Maria Canals

Maria Canals

Highest Rated: 79% My Family/Mi Familia (1995)

Lowest Rated: 1% The Master of Disguise (2002)

Birthday: Sep 28, 1966

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Latina actress Maria Canals-Barrera is best known as matriarch Theresa Russo on the wildly popular Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place." Long before Canals-Barrera became involved with that production, however, she was a working actor, first appearing on an episode of the undercover-cop show "21 Jump Street" in 1990. Numerous TV roles followed, including a stint on the short-lived comedy series "Key West," set in her real-life home state of Florida, along with guest spots on various sitcoms, including "Caroline in the City" and "Veronica's Closet." In 1997, she joined the cast of "The Tony Danza Show," appearing in all of the series episodes before its cancellation. In addition to being featured on a run of the Latino-themed show "American Family," starring Edward James Olmos, Canals-Barrera began working extensively as a voice actor, portraying characters on the animated superhero programs "Static Shock" and "Justice League," among others. She signed on as Theresa on "Wizards of Waverly Place," and the show eventually garnered a huge following, even leading to a 2009 TV movie where she reprised her role. Well-established as a Disney Channel regular, Canals-Barrera also appeared in the hit TV movie "Camp Rock" as the mother of Demi Lovato's character, and returned for the sequel, "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." She is married to actor David Barrera, and the couple has two children together.

Highest rated movies

My Family/Mi Familia
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Camp Rock
Larry Crowne
Imagining Argentina
God's Not Dead 2
The Master of Disguise




No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Inspirations Bonnie (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wedding Do Over Irene Anderson (Character) - 2018
10% 62% God's Not Dead 2 Catherine Thawley (Character) $20.8M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Ellen Yindel (Voice) - 2013
No Score Yet 79% The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex Theresa Russo (Character) - 2013
37% 41% Larry Crowne Lala (Character) $35.6M 2011
63% 56% Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Connie Torres (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 67% Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie Theresa Russo (Character) - 2009
48% 75% Camp Rock Connie Torres (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 69% The Proud Family Sunset Boulevardez (Voice) - 2005
No Score Yet 51% Scooby Doo and the Monster of Mexico Sofia Otero (Voice) - 2003
31% 71% Imagining Argentina Esme Palomares (Character) - 2003
1% 35% The Master of Disguise Sophia (Character) $40.4M 2002
No Score Yet 83% Justice League: Starcrossed the Movie Unknown (Character) - 2001
79% 88% My Family/Mi Familia Unknown (Character) $11.1M 1995


100% 71% The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Sunset Boulevardez (Voice) 2022
No Score Yet 73% Kenan Loretta (Guest Star) 2022
No Score Yet 78% Young & Hungry Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 100% Sofia the First Mare of the Mist (Guest Voice) 2017
81% 82% The Big Bang Theory Issabella (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 80% Last Man Standing Sheryl (Guest Star) 2016
52% 61% Cristela Daniela (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet 92% Wizards of Waverly Place Theresa Russo (Character) 2007-2012
40% No Score Yet The Loop Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Handy Manny Peggy Salazar (Guest Voice) 2006
No Score Yet 73% George Lopez Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
92% 92% Curb Your Enthusiasm Dalilah the Hygienist (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Sunset Boulevardez (Guest Voice) 2001-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Family Christy (Guest Star) 2002
83% No Score Yet That's Life Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Veronica's Closet Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
7% No Score Yet The Tony Danza Show Unknown (Character) 1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline in the City Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
86% No Score Yet Almost Perfect Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1994