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Maria is only mentioned in Eclipse as a part of Jasper’s past. Jasper recalls Maria as a tiny brunette with a soft and musical voice that had a tendency to be sharp. Maria was a very mature and able vampire was she was able to control her thirst even though she still preyed on humans’ blood.
All that we know of Maria is her early history as Jasper has not had contact with her in a long time. Jasper was a major in the Confederate Army and Maria was looking for humans that she could turn to vampires to create a newborn army when their lives first became entwined. After turning Jasper, Maria found him extremely useful because he was able to control the emotions of the vampires around him.
With Jasper and her sisters, Nettie and Lucy, Maria was able to take over numerous territories previously held by other vampires in Mexico. Maria eventually destroyed her own sisters, Nettie and Lucy, when they rebelled. Jasper later ran away with two other members of Maria’s army, Peter and Charlotte, due to Maria’s ruthless rule. After Jasper left we do not know what happens to Maria, although, there are indications that she is still alive.
Fun Fact: Beat over 900 girls for the lead in Maria Full of Grace her debut film performance
Hometown(s): Bogota, Columbia
Career: Catalina Sandino Moreno was widely recognized due to her debut performance in Maria Full of Grace in 2004. Since then she has had parts in other movies such as Paris Je t’aime, Love in the Time of Cholera, Journey to the End of Night, and now, another promising break through role in the Twilight Saga’s Eclipse as Maria.
About Them: Catalina Sandino Moreno was born to a pathologist mother and a breeder/vegetarian father. She married David Elwell on April 15th 2006 after living with him for a time. Catalina originally was studying advertising at a college in Colombia before moving to New York City in 2002. Catalina misses Columbia and hearing her native language so she reads books in Spanish. Catalina was the first Colombian to be nominated for an Academy Award and was in New York when she heard on TV that she was nominated for Best Actress in the 2005 Oscars for her role in Maria Full of Grace. Catalina is a huge fan of Ang Lee and would love to work with him in the future. Among her other favorite actors are Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal , Cate Blanchett, and Frances McDormand.
Quick Quote: “I feel I have a responsibility, as an actress, as a Colombian immigrant, and just as a person, to show people reality. It would be nice to be an actress who loves action movies, but I’m not that kind of actress.”