Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pilar Valdés is a bilingual actor and writer with a background in law. She graduated from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory in NYC under the tutelage of Andrew Wade (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Lemon Andersen amongst other gifted artists.
As a performer in Los Angeles, she worked with AFI, The Los Angeles Theater Center, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Elephant Theatre Company, Greenway Court Theater and the Atwater Village Theater amongst others. She has performed stand-up at The Comedy Store, The Hollywood Improv, UCB Sunset and The Ruby. Pilar had a monthly show at UCB with her sketch group WOCA (Women of Color Anonymous).
Her solo dramedy show “¡Hija de su Madre!” debuted at NAVEL in DTLA, followed by a sold out run at UCB Sunset and the trailblazing Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. Most recently she has worked on commercials (Walmart), shorts and TV series for HBO (Gordita Chronicles), Netflix (Neon) and Peacock TV (Fantasy Island).
Pilar worked with MACRO and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment adapting the Chilean box office hit SIN FILTRO to the North American market. She co-wrote the feature film, SOMETHING KIND OF WONDERFUL (SKOW) with Jamaal Parham. SKOW is produced by Prentice Penny (HBO’s Insecure) and Sundial Pictures (Obvious Child, Jiro Dreams of Sushi).
Pilar wrote, acted and produced the short film FAMILIA. The film is a tropical-psychological thriller exploring the anguish a young author faces years after her mother’s violent death. FAMILIA was selected by the L.A. Shorts Film Festival, the Oscar qualifying Rhode Island Flicker’s Film Festival and was shortlisted for the New Filmmakers Los Angeles September 2022 Film Festival in Partnership with The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Pilar is a THREAD at Yale University Scholarship recipient, an alumni of the FOX Networks Writers Lab, and a fellow of Univision, Televisa and NALIP Latino Lens. The latter focused on bridging the content gap between the LatAm market and the North American one. Pilar is a Woman in Film mentee. She has worked as a writer for Latina magazine and for the film and television section of remezcla.com.
Pilar volunteers with the Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles and Teatro de Vieques in Puerto Rico.