Mariela Alvarez-Lopez, 10, was born in Orlando, Florida. Her mother and father moved here from Puerto Rico in 1993 with her older sister, Monica. Playing the part of Alysia in Kid Kulinaire is her first professional acting role.
Up until now, Mariela has been in school musicals and summer camp plays (Granny Awards, The Beatles Musical Review, 101 Dalmatians). She is also a Junior in Girl Scouts. Just this year, Mariela joined up with Starshine, Partin Elementary School's chorus, which will be performing at the Orlando Magic games, Disney and other venues. Along with her thorough interest in acting and improvisation, she loves to sing, dance, roller skate, swim and draw.
Much like the character she plays, Mariela has shown an interest in cooking since very early on in her life. She loves cooking dinners with her father, Marcelo, and has an adventurous palate (ask her about sushi, escargots, oysters). She even has her own vegetable garden!
Mariela is very excited to play Alysia and teach kids how to cook creative, fun and healthy dishes that they will love!
She's a quintessential little girl from the great state of Florida.