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Actress Christina Ochoa (born Cristina Ochoa Lopez, in Barcelona) is known for her recurring roles in US television shows such as Robert Rodriguez’s Matador and TNT’s Animal Kingdom. She most recently starred as the lead in SyFy’s grindhouse-cinema-inspired series, Blood Drive and The CW’s serialized military conspiracy thriller, Valor. She currently stars in ABC’s popular dramedy series, A Million Little Things.
Ochoa began acting as a hobby, starring in theatrical plays in Washington, D.C. at the Little Theatre of Alexandria and quickly decided to pursue a career in performance arts by moving to Madrid where she attended the Cristina Rota Conservatory and Film Institute. Additional work in theatre and TV soon followed including roles in I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Modern Family, The Neighbors and Spain’s La Que Se Avecina, as well as in films, including Cats Dancing on Jupiter. She is also the founder and owner of QE (Quantum Entanglement) Productions, responsible for the 2011 short film Stay with Me, which won awards (including Best Actress) at film festivals both in Europe and the United States.
Ochoa is the host of the Know Brainer educational podcast, and has been the host and keynote of several scientific conferences and shows including the college prep program MESA, Bitesize TV’s Chaotic Awesome, and NERD ALERT on The Young Turks network. She is part of the Los Angeles Committee for Science for Society, which promotes science in society and scientific literacy, and which is the sponsor of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).She served as commentator for ISEF 2017. She has been an active member of Mensa since 2009.
She has also participated as an expert guest on the scientific comedy podcast Professor Blastoff, part of the Earwolf network; Cara Santa Maria’s Talk Nerdy; and several online STEM education platforms.
Ochoa’s special skills include scuba diving, dance, fight and stunt-driving. She is also fluent in the English and Spanish languages. She currently resides in Los Angeles.