Who is Esmeralda Pimentel?
María Esmeralda Pimentel Murguía was born in Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico on 8 September 1989 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds Mexican nationality. She’s an actress and a model, with 25 acting credits to her name, perhaps still known best for her debut TV series appearance, portraying the main character Adalberta Claveria, in the 2009 romantic drama series “Verano de Amor”. It also starred Enrique Rocha, Juan Ferrara and Dulce Maria, and follows four teenagers who are spending their lives in Tlacotaplan, Veracruz, Mexico.
Early life and education
Esmeralda was raised in Ciudad Guzman by her Mexican mother and her Dominican father, but nothing else is known about her parents, as she respects their privacy.
As Esmeralda hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, she’s believed to be an only child.
She grew up being interested in both modelling and acting, and was a member of her elementary school’s drama club, appearing in nearly all the plays performed at the school. Esmeralda continued acting upon enrolling at a local high school, and was also sporting, as she played soccer and tennis. She was 18 years old when she launched her modelling career, after having entered the 2007 beauty pageant Mexicana Universal Jalisco (previously known as Nuestra Belezza Jalisco), representing the municipality Zapotlán el Grande; Esmeralda placed second.
Upon matriculating in 2007, she enrolled at Centro de Education Artistica, at which she studied acting, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011.
Roles in TV series
Esmeralda has appeared in seven movies and 18 TV series. In 2011, she made a guest appearance as Sandra, in the episode “Mas Vale Solo” of the drama “Como Dice el Dicho”, and the following year saw her play the supporting character Kenia in 39 episodes of the romantic drama “Abyss of Passion”. It starred Blanca Guerra, Sabine Moussier and Eugenia Cauduro, and follows Elisa, Gael and Damian, who were once childhood friends, and have now reunited as adults. A couple of Esmeralda’s following roles were in the fantasy comedy “Cachito de Cielo”, the romantic drama “Gossip Girl: Acapulco”, and the romantic drama “El Color de la Pasion”.
In 2015 and 2016, we saw her star as Sara, in the popular romantic comedy “La Vecina”, which also starred Juan Diego Covarrubias and Mauricio Abularach, and follows people who are starring in a telenovela. The year 2017 saw her star as Fabiola in all the 117 episodes of the drama “Enamorándome de Ramón”, then in 2018, Esmeralda played the main character Isabela Leon, in all the 66 episodes of the action crime adventure “The Beauty and the Beasts”.
Her three most recent roles in TV series have been in nine episodes of the thriller “El Candidato” in 2020, four episodes of the historical romantic drama “The Vineyard” in 2021, and two episodes of the drama “The Good Doctor” also in 2021. She’s currently shooting for the upcoming drama “No Fue mi Cupla”.
Roles in movies
Esmeralda made her debut film appearance in 2012, with her portrayal of La Nueva in the comedy drama “Viaje de Generacion”, directed by Alejandro Gamboa, and which starred Danny Perea, Kendra Santacruz and Ingrid Schwebel. It follows a group of Mexican teenagers who are about to matriculate, and have embarked on a road trip to Puerto Vallarta.
Esmeralda’s following movie role was in the 2017 romantic comedy “El Que Busca, Encuentra”, and the same year saw her star as Violeta in the comedy “The Kids are Back”, which was nominated for two awards. Her following roles were in the 2019 family comedy “El Hubiera Si Existe”, the 2020 romantic comedy “You’ve Got This”, and in the same year the action adventure thriller “No Man’s Land”. She’s currently shooting for the upcoming comedy “Dos Vacas y Una Burra”.
Esmeralda can be seen featured in two TV specials released in 2018, entitled “Balón de Oro de la Liga MX 2018” (presenter) and “Champions for Children Awards”.
Love life and husband
Esmeralda’s quite open when it comes to talking about her love life, and there are five men and women whom she’s dated, that the public knows about. Between 2012 and 2015, she was in a relationship with Osvaldo de Leon, an American actor and model who became popular thanks to his roles in Mexican telenovelas. There were rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Esmeralda and Osvaldo were also planning to marry, but this obviously didn’t happen.
In 2017, Esmeralda dated Alfredo Gatica, a Mexican actor who’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Ricardo in the series “La Vecina”, which was also how the two met.
Then the same year she began dating Osvaldo Benavides, a Mexican actor, film writer and producer, and the two were together until 2019, when they split for unknown reasons.
In 2020, Esmeralda spent a couple of months dating Mauricio Ochmann, a famous Mexican-American actor, who’s also known best for his roles in telenovelas, as well as for his performance in the 1999 romantic drama movie “Message in a Bottle”, based on the eponymous novel by Nicholas Sparks.
As of September 2021, Esmeralda’s in a relationship with the Mexican film writer and author Barbara Arredondo, indicating that Esmeralda’s possibly bisexual; she hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Esmeralda’s highly active on Instagram, as she seems to be enjoying the attention she’s receiving from her more than 3.1 million followers. She’s uploaded over 1,100 pictures, the majority of which have been taken during her everyday life.
Photography is one of her favorite hobbies, and many pictures taken by her can be found uploaded onto her Instagram account.
Esmeralda likes to travel, and her acting career has taken her around Mexico, to various US states, and to a couple of European countries; her dream travel destination is Miami in Florida.
She’s physically active, and has a couple of training sessions at the gym each week, while she’s also following a strict diet, as it’s important for her acting career to stay in shape.
Esmeralda enjoys watching Hollywood movies in her spare time – her favorite actor and actress are Matt Damon and Amanda Seyfried, while a couple of her favorite films include “Good Will Hunting”, “Letters to Juliette”, and “Dear John”.
Age, height and net worth
Esmeralda’s age is 32. She has short brown hair, as she’s recently had it cur; green eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 128lbs (58kgs).
As of September 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.