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A girl with a clumsy innocence

combined with a quirky mystery that can be seen in my smile

about me

Growing up I moved around quite a bit, My fathers job kept us on the move. I  have lived in 9 different countries and speak 5 languages.  I took a degree in Communication Studies- Journalism and I have a master’s degree in TV and Cinema.


I started my career as a TV producer in Portugal (SIC) & Brazil (TV GLOBO) and turned into an actress in 2011 when I quit my job and moved to Los Angeles, to “live” the dream.


I have lived in sunny California for 3 years where I concluded a two-year acting program at the Stella Adler (Academy of Acting and Theatre).

After graduating had private coaching with Joseph Pearlman (acting coach of Zooey Deschanel), Improv Classes at Groundings and also worked as a maid.


Back in Lisbon I was very fortunate to enroll straight away into a prime time Tv Series "Mar Salgado" and act for a little while before I stopped and ran away to Sydney, Australia.  There I became a waitress and a promoter. After Oz, I made my way back to Europe again, where I became a writer, an airbnb host, and a flight attendant.

Post pandemic I became an acrobat and an international artistic residency manager.


Currently, I'm making my way back into the acting industry.

I will do anything at me reach to play the role I'm chosen for. However if you have any doubts about the role not suiting me, in that case don't chose me because in the end it won't be good for either of us. I truly believe there are some parts that are meant for us and others that are not. And that's perfectly fine too.

my journey

SEP 1989 - JUN 2004

School everywhere

As a child living in Madrid, enrolled in the Lycée Français until the age of 8. I also started dancing and horse riding.

At the age of 8 moved to Guinea-Bissau and joined a Portuguese school.

As a 14 year old, moved to Dublin, Ireland, this time to study in an english school.

The next year moved to Lisbon to start highschool.

Completed my last year of highschool in Canada.

JUN 2004 - JUL 2006


Got my degree in Communication sciences.

SEP 2007 - 2008

New begginings

Got and internship as a producer in two tv channels from the SIC broadcasting chain, SIC Mulher and SIC Radical.

SEP 2006 - JUL 2007

ERASMUS program

Studied in Rome under de ERASMUS program.

2008 - 2010

Working as a producer

Produced the "Querido mudei a casa" show as well as other shows for Briskman.

SEP 2010 - JUL 2011

New adventure

Moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to work in an internship for TV Globo.

After 40 days I was invited to continue working there as a producer.

JUL 2011

Time for a change

Finished my Masters degree in Cinema and TV.

Decide to stop working as a producer to chase my dream of acting.

OCT 2011 - JUN 2014

American dream

Studied acting at Stella Adler's.

Worked as a maid to help with life costs.

Made several castings until I finally landed my first movie appearance as an extra.


First serious show

Made my debut on prime time TV in the soap opera "Mar Salgado".

JUN 2014 - 2015


Returned to Lisbon to try to make it in the Portuguese scene.

Became an AirBnB host in the meantime. 

FEB 2016 - FEB 2017

Far away

Went to live in Australia to try other ways of life.

In Sydney worked two jobs, as a waitress and as a promoter.

AUG 2015 - FEB 2016

Hard times make strong people

Spent the next few months trying out in multiple castings.

Started to doubt myself and decided to take a break from acting.

APR 2017 - JAN 2018

Returning home

Back in Lisbon and started working on an original script called "Shyre".

FEB 2018 - MAR 2020

Around the World

Worked for the air company Euro Atlantic.

Quit to join an artistic residence in Indonesia. to reconnect with myself.

Lived in Los Angeles for while to continue writing my original script.

Went back to Euro Atlantic but then the pandemic started.

Manager for the artistic residence of the group Momentom Collective

MAR 2020 - DEZ 2022

Regaining momentum

Back  to writing my series script "Shyre".

Begin the draft for a musical.

Still working with Momentom Collective


I'm back to acting!


Stand-up comedy





Cristina Paiva

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