The latino woman who made a name as the first woman to work as a creator, writer, producer and star in her own US Primetime Comedy is Cristela Alonzo. Of a truth, so many intelligent and glamorous beings have trodden the path of comedy but Cristela’s difference is linked to her selfless service towards her career despite the challenges she faced while growing up.
She may have not made many trends like the others in the industry but the little time she has spent in her career, she has given it her very best shot. Cristela wasn’t born into wealth like a few celebrated stars, from her days as a child, she has had some painful experiences and has also shared her pain and uprisings on a lot of platforms.
Here are 5 Interesting Facts You Need to Know About The Comedian – Cristela Alonzo
Aforementioned, Cristela has shared her rise from grace to grass on many platforms. Her tale to some is one of victory while to others is best described as the tale of a lady who worked hard to become a better person. The paragraphs below expatiates on everything you need to know about her.
1. Early Beginnings
Cristela Alonzo was born as the last child of her parents on the 6th of January 1979 in San Juan. Her mother, Natalia worked so hard doing two different shifts in a Mexican restaurant in order to support her husband, Adalberto Alonzo who was nonchalant with the affairs of his family. Natalia couldn’t bear the pain anymore and left Adalberto when Cristela was still in the womb. As a result of this, the Comedian only had her father’s name as the memories of him until his death in 2009.
She was raised in San Juan with her three siblings, Julisa Maria Alonzo- a sister, Eloy Eduardo Alonz, and Ruben G Alonzo, her brothers. Throughout her growing, Cristela spent most of her time with her grannie in Reynosa. Things were quite tough for the family as they were as poor as church rats during those days. As a result of this, she went hungry on so many nights and also suffered from malnutrition leading to a disorder in her skin pigmentation.
The Alonzo’s practiced Catholicism and the comedian was raised as one. She had the tendencies of being a tomboy as she spent most of her spare time with her brothers reading several comic books, playing cards and doing metal music.
Despite the hardship, however, Cristela was quite intelligent, she learned how to speak English from watching television being that she came from a Spanish speaking home. It was then that the seeds of acting were sown in her. Using her mom as her first audience, she translated a few American shows and acted them in Spanish. Sources say that the comedian’s mom has been her tango mate since when she was a child and the two continually shared a bed until when she turned 18. Sadly, Natalia didn’t live long, she passed on sometime in the year 2002.
Cristela was a bookworm, she schooled and graduated from the Pharr San Juan Alamo High School and later went to Webster University with the intentions of bagging a degree in Theatre. Unfortunately, she dropped out of school as a result of paucity funds. After that, she moved to Dallas where she patched with her sister’s family.
2. Rise to Stardom
A year after her mom died, Cristela decided to take up a job as an office manager at Addison Improv. While at the Improv, she poured the pain she felt about her mother’s demise in performing stand up comedy. She did well with her small crew in Dallas Scene before moving to Los Angeles in order to grow her career. Cristela enjoyed some fame performing at college comedy shows.
Despite all these, she still struggled with her career but later got a spot at the Comedy Central’s show, The Half Hour (2013). That show gave her a little push to the limelight and she subsequently appeared on several other shows including Conan, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution and some others. More so, her show; Cristela was birthed during this time and was aired by ABC for a period of two years before it was canceled. Come 2018, the comedian voice roled in the podcast series, Bubble.
3. Net Worth
it is unarguable that the lady has lived up to her pact with the entertainment industry. In reference to that, Cristela Alonzo has made a bountiful harvest from her hard works and is estimated to be worth 4 million USD.
4. Personal Life
It would be quite alarming that a stunning beauty like Cristela Alonzo doesn’t have a man beside her. She is currently in a relationship with Stephen Halasz. The two have been together for over a decade and has also managed to keep their affairs off the spotlight.
5. Weight Loss and Body Stats
Cristela Alonzo has recently shed some pounds. She credits her weight loss to Garcinia weight loss pills which she used to speed up metabolism, reduce her appetite and decrease her weight gain.
The comedian could be simultaneously interchanged with the phrase thick lady. She has a very firm body build with the appropriate curves and sizes. She stands at 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 81kg. Often times, she wears a dark brown hair and has a set of cute brown eyes. It is believed that Lady Henwick measures 43, 33, and 43 inches respectively for her bust, waist, and hips