Mori started work modeling and then later became a telenovela actress with TV Azteca. Her big break came in 2004, with the remake of the telenovela Rubí of rival network Televisa, in which she played the title character.
Actress-model Bárbara Mori Ochoa was born on 2 February, 1978. She is of Uruguayan-Japanese and Mexican heritage; her Japanese ancestry is from her paternal grandfather. She has two siblings, actress Kenya Mori and brother Kintaró Mori. Her parents Yuyi Mori and Rosario Ochoa divorced when she was three years of age. Mori spent her early childhood between Mexico and Uruguay and finally settled in Mexico City at the age of twelve.
One day, while working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to work as a model. She became independent by the age of seventeen and went to live with her cousins. At nineteen she met actor Sergio Mayer, who would later become father to their son Sergio, born in 1998. They never married.
She later studied acting in El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. She made her acting debut in the Mexican telenovela Al norte del corazón. She then participated in the comedy series Tric Tac and Mirada de mujer the following year. She obtained her first TVyNovelas Award for her role in Mirada de mujer for Best New Actress. In 1998, Bárbara Mori got her first leading role as "Azul" in the series Azul Tequila, co-starring with Mauricio Ochmann. A year later she filmed the series Me muero por tí in Miami, with Peruvian actor Christian Meier. She participated in her first film in 2000, in the Mexican comedy Inspiración. Later, she acted in various other telenovelas, including Amor descarado and the highly–rated Mexican soap opera, Rubí, which earned her another TVyNovelas Award.
In 2005 she obtained the starring role in the blockbuster film La mujer de mi hermano as Zoe, and her husband was portrayed by Christian Meier, with whom she had previously co-starred in Me muero por tí. After breaking up with Mayer, Mori dated Manolo Cardona. She also won the leading role in "Pretendiendo", a Chilean/Mexican-backed movie which was critically panned.
Indian film producer Rakesh Roshan has recently signed her as the leading lady for his upcoming movie Kites opposite Indian actor Hrithik Roshan. To be shot in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Kites was scheduled to go into production by the end of July 2008, and released in 2009.
Barbara got inked from tattoo expert Sameer Patange. She and her brother together got a tattoo of a Hindi word that stands for sibling love. Patange reportedly did the tattoo on Barbara's forearm.