Helena Rojo

Helena Rojo (born María Elena Enríquez Ruiz on August 18, 1944 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican actress and model.

Helena Rojo
Born
María Elena Enríquez Ruiz

(1944-08-18) August 18, 1944
OccupationActress, model
Years active1968-present
Spouse(s)Juan Ferrara (divorce)
Benjamín Fernández (?-present)
ChildrenLeo, Patricia, Elena and stepson Khotan Fernandez.

Biography

Born Mexico City, Mexico, she began her career as a model in the early-1960s. Toward the end of the decade, she studied drama with renowned Mexican directors Carlos Ancira and José Luis Ibáñez, making her film debut in 1968 in the film El club de los suicidas. That same year, Helena also appeared in her second film, Los amigos. She continued working as a model and appearing in small film roles in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1969, she signed an exclusivity contract with Productora Cinematográfica Marte. Later, she began expanding her acting career into television and theater. In 1974, her first television role was the lead in the telenovela Extraño en su pueblo. She was married to actor Juan Ferrara for many years. Currently, she is married to Benjamín Fernández, who is not in the entertainment industry. She is the mother of three children: Leo, Patricia and Elena, all from her first marriage.

Helena's cinematic career lead her to work with the most important Mexican film directors of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Felipe Cazals, Arturo Ripstein, Rafael Corkidi, Alberto Bojórquez, Marcela Fernández Violante and Jorge Fons, among others.

She has worked with international talent, such as German director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski with a role in the film Aguirre, the Wrath of God. She also appeared in the film Foxtrot (1976), directed by Arturo Ripstein and alongside actors Charlotte Rampling, Peter O'Toole and Max von Sydow.

In 2006, she appeared on the American dramedy series Ugly Betty, where she plays a mother who tries to steer her son away from the stepmother who has eyes for him on a 'faux' telenovela that is watched on TV by the main character's family.

Filmography

Movies

Year Title Character Note
2010CatarsisLa madreFilm
2008Amor letra por letraFabiolaFilm
1994Luces de la nocheTinaFilm
1993Guerrero negroEvaFilm
1992Los Años de GretaNoraFilm
1992Una Luz en la escaleraAdriana BernalFilm
1991Muerte ciegaAlisaFilm
1990Reto a la vidaElenaFilm
1988Don't Panic/Dimensiones ocultasMrs. SmithFilm
1983En el país de los pies ligerosFilm
1981Noche de juergaFilm
1980MisterioSilviaFilm
1978The Children of SanchezFilm
1978La SucesionFilm
1976La Gran Aventura Del ZorroElenaFilm
1976Mary, Mary, Bloody MaryGretaFilm
1976La Casa del SurElenaFilm
1975FoxtrotAlexandraFilm
1975Más negro que la nochePilarFilm
1974Payo - un hombre contra el mundoLupeFilm
1973Los Perros de DiosLauraFilm
1972Aguirre, der Zorn GottesInezFilm
1972Aquellos añosCarlotaFilm
1972EspejismoFilm
1972Ángeles y querubines'AngelaFilm
1972VictoriaFilm
1971Los CachorrosTereFilm
1971Una vez un hombreFilm
1971Fin de fiestaElenaFilm
1971Muñeca reinaLauraFilm
1971El Sabor de la venganzaRina PittmanFilm
1969Siempre hay una primera vezIsabelFilm
1968Los AmigosFilm
1968El Club de los suicidasFilm

Telenovelas

Year Title Character Note
2017El vuelo de la VictoriaMaria Isabel Vda. de la PeñaAntagonist
2016-17La candidataNatalia de San RománSupporting Role
2016Corazón que mienteSara Sáenz Vda. de CastellanosCo-Protagonist
2014El Color de la PasiónMilagros FuentesAntagonist
2012Por Ella Soy EvaEugenia MistralSupporting Role
2010-11Triunfo del amorHerselfSpecial Appearance
2009-10Corazón salvajeLeonarda Montes de Oca de VidalMain Antagonist
2008-09Cuidado con el AngelCecilia de VelardeCo-Protagonist
2007Amor sin MaquillajeInésSupporting Role
2006-07Mundo de FierasMiriam de Rivas del CastilloAntagonist
2005-06PeregrinaSabinaSupporting Role
2004-05Inocente de tiRebeca/Raquel Linares RoblesMain Antagonist
2003Amor realDoña Augusta Curiel de Penalver y BeristainAntagonist
2000-01Abrázame muy fuerteDamiana / Juliana GuillenAntagonist
2000RamonaDoña Ramona Gonzaga Viuda de MorenoMain Antagonist
1998-99El privilegio de amarLuciana DuvalProtagonist
1997Gente bienRebeca BalmoriCo-Protagonist
1995-96Retrato de familiaCecilia MariscalProtagonist
1992Las secretas intencionesAntonieta AlcantaraMain Antagonist
1984-85La traiciónAntonia GuerraProtagonist
1981-82Extraños caminos del amorIsabelaProtagonist
1978La hora del silencioBárbaraProtagonist
1977La venganzaMaría Olivares/Alejandra BalmasedaProtagonist
1976Mañana será otro diaPaolaSupporting Role
1974Extraño en su puebloIsauraProtagonist

Theater performances

  • 10 el marido perfecto (10, The Perfect Husband)
  • Lecciones para casadas (Lectures for Married Women)
  • Se infiel y no mires con quien (Be Unfaithful with Whomever)
  • Cena de Matrimonios (Dinner with Friends)
  • Me enamoré de una bruja (I Married a Witch)
  • La mujer del pelo rojo (The Redheaded Woman)
  • Pecado en la isla de las cabras (Sin on the Isle of Goats)
  • La Ronda de las Arpías (Song of the Harpies)
  • Una oferta inmoral (Indecent Proposal)
  • Yo miento, tú mientes, todos mentimos (I Lie, You Lie, We All Lie)
  • Bajo Cero (Frozen)

Awards

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