Christianne Christensen was born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua on July 30, 1987 in the small mountain town of her grandparents’ coffee farm “La Estrella.” When she was only six months old, her Danish mother and Nicaraguan father moved to the U.S. and lived on campus at Tulane University in New Orleans with their baby girl while they studied. The family then moved to Miami, Florida and soon grew threefold upon the arrivals of Christianne’s three sisters.
At the tender age of 5, Christianne was scouted by Elite Model Management and began to dabble in auditions, commercial work, theatre performances, and beauty pageants. For years to come the young performer would receive intense classical ballet training, acting, piano, and TV hosting lessons. Her first opportunity came when she was seven with the role of Annie in the production of the famous orphan girl. Her parents packed their bags and moved the family to Orlando, Florida for the length of the play. It was from these early days that Christianne knew creativity would lead her heart in the right direction. She attended Loyola Catholic school and later continued her academic studies at a performing arts school in Miami, where she performed in numerous theatre and ballet productions.
At seventeen, she became the youngest beauty queen to carry the crown of Miss Nicaragua and traveled the world for the next few years representing her country. Christianne next won Miss Miami Int’l and Reina de Reinas (Queen of Queens). Her pageant days were followed by modeling (appearing in magazines like Ocean Drive and LA’s Que Pasa) and hosting a cable television news show broadcast throughout the U.S. and Central America.
Her experiences as a representative of her country and Latin heritage would later lead her to join forces with her father to found “Karitas”. The organization strives to help children in underdeveloped countries around Latin America. She has worked with orphanages in Guatemala, schools in Nicaragua, local churches in Florida and inner city schools in Washington D.C. Karitas is currently promoting “Dream in Color,” a campaign that collects used crayons at chain restaurants and ships them to countries where children do not have the means to afford color (crayons).
Christianne graduated with honors in Theatre, Dance and Public Relations from Florida International University. She then complemented her drive for creativity within the music industry for nearly eight years, working as a production assistant, lyricist, art director and stylist. She has helped develop the images of new and emerging artists in the Latin music, TV and film industries.
Christianne has hosted many events in music and television. Today, she lives in Los Angeles where the sky is the limit. After studying acting with renowned coaches including Janet Alhanti (acting coach to the likes of Diane Lane, Naomi Watts and Salma Hayek) and Stuart Sullivan, she has debuted her career in film with the starring role in Crosstown. Her passion also includes writing; she has co-written 2 scripts garnering attention in Hollywood. Her passion for acting has flourished and she is prepared to give the performance of a lifetime with every role.
Christianne has garnered the attention of the film industry with her starring role in Green Card Warriors. The film, about undocumented soldiers in the military has gone on to receive numerous festival awards including Best Director at the LAIFF and the grand jury prize at the Julian Dubuque International Film Festival. The New York Times has said of the film to be “a group of strong, sure performances” Green Car Warriors also had a limited and then extended release at AMC theaters in America in 2014.
The following year Christianne played a struggling addict in the philanthropic film 40 point plan. A film that explores the “what if” of the creation of a better world by using an uncoventional business plan. Available on Netflix. She then starred alongside Ina-Alice Koop in the disturbing yet real depiction of sexual abuse in schools in The Learning Curve. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival and went on to be an official selection throughout the festival circuit in the United States.
She has also collaborated in two short films in Miami, The Reel Miami project and more recently Blogging: Behind the Seams. Blogging Behind the Seams, a film about Miami blogger Annie Vazquez, also known as the fashion poet, premiered at the Miami Fashion Flm Festival and went on to win the coveted Audience Award. This marked Christianne’s return to production as she co-produced the film.
This year Christianne has crossed yet another border with her first attempt at French cinema. She acquired a small role in Melchior, a comedy about coming of age in the 90’s- filmed in Paris, France.