Vanessa Villanueva -Net Worth, Early Life, Ex-Husband Chris Perez And Career

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Real Name:Venessa Villanueva
Net Worth$100.000
Height:170 cm
Occupation:Ex-Wife of Chris Perez

Vanessa Villanueva is an American actress who was acknowledged for her work on 2011 action movie, Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns and appearance in the TV series Forgotten Memories in the role of Gaby Valdez. Apart from her acting career, she became more famous after getting married to Chris Perez, who is a well-known musician, and also a guitarist for Selena Y. Los Dinos, a Tejano band. However, their marriage ended badly, and there was a bit of media attention following the situation. Vanessa isn’t much of a public person, so there is little information available about her life, but throughout this article, we will do our best to provide you with all the details available about her.

Early Life

Vanessa Villanueva was born to Mexican parents in 1987. Just before she was born, her parents moved to America with her. They lived somewhere in Texas, although the exact location is unknown, that was where she grew up. She has lived mostly out of the spotlight. Very little is known about her early life and childhood, and she doesn’t share details during interviews or on social media. In terms of her education, Vanessa is well educated.

Personal Life

She is an actress but is best known for being the ex-wife to guitarist Chris Perez. They met through a mutual friend named John Garza in 1998. When she met him, he was reported to have been suffering from depression and had problems with drinking and drug addiction. Chris had lost his first lover Selena Quintanilla, in 1995 she was murdered by her former producer. Vanessa helped him recover, and shortly after, they started a romance. There are speculations that even though he was in love with Vanessa, he could never let go of Selena.

The two started dating in 1998. They dated for 8 years before tying the knot in 2001. Vanessa and Chris had two children; first, a girl named Cassie. A year later, they had a son named Noah. Their relationship fell apart in the mid-2000s. Their relationship was strained because Perez would not spend enough time with his family and was still showing signs of drug and alcohol abuse. Vanessa also accused Chris of wild outdoor activities. According to her, he never really took good care of her because of his lifestyle while avoiding her. They finally got divorced in 2008. Let’s give you a little information about Chris Perez.

Ex-Husband Chris Perez

Christopher Gilbert Perez is an American singer and guitarist born on 14 August 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. He was born to Carmen Medina and Gilbert Perez and grew up with one other sibling. He is best known as a former member of the band Selena y Los Dinos, and the ex-husband of the late singer Selena. According to a couple of reports, Chris had a love for music from an early age, and he learned to play the French horn in school. His mother was very supportive of Chris’ career, but had an issue with his instrument choice, because of the stigma surrounding rock ‘n’ roll culture.

Chris Perez has often made it known that his music idols were great musicians like Kiss, the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and Iron Maiden. Chris Perez was first married to Selena Quintanilla, the lead singer of the Tejano band ‘Selena y Los Dinos.’ She was often called the queen of Tejano music. Chris and Selena were married from 1992 to 1995 when she was unfortunately murdered by a friend and producer, Yolanda Saldivar. Chris even published a book in 2012To Selena, With Love,‘ which was about their love and marriage.

In the book were photos of the couple, and love letters they had exchanged. In an interview where the book was mentioned, he said: ‘I thought it should be honest, with dignity. I knew there would be things that would make me feel uncomfortable, but I think I wrote the book with respect.’ He stills talks to Selena’s family and makes sure that they are doing okay.

There aren’t many pictures of Vanessa Villanueva available on the internet, not even from her roles.  Her images are often mistaken Vanessa Perez, and due to her low-key profile and not being active on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we can’t for sure verify where she is now or how does she look.


After the divorce, Vanessa pursued a career in Hollywood, where she worked in the Camera and Electrical department in the movie titledMemphis Rising: Elvis Returns” in 2011, starring George Thomas and David Heavener. It tells the story of a ‘what if’ scenario where Elvis Presley doesn’t die, instead he is transported to another galaxy. He returns but doesn’t want fame. Instead, he enters into an impersonation contest and has a new adventure.

She also played Gaby Valdez in an animated educational fotonovela titled Forgotten Memories in 2015. The show never really made it past the pilot episode. Many people in the industry believe that her attempts to make a name for herself were just her way of trying to branch out from her ex-husband’s name and use her popularity in various ways that would benefit her.

She has a great opportunity to achieve more success if she is more dedicated and focused more on her acting. Show business can be very unpredictable sometimes. Who knows? Vanessa might just be landing some tremendous roles in the coming future or could end working on various projects.

Net Worth

Vanessa Villanueva’s cash flow estimated to be over $100,000 likely from the success she enjoyed while she and Perez were together. She has never spoken about her assets like houses and vehicles, but she is thought to be able to take care of herself and her family.


Much about Vanessa’s own life has been overshadowed by her connection to Chris Perez. We hope the article has been able to offer you some details about her. Her private life also causes difficulty in getting information about her. As soon as there is something new, we will let you know about it.