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Blanca Blanco
Watsonville, CA
Alma materWashington State University
Eastern Washington University
Years active2010 - present
Partner(s)John Savage (2008-present)

Blanca Blanco is an American actress[1] best known for The Dog of Christmas, Fake News, and Torch.


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Film
    • 3.2 Television
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 2018 Golden Globes controversy
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life and education[edit]

Blanco was born and raised in Watsonville, CA,[2] along with four siblings, by Mexican immigrant parents who worked multiple jobs to support them. She began taking acting and singing classes at a young age, often organizing theatre performances with her siblings, then joined the Gordon Hunt Group and The Groundlings for which she performed in multiple stage productions.[3][4] She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from Eastern Washington University with a Master of Social Work, in addition to studying Spanish in college. Blanco then worked as a counselor for hospice patients before transitioning to acting.[5] Blanco also trained with Sally Kirkland, John Savage, and Bruce Glover.[6]


Blanco has appeared in multiple independent films, including Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven in 2011, Defending Santa in 2013, Bullet opposite Danny Trejo,[7] Crimes of the Mind, Anatomy of Deception, Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time[8] and Bermuda Tentacles in 2014, Beverly Hills Christmas and Dubious Battle in 2015, and Woman on the Edge and the independent thriller film Fake News in 2017.[9][10] She also appeared in the films Teen Star Academy which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2016,[11] 6 Children & 1 Grandfather which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2017,[4] and Mission Possible which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2018.[12]

In 2016, Blanco was honored with the Arido Award for her contribution to the film industry.[6] In 2018, she won the International Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Betrayed.[13]

She is a supporter of the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, AIDS Society, The Salvation Army, Point Foundation,[14] and is a community leader for End of Life issues.[4][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Last Chicana Catholic Woman / Blanca
Squeaky Clean Co-Producer Short Film
Mi Amor: Dice Film Eva Short Film
2011 Nobody Loses All the Time Maria Short Film
Hot Girls on the Beach Bianca (Segment "Tequila")
Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven Mrs. Von Brausen
2013 Discarded Nurse Blanca
Defending Santa Ana, Spanish News Reporter
Awakened Mrs. Foster
2014 Bullet Maria Espinoza
Crimes of the Mind Female Jailor
Anatomy of Deception Mila
Bermuda Tentacles Natalie - President's Chief Aide TV Movie
2015 Sensory Perception Senator Magdalena
Running from WISHconsin Marsha
The Office Maria Short Film
Blood Isabelle Short Film
Beverly Hills Christmas Delia
The Sparrows: Nesting Blair
2016 Fishes 'n Loaves: Heaven Sent Judine
American Romance Miranda
Teen Star Academy Julia
2017 Hold On Nurse Luna
Torch Rolanda Montero
Spreading Darkness Vera
Fake News Lupita
Impuratus Alice
2018 Mission Possible Lilian
Followed Nic's Step Mother
6 Children & 1 Grandfather Actress
Daddy Don't Marry Again Actress
The Fabulous Christmas Holidays Actress
Betrayed Melanie
The Dog of Christmas Jennifer
A Medicine for the Mind Laura Short Film
Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time Lt. Cmdr. T'Lexa TV Movie
Woman on the Edge Natalie
Ovid and the Art of Love Alamenia


Year Title Role Notes
2014 On Air Serena
Whitey Agent Lopez Episode: "Girlfriend"
2017 Nunca es tarde Herself Episode: 27 February 2017


Personal life[edit]

Blanco and her partner John Savage lost their Malibu home to the 2018 Woolsey Fire.[17]

2018 Golden Globes controversy[edit]

In 2018, Blanco created public controversy after wearing a red gown to the 75th Golden Globe Awards, an event for which the majority of attendees wore all-black outfits in support of the Time's Up and Me Too movements against sexual harassment and assault.[18]

She responded to criticism in a public statement, saying:

"I love red. Wearing red does not mean I am against the #TimesUp movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the circle of abuse through their actions and their style choice. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status in the acting world. I am excited about the #TimesUp movement because true change is long overdue."[19][20][21]