Catia Ojeda was born Catherine Anne Ojeda in College Station, Texas to her Mexican father and American mother, while they were graduate students at Texas A&M University. The family moved to Mexico, where her two younger brothers were born. At the age of four, her family moved back to Texas.
She found her love of acting in high school, and studied theater at the University of North Texas for two years before transferring to and graduating from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a BFA in Acting. She spent a college semester in London, training at The British American Dramatic Academy.