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Benjamín Rojas
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Benjamín Rojas in 2017.
Born
Benjamín Rojas Pessi

April 16, 1985 (1985-04-16) (age 36)
La Plata, Argentina
Nationality Argentina
Occupation Actor, singer and songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Partner(s) Martina Sánchez Acosta (2011-present)
Children Rita Rojas (b. 2018)
Parent(s) Juan Carlos Rojas and Rosalinda Pessi
Relatives Carlos María Rojas (Brother)
Juan Luis Rojas (Brother)
Milagros Rojas (Sister)

Benjamín Rojas Pessi (born April 16, 1985) is an Argentine actor and singer. He was part of the pop-rock band Erreway together with Camila Bordonaba, Felipe Colombo and Luisana Lopilato.

Acting career

Breakthrough (1998–2003)

Rojas was born in La Plata, and began his professional acting career in 1998, when he was 12 years old: he was cast as Yago in Cris Morena's production, Chiquititas. His portrayed a Tarzan–like boy who helped Jimena, played by María Jimena Piccolo, to get out of a jungle. In turn Jimena took him to the Rincón de Luz orphanage. In 1999, for its fifth season, Chiquititas got a complete makeover and renewed its story completely. Rojas continued on the show but playing a new character, Bautista Arce. He reprised the role in Chiquititas feature film Chiquititas: Rincón de Luz.

In 2002, he renewed his contract with the Cris Morena Group and was cast for the role of Pablo Bustamante in the Martín Fierro Award—nominated hit television series Rebelde Way. Along with former Chiquititas fellows Camila Bordonaba, Felipe Colombo and Luisana Lopilato, he formed a music band, named Erreway, which sold more than 10 million compact disc units worldwide. In 2004, Rojas reprised his role of Pablo Bustamante in Erreway: 4 Caminos, a Rebelde Way spin–off film. His films have grossed 8.7 billion in global box office.

Stardom (2004–present)

In 2004, Rojas starred in the El Trece series Floricienta, his third consecutive project with the Cris Morena Group in the span of seven years. He starred the series as Franco Fritzenwalden for two seasons, alongside Florencia Bertotti and Juan Gil Navarro. Rojas also reprised his character in the theatre version of Floricienta. In 2006, he once again worked with Cris Morena on television series Alma Pirata, opposite Luisana Lopilato, Mariano Martínez and Elsa Pinilla. Rojas also recorded several songs for Alma Pirata soundtrack album.

Throughout 2007 and 2009, Rojas had several guest appearances in the television series Casi Ángeles. In 2008, he appeared in two films, Kluge alongside Alejandro Awada, and La leyenda alongside Pablo Rago. These were his first projects done independently from the Cris Morena Group. In 2008, Rojas signed a contract with the Cris Morena Group and the Disney Channel Latin America for a new television sitcom, Jake & Blake, his first project in English. The series, based on the story of The Prince and the Pauper, went on to reach a worldwide success. Rojas signed up for two television series in 2011, Venezuelan series Amigos y Rivales and Argentine series Cuando me sonreís, opposite Facundo Arana and Mariana Espósito.

Musical career

During the development of Rebelde Way, Rojas and his co-stars: Luisana Lopilato, Felipe Colombo and Camila Bordonaba have become the members of the band Erreway. They immediately reached worldwide popularity, especially in Latin America, Spain, Europe and Israel. All their studio albums, Señales (2002), Tiempo (2003) and Memoria, reached Platinum certification. The band was partially inactive from 2005 to 2007, when they reunited as a trio, without Lopilato. They released Erreway presenta su caja recopilatoria, the greatest hits compilation, in 2007, and a new album Vuelvo was announced. However, Vuelvo has never been released. In 2010, Bordonaba and Colombo began their independent musical project, La Miss Tijuana, marking the final split of Erreway.

Rojas has recorded several soundtrack albums for his television series. This includes five Chiquititas soundtrack albums, released from 1998 to 2001. He also had songs in the Floricienta soundtrack album. Rojas also recorded a soundtrack album for Alma Pirata in 2006 and appeared in 2007 soundtrack album of Casi Ángeles. In 2010, Rojas released the soundtrack album for his television series Jake & Blake.

Personal and media life

Rojas was born in La Plata, Argentina, as the youngest of four children of Juan Carlos Rojas and Rosalinda Pessi. He has two brothers, Carlos María and Juan Luis, and a sister, Milagros. Rojas attended the Gimnasia La Plata and played for its rugby team. However, he quit his sports career due to his role in Chiquititas. Rojas is a fan of football soccer and a passionate supporter of Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. He is fluent in Spanish and English, which he studied for six months in New York City as the preparation for the television series Jake & Blake, which was shot in English.

From 1998 to 2004, Benjamín Rojas was in a relationship with his co–star the actress, Camila Bordonaba at the time they were both cast for Chiquititas and Rebelde Way.

From 2006 to 2008, Benjamín Rojas was in a relationship with the actress and model, María Del Cerro with whom he was engaged.

Since 2011, Benjamín Rojas has been in a relationship with Martina Sánchez Acosta, a television producer. On December 21, 2018, the couple's first child, a girl, was born whom, they called Rita Rojas.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Character Channel
1998 Chiquititas Yago Telefe
1999–2001 Chiquititas Bautista Arce Telefe
2002–2003 Rebelde Way Pablo Bustamante Canal 9/América TV
2003 Rincón de Luz Himself with the Erreway group Canal 9
2004–2005 Floricienta Franco Fritzenwalden /Franco Calderón Guerrero Canal 13
2006 Alma Pirata Cruz Navarro Telefe
2007 Casi Ángeles Himself Telefe
2009 Casi Ángeles Cacho de Buenos Aires Telefe
2009–2010 Jake & Blake Jake Valley/Blake Hill Disney Channel
2011 Cuando me sonreís Juan Segundo Murfy Telefe
2011 Atrapados Gonzalo Yups Channel
2012–2013 Lynch Hacker Moviecity
2013 Solamente vos Federico Canal 13
2014 Mis amigos de siempre Maximiliano "Maxi" Barraco Canal 13
2018 Rizhoma Hotel Lalo Telefe
2018–2019 Mi hermano es un clon Ignacio "Nacho" Carmona Canal 13

Theater

Year Title Character Director Theater
1998 Chiquititas Yago Cris Morena Teatro Gran Rex
1999–2001 Chiquititas Bautista Arce Cris Morena Teatro Gran Rex
2002 Rebelde Way Pablo Bustamante Cris Morena Teatro Gran Rex
2002–2007 Erreway Himself Cris Morena
2004–2005 Floricienta Franco Fritzenwalden Cris Morena Teatro Gran Rex
2006 Floricienta, el tour de los sueños Franco Fritzenwalden Cris Morena
2007 Floricienta, el tour de los sueños en México Franco Fritzenwalden Cris Morena
2012 Juicio justo Judge La Clac
2014 Al final del arco iris Anthony Ricky Pashkus Teatro Apolo
2015–2017 El otro lado de la cama Pedro Emilio Martínez-Lázaro Teatro Apolo
2018 Se alquila Himself Alfonso Burgos Teatro Buenos Aires
2019 Una semana nada más Martín Mariano Demaría Teatro El Nacional Sancor Seguros

Television programs

Year Program Channel Notes
1998 Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand Canal 13 Guest
1998–2001 Susana Gimenéz Telefe Guest
1998–2001 Videomatch Telefe Guest
1998 Nico R Telefe Guest
1999–2000 Sábado Bus Telefe Guest
2000–2001 Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand Canal 13 Guest
2001 Maru a la tarde Telefe Guest
2002 Georgina de noche Canal 9 Guest
2002 Implacables Canal 9 Guest
2002 Videomatch Telefe Guest
2003 Intrusos América TV Guest
2003 Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand Canal 13 Guest
2003 Media Mañana Canal 9 Guest
2004 Videomatch Telefe Guest
2007 Susana Gimenéz Telefe Guest
2012 Antes que sea Tarde América TV Guest
2012 AM, antes del mediodía Telefe Guest
2013 Pura Química ESPN+ Guest
2013 Fans en Vivo FWTV Guest
2015 Tu cara me suena (Season 3) Telefe Participant
2016 Desayunos informales Teledoce Guest
2016 La Mesa Esta Lista Canal 13 Guest
2016 Bien de verano Magazine Guest
2016 Cómo anillo al dedo Canal 13 Participant
2017 Cortá por Lozano Telefe Guest
2017 Pampita Online KZO [es] Guest
2017 Algo contigo Canal 4 Guest
2018 Los ángeles de la mañana Canal 13 Guest
2019 Cortá por Lozano Telefe Guest
2020 Cortá por Lozano Telefe Guest
2020 Bienvenidos a bordo Canal 13 Guest

Movies

Year Movie Character Director
2001 Chiquititas: Rincón de luz Bautista Arce José Luis Massa
2004 Erreway: 4 caminos Pablo Bustamante Ezequiel Crupnicoff
2007 Kluge Lautaro Luis Barone
2008 La leyenda Lucas Vallejos Sebastián Pivotto
2009 Horizontal vertical Juan Nicolás Tuozzo
2011 El abismo, todavía estamos Mateo Gustavo Adrián Garzón
2013 La noche del Chihuahua Juan Guillermo Grillo
2016 En busca del muñeco perdido Facundo Baigorri and Hernán Biasotti
2017 Ojalá vivas tiempos interesantes Santiago Van Dam
2018 Eso que nos enamora Ariel Federico Mordkowicz

Discography

Soundtrack albums

  • 2004 — Floricienta
  • 2005 — Floricienta
  • 2007 — Floricienta
  • 2006 — Alma Pirata
  • 2010 — Jake & Blake

Erreway

  • 2002 — Señales
  • 2002 — Erreway en Grand Rex
  • 2003 — Tiempo
  • 2003 — Nuestro Tiempo
  • 2004 — Nuestro Tiempo
  • 2004 — Memoria
  • 2004 — Gira 2004
  • 2006 — El Disco de Rebelde Way
  • 2006 — Erreway en Concierto
  • 2007 — Erreway presenta su caja recopilatoria
  • 2007 — Erreway en España
  • 2007 — Vuelvo

Roco

  • 2013 — Pasarán años
  • 2013 — Como baila la novia
  • 2013 — Gira
  • 2013 — Quien se ha tomado todo el vino
  • 2013 — Tornado

Singles

  • 2017 — Polarizado

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Kids Choice Awards Argentina Favorite Supporting Actor Solamente vos Nominated
2017 Estrella de Mar Awards Supporting Actor El otro lado de la cama Winner
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