Cubans: Maria Canals-Barrera

Maria Canals-Barrera

Actress Maria Canals-Barrera is best known for playing mother Theresa Russo in the Disney Channel hit show Wizards of Waverly Place. Don’t let the mom role throw you off though, one look at this Cuban and you’ll be crushing. She is the kind of mom all of the boys dream about and the wife all men wish was theirs!

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.