Florencia Lozano

Florencia Lozano
Name Florencia Lozano
Birthplace Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth December 16, 1969 (48 years)
Role on Gossip Girl Eleanor Waldorf

Florencia Lozano (born December 16, 1969) is an American actress. She has starred as Téa Delgado on the daytime series One Life to Live, often receiving praise for the portrayal, as the character emerged as one of the genre's most prominent heroines.

Lozano has guest-starred in several primetime television shows, as well as films.

Background Edit

Florencia Lozano was born in Princeton, New Jersey, to Eduardo, an architect, and Elizabeth, a Spanish teacher from Argentina. She grew up in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and transferred out of Cornell University to receive her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, before moving to New York City to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts. Lozano's regional theater credits include YermaAntigoneHamletCaucasian Chalk Circle, among others.

Career Edit

Lozano landed the role of attorney Téa Delgado in December 1996 on the daytime drama One Life to Live, and first aired on January 27, 1997. The character became one of soap opera's most popular creations, and earned Lozano a loyal following. In 2002, almost two years after her departure from the series, Lozano was still receiving a significant amount of fan mail for her portrayal of the character. "I so appreciate that love coming at me," she said. "The response to Téa still overwhelms me." She further relayed, "I left because I wanted to try other things. I really want to do more theater, film and television other than the soap. When you're doing a soap, it is really hard to do other things. It just takes so much of your time."

During her tenure on One Life to Live, Lozano was in an Off Broadway play called Lick in June 1999; from August to September 2000, she appeared in Love’s Labor Lost, a Shakespearean play produced out of Berkeley in Orinda, CA. In addition to her popularity with soap opera fans, Lozano was named one of "Daytime's Hardest Working Women" by, and titled one of soap opera's "Most Beautiful Women" by magazine Soap Opera Update.

After leaving daytime, Lozano moved on to prime time television and film; some of her television credits are Law & Order: Criminal IntentLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitGossip Girl, and Lipstick Jungle. Of her prime time transition to film, Lozano stated, "I’m playing homicide detectives a lot," referring to her roles in Perfect Stranger and The Ministers. "I don’t know why," she added, "but I love it!"

To prepare for the roles, Lozano – who had lived in Manhattan for 15 years – visited the homicide division of her local police precinct. "I’ve been hanging out with cops, and they’ve been so wonderful," she said. "One of them, Irma Rivera, and I have become friends. She introduced me to a firearms instructor who showed me how to shoot a machine gun, and she took me up to the NYPD training village." Prepared, Lozano portrayed Lieutenant Karen Tejada in the April 13, 2007 release, Perfect Stranger. "I interrogate Halle Berry and I end up arresting Bruce Willis," Lozano relayed. The storyline centers around Berry’s character going undercover to solve a friend’s murder, and engaging in an on-line romantic life. "It’s very mysterious and full of intrigue," stated Lozano. Acting with prominent film stars was a "rewarding experience" for Lozano. "Halle is so gorgeous," she stated, "and she has a very beautiful energy about her. She was fun to play with, open to ideas, and willing to try new stuff and really excited." Lozano said, "Bruce was fun, too, in a different way. He let me push him around and manhandle him. I was surprised."

When Lozano acquired the lead role in The Ministers, opposite John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel, she was again prepared. Filmed in February 2007, the crime thriller is about a female NYPD detective (Lozano) who tries to avenge the murder of her police officer father by what she presumed to be a cult. But unwittingly, she falls for one of the killers (Leguizamo) in the process. "Harvey plays my partner – he used to be my father’s partner," Lozano stated. A fan of Leguizamo, Lozano was excited to work with him. "He was cracking jokes, and we were always busting on each other," said Lozano. "I felt really comfortable with him."

In September 2008, Soap Opera Weekly reported Lozano's return to One Life to Live; she reprised her role as Téa in December 2008 and would play the character until the shows finale in January 2012. In the meantime, she guest-starred on Ugly Betty, portraying Penelope Del Rios in the episode "Filing for the Enemy". In March 2012, Soap Opera Digest reported that Lozano would be bringing her One Life to Live character to General Hospital the week of May 7, 2012. Her debut aired May 9, and she last appeared on December 3.

In 2016, Lozano was cast in a series regular role for the second season in the Netflix crime drama series Narcos playing agent Claudia Messina.

Personal Life Edit

Lozano is a trained dancer, whose talents range from ballet to jazz, modern and flamenco. She became romantically involved with Christopher Welch in 1997, who was later featured in the 2002 Broadway revival of The Crucible. While New York theater plays kept Lozano and Welch busy, Lozano planned to stay on the East Coast. "I went to California, and I realized that while I could work out there, I could never live there," she stated. "There's just something that feels like home about New York. And there is something about theater that just feels so satisfying. [It] is really what I love to do."

Filmography Edit

Movies Edit

Movie Role Year Notes
Bittersweet Place Wendy 2005
Perfect Stranger Lieutenant Tejada 2007
Deception Clancey receptionist 2008
2B Vicky Borano 2009
Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Thompson 2009
The Ministers Celeste Santana 2009
Remember Elena 2011 Short film
Life of Crime Anjelica 2013
7E Sadie 2013
Amok Lois 2015
Amy Makes Three Eilen Hubble 2016

Television Edit

Show Role Year(s) Notes
One Life to Live Téa Delgado 1997-2013 Role held: January 27, 1997 - March 2, 2000; May 14 - September 17, 2002; December 5, 2008 - January 13, 2012; April 29 - August 19, 2013
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Octavia Ruiz 2003 Episode: "The Gift"
The Jury Dr. Callie Zebula 2004 Episode: "Too Jung to Die"
Gossip Girl Eleanor Waldorf 2007 Episode: "Pilot"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lauren Molby 2007 Episode: "Avatar"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Theresa Quinn 2007 Episode: "Amends"
Lipstick Jungle Salesgirl 2008 Episode: "Chapter Three: Pink Poison"
Ugly Betty Penelope Del Rios 2008 Episode: "Filing for the Enemy"
Royal Pains Faith 2010 Episode: "Keeping the Faith"
Blue Bloods Sophia Calso 2010 Episode: "Privilege"
General Hospital Téa Delgado 2012 Role held: May 9 - June 8, 2012; September 6 - October 17, 2012; November 29 - December 3, 2012
The Mysteries of Laura Dr. Lens 2014 Episode: "The Mystery of the Fertility Fatality"
Narcos Claudia Messina 2016 Series regular
The Blacklist (TV Series) Doctor 2017 Episode: "Natalie Luca"