- LAST NAME: Martinez
- FIRST NAME: Christina
- OCCUPATION: First Lady of the United States
- HOMETOWN: Scottsdale, Arizona
Born and raised in Arizona, Christina was an amazingly bright student. She attended Yale where she was at the top of her class. She turned her academic success into a promising and fruitful career as an attorney. She and her husband are major supporters of Paper Dreams, a charity organization that helps fund education programs for refugee children throughout the world.
Elias and Christina's mothers were friends back in Cuba before fleeing to seek refuge in the United States.
Hesitant at first, Christina eventually relented to her mother's request, and agreed to meet Elias. She has never looked back.
Determined to see her husband succeed, Christina put her successful career as an attorney on the back burner when Elias decided to run for President. She's always been her husband's biggest political supporter and they've been each other's sounding boards since the beginning of their careers. Their marriage is one of love and respect.
Christina is most proud of is her seven-year-old son David. There is absolutely nothing she wouldn't do for her child.
Lisa Vidal as Christina Martinez
Lisa Vidal stars as Christina Martinez, the supportive wife of President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) in NBC's new high-octane conspiracy thriller The Event.
Award-winning actress Vidal is no newcomer to the challenging, multi-layered roles she's been successfully portraying. She's most recognized for her regular roles on popular hit primetime series such as "Boston Legal," "CSI Miami," "The Division," "ER," "Third Watch," and "Southland."
A strikingly beautiful and seasoned actress of Puerto Rican descent, Vidal is a New York City native who began acting in repertory theater at age 14, and was cast the following year in the PBS series "Oye Willie," thereby jump-starting a long and varied acting career, in which she has most often played grounded professionals balancing work and family.
Vidal then went on to play the charming housekeeper for a good-natured elderly heiress played by Loretta Young in the holiday TV movie "Christmas Eve." The busy actress continued on such popular series as "The Cosby Show" and "Miami Vice." Determined to take roles that reflect and emphasize the diversity of the Latino community, Vidal acted in two ABC Afterschool Specials educational presentations: "Class Act: A Teacher's Story," and "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story."
Vidal later recurred in the series "New York Undercover" as the sister of Michael DeLorenzo's New York City police detective, which widened her audience recognition. She was soon cast as cocky Jessica Helgado in the critically lauded police drama "High Incident," a Steven Spielberg production, and appeared on the sitcom "The Brian Benben Show."
Though television would remain her primary medium, Vidal also starred in feature films such as "Night and the City," and had a significant supporting role in the engaging slice-of-life comedy drama "I Like It Like That." She has also appeared in J.J. Abrams' film version of "Star Trek," "Chasing Papi" and "Mighty Aphrodite." She can be seen in the suspense thriller "Dark Mirror," where she stars as Deborah Martin, a photographer who discovers the sinister history of her new family home.
Vidal's exceptionally powerful performances and ability to portray both hard and soft characters in turn makes her a rising star and one to watch. Vidal resides with her family in Los Angeles.