This article, entitled "Surprising Family Travel Trends Revealed From Wizards of Waverly Place Star Maria Canals-Barrera," is presented by Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Attention Parents! How would your child answer this question? “Do you think your parents need a vacation?” With kids, you can count on the answer to be candid, brutally honest and often surprising. Whether it’s about taking a family vacation or where to go for dinner, when it comes to making family decisions, kids are voicing their opinions more than ever – and parents are taking it into account.
In the video below, actress and mom Maria Canals-Barrera, best known as TV mom Theresa Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place, uncovers the truth about what parents and kids really think about family travel, and what they’re looking to get out of their vacation experience.
Maria is currently in production, where she will co-star in FOX’s much antipated new drama series Gang Related. Maria is most commonly known for her starring role as the mortal mother of three teenage wizards, in the three time Emmy Award-winning series "Wizards of Waverly Place." The show aired it’s series finale on January 6th, 2012 to an audience of 9.8 million, the series’ number one telecast ever. In August of 2011, Maria hosted the 26th annual Imagen Awards, illuminating the audience with her charismatic charm. Shortly after, she took home the 2011 NCLR Alma Award for Favorite TV Actress in a Supporting Role. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Canals-Barrera has also starred as Mitchie's mom, Connie Torres, in the Disney Channel Original Movies "Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." A 2002 Alma Award-winner for her role in the television series "Brothers Garcia," Canals-Barrera starred in the Telemundo series "Marielena" and "Corte Tropical" for Univision. On the big screen, Maria most recently appeared in Universal Pictures’, "Larry Crowne," directed by Tom Hanks and starring Hanks and Julia Roberts. She can also be seen in "Master of Disguise" and "My Family / Mi Familia," with Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and Esai Morales. When Maria isn’t acting you can find her in Los Angeles where she resides with her husband and two children, playing the part of a real mom.