Magazine article Variety

Natalia Cordova-Buckley

Magazine article Variety

Natalia Cordova-Buckley

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EN POINTE

Natalia Cordova-Buckley, who co-stars in ABC's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" this year as Secret Warrior Elena Rodriguez (aka Slingshot), started her career onstage as a ballerina in Cancun before becoming an actress in Mexican productions like romanee film "Ventanas al Mar" and drama series "Bienes Raices," about two women who run a real estate office.

FAMILY BUSINESS

The 33-yearold actress has performing in her blood; her grandfather Francisco Cordova was a well-known Mexican actor. Finding ballet too limiting ("1 felt like I needed to branch out," she says), she came to the U.S. and attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. "Going there made me fall in love with theater and the craft of acting," she explains.

MARVELOUS BREAK

Her introduction to Hollywood came last year in sports-themed Kevin Costner starrer "McFarland, USA," in which she had a small role. …

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