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Danna Paola
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Background information
Birth name Danna Paola Rivera Munguía
Born (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 28)
Mexico City, Mexico
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Universal Music Mexico
Associated acts

Danna Paola Rivera Munguía (born 23 June 1995) is a Mexican singer, model and actress. She gained popularity as a child actress and singer, starring in dozens of television projects throughout her early childhood and adolescence.

Early life

Danna Paola was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She is the daughter of Patricia Munguía and Juan José Rivera Arellano, the former singer of Grupo Ciclón and Los Caminantes. Her parents divorced during her childhood. She has an older sister, Vania Rivera Munguía.

Acting career

1999–2003: Early career

Danna Paola's acting career began in 1999 when at age 4 she and her sister attended Televisa's casting call in Mexico City for Plaza Sésamo, the Mexican version of Sesame Street. Both were later cast on the show and appeared in several episodes.

2004–2012: Breakout success

In 2004, she was chosen as the lead in the successful children's series Amy, la niña de la mochila azul. Her second studio album, Océano, soon followed. A year later, she was the female lead of Pablo y Andrea, the television adaptation of the classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Over the next several years, she earned parts in multiple television series produced by Televisa.

In 2009, she was cast as "Patito" in Atrévete a Soñar, the Mexican remake of the popular Argentine children's telenovela Patito Feo. Danna Paola filmed two seasons of the show and production was concluded in late 2009. Atrévete a Soñar marked Paola's transition from children's to teen telenovelas. Paola and the cast of the telenovela recorded two soundtracks and toured across Mexico in order to promote the show. The telenovela and its soundtrack were commercially successful throughout Mexico and Latin America. The soundtrack was certified double platinum in Mexico.

In late 2010, she voiced Rapunzel for the Latin American Spanish-language dubbing of the Disney film Tangled and participated in the film's Spanish-language soundtrack.

2013–2015: Wicked and other projects

In May 2013, Danna Paola auditioned for the first Spanish-language production of the Broadway musical Wicked in Mexico City. She auditioned for both Glinda and Elphaba, performing "Popular" and "Defying Gravity". Later that same month, the final cast for the Mexican production was announced, with Paola cast as Elphaba. The production opened in Mexico City at Teatro Telcel on 17 October 2013 and closed on 18 January 2015. Critics in Mexico, as well as the play's original composer, Stephen Schwartz, praised her performance. In addition to being well received by critics, the play was also a commercial success in Mexico City. During its first 10 weeks, Wicked sold over 100,000 tickets and had more than 100 performances; it broke a box office record, making it one of the most successful theatre productions in Mexico's history. At the age of 18, Danna Paola was the youngest person to play the role of Elphaba in a professional theatre production.

In January 2014, Danna Paola was cast in the movie Saving Sara Cruz, a modern-day remake of the 1992 film The Bodyguard. Production on the film never began and the project was later shelved. .....

In August 2014, Danna participated in the ABBA tribute album Dancing Queens, recording a cover of "Take A Chance On Me". "Take A Chance On Me" was released as single on 2 September 2014 and debuted at number 1 on iTunes México.

On 29 October 2014, she performed "No hay bien", the Spanish-language version of "No Good Deed", to a sold-out crowd at the Auditorio Nacional for the Lunas del Auditorio award show. That night, Wicked received an award in the "Broadway Show" category.

Danna Paola appeared in over 300 performances of Wicked from 2013 to early 2015. Following the conclusion of Wicked, she was invited by producer Alex Gou to join the cast of the musical Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar, where she played the lead role of Maria and went on tour throughout Mexico.

In August 2015, she recorded the duet "Mientras Me Enamoras" with Mexican singer Lalo Brito. A music video was also filmed, and it premiered on Brito's YouTube channel in September 2015. In mid-2015, Paola moved to Miami to film the telenovela drama ¿Quién es quién?. The project was her first telenovela role outside of Televisa. Filming for the program concluded in September 2015. ¿Quién es quién? began airing weeknights in the U.S. on Telemundo on 9 February 2016.


In early 2016, Paola filmed in the Mexican movie ¡Como va! Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo (later renamed Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo), on location in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and Querétaro. The movie was released in Mexican cinemas on 26 January 2018. In mid-April 2016, she was confirmed as a cast member in the telenovela drama La Doña, produced by Telemundo. The telenovela filmed in Mexico and premiered in November 2016. The finale aired on Telemundo in the U.S. on 1 May 2017.

In 2017, Paola was cast in the Telemundo bio-series José José: El príncipe de la canción, based on the life of Mexican singer José José. Paola played famed Mexican singer-songwriter, Lucero, and appears in 4 episodes of the show. The miniseries premiered on Telemundo on 15 January 2018. In late January 2018, Paola was scheduled to begin filming a role in the bio series based on the life of Mexican actress Silva Pinal. She later dropped out before filming began and instead revealed that she was cast in the Netflix original Spanish teen thriller television series Élite. Production for the television show forced Paola to move to Madrid for six months starting in January 2018. She was cast in the program following a long audition process in 2017. The show was shot in 4K and it premiered globally on Netflix in October 2018; Paola went on to star in 3 seasons of the series. In 2019, Paola was cast as a judge on the singing-competition series La Academia for TV Azteca. In 2021, she was cast as a mentor in Spanish singing competition series Top Star. ¿Cuánto vale tu voz? for Telecinco.

Paola decided at the end of the third season of Élite that she would quit acting and focus on music instead.


In mid-January 2016, Paola was revealed as the new face of L'Oreal Paris's "Casting Crème Gloss" hair color line for the Latin American market. The line is a collaboration between L'Oreal's Excellence and Preference lines. As part of the promotion, Paola dyed her hair and appeared in print and television ads for the brand.

Music career

In 2011, she began the production for her fourth solo studio album which also served as her debut album as a "grown-up" solo recording artist. Her previous discography included songs for telenovelas, children's music, and film soundtracks. She revealed that she wanted her new album to reflect her growth as an artist and shed her image as a child actress. "Ruleta", written by Mexican pop singer Paty Cantú, was announced as the album's lead single. The official music video premiered on Paola's official VEVO channel on 14 March 2012. The single rose to number 32 on the Top Mexican Airplay charts in July 2012.

In-mid February 2016, she announced that her upcoming single, "Baila hasta caer", would be released in March for radio and digital download. The song was recorded in Miami sometime during the filming of her telenovela ¿Quién es quién?.

As part of the 2018 film release for Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo, she released the single "¿Dónde estabas tú?" in November 2017. Her latest single, "Oye Pablo", was released on 29 August 2019. In 2020 she released the album SIE7E + which was followed by K.O. in 2021.


  • Mi Globo Azul (2002)
  • Oceano (2004)
  • Chiquita Pero Picosa (2005)
  • Danna Paola (2012)
  • SIE7E + (2020)
  • K.O. (2021)


Television roles and film performance
Year Title Roles Notes
2000 Rayito de luz Lupita Lerma
2001 María Belén María Belén García Marín Main role; 95 episodes
2002 La familia P. Luche María Belén García Marín Episode: "Ludovico en la escuela"
2002-2003 ¡Vivan los niños! Estrella Herrera Guest Role: 65 Episodes
2003 De pocas, pocas pulgas Amy la serenita
2004 Amy, la niña de la mochila azul Amy Granados-Betancourt Arteaga Main role; 115 episodes
Alegrijes y rebujos Herself Episode: "La fiesta"
2005 Contra viento y marea Child Natalia Ríos
Pablo y Andrea Andrea Saavedra Main role; 75 episodes
2007 Muchachitas como tú Paola Daniela
Objetos perdidos Child Episode: "Objeto 8"
XHDRbZ Golden Girl Episode: "Niños de oro"
2008 Querida enemiga Bettina Aguilar Ugarte
Tear This Heart Out Lilia Ascencio (Age 12) Film debut
La rosa de Guadalupe Samantha Episode: "Adiós a la calle"
2009–2010 Atrévete a soñar Patricia "Patito" Peralta Castro Main role; 261 episodes
2009 Plaza Sésamo as Patito Guest Star
2010 Tangled Rapunzel Film, voice role; Latin-American Spanish dubbing
2013 Como dice el dicho Mayra Mata Episode: "Los deseos se cumplen"
2015 Home Tippolina Tucci Film, voice role; Spanish dubbing
2015–2016 ¿Quién es quién? Paloma Hernández Main role; 120 episodes
2016–2017; 2020 La Doña Mónica Eulalia Hernández Sandoval Main role (season 1) guest star (season 2); 131 episodes
2018 Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo Renata Betancourt Film
José José, el príncipe de la canción Lucero Arcadia Méndez 11 episodes
2018–2020 Elite Lucrecia "Lu" Montesinos Hendrich Netflix production; Main role; (seasons 1–3) 24 episodes
2021 Raya and the Last Dragon Raya Film, voice role; Latin-American Spanish dubbing
Top Star. ¿Cuánto vale tu voz? Mentor
2023 Drag Race México Guest Judge Episode 3 “Drag Business”


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Regina: Un Musical Para Una Nación Que Despierta Regina
2004 Anita la huerfanita Anita Lead role
2013–15 Wicked Elphaba First production in Spanish
2015-16 Hoy no me puedo levantar Maria Lead role; musical

Awards and nominations

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