Jordi Mollà is a Goya Award-nominated Spanish filmmaker, actor, artis, and writer, who is perhaps best known for his roles in the films “Second Skin” in 2000, “Bad Boys II” in 2003, and “Riddick” in 2013.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Jordi Mollà I Parales is a native of Barcelona, Spain, and was born under the Cancer zodiac sign on 1 July 1968, which makes him 54 years old as of 2022. He’s the son of Saturnina Perales Gomez and her husband Antonio Mollà Llorens; it’s unclear whether Mollà has any siblings, as he’s remained tight-lipped about his childhood. His first languages are Spanish and Catalan, and he’s also fluent in French, Italian and English.
Mollà fell in love with performing art at an early age, and appeared in many local amateur plays in Barcelona. Upon matriculating from a local high school, he whetted his acting skills at Institut del Teatre (Theater Institute of Barcelona), continuing with his studies in Hungary, Italy and England.
Facts and Hobbies
Mollà is popularly known for portraying drug dealers in many Hollywood productions, which has seen him earning the title ‘Spanish Tom Cruise.’ – during an interview, he admitted that he’s never actually tried any drugs, and that h’s also managed to stay away from alcohol.
He is a big fan of tennis and his best-loved Spanish professional tennis player is Rafael Nadal. He formerly posed for an Instagram photo with the player, and captioned it ‘Rafa, warrior. Nothing can stop you. I will always support you.’
The Spanish actor is also a culinary enthusiast, who is also a good chef. His best-loved dishes are Italian and Mexican.
Mollà made his first TV appearance in an episode of the drama series “El Viatge” in 1987. He later landed the lead role in the drama “La Granja, Menjars Casolans” (1989-1991), sharing the screen with Joan Borras, Rosa Serra and Laura Barrufet. 1993 saw him playing Painter Angel Sotto in the biopic mini-series “The Young Picasso.”
Thereafter, he focused solely on film appearances for one and a half decades, so his next TV role was in 2011, in an episode of the acclaimed American crime TV show “CSI: Miami.” In 2018, he guest-starred as Dr. Salvador Ruiz in several episodes of National Geographic’s biographical series “Genius”, and in the same year appeared in the action drama “Queen of the South” alongside Alice Braga, Veronica Falcon and Joaquim de Almeida, among others.
Recently, Jordi appeared in Graham Ronald and Carlton Cuse’s action thriller “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” which aired on Amazon Prime Video, starring John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish and Wendell Pierce.
Jordi made his first film appearance in the Txerra Cirbian-written and directed short comedy, “Potser no sigui massa tard” in 1988. His praised performance saw him landing a role in the romantic film “Jamón Jamón”, sharing the screen with Penelope Cruz.
Before the century ended, Mollà appeared in several successful Spanish films, including “Stories from the Kronen” in 1995, “La Celestina” in the year that followed, and the Ricardo Franko-directed drama “La Buena Estrella” in 1997. Moreover, he starred in the movie “El Pianista” in 1998, before he shared the screen again with Penelope Cruz in the thriller “Volavernut.”
Jordi landed his first role in Hollywood in 2001 when he was cast alongside the likes of Johnny Depp, Franka Potente and Penelope Cruz in the biopic crime film “Blow.” The film’s title comes from cocaine’s slang term, and it follows the activities of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, and other gang members of the Medellin Cartel. The Barcelona native then starred in Peter Greenway’s multi-media project, “The Tulse Luper Suitcases”, which was made up of a feature documentary, two books and three films. His following roles were in “Knight and Day,” in which he appeared alongside Tom Cruise in 2010, “Riddick” in which he shared the screen with Vin Diesel in 2013, and in 2018’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” among others. Recently in 2021, he played Lulu in the Italian film “Niente di Serio.”
Directing, Arts, and Other Works
Mollà is credited for directing two short movies, 1993’s “Walter Peralta” and 1995’s “No me Importaría Irme Contigo.” He is also credited with directing “No Somos Nadie” in 2002, “Cinemart” in 2007, and “88” in 2012.
He’s also tried his hand at arts, and is apparently a talented painter – his artworks are displayed at PicasoMio Gallery and Galeria Carmen De la Guerra, both in Madrid. Moreover, Jordi’s artworks were displayed at Sotheby’s Gallery (2007), and in the Madrid-based Galeria Carmen De la Guerra. In 1997 and 2000, the “Second Skin” star wrote the books “Las Primeras Veces” and “Agua Estancada” respectively. He has also written scripts for various stage plays.
— Jordi Mollá (@JordiMollaArt) January 3, 2023
Awards and Nominations
Jordi scooped the National Short Film Award for directing “Walter Peralta” in 1993. His works in the 1997 drama film, “La Buena Estrella” or “The Lucky Star” saw him winning five awards, including the Butaca Award in the category of Best Catalan Actor. Mollà is a five-time nominee for Goya Awards for his appearances in the projects “La Celestina,” “Walter Peralta,” and “La Buena Estrella,” among others. He ‘won’ two Yoga Awards for worst Spanish Actor and Worst Spanish Director in 2000 and 2003 respectively, but he also scooped Turia Award for Best Actor in 2010 for his contribution to the 2009 film “The Consul of Sodom.” Recently in 2020, he was nominated for the Award of the Spanish Actors Union in the category of Best Actor in an International Production.
Jordi is very secretive when it comes to his personal life. On 9 August 2012, he was spotted with an unnamed brunette seemingly having a good time together at a beach in Ibiza, Spain, which led to many of his fans believing that the woman was his girlfriend. He’s never confirmed this, so it remains a mystery whether he was dating then. He has never been engaged, and is allegedly unmarried without any children as of 2022.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Jordi is of White ethnicity and has a set of blue eyes and dark brown hair. He stands 5ft 10ins (1.77m) tall and weighs approximately 170lbs (77kgs).
Mollà has accumulated a good sum from his multiple careers, especially in the showbiz industry. He’s also become very famous for his acting prowess, and is reportedly worth approximately $1 million, as of late-2022.