Ladrón que roba a ladrón
One of hottest models in Mexico, Gabriel Soto has worked for top names like Hugo Boss, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, and Versace and appeared on a number of magazine covers such as “People” and “Men's Health.” The 1996 runner-up of Mr. World has also been named the face of Definite and NeoSkin products, among many other impressive modeling gigs. Soto is also known as a member of the popular Mexican boy band Kairo. On the acting front, Soto, who made his debut in 1997’s “Mi querida Isabel,” has also appeared in “La Verdad Oculta” (2006) and “Querida enemiga” (2008). He played the supporting role of Anival Cano in his feature film debut, “Ladrón que roba a ladrón” (USA, 2007; Mexico, 2008) and has a bigger role in the upcoming film “La casa de las sanaciones” (2009).
Soto is a fan of Harley Davidson and Ducati motorcycles. He represented “Ducati Mexico” in Italy during a Motorcycle rally, in which he toured Italy with others representing their countries. On a more personal note, Soto is engaged to actress Geraldine Bazán, with whom he had a daughter in February 2009. Previously, he was engaged to Mexican actress Martha Julia (together in 2005).
Childhood and Family:
Born Gabriel Soto Borja-Díaz on April 17, 1975, in Mexico City, Mexico, Gabriel Soto endured a hard childhood. His mother, Elisa Diaz, suffered from mental illness and later committed suicide, while his father, Francisco Soto Borja Anda, has been connected to several illegitimate business. Fortunately, Gabriel had a close friend whose mother helped take care of him. Nicknamed Gabo, Gabriel attended El Colegio Britanico (The Edron Academy) and hoped one day he could study economics at Harvard University. He eventually pursued a modeling career. Later, Gabriel added acting and singing to his endeavors.
On February 17, 2009, Gabriel welcomed his first child, daughter Elisa Marie, with companion Geraldine Bazan, an international Mexican actress.
Gabriel Soto forgot his ambition to study at Harvard and instead decided to focus his energy on modeling. He modeled for noted brands such as Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, and Versace” and won the national male pageant El Modelo Mexico. As a result, he represented his country in the 1996 Mister World pageant, in which he became the first runner-up. His success in the pageant circuit put him on the radar of power house Televisa. Before long, he made his acting debut in Televisa's “Mi querida Isabel” (1997), which starred Karla Álvarez.
After the series left the airwaves, Soto joined the Mexican teen pop group Kairo when he filled the position left by founding member Eduardo Verástegui, who decided to pursue acting full time. The two other original members, Jean Paul Forat Morales and Francisco Carlos Zorrilla González, were then replaced by former Tierra Cero group member Paulo César Quevedo de la Vega and Roberto Assad Martínez, respectively. The completely new Kairo released “Pasiones” in 1998 and enjoyed success in Latin America.
In 1999, Soto resumed his acting career by taking the role of Vladimir in “Alma rebelde.” He also modeled for big companies like Air Toner products, the Kazzan And Terra catalog, and Trident Gum, to name a few, and graced the covers of popular publications such as “Men's Health” and “People En Español.” He also became the new face of Definite and NeoSkin products.
Soto continued to act in such television shows as “Carita de ángel,” “Mi destino eres tú” (both 2000), “Amigas y rivales” (2001), “Las Vías del Amor” (2002) and “Mujer de madera” (2004). After participating as a contestant in the well known Spanish show “Bailando Por Un Sueño” and appearing in two episodes of the game show “Big Brother VIP: México” (both 2005), he starred as the protagonist David Genovés Ordóñez in “La Verdad Oculta/The Hidden Truth,” opposite Galilea Montijo and Eduardo Yañez. The series premiered in February and ended in August 2006.
In 2007, Soto appeared as Juan José Álvarez in “Bajo las riendas del amor” before making his big screen debut as Anival Cano in “Ladrón que roba a ladrón,” which was helmed by Joe Menendez and written by JoJo Henrickson. After a limited release in the United States in August 2007, the movie premiered in Mexico on April 18, 2008. He then costarred with Lorena de la Cruz and Jorge Aravena in “Querida enemiga” (2008), where he portrayed Alonso Ugarte.
Soto is set to costar with Mauricio Islas, Gerardo Taracena and Christian Bach in a new thriller film titled “La casa de las sanaciones” (2009), for filmmaker Gilberto de Anda.