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Isabela Moner: From Nickelodeon Star to Deception-Kicking Movie Star

Updated on November 5, 2017
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Isabela Moner wearing a basketball Shirt

Isabela Moner wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey
Isabela Moner wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey

Isabela Moner

Isabela Moner in a photoshoot for Transformers: The Last Knight.
Isabela Moner in a photoshoot for Transformers: The Last Knight.


I wanted to start this article off with a couple of questions. What do you want to do in life? Who do you want to be like when you grow up? Who is your idol? Who is/are your favorite actor(s)/actress(es)? Who is your favorite singer? Let me answer those questions with what I call "The Erick Hernandez Response"! I want to be a computer technician. I want to be like Albert Einstein when I grow up. My Idol is Sabrina Carpenter. My favorite actors are Mark Walberg, Adam Sandler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Morgan Freeman and my favorite actresses are Sarah Wayne Calles, Emma Watson, and, now, add Isabela Moner to the list. Last, but not least, my favorite singer is, again, Sabrina Carpenter. Everybody has a role in life. The universe chooses special people because of their talents, not because of their looks or history. The Universe handpicked Isabela Moner to be in the next Transformers Movie (Well, Hollywood did that, so there. Better).

Peru, Isabela Moner's Place of Descent

Map of Peru, Isabela Moner's Country of Descent
Map of Peru, Isabela Moner's Country of Descent

Isabela Moner's beginnings.

Isabela Moner (Born Isabela Yolanda Moner) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 10, 2001, to Katherine Moner, of Peruvian Descent, who was born in Lima, Peru, and to Patrick Moner, of American Descent, who was born in Louisiana. She is the middle child of 3 children. At the age of 10, she debuted on Broadway in Evita. She sang with Ricky Martin, showing her Latino heritage in the process. At age 12 or 13, she starred in a Show titled "100 things to do Before High School" with co-stars Jaheem Toombs and Owen Joyner. She then started playing roles in Nickelodeon Movies, notably Splitting Adam and Legends of the Hidden Temple. At age 15, she was accepted into college. Before this, she made an album. By age 14, she was given a role to star in Transformers: The Last Knight. Hollywood pulled up to her and said to her "Do you want to star in a Transformers Movie?" and she said yes. By that point, she was on the rise to Hollywood stardom.

Isabela Moner Interview

Isabela's Character Development.

Where do I begin with her character development? Isabela Moner stars as Izabella, an orphaned kid who refused to go to Foster Care. She is the quintessential protagonist, replacing Megan Fox as the female lead. The fact that Isabela came to Hollywood at a very young age suggests that great things are in store for her. Mark Wahlberg returned as Cade Yeager, an inventor-turned-fugitive who is chosen by the talisman to unlock the final seal. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime is no longer on Earth and returns to Cybertron, only to find that it has crumbled, and its creator brainwashes Optimus Prime into destroying Earth. I bet it took months of planning on Isabela's part to make her character look and act phenomenal. Don't worry, though. She's exquisitely talented.

Isabela Moner in Character as Izabella.
Isabela Moner in Character as Izabella.

Transformers on set.

Mark Wahlberg with an Autobot posing with Isabela Moner. Mark Wahlberg Stars as Cade Yeager, along with Isabela Moner, who plays Izabella. The blue-green robot seen is Squeaks, an Autobot..
Mark Wahlberg with an Autobot posing with Isabela Moner. Mark Wahlberg Stars as Cade Yeager, along with Isabela Moner, who plays Izabella. The blue-green robot seen is Squeaks, an Autobot.. | Source

Isabela's Difficulties In Preparing For Her Role And My Thoughts On Her Role.

Many adults have many different things to juggle. They have to juggle between work, school, friends, and family. At age 15, Isabela needed to juggle between school and the movie, so it was that much harder. She had to kick action butt while also learning about the quadratic formula.

She had a tutor who taught her to understand the past Transformers movies, the names of the Autobots, the Decepticons, and Cybertron. Her mother supported her throughout the entire ordeal. Ahead of the Global Release of Transformers 5: The Last Knight, Screen Rant sat down with Isabela Moner to discuss the movie. There, she talked about her experience, hurdles, and the challenges she had to go through to get the part. She told the interviewer about juggling between school and the movie set. They even had a scene in Arizona where the temperature reached 115 degrees.

It must have been so hard for young Isabela, being the quintessential person who had to practice all the action scenes and everything. I'm sure Bumblebee would make a great friend if I met him. Of course, we would be messing around and arguing a lot of the time. Also, Isabela discussed the scene in London and the famous Stonehenge, which they blew up (except they didn't because it wasn't the real Stonehenge. It was actually a model) The scene where she popped out of the TRF plane was so unexpected. I actually thought she magically got there.

Isabela often finds herself singing while acting. Ask her. She'll tell you. I'm pretty sure she's aware of Autism or Asperger's syndrome. I guess she must've researched it. Anyways, Isabela is awesome as Izabella. She saves a group of kids' lives, avoids the TRF, and she even blackmails Cade Yeager to take her in. Now that's one tough teenager. The first time I saw her, I didn't even recognize her. I thought she was in her 30s. Then, I realized that she was a teenager. When I saw the familiar Chin Dimple, I knew right then and there that it was Isabela Moner. She did great and commanded respect in the movie.

Content Warning

The text capsule below contains spoilers about the movie, so if you don't want your surprise ruined, then go see the movie.

My Review of Transformers: The Last Knight.

Where do I start? The movie, for some odd reason, begins in 484 AD. A big invasion happens, and Merlin has magic. In the year 2017, the TRF makes transformers Illegal. More Autobots and Decepticons travel to Earth. Megatron is back as the villain. Mark Wahlberg returns as Cade Yeager. Isabela Moner stars in her very first Transformers film as Izabella (and I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of her in the 6th Transformers Movie). The talisman chooses Cade Yeager. Megatron is back as the villain. Optimus Prime travels to Cybertron, only to be brainwashed by his creator. Then, the TRF hunts down Yeager, another woman, an Autobot and an Earl. Optimus Prime nearly kills Bumblebee before hearing his voice and returning to the ally's side. Stonehenge was the scene of the final battle between good and bad. The woman grabs the staff, saving the world. Then, there's a cliffhanger. My rating is a heartwarming 92%. I know that critics are going to hate me for saying this, but my opinion on that movie is based on action, adventure, content of the movie, attitude and the unpredictability factor along with it.


In conclusion, Isabela Moner is a phenomenally talented actress. She can sing and act, has a strong Latino Heritage, and can be talented with a ukelele, and Being the middle child may be hectic to a mother, but it does have its perks. I think that she will be the next female Denzel Washington someday if she continues down her Hollywood career. She may even get her name engraved on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If she could pull off some great and inspiring movies out there, she might even be the most famous young actress in the world, and win Oscars, Tonys, and Grammys around the world. I think she has that talent.

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  • Ivan Hernandez profile imageAUTHOR

    Erick Hernandez 

    14 months ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

    Just a quick mention. Any links not relating to this article will be marked as spam and/or will be deleted forever. Also, any threatening comments will be reported and deleted.

  • Ivan Hernandez profile imageAUTHOR

    Erick Hernandez 

    14 months ago from Maintaining The Ivan Brand in Total Nonstop Ivan

    Thank you. Look her up.

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    Louise Powles 

    14 months ago from Norfolk, England

    I've never heard of this actress before, but she sounds really talented.


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