Actress, Producer and Screenwriter
Representation: Spain and Italy

Mariela Garriga is now shooting with Tom Cruise the next and last Mission Impossible movies Dead Reckoning I&II, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

Mariela was discovered as a dancer and model in her native Cuba and began her acting career in Italy in different productions. The claimed thriller “Gli Uomini dʼOro” gave her fame in Italy. Once based in Los Angeles, CA, she starred the feature films: “Bloodline” and “Nightmare Cinema”, and worked in the TV series “NCIS”, in its spin-off “NCIS: Los Angeles”, and in “Law&Order: Special Victims Unit”. She also starred at the biopic-series “Luis Miguel” and “Bosé”. As a producer, she released the documentary “The Life and Times of Gordon Hunt” and produced and write “E.L.I”.

Mariela Garriga - Actress

Mariela Garriga is an actress, producer and screenwriter.  She was born and raised in Havana, Cuba where she initially dreamt of becoming an archaeologist. She is trilingual and speaks Spanish, Italian and English fluently. She holds Cuban, Italian and American citizenship. Mariela is currently shooting the next two installments of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE saga -DEAD RECKONING I and II under the direction of Christopher McQuarrie.

Mariela’s parents separated when she was two years old and for most of her childhood, she was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother. Growing up and seeing her mother’s sacrifices to provide and ensure they had food to eat made Mariela aware of life’s harshness. From an early age, she realized if you wanted to achieve something you had to work hard to get it. She grew up in the same house as her cousin Isandra who was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Since Mariela learned to read and write at the age of 4, she was able to assist her disabled cousin with her schoolwork. She considers Isandra her hero and life inspiration.

At age 11, Garriga met a man whom she immediately knew would be her mother’s life companion. She encouraged her mother to meet him, the couple subsequently married that same year. They eventually had two children together. Mariela studied hard and participated in school tournaments which would enable her admission to the science boarding school in Cuba. It would allow her to apply to University to study archeology. When her mother unexpectedly fell ill and was unable to walk, Mariela took responsibility for the entire family and abandoned her dreams of archaeology.

Mariela began to work when she was 13, starring in several tv commercials, music videos and fashion shows. Shortly after, she was offered to work as a professional dancer at the Cuban Television Ballet. They gave her six months to demonstrate her work ethic, talent and worth to join the dance company. After a long and arduous training period, she passed the test and consequently juggled her dancing career with her high school studies and family duties. Mariela’s mother eventually recovered fully; from then on, she could focus more on her work. Many foreign companies wanted to hire her for international dancing shows, but she refused due to her young age and not wanting to leave her family.

In 2009, Mariela was scouted by a modeling agent. Due to the global economic crisis, she decided to accept and started working internationally. Soon afterward, she was working as a model in Milan. The cruel reality of the fashion world was traumatic, but she was determined to make it work for her and her family. She swiftly learned how to navigate the modeling world. She met Stefano Mongardi, a university student in Milan who stole her heart and whom she married a few years later.

In 2010, Mariela was called to audition as a lead for an Italian feature film. Even though she had never considered becoming an actress, the audition awakened her curiosity about acting. She visited the Michael Rodgers Acting Studio in Milan where Mariela fell in love with character interpretation and finally found the right path in her professional career. Her acting studies then took her to New York where she trained at Terry Schreiber and The Actors Studio. Since then, she’s been a professional working actress balancing roles between Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United States.

Mariela was recently seen in the Paramount+ series-biopic BOSÉ, where she plays the lead’s love interest, Giannina Facio. In addition to Mariela’s extensive work in LatAm and Europe, her US work includes recurring roles in emblematic TV series such as NCIS: LA, LAW & ORDER SUV, and NCIS; and co-lead roles in features such as NIGHTMARE CINEMA and BLOODLINE, opposite Sean William Scott. In 2019, she starred in the short film SOMBRA CITY, which earned her the Best Actress Award at the Queen Palm International Film Festival.

Last year, Mariela wrote and produced E.L.I Project, a short documentary to raise awareness against environmental crimes and endangered animals. She also founded her own production company, FACTUM FILMS and already has an impressive slate of projects including scripts that she has written herself.  Her mission with Factum is to produce stories that create social impact and build bridges that transcend cultures and borders.

Mariela is highly proactive. She drives her private and professional life with integrity and ethics. She’s currently based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and their 2-year-old rescue dog Havana.


2024 – Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning I (feature film) | Dir. Christopher McQuarrie | Paramount | USA-UK
2023 – Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning II (feature film) | Dir. Christopher McQuarrie | Paramount | USA-UK
2022 – Bosé (TV series) | Dir. Fernando Trullols & Miguel Bardem | Banijay Iberia | SPAIN
2022 – NCIS: Los Angeles (TV series) | Showrunner: Shane Brennan | Shane Brennan Productions | CBS | USA
2022 – E.L.I. (documentary) | Dir. Gabriel Beristain | Factum Films | USA
2021 – NCIS (TV series) | Showrunner: Steven D. Binder | Belisarius Productions | CBS | USA
2021 – Luis Miguel: The Series (TV series) | Showrunner: Carla González Vargas | Gato Grande Productions | Netflix | USA
2020 – Sebastián Yatra, Raw Alejandro & Manuel Turizo: TBT (music video) | Dir. Simon Brand y Daniel Durán | USA
2020 – L’Alligatore (TV series) | Dir. Emanuele Scaringi y Daniele Vicari | Fandango | RAI | ITALY
2019 – Gli Uomini d’Oro (feature film) | Dir. Vincenzo Alfieri | Italian International Film | ITALIA
2019 – Sombra City (short film) | Dir. Elias Plagianos | N/A | GREECE
2018 – Bloodline (feature film) | Dir. Henry Jacobson | Divide/Conquer-Blumhouse| USA
2018 – Nightmare Cinema (feature film) | Dir. Joe Dante, Alejandro Brugués, Ryûhei Kitmaura, Mick Garris y David Slade | Cinelou Films | USA
2018-2019 – I delitti del BarLume (TV series) | Created by Marco Malvaldi | Palomar | Sky | ITALY
2017 – Chi m’ha visto (feature film) | Dir. Alessandro Pondi | Ibla Film | Netflix | ITALY
2017 – NCIS: Los Angeles (TV series) | Showrunner: Shane Brennan | Shane Brennan Productions | CBS | USA
2017 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series| Created by Dick Wolf | Wolf Films |          NBC | USA
2017-2018 – The Last Defectors (TV series) | Dir. Juan Zapata | Zapata Filmes | USA
2016 – Miami Beach (feature film) | Dir. Carlo Vanzina | International Video 80 | ITALY
2016 –Life of Gia (feature film) | Dir. Romane Simon | Lucky Strike Films | USA
2016 – L’Ispettore Coliandro (TV series) | Created by Carlo Lucarelli | RAI | ITALY
2015 – Credence (feature film) | Dir. Jon Finger | N/A | USA
2015 – Il Giovane Montalbano (TV series) | Dir. Gianluca Maria Tavarelli | Palomar | ITALY
2014 – Amici come noi (feature film) | Dir. Enrico Lando | Taodue Film | ITALY
2013 – Copli di fortuna (feature film) | Dir. Neri Parenti | Filmauro | ITALY
2013 – Horror Vacui (TV series) | Dir. Paola Rotasso | N/A | ITALY
2011 – Matrimonio a Parigi (feature film) | Dir. Claudio Risi | Medusa Film | ITALY

2023 – The Empire of Havana (TV series, developing) | Dir. Gabriel Beristain | Vedado Films | USA
2022 – E.L.I. (documentary) | Dir. Gabriel Beristain | Factum Films | USA
2018 – Pebbles, Ripples and Waves: The Life and Times of Gordon Hunt (documentary) | Dir. Roger Bridges | Eleanor’s Boy Productions | USA

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