PROFILE
Name:
America Olivo
Birth Date:
January 5, 1978
Birth Place:
Van Nuys, California, USA
BIOGRAPHY
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Member of Soluna


Background:

Hispanic actress and singer America Olivo first became famous as part of the music group Soluna, which was active from 1998 to 2004. Their debut album, “For All Time,” was released in 2002 under DreamWorks, and produced three hit singles with “Bring It to Me,” “For All Time” and “Monday Mi Amor.” Olivo has since added acting to her endeavors, including a 2007 LA Weekly Theater Award nominating role in the new musical “Hotel C'est L'Amour.” She is also known for starring in the new Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and for her performances in films such as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), “Neighbor” (2009), “Friday the 13th” (2009) and “Conception” (2011). Olivo was Playboy Magazine's February 2009 Babe of the Month in Playboy Afterhours and was on the cover of the June 2009 Issue of Playboy.             


Ammy

Childhood and Family:

Ameríca Athene Olivo, who would later be popular as America Olivo, was born on January 5, 1978, in Van Nuys, California. She is of Chilean, Italian, Irish, Spanish/Basque and Belgian heritage, and keeps three passports, America, Canadian, and Italian European Union. Her mother, Danica D'Hondt, was Miss Canada in 1959. Her father's name is Nello Olivo. She has two sisters, Corinne and Denise. America, whose nickname is Ammy, graduated from High School and started college at California Institute of the Arts at age 16. At CalArts, she met her future Soluna bandmate Aurora Rodriguez. She later gradated from the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York.

In July 2009, America married Canadian theater trained actor, producer and director Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell's older brother.


Hotel C'est L'Amour

Career:

After graduating from The Juilliard School, America Olivo performed the band Soluna in Los Angeles with Aurora Rodriguez, Jessica Castellanos, and T Lopez. Signed with DreamWorks Records, the group released a debut album titled “For All Time” on May 14, 2002. The uptempo song “Bring It To Me” was picked as the first single and made into the Top 20 of the Billboard Dance Chart. The title song reached No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 29 on the Adult Contemporary and No. 16 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and marked the group's best known song. The third single from the album, “Monday Mi Amor,” a Latin-influeced dance track, was launched on radio in November 2002. The dance mix of the song by DJ Wildlife successfully reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Breakout Chart, which became Soluna's highest charting. In February 2003, Soluna was handed an award for Best New Pop Artist at the Los Heraldos Awards in Mexico.

Lured by their stage and recording successes, UPN made a deal with Soluna to create a sitcom based on their adventures in the music business. The pilot was shot on April 28, 2004 and aired on UPN. Unfortunately for the group, the sitcom was not picked up by the network. In late 2004, members of Soluna decided to part ways, and Olivo focused on her career as an actress and solo musician.   

After the Soluna pilot, Olivo landed guest spots in many television shows such as “Cuts” (2005), “ House M.D.” (2005, 2006; as Ingrid), “Jake in Progress” (2006) and “How I Met Your Mother” (2006). She also had the chance to return to her roots in the theater when she had the lead female role of Marie in the new musical “Hotel C'est L'Amour” at The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. The role brought her a nomination at the 2007 LA Weekly Theater Awards.

In 2008, Olivo played the role of Marianna in several episodes of the ABC soap “General Hospital.” The same year, she had an uncredited part as Dubai beauty #1 in the superhero hit film “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey, Jr., and co-starred with Tony Todd, A.J. Draven and Jason Connery in the horror/thriller film “The Thirst: Blood War.” 2008 also found Olivo performing the dance single “Deja Vu,” which she wrote, and appearing nude and painted completely in silver on the cover of Mötley Crüe's “Saints of Los Angeles” album. In addition to “Deja Vu,” Olivo has recorded two other solo demos, the self written “Porcelain Eyes” and “Water From the Moon,” penned by Diane Warren. All of the demos can be listened to at her official website.    

In the following year, Olivo was featured on the cover of the June 2009 issue of Playboy magazine. Shot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson, she appeared in seven fully nude photos inside. Meanwhile, on the big screen, she was cast as Amanda in “Friday the 13th” (directed by Marcus Nispel) and co-starred with Julia Voth, Erin Cummings and Michael Hurst in the action movie “Bitch Slap” (directed and co-written by Rick Jacobson). She also appeared on “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (directed by Michael Bay and starred Shia LaBeouf) and “Neighbor” (directed and written by Robert A. Masciantonio), where she portrayed Frisbee Girl and The Girl, respectively, and starred as Sophia in the horror/thriller movie “The Last Resort.”

Olivo returned to the stage to perform the lead role of Arachne in the new Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” during the show's infamously long run of previews in late 2010.  She performed Arachne again in March 2011 when T.V. Carpio, who took over the role from Natalie Mendoza, withdrew from the show for two weeks. Olivo left the show on April 17, 2011, when the show closed for revision.  

During 2010-2011, Olivo also appeared the films “Circle” (as Britt), “Conception” (as Gina), the TV film “Peas in a Pod” (as Debra) and the direct to video “Love Shack” (as Fifi LeBeaux). She also made guest appearances in the television shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (as Nikki Vansen) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (as Eva Espinoza).

In 2012, Olivo played the role of Elijah Wood's mother in the crime/horror movie “Maniac,” directed by Franck Khalfoun, and co-starred with Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar and Beau Knapp in the horror film “No One Lives,” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8.

Olivo will make a guest appearance as Rebecca Carson in an episode of Syfy's “Warehouse 13” called “The Big Snag,” which will be aired April 25, 2013.


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