Thanks to his unique acting skills, Moises Arias is one of the most sought-after young actors in Hollywood. The humorous and cool actor is famous for playing Rico in the Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana. While that might be his first introduction to the limelight, it is not the only major work in Moises’ resume.
Over the years, he has made several appearances in major films like Pitch Perfect 3, Ender’s Game, and Five Feet Apart. He has been making consistent appearances in films and it has helped him earn some clout in the competitive industry.
He Is a Graduate of Barbizon Acting School
Moises Arias was born on April 18, 1994, in New York City to Mónica and César Arias. He is of mixed heritage (Colombian and American) and a citizen of the United States of America. Despite growing up in the US, his parents raised him in his native language, and thus, the actor is bilingual.
Before Moises started his acting career, he was a student at Dixie Canyon Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he grew up. He later attended Barbizon Modeling and Acting School. There, he trained to be an actor before making his debut at the age of 10.
His debut onscreen role was an uncredited appearance in an episode of Everybody Hates Chris. Things moved into higher gear for him in 2006, when he began working on his recurring voice role as Olly in the TV show, Dive Olly Dive! In the same year, he began his teenage years’ relationship with Disney Channel.
Moises Arias appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and began playing Rico Suave in Hannah Montana. Arias also made his debut film appearance in the Jack Black comedy, Nacho Libre.
His Hannah Montana gig lasted five years, during which he starred in 76 episodes. He also appeared in other children themed projects like Phineas and Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place, and the Disney original movies, Hannah Montana: The Movie and Dadnapped.
Post-Disney Career and Working Behind the Scenes
During his Disney years, he featured in music videos. He also appeared in Beethoven’s Big Break and was a sideline reporter for ESPN, another Disney company, at the 2009 Little League World Series.
Before his Hannah Montana role ended, he returned to voice acting in films like Astro Boy and Arrietty. He also had a minor role in the Eva Longoria film, The Perfect Game. Hannah Montana ended in 2011, and Arias moved on to regular film projects.
He starred in films like Noobz, We the Party, and The Kings of Summer. His first TV role, post-Disney, was a recurring role as Matt in the comedy, The Middle. Moises Arias’ transition from the children and teenage comedy themes of Disney led him to star in dramas like The Stanford Prison Experiment, Ender’s Game, and The Land.
Other works in his filmography include Five Feet Apart, The Wall of Mexico, The King of Staten Island, and Monos. But Moises has not just worked in front of the camera since he debuted his career. He is also a credited writer, producer, and director, all for the short film, Brothers in Arms. He has executive produced Blast Beat, Monos, and provided the soundtrack to one episode of The Middle.
Accolades and Achievements
Since his debut, he has starred in 40+ films and TV shows, with five award nominations to his name. Morias received a Young Artist Award nomination for his work on Hannah Montana.
His voice acting works have brought him two nominations from Behind the Voice Actors Award. He received Best Vocal Ensemble nominations as part of the cast of Despicable Me 2 and The Secret World of Arriett.
He also has a nomination from the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association Film Awards. Morias received the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for his work as Patagrande in Monos. So far, the actor has won none of his nominated awards.
Moises’ Brother Is Also a Hollywood Actor
Moises Arias has a younger brother named Mateo Arias, who is an actor too. Mateo is well known for the role of Jerry on the Disney series Kickin’ It, and for his voice role as Antonio Perez in the 2013 animated film, Despicable Me 2. Mateo was born on October 31, 1995, in New York and like his brother, is fluent in English and Spanish.
He had his first acting role in the 2005 family comedy, Yours, Mine, and Ours at the age of nine. He also guest-starred on Drake & Josh, Cold Case, and played the role of Andre in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped, in 2009.
In 2017, he played the role of Phil in the comedy flick Little Bitches, and then went on that same year to appear in the movie Pitch Perfect 3.
Moises and Mateo Arias are frequent collaborators. They have directed a series of YouTube films under the name Moiswashere. They worked on a movie titled Motocross Madness in 2009 and released their first major film, Blast Beat, in 2020.
As for his parents, we know they are Monica and Cesar Arias. We do not know much about either of them. But through the lives of their children, we can tell they place a premium on discipline and staying level-headed.
What We Know About The Actor’s Relationship With Willow Smith
The young actor has mostly kept himself out of the typical romance cycle that fuels gossip websites and tabloids, except for one occasion.
In 2014, he sparked a rumor of a possible relationship with the youngest child of the Will Smith clan, Willow Smith. Moises posted a photo of himself shirtless with Willow in bed. The actor, who was 20 at the time, became the subject of romance rumors with Willow, who was 13.
But while romance was the default and most popular explanation by millions who saw the photo, there was another. Moises is a friend of the family, of Jaden at least. He has worked with the young actor cum musician for years and has directed eight of his music videos.
However, outside of the controversial photo, both of them have been seen in public in seemingly intimate moments. While it suggested the likelihood of a romantic relationship, none of it was ever confirmed.
The Actor Dated Cassidy Sawchuk In 2011
Outside of the rumored relationship with Willow, Moises has only dated one known personality publicly. He reportedly dated Cassidy Sawchuk, a normie, in 2011. The depth and length of the relationship remain unknown.
The lack of female presence in his public life has sparked rumors that the actor is gay, but that does not appear to be true. At the moment, it seems he is only focused on his career.