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March 3, 2022

Observations with Constance Marie

Observations with Constance Marie

Constance Marie, best known for her long-time run on the ABC comedy, “George Lopez,” joins me to talk about her career, some of life’s challenges and how she has used them to help others. We also talk about her Latinx romantic comedy series, “With Love.”

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Constance Marie


Best known for her long-time run on the ABC comedy, “George Lopez,” Constance Marie currently stars in the Latinx romantic comedy series, “With Love.” Created and written by Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”), the five hourlong episodes, each of which are set during a different holiday, follows the multi-generational Diaz family over the course of 12 months as they experience the highs and lows of life during some of the most heightened days of the year. Constance plays ‘Beatriz Diaz,’ wife to ‘Jorge Sr’ (Benito Martinez) and mother of two who is going through a midlife/identity crisis with her kids getting older and her marriage to ‘Jorge Sr’ (Benito Martinez) on auto pilot. All five episodes of “With Love” premiered on Amazon Prime Video on December 17, 2021.

Most recently, Constance appeared in two seasons of the Amazon rotoscope dramedy, “Undone,” opposite Rosa Salazar, and she recurred in the Netflix comedy, “Alexa & Katie.” In addition, she starred in the NBC miniseries “Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Murders.” She has also guest-starred and recurred on a variety of shows including the CBS comedy “Angel from Hell” and TNT’s “Animal Kingdom,” as well as voicing a character on Disney’s animated series “Elena of Avalor,” the first to feature a Latina princess.

Constance starred for five award-winning seasons on the hit Freeform series, “Switched at Birth,” for which she won an Imagen Award, an ALMA Award and a Gracie Allen Award for “Best Supporting Television Actress” for her role as ‘Regina Vasquez.’

For her beloved portrayal of wife ‘Angie Lopez’ on “George Lopez,” the Imagen Awards honored her with a Best Actress in a TV Series Award, and she received multiple nominations from the Alma Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

In the debut year of “George Lopez,” Constance was also starring in the Golden Globe-nominated PBS series “American Family,” alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga and Raquel Welch.

Her career began when she was a teenager in the Los Angeles underground break-dancing scene. She was selected out of a group of 500 hopefuls to dance on tour with David Bowie. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she was cast as a dancer in the movie “Salsa.” The film’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega, introduced her to producer Steve Tisch, who offered Constance her very first acting job, a starring role as ‘Penny’ on the
CBS series “Dirty Dancing.”

It wasn’t long before she was working in feature films, such as “My Family,” directed by Gregory Nava. She won praise from fans for her portrayal of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla’s mother, ‘Marcella,’ in the blockbuster film “Selena.” Constance was only three years older than her onscreen daughter (Jennifer Lopez), so she had to undergo extensive make-up to portray Selena’s mother.

Constance also starred in the celebrated film “Tortilla Soup” as the daughter of Raquel Welch. The film received an Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Television producer Gary David Goldberg soon offered Constance a role as Michael J. Fox’s antagonist love interest on the hit series “Spin City.” She played ‘Gabriella Diaz’ on “Union Square,” for which she received an Alma Award nomination for Outstanding Female in a Comedy Series. She also portrayed ‘Detective Toni Brigatti’ for two seasons on “Early Edition,” opposite Kyle Chandler.

In her personal life, Constance is mother to a daughter, Luna-Marie. Candid about the difficulties she faced trying to get pregnant and eventually turning to IVF, she is determined to reach out to women in similar situations to let them know that they are not alone. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about pregnancy and wellness, she practices a green lifestyle including composting and recycling, and she is a vegetarian, leaning heavily toward vegan these days. She is also an organic follower who had cloth diapers for her baby and zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in her nursery, and she has organic mattresses in their home.

She is an advocate for PETA, Planned Parenthood and Equal Pay for Women. She is the spokesperson for the East Los Angeles Women’s Center that helps women dealing with rape, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Constance has an active lifestyle which includes regular work outs such as walking, yoga, hitting the gym with a personal trainer and nature hikes. Although she isn’t currently dancing in an official capacity, she throws a hell of a spontaneous “dancing in the dining room” party! You can also catch her moves on TikTok!

Follow Constance Marie on social media:
Instagram, Twitter & TikTok: @goconstance
Facebook: @ConstanceMariePage