros, it wasn’t as successful as she had hoped.
The actress hasn’t let up since then, appearing in a number of films and TV series. Some of them include Dos Lunas (2014), Cantinflas (2014), Operation Goldenshell (2017), and The Mongolian Conspiracy (2019).
Besides her time on movies, Barbara Mori was also involved in the 1 a Minute documentary. On the project, she revealed her early-stage cancer diagnosis and her journey to triumph and survival. The docu-drama also had other celebrity cancer survivors like Diahann Carroll and Jaclyn Smith. It also had William Baldwin, Deepak Chopra, Daniel Baldwin, Priya Dutt, and others. It was narrated by Kelly McGillis, distributed by UniGlobe Entertainment and produced by Indian actress Namrata Singh Gujral.
Who is Her partner – Kenneth Ray Sigman and Do They Have Kids?
Barbara Mori’s romantic life, as far as is known, is a really short reel. The actress met veteran Mexican actor Sergio Mayer in the beginning stages of her career in 1996. The couple had a son together – Sergio Mayer Mori – in 1998 and split up shortly after.
Mori started a relationship with Kenneth Ray Sigman – who is eleven years younger than she is – sometime in 2014. Sigman is a professional baseball player who has played for many baseball teams one of which is the Arizona Diamondbacks. The couple made their relationship public in 2015, and soon got married in 2016. The relationship didn’t last long as they called time on their union in mid-2017.
Mori is also a grandmother. Perhaps one of the youngest grandmothers in the world. In November 2016, her son, Sergio Mayer had a daughter Mila Mayer through his relationship with Natália Subtil, a model. This event made Barbara a grandmother at the age of 38.