Maria Canals-Barrera is an actress. Maria Canals-Barrera’s career skyrocketed after she landed in the widely rated Disney Channel family series Wizards of Waverly Place, where she began her amateur acting career in numerous theatrical plays.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010), Larry Crowne (2011), and the ABC comedy series Cristela are among her other notable credits.
Early life and Childhood
Maria Canals-Barrera was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 28, 1966.
Her Catalan ancestors are her parents. She is of American nationality and comes from a mixed ethnic background.
Maria earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami. She is also bilingual (Spanish and English) and took theatrical classes in junior high.
Canals-Barrera began her acting career in Miami and Los Angeles, where she worked significantly in the theater.
She had her first professional role in the Telemundo Spanish-language telenovela Marielena in 1992.
The following year, she made her big-screen debut in Cop and a Half, which was an instant blockbuster at the box office, generating over $41 million against a production budget of $4 million.
Barrera rose to prominence after starring opposite David DeLuise, Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jake T. Austin in the Disney Channel family sitcom Wizards of Waverly Place from 2007 to 2012.
She went on to star in the films Camp Rock (2008) and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010), as well as Larry Crowne’s Larry Crown (2011).
In Justice League, Barrera also voiced Shayera Hol/Hawkgirl. She also appeared in Cristela, a hit ABC comedy series, for a year in 2014-15.
She starred in Knight Squad, Young & Hungry, and Fuller House in 2018. She was also named the ALMA Award winner for Favorite TV Actress.
Net Worth and Salary
Maria Canals-Barrera’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.
Maria Canals-Barrera is a married woman with two children. In 1999, she married her longtime boyfriend David Barrera.
Barrera, her husband, is a well-known actor who played Gunnery Sgt. Ray ‘Casey Kasem’ Griego in Generation Kill.
According to reports, the pair started dating in 1997 and married after a two-year relationship.
In 2003, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Bridget Barrera. They have a second daughter, Madeleine Barrera, who was born in 2005.
After more than 18 years together, the power couple still has a deep love link.
The family of four now lives in Los Angeles with their two children as of 2018.