Larissa Santiago is a professional actress and model from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York City to develop her acting craft, and was coached by director Robert Ellermann as part of the acting conservatory program at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Her goal as an actress is to create realistic performances that people look up to, identifies with, and generates change. Fluent in Spanish and English, she wants to capitalize the American English-speaking market with her unusual Hispanic look and personality. Think: Hispanic Anne Hathaway, young Julia Roberts meets younger Sofia Vergara, and an American Penelope Cruz.
She started her career when she was 17 years old in the fashion industry in San Juan, Puerto Rico working in commercials, runway shows, and editorial prints. It was while competing in a beauty pageant that she experienced something strikingly new: performing on stage. The lights, the silence waiting to be shattered by her words and movement, the dark space of the audience looking back at her. . .
After that day, she researched different acting techniques and schools, and, by the end of the month, she started this amazing journey in a strange city with a different language, and a playground for her creativity and imagination.
Proudly carrying her nationality, she plans to write and direct her own material in the future; reason why, when she is not acting, you can find Larissa working backstage as Assistant Director, Stage Manager and Production Assistant in plays and films. Still, the most comfortable place in the world for her is being in front of camera, telling stories and inspiring those who watch, just like films and television did to her.