WELCOME TO SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE: Eduardo Verastegui



Eduardo Verastegui, who starred in 2007's multi-award winning movie Bella,will be coming to DePere on Tuesday to support the campaign efforts of his friend, John Gard. Aware of his deep devotion to the Catholic Church, his profound pro-life stance, and the great relationship he has with the Norbertine Community of Orange, California, John wondered if I would be available to meet up with Eduardo if time allowed on Tuesday. In fact, John mentioned that he had a decent amount of time that would allow us to get to know each other.

I did see Eduardo's latest movie when it was released on DVD earlier this spring. Knowing that others might want to have an opportunity to meet him as well, we decided to invite anyone who is interested to view the movie and then have a chance to meet the actor and learn how this movie has changed his life -- and the life of so many others as well.

Towards that end, through John and Eduardo's generosity, I invite you to come to St. Norbert, watch the movie, meet the star and be inspired by his life that is now spent in an attempt to use his gifts and talents to give greater honor and glory to God. All are welcome!

TUESDAY, 29 JULY 2008

3:00 PM Watch the movie, Bella

4:30 PM Meet Eduardo Verastegui


Walter Theater

Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts

Saint Norbert College

Life is a complicated journey in which right and wrong are sometimes indistinct and where the things that really matter are often unclear. Bella is a powerful, leisurely-paced film in which Jose (Eduardo Verastegui) and Nina (Tammy Blanchard) struggle to do what's right while seeking meaning in their lives. A quiet, brooding man with a dark past, Jose works as a chef in his brother Manny's (Manny Perez) restaurant where he mostly keeps to himself until young waitress Nina is fired. Touched by Manny's unfair treatment of Nina, Jose impulsively leaves work to follow Nina and spends a day with her where he discovers that she is pregnant and alone. The two become incredibly close in the space of a day, sharing their pasts, feelings, and fears, and a lasting friendship is born. As Nina struggles with her pregnancy options and Jose comes to terms with a horrific incident from his past, the pair's newfound friendship aids in growth and healing. In the end, Jose and Nina's lives become permanently intertwined in a most beautiful and unexpected way. Bella is a moving, introspective film that will inspire serious personal reflection. --Tami Horiuchi

Born in Xiootencatl, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Verástegui was studying law but decided to pursue modeling in Mexico City and ended up working for such famous designers as Calvin Klein and Versace. Soon after, in 1994, he became a member of the Mexican pop group, Kairo. Throughout a four-year tour, Kairo played sold out concerts throughout Latin America.

In 1997, Verástegui began acting in Mexican soap operas produced by powerhouse production company, Televisa. His novelas were seen in over 50 countries, and by over 10 million viewers in the United States. In addition, his soap operas achieved record-breaking ratings in major markets in the United States.



In 2001, Verástegui signed a recording contract as a solo artist with Universal Music Latino
and recorded his first self-titled album. Two years later, in 2003, Eduardo Verástegui was chosen as the lead character in the Latin comedy Chasing Papi, alongside Jaci Velasquez, Sofia Veraara, and Roselyn Sanchez. Though the movie grossed over $12 million worldwide, Verástegui vowed to only work on "meaningful films that have the potential to touch people's hearts and minds" in the future.

Verástegui is one of today's fastest rising Latino stars and has been voted by People en Español as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. The Mexican actor has also made appearances in the popular TV series, Charmed, as Mr. Right, and in Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny" video and her new perfume commercials.

Verástegui completed his latest film, Bella, in 2006.

Verástegui is a devout Catholic who attends Mass daily. After his transformation, he promised to never be involved in a production that was not in accordance with his beliefs. He has said he has refrained from sexual activity for 6 years and will wait until he is married.
Watch the Trailer:
Meet the Actor:
BELLA DESCRIPTION: Amazon Review
EDUARDO BIO: Wikipedia

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have seen the movie and looking forward to seeing it again; and meeting Eduardo.

3M

Anonymous said...

WOW . . . what a passionate movie with a powerful message.

One has to applaud Eduardo for having the courage to stand up and share his present values re faith and morality without apologizing or mincing any words.

3M

Timothy said...

How was meeting him? You never updated us!!!

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