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Valeria began her career in some of Sydney's most successful stage presentations. By age 11, she had danced and sung her way into the title role of an Australian production of Annie, which ran for two years. The day after Annie closed; Valeria's father took her to Hollywood to go after her dream.

Landing a role in Sister Act 2, Valeria ended up writing the song Pay Attention with Whoopi Goldberg, and performed the tune on the film's soundtrack, which launched her recording career. Later, she was introduced to famed composer Hans Zimmer, who asked her to sing on the original demo for Can You Feel The Love Tonight for the feature film The Lion King. The song was later sung by Elton John.

That exposure landed her a deal at Interscope Records, which released her debut CD, Freshly Squeezed, which offers a modern take on classic Salsa rhythms and includes eight tracks co-written by the Latin singer. Her first single, Ooh La La, can be heard on the Legally Blonde soundtrack, and her dance hit Rhythm of the Night is featured on the hit Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

Valeria appears on PBS's landmark series American Family (directed by Gregory Nava), playing herself. In addition, Valeria appears as Ed McMahon's sexy performing co-host on the series Next Big Star.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Valeria Facts

OccupationActress, Musician

Selected Filmography

Not available.