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Alice Braga

Alice BragaAlice Braga Moraes, born April 15th, 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil is a Brazilian actress. She has appeared in several Brazilian films, most notably as Angélica in the highly acclaimed City of God in 2002 and as Karina in the 2005 film Lower City.

She has also starred in many Hollywood films such as I Am Legend in 2007, Repo Men and Predators which both were released in 2010, The Rite in 2011 and in Elysium in 2013. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Raised in a Catholic family, her exposure to the world of films and acting came at ayoung age. Both her mother, Ana Braga, and aunt, Sônia Braga, are actresses whom Braga often accompanied to film sets. She began her career by appearing in school plays and commercials, with her first commercial being for a yoghurt advertisement when she was just eight years old. As a teenager she began pursuing roles in television and movies.

In 1998, Braga debuted in a Portuguese-language film short called Trampolim, and then returned to her schooling. Her big break came in 2002 when she was cast in the role of Angélica in the critically acclaimed film, City of God, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize.

Alice BragaShe then took time off and attended university while appearing in a pair of well-regarded South American films. The 2005 film Lower City and Only God Knows in 2006 as well as in the popular Brazilian television program Carandiru, Outras Historias.

In the film Lower City Braga plays Karinna, a girl with no ties trying to survive by being a prostitute in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. She had acted in City of God, a few commercials and some theatre at school but had never been cast in a big role, so it was a huge challenge for her.

"We had an acting coach named Fatima Toledo who worked on Pixote, many other films and then on City of God. She has a really nice method - she doesn’t want you to try to create a character or to try to observe normal hookers or be another person. She wanted me and the boys to put ourselves as human beings in the characters' situations and to feel their emotions and problems.

It brings some reality to the film because you feel how hard it is. It was great. She gave us lots of exercises. She didn't want us to pretend to be emotional because that's not real. She puts your body into the emotion so that you have a connection that you can feel. That way you're always conscious about what's happening, what's going on in that moment of the scene."

Alice Braga"For me it was amazing. I did lots of exercises with my pelvis because Karinna is a dancer. I did some voice exercises and the practiced the love scenes.

I went twice to certain clubs just to see the energy and the movement of the hookers but not to copy them because we were afraid of getting into any judgement or prejudice. Particularly when playing a hooker it's always easy for you to get into a stereotype and we didn't want that."

Braga made her English-language film debut in 2006 with a starring role with Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Journey to the End of Night, which premiered at the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2007, Braga was cast in the Will Smith blockbuster I Am Legend and the drama Crossing Over, which stars Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd. She also appeared in the 2008 David Mamet film Redbelt alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Alice BragaBraga portrayed Beth in the science-fiction film Repo Men. She starred as Isabelle in Antal Nimrod's Predators, which was shot and produced by Troublemaker Studios and Robert Rodriguez. In 2013, Braga appeared as Frey Santiago in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium.

Braga rode to fame on the back of key performances in works produced in her native country, In 2008 she re-teamed with City of God director Fernando Meirelles for the haunting film Blindness, playing the only woman left in her village with the ability to see, after a mysterious condition renders everyone else blind. She also joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller Repossession Mambo in 2009, opposite Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

In her own words:

"Sao Paulo is a crowded town, it has so many buildings and traffic and so many people in one small place. I miss the energy of being there. I think people who have the power of communication, who have the power of publicity, do have an influence, and if I ever get that opportunity, I will take it. Everything is in our hands - each of us can make a difference and fight. That's something I believe in: taking care of being, always being giving, always trying to be helpful and generous."

Alice BragaEver since Alice Braga starred in City of God, the now 30-year-old Brazilian beauty has been battling invading aliens in films such as Predators and mutant vampires in I Am Legend. But in June of 2013 , the upheaval she was dealing with was not make-believe as she revealed in a W Magazine interview.

"I'm sorry I'm late," Braga apologized to the interviewer when phoning from São Paulo.

"But there's rioting all over the city."

A week earlier, a hike in bus fares had sparked a wave of protests, and Braga couldn't help but see the parallels to her latest sci-fi blockbuster film, Elysium.

"The movie is great entertainment," she said dutifully.

"But it’s also about how much inequality there is in the world."

Braga played a single mother struggling to survive on a devastated Earth while its elite citizens have fled for Elysium, an outer-space Xanadu scrubbed of disease and hardship.

"I always end up in these very intense action films," she said. "I have no idea why!"


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Trampolim Cláudia Short film
2002 City of God Angélica
2005 Lower City Karina
2005 Carandiru, Outras Histórias Vânia TV series
2006 Only God Knows Dolores
2006 Journey to the End of the Night Monique
2006 Drained Waitress
2007 The Milky Way Júlia
2007 Rummikub Filha paulista Short film
2007 I Am Legend Anna Montez
2008 Redbelt Sondra Terry
2008 Blindness Woman with Dark Glasses
2009 Crossing Over Mireya Sanchez
2009 Cabeça a Prêmio
2010 Repo Men Beth
2010 Predators Isabelle
2011 The Rite Angelina Vargas
2012 As Brasileiras Mirtes Episode: "A Indomável do Ceará"
2012 On the Road Terry
2012 City of God - 10 Years Later Herself
2013 Elysium Frey Santiago
2014 Latitudes Olivia
2014 The Ardor Vania
2014 Kill Me Three Times Alice Taylor In post-production


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