Adriana Cataño is an actress and television host with over twenty years experience. This green eyed beauty is known as one of Miami's Beauty Icons. Thanks to her clean and positive image, Adriana has been the spokesperson for Rooms to Go (largest chain of furniture stores in the U.S ) for 20 years, making it evident that she is loved and respected among Hispanics in the U.S. She is completely bilingual and has worked in both the mainstream and Hispanic market making her a true crossover talent. Adriana is the beauty writer for Conexiones Internacional Magazine, Hola Latinos Magazine and formerly at Eventos Magazine, three of Florida's most well known publications. Most recently, CNN en Español named her "Mujer de La Semana," (Woman of the Week) due to her work with teenagers in the community and her positive image as a public figure. Just a few days ago, Adriana was chosen to be a presenter at the prestigious "Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame" Award ceremony. She was also recently part of the "Celebrity Panel" on Sabado Gigante (Univision Network's highest rated show on prime time.) Adri was the host of the reality show "Cuerpos de Gloria" for world renown beauty expert Gloria Hincapie due to her elegance, class and expertise on nutrition & beauty tips. Adriana's last award was the "Mujer Imagen" award by the Mujer Imagen Foundation and Imagen Magazine in Miami, Florida for her show business seminars and her endless work with teenagers in the Dade County community. Her seminar has been so successful she had her own segment on how to get started in show business on America Te Ve's television show, "Happy Hour."
When Adriana launched her two-day seminar, "How to break into show business and succeed" she was immediately named "Hispanic Artist of the Year" by the Hispanic Heritage Council and Miami Dade College for her amazing work with teenagers in the Miami Dade County community and her superb acting seminars. She continues her seminars for teenagers who want to break into show business, giving them all of the do's and dont's, supplying them with an acting coach and an overall view of the in's and out's of the show biz industry. All ten of Cataño's seminars have been sold out. Students have travelled from New York, Arizona, Orlando, Panama, Colombia, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina and Texas to be a part of the seminar. Laura Moro, Nuestra Belleza Latina's dialect and vocal coach has joined Adriana in her new seminars. Adri also continues to invite world renown acting coach Marc Durso from Act True to teach her students basic acting and basic improv at her seminars. Due to the seminars' success, we have seen Adriana on her fabulous media tour on many national tv shows and on all of the top spanish-language tv networks such as: Telemundo's morning show "Un Nuevo Dia", Univision's morning news cast "Al Amancer," "CALA" on CNN," Acceso Total"," Buenos Dias Miami"," Paparazzi tv"," El Happy Hour," "Roxanna Show"," Jaime Bayly" "La Revista de Zuleyka" and ABC Channel 10 news just to name a few. She has been on the top rated radio shows such as: Univison Radio's "Tu desayuno musical" hosted by Javier Romero, "Tardes Calientes," also on Univision Radio, "De Costa a Costa" on Univision Radio, the "DJ Laz morning show," and many more.
Her most recent acting credits include a principal role on "America's Most Wanted" on Lifetime Television, which is one of the most respected and highest rated shows in the US. In addition she was part of the main cast of the award winning series titled "Grachi" season 1 and season 2, playing "Cristina Esquivel." Both seasons won Favorite Telenovela at the Kid's Choice Awards and have been the highest rated series of all time on Nickelodeon Latin America.
Adriana has worked on several Spanish language telenovela’s for networks such as Nickelodeon Latin America, TV Azteca, Univision and Telemundo. She played the role of Jacqueline Tovar, a sexy villain in TV Azteca’s telenovela “Belinda”, which aired internationally with overwhelming success in the US and Mexico. During the launch of Univision’s “Secreto de Amor”, Adriana garnered a huge fan base by playing the role of “Elisa Ferrer” and establishing herself as a dominant force among her peers. Other Spanish lead roles include: Grachi 1 and Grachi 2, Belinda, Secreto de Amor, Morelia, MariElena, Amor Latino and Cadena Braga. Adriana’s crossover to the mainstream market took place with the lead role of “Julia Vargas”, on ABC’s “Moon Over Miami.” Also, she starred in the independent film “Macumba”, which was shot in English and Spanish. Due to Adrianaʼs undisputable beauty, charisma and talent, she has worked along A-list talents such as Will Smith in “Bad Boys” and Eddie Murphy in “Holy Man.”
Cataño has also co-hosted several morning shows on spanish language tv networks such as Telemundo's "Un Nuevo Dia." She excels at hosting live television & live events. She has also co-hosted several shows on Univision including “Despierta America” and “Viva La Familia de Todo Bebe”, as well as hosted several “New Year’s Eve” specials for Telefutura on several occasions. She has been a recurring guest on Univisionʼs top rated shows such as: “El Gordo y La Flaca,” “Don Francisco Presenta,” “Primer Impacto,” and “The Cristina Show.” Another astonishing phase in her career was being an anchor and TV host for Telemundo’s highest rated shows “Edicion Especial” and “Cinemundo.” Adriana was the producer, writer and reporter for Telemundoʼs “Hollywood DF”, where she had the honor of interviewing many celebrities. Jamie Foxx, Dwayne Johnson "The Rock," Shakira, PDiddy, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Halle Berry and Jimmy Smitts are just a few A listers Adriana has interviewed. She hosted several TV Specials for Telemundo of vital importance such as “Latin Billboard Awards Pre-Show and Post Show,” “Ritmo Latino Music Awards,” “Calle Ocho,” “Lo Maximo del Espiritu Latino,” and “Sonidos del Milenio. Adriana hosted Fox Sports weekly show “Fox Al Bate”, which required her to cover the Major League Baseball All-Star Games and World Series, as well as the opportunity to interview MLB legends such as: Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken Jr, Ken Griffey Jr, Jose Canseco, Livan Hernandez and Edgar Renteria among others. On three different occasions, Adriana has had the opportunity to be the presenter at the regional Emmy’s, and co-hosted an NBC TV Special “My People, Mi Gente.
Adriana is a household name among Hispanics in the US, Central and South America. She has graced the covers, and has been featured on hundreds of National long leads and regional newspapers such as: Selecta Magazine, Venue Magazine, Latino Show Magazine, Gente Latina Magazine, FHM, Maxim online, Terra.com, La Opinion, Latina online, Galardon Musical, El Reforma, Latino Show Magazine, LifestyleMiami.com, Eventos Magazine,People en Español, Conexiones Internacional, Hola, Cosmopolitan en Español, Hola Latinos Magazine, Ocean Drive en Español, Ocean Drive, TV Notas Mexico,TV Notas USA, Mira, Menʼs Fitness en Español, TV y Novelas, Open Your Eyes Magazine, El Especialito, and Integrate News just to name a few. She has starred in over 1000+ advertising campaigns world-wide including: Coors Light, Bud Light, Colgate, Coca-Cola, Head and Shoulders, Shiseido Cosmetics, Revlon, Presidente Brandy, Cerveza Presidente, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Tide.
A few years ago, Adriana discovered a hidden talent and her passion for voice-overs. She is a favorite among the largest ad agencies in the US and Latin America, and has been the voice of several international campaigns. She is known as the "voice over queen." We have heard her voice in national and international campaigns such as Gucci Guilty Perfume, Glade, Sunny D, Tylenol, Alltel Wireless, McDonaldʼs, Statefarm Insurance, Walgreen's, Aveeno Cosmetics, Smirnoff Vodka, LʼOreal, Folger's, Payless Shoes, Tampico Orange Juice, Maybelline for Nuestra Belleza Latina, Garnier Fructis for Nuestra Belleza Latina and Mike's Hard Lemonade among many others.
Her fans are so happy that Adriana launched her facebook public figure page facebook.com/ catanoofficial. She often posts beauty tips along with exercise and nutrition guides. Most people are not aware that Adriana was an obese teenager, weighing 165 lbs. by the age of 15. She worked very hard to lose 50 lbs. by the age of 17 and managed to keep off her weight, and began her modeling career during high school. During her pregnancy, Adriana weighed 185 lbs. and after giving birth to her daughter Gaby, she dropped her weight down to 122 lbs. (before Gaby turned 1) through perseverance and staying focused. Her daughter is now 19, and Adriana is a true example that an obese teenager can blossom into a calendar beauty just like she did. With dedication, patience, love and self-control anything is possible. Adriana is adamant and excited to help millions of people around the world who are struggling with their weight issues. Her friends, colleagues and fans have insisted that she writes a book about three important life components: Mind, body and soul (beauty, exercise and nutrition). Cataño is also a philanthropist and very active in charity events in Miami, Florida. She recently donated all of the proceeds from her seminar to the Scarlett Contra el Cancer foundation and she is a supporter of St. Jude Cancer Research Hospital, Miami Children's Hospital, Perla de Esperanza foundation and many more.
Adriana was born in Miami, Fl but she is extremely proud of her Colombian roots. Her perseverance and hard work have led her to a successful career at a young age. She studied Broadcast Journalism at Florida International University, and acting methods with well-renown acting coaches such as: Michelle Danner at the Larry Moss Acting Studio (Los Angeles, CA), Lori Wyman, Dan Chernau, Michael Gioia, Marc Durso, Sonia Nikore, John Fionte, Mel Johnson, Marc Macaulay, Robbie Burns and Iris Acker.