Christmas with the Kranks
“Lot’s of people see me and are surprised because they imagined a different type. Like Julie Gonzalo doesn’t suit my body. They’d ask me ‘Where are you from? I’d say, Argentina; they’d reply ‘Your family is from Argentina.’ I’d reply ‘No I was born there and for me it’s a privilege to be able to communicate with two different markets both English and Spanish.” Julie Gonzalo.
Argentina-born, Miami-raised actress Julie Gonzalo began her career in front of the camera as a successful print model. She has appeared in the films "Freaky Friday" (2003), "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004) and "A Cinderella Story" (2004; as the witchy Shelby). After playing her first lead role in the holiday movie “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004; as Blair Kranks), she went to appear alongside Diane Lane and John Cusack in romantic comedy film "Must Love Dogs" (2005).
Meanwhile, TV viewers probably best remembered her as Parker Lee (2006-2007), the bubbly, boy-crazy cheerleader-type and Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie's (played by Tina Majorino) roommate, on the CW critically-acclaimed teen drama/mystery neo-noir series "Veronica Mars." She also has appeared in "Greetings from Tucson," "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service," "Drake & Josh," and will play a regular role on ABC's upcoming legal drama series, "Eli Stone," starring Jonny Lee Miller.
The 5' 8" blonde with blue eyes could also be seen in the music videos “Heaven” for Menudo and “I Need You Now” for Bart Baldwin. More personally, she is reportedly dating writer/director Brinton Bryan (born December 20, 1981).
“Being blonde eliminated the possibilities to do Latin roles, and the fact that I don't have a Latin accent because I was practically raised in the US.” Julie Gonzalo.
Childhood and Family:
“When I arrived with my parents from Argentina, I was hardly 8 years old and nor did I know of the existence of Hollywood in the map!” Julie Gonzalo.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 9, 1981, Julie Gonzalo was raised in Miami Beach, Florida, where she didn’t speak a word of English. She recalled, “The hardest part about moving here (the States) was the language…I learned at school – and by watching TV.”
Julie, nicknamed “Jill” or “Jul,” speaks fluent Spanish and often does press junkets for her films with the Spanish-language media entirely in Spanish, which has made her a very popular young star for Latinos and Latin Americans. She admires Hispanic actors like Cecilia Roth, the Mexicans Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Alejandro González Iñárritu and the Spanish award winning director Pedro Almodóvar. She now lives in Los Angeles, USA.
A Cinderella Story
“It was a blessing of God; I was born in Argentina and after eight years I moved to Miami. In school I began to take theater classes. I moved to Los Angeles, to prove, to see that I really had been born for this. The truth is that I had luck, I was with good people that helped me. I'm thankful.” Julie Gonzalo (on arriving in Hollywood).
Beginning her career in front of the camera as a successful print model, Julie Gonzalo also did extensive studies in acting and dancing, which allowed her to quickly make the transition to television. In 2001, she made her professional acting debut in a 16-minute comedy film titled "The Penny Game," directed by Connie DiCicco.
In the following year, Julie made her first feature appearance in "I'm With Lucy," romantic comedy directed by Jon Sherman and stars Monica Potter, Gael Garcia Bernal, Anthony LaPaglia and John Hannah. Afterwards, she decided to pack for Los Angeles to pursue a further acting career.
Within months of her arrival, Julie landed a recurring guest star role on the WB's sitcom “Greetings from Tucson,” where she played the charismatic Kim Modica (2002-2003). She followed it up with a regular role in the WB failed family/sitcom “Exit 9” (2003), and a supporting role in Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul's short film, "Special" (2003).
Also in 2003, Julie was spotted as a guest in a September episode of CBS' cop drama "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service." Additionally, she acted alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in Disney's summer 2003 release of “Freaky Friday,” which based on the book of the same title by Mary Rodgers.
2004 saw Julie in the pilot episode of Nickelodeon's sitcom "Drake & Josh" and landed a series role in Twentieth Century Fox / UPN's half hour comedy pilot "Me Me Me." She also returned to the big screen as Amber, the cheerleader whom Justin Long's character has a crush on, in writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber's comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," and as the witchy Shelby, leader of "popular" girls at school, in teen romance movie starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray, "A Cinderella Story." She once said, “I had so much fun with the role of Shelby on this film.”
That same year, Julie reteamed with Jamie Lee Curtis in the comedy film based on the 2001 novella "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham, "Christmas with the Kranks." She played Blair Kranks, the only daughter of Curtis and Tim Allen's title characters who returns from Peru and forces her parents to put together a holiday celebration within only 12 hours. On getting significant role in the film, Julie said, “This was the best Christmas present that you could give me. I cannot ask for more. This film was great for me and what happens from now on it will be good.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Lee Curtis, who has worked with Julie twice, said, “... Julie is one of those people where you can see why someone like Julie has become successful. She has that genuine naivety, that genuine green, she reminds me of my mother. In the sense where, here is this woman who really came here and blossomed into this movie star, very much like Julie. Again, talk about someone who is thrilled to have this job, thrilled to be here, there’s no divadom anywhere. The diva bus is way long gone with her and she’s just standing on the street. She is not that person. So she has that, and it comes across in movies. You see that face, and she has this innocence and beauty. And yet, incredibly smart, speaks three languages, she is doing our entire Spanish speaking press, going all over the place. She is lovely.”
In 2005, Julie was cast as June, the assistant of Diane Lane's character at the kindergarten they work at, in Gary David Goldberg's romantic comedy film "Must Love Dogs," which also stars John Cusack. Afterwards, she joined the cast of the CW critically-acclaimed teen drama/mystery neo-noir series "Veronica Mars," playing Parker Lee, the bubbly, boy-crazy cheerleader-type and Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie's (played by Tina Majorino) roommate at Hearst College. She appeared regularly on the show during its third season (2006-2007).
“... It has been tragedy after tragedy for her, and now I might get a love interest, so it’s exciting when you get a new script and it’s like, ‘Yes, I am not crying today.’ I’m gonna be happy and have love!” Julie Gonzalo (on her character Parker Lee on "Veronica Mars").
During her "Veronica Mars" stint, Julie served as producer of her boyfriend Brinton Bryan's 14-minute comedy film "Pink Eye" (2006) and executive-produced his short drama film "Silent Night" (2007), in which she also starred opposite Brandon Quinn. She also starred in an un-picked TV series pilot "The News" (2007), and played Desiree, the girl who saves Jonathan Tucker's character from homicide accusation by giving him an alibi, in the drama/thriller film "Cherry Crush" (2007).
Julie's latest film project, "Ladron Que Roba A Ladron," an action film directed by Joe Menendez, had its limited release on August 31st, 2007. Next, TV viewers will watch her playing Maggie Dekker, a junior associate at Eli's (played by Jonny Lee Miller) law firm, on ABC's upcoming legal drama series, "Eli Stone," which is currently scheduled to air as a mid-season replacement in 2008.
Next, Julie will be seen as a receptionist in a heartwarming, true story-based short film titled "Saving Angelo," which was written (story), directed, and starred by Dominic Scott Kay.
“I have so many goals. I have fulfilled some dreams, like working with people that I admire. What I want now is to demonstrate that I can do other emotions. Sky's the limit!” Julie Gonzalo.