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Isabela Merced (born July 10, 2001), born Isabela Moner, is an actress, singer, and dancer. She portrays CJ Martin in the 100 Things to Do Before High School series.

Early life

Merced was born Isabela Moner in Cleveland, Ohio, to Patrick Moner, a firefighter, and Katerine[1] Moner, who is Peruvian. She has an older brother named Jared and a younger brother named Gyovanni.


Merced made her Broadway debut in Evita at age ten. In the same year, she was a featured singer on The Next Big Thing: New York, her television debut. The following year marked her film debut in director Henry Barrial's The House That Jack Built.

In 2014, Merced landed a recurring role in NBC's short-lived television show Growing Up Fisher and a voice-over role in Dora and Friends: Into the City. She made her Nickelodeon debut in the 2014 movie Splitting Adam.

She booked the lead role of CJ Martin in 100 Things to Do Before High School, which premiered in 2014 before starting its original run in 2015.

Isabela on the cover of Stopping Time

In September 2015, she released her twelve-track album Stopping Time. It includes the single "Dream About Me." There are covers of popular songs as well as original songs.

In November of 2015, Merced was attached to Jame Patterson's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life book-to-movie adaptation. It began filming in November 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, and wrapped in January 2016.[2] It was released on October 7, 2016.[3][4]

Merced performed the National Anthem on January 3, 2016 at the Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks game.[5]

In March 2016, Merced announced her role in Legends of the Hidden Temple,[6] a Nickelodeon TV movie based on the game show.[7][8] The movie was filmed in Canada[9][10][11] and Los Angeles.[12] Filming finished in April[13][14] and it premiered on November 26, 2016.[15]

Merced was reportedly being eyed for the lead role in Michael Bay's fifth Transformers movie.[16] She later confirmed on her Twitter and Instagram accounts that she is set to star in the film.[17][18] She also revealed her role in the animated movie The Nut Job 2 on Twitter in July 2016.

In August 2016, it was reported that Merced signed on to CAA talent agency.[19] In December 2016, she booked a role in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the sequel to the 2015 movie Sicario,[20] a role in which she had to cut her hair.[21]

In February 2018, Deadline reported Merced had been cast in Instant Family,[22] which reunites her with former Transformers costar Mark Wahlberg.

In May 2018, Variety reported that Merced will be portraying Dora in Dora and the Lost City of Gold live action movie based on the Nickelodeon animated show of the same name. It will be filmed in Queensland, Australia.[23]

In 2019, her first single is “Papí” due to her Peruvian Heritage



Year Title Role Notes
2010 A Christmas Carol Sarah Cratchit/Polly/Want Playhouse Square Cleveland production
2011 Billy Jonas and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Musical theater
Les Miserables Young Cossette FPAC Fairmount Performing Arts Center production
Annie Annie Avon Lake High School
2012 Evita Child (alternate) Broadway debut
2013 Fly Wendy World Premiere Production
Dallas Theater


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Odd Squad Olive PBS pilot
2012 The Next Big Thing: NY Herself
2014 Growing Up Fisher Jenny Recurring role; 7 episodes
Dora and Friends: Into the City! Kate Recurring role
Splitting Adam Lori Collins TV movie
2014–2016 100 Things to Do Before High School CJ Martin Lead role
2015 Nickelodeon's Ho Ho Holidays Herself TV special
2016 Legends of the Hidden Temple Sadie TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The House That Jack Built Young Nadia Film debut
2016 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Jeanne Galletta
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Izabella
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Heather (voice)
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Isabela Reyes Completed filming
2019 Instant Family TBA Filming
Dora and the Lost City of Gold Dora Pre-production

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2015 The Imagen Awards Best Young Actress - Television 100 Things to Do Before High School Nominated [24]
2016 Best Young Actor - Television Won [25]
Tiger Beat 19 Under 19 Bae Watch - Female[26] N/A Nominated [27]
2017 CinemaCon Award Rising Star of the Year N/A Won [28]

Personal life

Her family still lives in Cleveland, but Isabela splits her time among Los Angeles, New York, as well as Cleveland.[29]

Some of her hobbies are skiing, snowboarding, skating, jumping on the trampoline with her brothers and hanging out with friends.[30]

She began dating Henry Danger star and her Splitting Adam co-star Jace Norman in April 2016.[31] In November 2016, Norman confirmed they had split after seven months of dating and are just friends.[32]


  • She is equally fluent in Spanish and English and is learning French.[30]
  • She has been acting since she was 7 years old.
  • She is a twelfth grader[citation needed] and home schooled.
  • Her favorite actress is Jennifer Lawrence.[29]
  • Her father is a firefighter and makes a small cameo in "Change Your Look and See What Happens Thing!"[33]
  • She loves all types of music.[citation needed]
  • Her favorite Shampoo is Suave.[citation needed]
  • Isabela drinks "Throat-Coat-Tea" for her recording sessions.[citation needed]
  • She loves 5SOS.[citation needed]
  • She uses "Vanity Planet" products.[citation needed]
  • Isabela has a Samsung Galaxy phone.[citation needed]
  • Isabela posts covers of songs on YouTube.
  • Isabela likes "Lucky Charms" for breakfast.[citation needed]
  • Her outfits or mostly from the store Topshop or Forever 21.[citation needed]
  • Isabela is 5'2”.[citation needed]
  • Isabela is half Peruvian and mixed with other nationalities.[citation needed]
  • Her favorite color is blue.[citation needed]
  • She can do a heel stretch.[citation needed]
  • Her bedroom wall color is yellow.[citation needed]
  • She has a musical.ly account "isabelamoner".
  • She is a fan of Tori Kelly and Justin Bieber.[citation needed]
  • She doesn't answer comments on Instagram because she says some of them are weird.[citation needed]
  • Isabela owns a lot of make up.[citation needed]
  • Her zodiac sign is Cancer.
  • She can ride a Hoverboard.[citation needed]
  • Isabela does a lot of traveling.
  • Her favorite Hispanic drink is called "Inca Kola".[citation needed]


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External links


  1. @isabelamoner: "proof that katerine is the coolest 💯" A tweet showing how Isabela spells her mother's name.
  2. "@isabelamoner: 0-💯 baby real quick #middleschoolmovie #wrappartyflow" Isabela posted this picture on January 15, 2016.
  3. Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Adam Pally Enroll in 'Middle School' (Exclusive)
  4. Lauren Graham and Rob Riggle Join the ‘Middle School’ Cast
  5. Isabela Moner - NFL National Anthem
  6. @isabelamoner: "finally able to announce my new project! It's called "Legends of the Hidden Temple." It's my first action movie and the sets look soooo dope!"
  7. Nickelodeon Making Live-Action Legends of the Hidden Temple TV Movie
  8. Nickelodeon to Revive ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ as TV Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
  9. @isabelamoner: "This weekend #breathtaking 😊❤ One week left of filming #Lotht in #Canada gonna miss it :(" Tweet posted by Isabela Moner on March 28, 2016.
  10. @isabelamoner: "Sunrises in Canada ❤ last day of filming #Lotht in Canada Gonna miss this place" Tweet posted by Isabela Moner on April 1, 2016.
  11. @isabelamoner: "Last day of @nickelodeontv #Lotht I'm gonna miss Vancouver 😕 Canadians are so nice❤ Its gonna be an amazing movie 😊" Tweet posted by Isabela Moner on April 1, 2016.
  12. isabelamoner: "last day of filming "Legends of the Hidden Temple" in the beautiful city of Vancouver 😪 we'll be filming the rest in LA! #LOTHT" Instagram photo posted by Isabela Moner on April 1, 2016.
  13. @isabelamoner: "last day on set of #LegendsofTheHiddentemple 🗿can't wait for u guys to see how amazing this movie will be😛🙊❤ #lotht" A tweet posted by Isabela Moner on April 17, 2016.
  14. @isabelamoner: "just finished shooting 😊🗿" A tweet posted by Isabela Moner on April 21, 2016 in response to Legend of the hidden Temple movie.
  15. @isabelamoner: "#FlashbackFriday 1st hard script for the @NickelodeonTV movie #LegendsofTheHiddentemple #lotht premiering this Nov✌" A tweet posted by Isabela Moner on April 22, 2016.
  16. Who Is Isabela Moner, Possible New Star of ‘Transformers 5’?
  17. @isabelamoner: "I'm gonna be in some movie franchise called #Transformers5 or something? 😕 @ParamountMovies robots? 😊"
  18. @isabelamoner: "my dream to fight robots has come to true. #Transformers5 #Transformers #itsofficial #THANKYOUeveryone #PeruvianPower"
  19. CAA Signs 'Transformers 5' Star (Exclusive)
  20. ‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’ Adds Isabela Moner Article posted on December 9, 2016.
  21. Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro Cast In Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’ Comedy Posted on Deadline's website on February 23, 2018
  22. Isabela Moner to Star in Live-Action ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie Posted on Variety's website on May 2, 2018
  23. 2015 Imagen Awards Winners, Honorees & Nominees
  24. Winners of 31st Annual Imagen Awards Announced
  25. Daya, Shawn Mendes & More Nominated for Tiger Beat's 19 Under 19 Billboard Article, which misspells Isabela's name, posted on September 8, 2016
  26. Your 19 Under 19 Winners October 31, 2016 article
  27. ISABELA MONER TO RECEIVE “CINEMACON® RISING STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD” March 24, 2017 press release article
  28. 29.0 29.1 moner is a cleveland native with two nickelodeon shows.html Isabela Moner is a Cleveland native with two Nickelodeon shows August 2014 article Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Isabela Moner is a Cleveland native with two Nickelodeon shows" defined multiple times with different content
  29. 30.0 30.1 About section on her website Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "About section on her website" defined multiple times with different content
  30. Jace Norman Kisses Isabela Moner In New Instagram Pic; Takes It Down, & Fans Are Freaking Out Article posted April 14, 2016.
  31. Jace Norman and Isabela Moner Split (JJJ Exclusive) Article posted November 21, 2016
  32. Fun fact about last weeks episode of #100things, my dad was in it This tweet was posted on July 22, 2015 and "Change Your Look and See What Happens Thing!" aired July 18, 2015.