Young puerto rican actors: 28 Latinx Actors You May Not Know About but Should

28 Latinx Actors You May Not Know About but Should

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Talent knows no barriers.

Latinx actors and people are pushing for better representation in television and movies. While Hollywood still has plenty of work when it comes to diversity both in front of the camera and behind, the tide continues to turn when it comes to entertainment. Latinxs made up 21% of all movie ticket sales in 2016 and are the second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. population. Although on-screen representation remains remarkably low, it’s making leaps like never before, especially when it comes to showcasing complex characters that do more than just meet a diversity quota.

From upcoming shows such as Charmed to fan favorites including On My Block and Jane the Virgin, Latinx actors are finally claiming roles that portray well-rounded people with a variety of storylines and life experiences. They may have been missing at the 2018 Emmys, but these are 28 stars currently pulling up a seat at the table.

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    Ariela Barer

    You may recognize the Mexican-American actor from her guest roles on Disney shows including Liv and Maddie and K.C. Undercover or on Netflix’s Atypical and One Day At A Time. Most recently, Ariela is fighting villains (her own parents, NBD) as the purple-haired feminist superhero Gertrude “Gert” Yorkes on Marvel’s Runaways, which premiered on Hulu in 2017 and returns for a second season later this year.

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    Tyler Posey

    Before he was Scott McCall on MTV’s Teen Wolf, Tyler made his big screen debut in 2002 as Jennifer Lopez’s son on the classic rom-com Maid in Manhattan. The actor and musician, who is Mexican from his mom’s side of the family, also appeared on Scream: The TV Series, Jane the Virgin, and thriller film Truth or Dare. Next year, he is set to play Avan Jogia’s love interest on the Starz series Now Apocalypse.

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    Isabella Gomez

    Born in Medellin, Colombia, Isabella currently stars as the video game-loving Elena on One Day At A Time. The young actor is winning viewers’ hearts for her portrayal of a Latinx teen coming out to her family and educating them on social issues — even if her abuelita rolls her eyes every so often. Isabella also previously appeared on Modern Family.

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    Marcel Ruiz

    Opposite Isabella on One Day At A Time is Marcel as the suave, ever-confident little brother Alex. It’s the Puerto Rican actor’s first major role — and at 15, he’s already stealing scenes alongside legend Rita Moreno (who plays the siblings’ abuela). Growing up with filmmaking in the family, we’ll surely be seeing him on our screens for a long time to come.

  • Auli’i Cravalho

    Auli’i made a splash as the voice of Disney’s Moana in 2016, which she followed up with a powerful performance at the Academy Awards the following year. Most recently, the 17-year-old Hawaiian actor, who is Puerto Rican on her dad’s side, transitioned to the small screen as Lilette Suarez on NBC’s Rise. Although the series was canceled after one season, the actor will soon show off her writing skills as a contributor to America Ferrera’s upcoming essay collection.

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  • Selena Gomez

    Selena famously got her start on Barney & Friends in 2002 (with BFF Demi Lovato and went on to become a household name for her role as Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place. Starring in her fair share of movies such as Monte Carlo, Spring Breakers, and Princess Protection Program, the Mexican-American star is also known for her music and impeccable style. Her most recent song “Taki Taki” is a reggaeton-style collab with Cardi B, Ozuna, and DJ Snake.

  • Camila Mendes

    You most likely already know and love Camila for her portrayal of Veronica Lodge on Riverdale. The actor, who comes from a Brazilian family, often speaks out about the importance of playing a Latinx character on television that defies stereotypes. She’ll soon take on the big screen with Riverdale costar Hayley Law in The New Romantic and will also star as Shelby Pace in The Stand-In alongside To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before actor Noah Centineo.

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    Jason Genao

    The Dominican-American actor appeared in The Get Down and Logan before landing a lead role on Netflix’s On My Block as one of the four main characters. The show, which has been renewed for a second season, follows a group of inner-city kids trying to make it through high school in Los Angeles. The first season ended with a cliffhanger involving Jason’s character Ruby.

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    Diego Boneta

    The Mexican-American actor started out in Spanish-language shows like Rebelde before landing roles on Pretty Little Liars, 90210, and Scream Queens, to name a few. He currently plays Mexican singer Luis Miguel on the biographical show Luis Miguel: La Serie and will appear in teen horror film Monster Party.

  • Francia Raísa

    The Mexican-Honduran actor currently stars in Grown-ish as Ana, roomie and BFF to Yara Shahidi’s Zoey. But before she was playing a student at the fictional Cal U, Francia gained recognition for her role on The Secret Life of an American Teenager. She’s also starred in movies like Bring It On: All or Nothing and Fired Up.

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    The Puerto Rican singer climbed the Latin charts this summer and is most known for his bops alongside artists like Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Jennifer Lopez. But in 2019, he’s crossing over onto the big screen with his first Spanish-language rom-com. If we’re lucky, Que León is hopefully an indication of future projects in English, as well.

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    Herizen Guardiola

    Herizen stole our hearts as Mylene, an aspiring gospel and disco singer on Netflix’s The Get Down. Although the Baz Luhrmann series was ultimately canceled, the Cuban and Jamaican artist’s breakout role introduced audiences to her powerful voice. She’s currently focused on her music, acting, and modeling — oh, and she has a killer Instagram feed.

  • Bella Thorne

    You probably know by now that Bella’s first prominent role was on Shake It Up as dancer CeCe Jones alongside Zendaya. Since then, she’s gone on to lead her own Freeform show Famous In Love and appeared in a wide range of movies, including The DUFF, You Get Me, and The Babysitter. The actress and musician, who is of Cuban descent, also appears in this year’s Midnight Sun and Assassination Nation among other projects.

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    Cierra Ramirez

    Raised in a Mexican and Colombian home, Cierra is a talented actor and musician known for her role as Mariana on The Fosters. She also played the daughter of Eva Mendes in the 2013 film Girl in Progress. In May of this year, Freeform announced that Cierra and her Fosters costar Maia Mitchell will produce and star in their own spin-off series. Good Trouble will premiere in 2019.

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    Jake T. Austin

    Before joining the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place as the youngest Russo sibling, [Jake] started out voicing Diego on Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go. The actor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, went on to star in The Fosters after his run on Disney Channel. He continues to do voice work on films including Rio, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and The Emoji Movie.

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    Melonie Diaz

    Raised in New York City by parents of Puerto Rican heritage, Melonie made a name for herself in films like Fruitvale Station and Amazon’s Gringo. She’s also starred in the Vh2 series The Breaks and will come back to the small screen this year as Mel on the highly-anticipated Charmed reboot.

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    Rico Rodriguez

    Rico started out with small roles on Disney shows including Corey in the House before landing the part of Manny on ABC’s Modern Family in 2009. The actor, who is of Mexican descent, continues to appear in the critically-acclaimed series while also dabbling in voice work for Disney’s The Lion Guard. According to his Instagram, he’s also venturing over into writing and completed a film script in September.

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    Sofia Carson

    Many fans know Sofia from various Disney Channel roles, including Evie in the Descendants movies. She has appeared in various other television shows, such as Faking It and Famous in Love. More recently, she collaborated with R3HAB on the track «Rumors» and we’ll be seeing her soon in The Perfectionists, a spin-off of PLL.

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    Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.

    You may recognize the Dominican-born actor from his role as Nick on this year’s hit film Love, Simon. Before he starred in the teenage rom-com, Jorge also appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Land. His upcoming projects include Paramount’s Bumblebee, based off the Transformers series, and Alita: Battle Angel.

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    María Gabriela de Faría

    María kicked off her acting career on the Venezuelan telenovela Ser bonita no basta. She later rose to fame on Nickelodeon, where she played Isabela Isa TKM, along with other roles on Grachi and as Franky Andrade on Yo soy Franky. American audiences will get to know her next year on Syfy’s Deadly Class.

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    Madeleine Mantock

    The British Afro-Caribbean actor began her career on BBC shows Casualty and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People. She crossed the pond to star in The CW’s The Tomorrow People and AMC’s Into the Badlands. As of October 14, you can watch her on Charmed as oldest sister Macy.

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    Diego Tinoco

    Like Jason, Diego is one of the four main characters of Netflix’s On My Block. His character Cesar struggles with the pressure to join a gang, which his family members are a part of. Prior to joining the coming-of-age series, the actor, who is of Colombian and Mexican descent, appeared on MTV’s Teen Wolf.

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    Sarah Jeffery

    You may have seen the Mexican-Canadian actress as Princess Audrey on the Disney Channel original movie Descendants or as the daughter of Jennifer Lopez’s character on the NBC series Shades of Blue. This fall, you’ll get to know her as Maggie Vera, the youngest sister in the CW’s Charmed reboot.

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    Moises Arias

    You probably remember him as Rico from Hannah Montana, but the Colombian actor has stayed busy since his Disney Channel days. He starred in films The Kings of Summer, Ender’s Game, and voiced Antonio in Despicable Me 2. Next year, you can watch him as Poe alongside Cole Sprouse in the romantic drama Five Feet Apart, directed by Jane the Virgin’s Justin Baldoni.

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    Christian Lee Navarro

    The Puerto Rican actor starred in shows like Rosewood and Vinyl before taking on the role of Tony Padilla on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. He is an outspoken activist and champion of Latinx representation in Hollywood.

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    Allegra Acosta

    The Mexican-American actress from El Paso, Texas, starred in Nickelodeon’s 100 Things To Do Before High School before playing Latinx superhero Molly Hernandez on Marvel’s Runaways. You can catch the fifteen-year-old actor in Season 2 starting December 21 on Hulu.

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    Jenna Ortega

    The sixteen-year-old actress, who is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, played lead character Harley Diaz on Disney’s Stuck in the Middle. But Jane the Virgin fans may also recognize her as the young version of Jane in the show’s many flashbacks. Her upcoming projects include Saving Flora alongside David Arquette and ABC’s Man of the House, narrated by Jimmy Kimmel.

  • Gina Rodriguez

    The Puerto Rican actress and activist is best known for playing the titular role on the CW’s Jane the Virgin, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2015. Apart from stepping into the producer and director’s chair, Gina also starred in the thriller Annihilation earlier this year and will appear in films Miss Bala, Someone Great, and the new Carmen Sandiego animated series as the voice of the titular character.

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15 famous latino actors under 30 you should know about in 2022

A cultural shift is underway in the film and television industry as the young actors have seized the spotlight. Hollywood has played host to the talents of countless important Latino figures such as Danny Trevejo and Eva Longoria. However, Latino actors under 30 are some of the fast-rising stars in Hollywood, thanks to their acting prowess.

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From upcoming shows such as Charmed to fan favourites such as On My Block, Latino actors are already making their mark on the big and small screens. They are some of the most sought-after actors. The best Latino actors are the recipients of accolades such as the Primetime Emmy award, thanks to their outstanding performance on the screen.

There are plenty of young male Latino actors gaining more and more notoriety in Hollywood. These actors are entertaining audiences worldwide with their creative interpretations of various characters. Here is a comprehensive list of famous Latino actors under 30.

1. Diego Tinoco

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Diego tops the list of young Latino actors. He is a famous Latino model and actor. Diego was born on November 25, 1997, in Anaheim, California. This means he is 25 years old as of 2022. He debuted his acting career in 2015 when he appeared in the short drama Drizzle of Hope. Diego is also renowned for his appearance in other movies and TV shows, such as:

  • On My Block
  • Teen Wolf
  • Welcome to Valhalla
  • Knights of the Zodiac

2. Marcel Ruiz

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Marcel is one of the most famous young male Latino actors. He was born on July 9, 2003, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 19-year-old actor started appearing in commercials at the age of nine. His first major role was in an episode of Snowfall. He is renowned for his roles as Alejandro «Alex» Alvarez in the Netflix series One Day at a Time and John Smith in Breakthrough.

3. David Castro

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Castro is one of the young male Hispanic actors. He was born on February 7, 1996, in Long Island, New York, to Albee Castro and Kathleen. He is 27 years old as of 2022. Castro made his acting debut in the 2004 film Palindromes. He is renowned for his role as Raphael Santiago in Shadowhunters. His other acting credits include:

  • The Ministers
  • 27 Dresses
  • Arranged
  • Little Fugitive
  • Bella


Ricardo Hurtado

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Ricardo Javier Hurtado also features on the list of male Latino actors under 30. He was born on August 22, 1999, in Miami, Florida, to Ricardo Hurtado and Ofelia Ramirez. This means that he is 22 years old as of 2022. His first acting role was in the series School of Rock. Since then, he has featured in several other movies and TV shows, such as:

  • Country Comfort
  • Prince of Peoria
  • The Goldbergs
  • Speechless
  • The Mick

5. Jake T. Austin

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Jake Austin Szymanski also features on the list of young male Hispanic actors. He was born on December 3, 1994, in New York, United States. His parents are Giny Rodriquez Toranzo and Joe Szymanski. The 28-year-old actor started his career in 2003 when he appeared on Late Show with David Letterman. He is also renowned for his appearance in:

  • Hotel for Dogs
  • The Fosters
  • Wizards of Waverly Place
  • The Perfect Game
  • Adverse

6. Jharrel Jerome

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Jharrel is one of the most famous Afro-Latino actors under 30. The rapper and actor was born on October 9, 1997, in Bronx, New York, which means he is 25 years old as of 2022. Shortly after he enrolled as an undergraduate at Ithaca College, he landed his first acting role as young Kevin in Moonlight. His other acting credits include:

  • Concrete Cowboy
  • First Match
  • Monster
  • When They See Us
  • Selah and the Spades


Jason Genao

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Jason is one of the hot Latino actors under 30. He was born on July 3, 1996, in Jersey City, New Jersey. This means that he is 26 years old as of 2022. He debuted his acting career in 2015 when he was cast to play the role of Agente FBI in Ladrones. He is best known for his appearance as Ruby Martinez on the Netflix show On My Block. His other acting credits include:

  • Logan
  • To Get Down
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8. Tony Revolori

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Anthony Revolori was born on April 28, 1996, in Anaheim, California, which means he is 26 years old as of 2022. He is the son of Sonia and Mario Quiñonez. At the beginning of his career, he featured in commercials and short films. His first significant role was in the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel, in which he played the role of Zero Moustafa. His other acting credits include:

  • The French Dispatch
  • Lowriders
  • The Long Dumb Road
  • Workaholics
  • Willow

9. Eduardo Franco

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Franco was born on August 29, 1994, in Yuma, Arizona. He is 28 years old as of 2022. Franco is renowned for his appearance in several commercials, including Samsung and TurboTax. He has also starred in several movies and TV shows. Eduardo is best known for his roles as Spencer Diaz in American Vandal and Theo in Booksmart. His other acting credits include:

  • Stranger Things
  • Lady Dynamite
  • The Cool Kids
  • The Binge
  • We Broke Up


Xolo Mariduena

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Xolo is one of the upcoming young Latino actors. He was born on June 9, 2001, in Los Angeles, California, which means he is 21 years old as of 2022. Xolo debuted his acting career in 2012 when he was cast to play the role of Victor Graham in Parenthood. Since then, he has starred in several other movies and TV shows, such as:

  • Blue Beetle
  • Cobra Kai
  • Twin Peaks
  • Cleopatra in Space
  • Victor and Valentino

11. Rico Rodriguez

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Rico was born on July 31, 1998, in Bryan, Texas, to Diane and Roy Rodriguez. He is 24 years old as of 2022. Rico debuted his acting career in 2009 when he played the character of Manny Delgado in Modern Family. Since then, he has landed roles in other movies and TV shows. Some of his acting credits include:

  • The Lion Guard
  • Victor and Valentino
  • Unfiltered
  • The Substitute
  • Sesame Street

12. Adam Irigoyen

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Adam is a famous actor, singer, and dancer. He was born on August 5, 1997, in Miami, Florida, and he is 25 years old as of 2022. His mother is Annie, while his father is Eric. He started appearing in print advertisements and commercials at the age of 11. He got his big break in 2015 when he appeared in the film Underdog Kids. He has also appeared in:

  • The Scorpion’s Tale
  • Shake it Up
  • The Last Ship
  • Peter Punk
  • Henry Danger


Nicolas Bechtel

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Nicolas Joseph Bechtel was born on February 15, 2005, in Fontana, California, which means he is 17 years old as of 2022. He is the son of Nick and Julie Bechtel. Nicolas made his acting debut in 2012 when he played the role of Josh in an episode of Days of Our Lives. He is best known for his portrayal of Spencer Cassadine in General Hospital. His other notable roles include:

  • Girls Meet World
  • Underdog Kids
  • American Horror Stories
  • Stuck in the Middle
  • Good Luck Charlie

14. Moises Arias

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Moises was born on April 18, 1994, in New York City, United States, to Mónica and César Arias. He is 28 years old as of 2022. Arias debuted his acting career when he made guest appearances in several shows such as Wizards of Waverly Place and Everybody Hates Chris. Since then, he has been cast to play roles in several movies and TV shows, including:

  • The Good Doctor
  • American Murderer
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Samaritan
  • Jockey

15. Nathan Arenas

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Nathan was born on September 30, 2005, in Los Angeles, California. He debuted his acting career when he played the role of Jorge in Bunk’d. Nathan is renowned for his role as Robbie in Criminal Minds. He is 17 years old as of 2022. He has also featured in several other movies and TV shows, including:

  • For the People
  • Diary of a Future President

These Latino actors under 30 have quickly risen through the ranks of their careers to become household names in the film and television industry. This is all thanks to the acting gigs they have landed since they debuted their career. Fans can only hope that they will continue to grace the television screens with their acting prowess in the future. published an article about the hottest Spanish actors you can’t take your eyes off them. Spanish actors are some of the most good looking and charming men in the film and television industry. Their smart and dashing looks shine high when they appear on the screens. These actors have won the hearts of fans because of their good looks and acting skills.

Interestingly, most of these actors are people you are familiar with. This is because you have watched them act in various films and television series. Some of the actors featured on this list include Alvaro Antonio Garcia Perez, Itzan Escamilla, Alex Garcia, Jamie Lorente Lopez, and Diego Luna Alexander.

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Top 20 Hot Latin Stars

Many of these celebrities have bloodlines spanning South and Central America. The Latin roots of someone are clearly visible, in someone you can see a subtle hint that adds additional charm and seductiveness. These women are not only beautiful, but also talented. You’ll see them in famous movies, popular TV series or high fashion shows.

Some of them came to Hollywood from Brazil, Cuba or Spain. Others were born and raised in other countries, but their families come from Latin America. The great thing is that these women transcended racial and ethnic stereotypes to gain influence in Hollywood. They used their fame to pave the way for other Latin Americans, many even doing philanthropic work. nine0003

Helping others and honing your craft is what confident hot Latina women do. invites you to get acquainted with the list of those who use their talents to make the world a better (and more attractive) place!


Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is a Mexican-American celebrity, actress, director and producer. She began her career in a Mexican soap opera, soon made it to Hollywood and won the hearts of many Americans. At 48, she remains beautiful and graceful. nine0003

19. Jessica Alba

At 34, Jessica is a mother, actress, model and experienced entrepreneur. The number of awards she has received is impressive. She was born in California but has Mexican roots.

18. Adriana Lima

Adriana Francesca Lima (such is her full name) is a Brazilian beauty, actress and model. Already at the age of 15, she received first place in the Ford competition «Supermodel of Brazil». Lima has worked with Victoria’s Secret and Maybelline. She is involved in charity work, in particular, helping orphanages. Swiss, Japanese and African blood along with Brazilian make her very attractive. nine0003

17. Paz Vega

The full name of the actress is as beautiful as she is — Maria Paz Campos Trigo. As you might guess, she comes from Spain. In addition to his career in Hollywood, Paz also works as a model.

16. Alessandra Ambrosio

Model and actress from Brazil. She has worked with Victoria’s Secret, Next, Armani, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren.

15. Penelope Cruz

This Spanish actress is over 40, but she can still compete with the most attractive twenty-year-olds. Not only beautiful, but also smart, Cruise received many awards and prizes. She modeled for Mango, Ralph Lauren and L’Oreal. nine0003

14. Sofia Vergara

Sofia’s playful, sexy Colombian accent completes the look of the 43-year-old seductress. She is an actress, model, comedian, TV presenter and producer — no doubt an impressive resume. Sophia also does voice acting, you can hear her in The Smurfs.

13. Eva Mendes

Eva was born in Miami, Florida. She is an actress, model, singer and designer. While incredibly talented, she is also stunningly beautiful. Eva is married and has a baby. nine0003

12. Elsa Benitez

Elsa was born in Mexico. She is a model and TV presenter and has walked the runways for Chanel, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Versace, Fendi, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, Karl Lagerfield, John Galliano, MaxMara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and CoverGirl. You might not know anything about her before, but just look at the photo to understand that this model is a hot little thing.

11. Shakira

Shakira, Shakira. The hips don’t lie, and neither do we: Shakira is one of the hottest Latina celebrities. The full name of the Colombian is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoli. She combines many talents: singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, choreographer and model. nine0003

10. Daisy Fuentes

Cuban-American TV presenter and model. Daisy’s father is Cuban and her mother is Spanish. She was MTV’s first Latin American anchor and spokesperson for Revlon. You may have seen Daisy in advertisements for Pantene, American Express and M&Ms. She is also a philanthropist: she raises funds for breast cancer research, as well as for the Children’s Research Hospital, which specializes in helping children with cancer.

9. Jennifer Lopez

Who doesn’t know J-Lo? She is an actress, writer, fashion designer, dancer, producer and singer. Jennifer was born in Los Angeles, California but has Puerto Rican roots. She is perhaps one of the most famous Latin American actresses in the United States and around the world.

8. Gisele Bundchen

Gisele is currently probably the most famous Latin American model. She is also an actress and producer. Also a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment. nine0003

7. Christina Aguilera

It’s hard not to know singer, actress and songwriter Christina Aguilera. Her father is from Ecuador, and her mother has European roots.

6. Selena Gomez

A younger addition to our list. The 23-year-old singer-actress-fashion designer began her career in the 2000s, starred on the Disney Channel, and now continues in Hollywood. She has worked with UNICEF and has her own production company. The star’s dad is Mexican.

5. Rosario Dawson

Who is Rosario Dawson? Actress, singer, writer, who has Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban roots. She works with charities such as ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International and Voto Latino. Rosario is also a spokesperson for the charity Footprints.

4. Eva Longoria

Eva played one of the main roles in the series Desperate Housewives. The 40-year-old Mexican-American actress, producer, director, activist, and entrepreneur also holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology! nine0003

3. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana-Perego is an actress and dancer. She is from Passaic, New Jersey, her father is from the Dominican Republic and her mother is from Puerto Rico. Zoe also has roots in Haiti and Lebanon.

2. Odette Annable

The mother of this 30-year-old Cuban actress is of Italian and French descent. Born in Los Angeles, Odette has absorbed all the beauty of these nations that could be.

1. Camilla Belle

The mother of this charming actress is a fashion designer from Brazil. Camilla has received various awards for her talent. She speaks three languages ​​- English, Spanish and Portuguese.


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    Latin American actresses have had a bad experience of being referred to started with Amara La Negra, this has been a hot topic for quite some time. Catching an eye on an Afro-Latina on TV or in a movie is a rarity, like stumbling over an oasis in the desert. However, when you do find one, it’s just as rare for an Afro-Latina actress to portray an actual Afro-Latin character on screen. The media still seems to attribute the belief that you can be either black or Hispanic, but not both. In this day and age, in 2018, we were hoping to see more progress, but it’s a slow process. P>

    However, there has been a slight increase in well-known Afro-Latinos in entertainment lately, and they are a phenomenal group of women. We’ve put together a list of 15 amazing Afro-Latin actresses who are changing the game. These women are leading the charge for not only dodging tired Latino stereotypes, but also breaking records and taking names in the process and even breaking a few hearts. Some delight the world as superheroes, some of them are changing the world playing behind the scenes, and all leave us all breathless with their amazing talent. Some of them are new to the scene, while others have become respected veterans and have been in business for decades. Sorting through all the different shades of beautiful melanin and from different countries, we wanted to highlight these women with boundless strength and determination to make it in a business that doesn’t always welcome them. And while this list is only 15, we hope that one day there will be a list of 50 Afro-Latina actresses who are killing it in Hollywood. P >

    Gina Torres

    Born and raised in New York, the Bronx to be specific, Cuban-American actress Gina Torres swam while singing while attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, better known as the school in the 1980 movie Fame was based on. Torres pursued science fiction with his first major television role in the short-lived Cleopatra 2525 . She came to prominence as co-captain of the «no-prisoners» spaceship Serenity in Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western series Firefly . Although it was a one-season wonder, it garnered a cult following, making Torres a distinct personality for various other television shows (Anna Espinoza Forever, for all you Alias ​​ fans). After reprising his role as Zoe in Serenity , in a 2005 tie-in film titled Firefly , Torres began branching out into more films, starring in the Chris Rock comedy Think I Love My Wife and Matrix revolutions . But Torres kills him the most where she started: television. In the past year alone, she has appeared in seven series and television movies, voicing the character Ketsu Oneo in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny. She recently completed a seven-year arc in the US legal drama Suits and resurfaced in the TNT comedy Angie Tribeca .

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    Rosario Dawson

    Rosario Dawson, cutting through almost every facet of the media with her fantastic ability to act, sing and dance, is the definition of multi-talent. Raised in New York, the Lower East Side, Puerto Rico and Cuban-American Dawson began his career at the age of 16 in the controversial Larry Clark drama Children . Since then, Dawson has been a chameleon, doing almost everything from comedy ( Clerks 2 ) to musicals (an adaptation of Rent ) to voice work (she was Batgirl in last year’s LEGO Batman Movie ). In his spare time, Dawson is an activist. In 2016, she starred in PSA with Wilmer Valderrama to lure Hispanics into voting. She was also one of several Hispanics to share her support for the #TimesUp sexual harassment movement. Now you can see her on TV screens like Jane Ramos, Petra’s lawyer at Jane Virgin . She also has three films in which she is a star: the virtual reality BattleScar , the animated comedy Henchmen, , and the dramaturgy Krystal . And while she didn’t get a chance to be in Star Wars , you can see her in the Marvel-centric Netflix series Daredevil , Jessica Jones , and The Defenders of as Nurse Claire Temple.

    Kristen Lopez

    Yaya DaCosta

    Born Karmara Da Costa Johnson, the actress known as Yaya DaCosta is of Afro-Brazilian and African-American ancestry and speaks five languages. She began modeling and was a runner-up in the third season of America’s Next Top Model . In 2008, she broke out as Cassandra Foster in the long daytime soap All My Children , before playing the role of Vanessa Williams’ rebellious daughter Nico in the America Ferrera series Ugly Betty. nine0160 In 2016, she landed her biggest role to date as the villainous Tully in Shane Black’s 1970s comedy The Nice Guys , where she sparred against Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. She has since returned to television, starting with her lead role in the 2015 drama Chicago Fire . This series spawned a short-lived spinoff called Chicago P.D. , of which Dacosta would reprise his role as April Sexton. Currently, she can be seen in the show’s remaining spin-off series, Chicago Med . On the film front, Dacosta is set to appear in the Tony Braxton-led TV show Faith Under Fire and will star in the drama Bolden , a free account of Buddy Bolden, known as the Cornet King of New Orleans.

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    Dasha Polanco

    Although he has only worked as an actress since 2011, Dominican-American Dasha Polanco made a name for herself through her breakthrough role as Dayanara «Daya» Diaz in the Netflix drama The Apple. nine0159 Orange is the new black . Ahead of its three-year Golden Globe nomination turnaround, Polanco co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in the 2015 comedy Joy and Adam Sandler in 2014’s The Cobbler . Only recently, Polanco embraced her Afro-Latina heritage by pointing out that she starred in an off-Broadway play called «Tell Hector I Love Him,» about a group of people living in the slums of San Juan. Viewers can see her on the small screen every week like the haunted Detective Lori Veeder on Ryan Murphy’s latest crime anthology, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story ; her role is so great we asked for more. She will also star in the romantic drama iGilbert this year.

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    Tessa Thompson

    If there’s anything on social media that can get away with it, it looks like actress Tessa Thompson has exploded in just a few years. Thompson is Afro-Panamanian on his father’s side, and European and Mexican on his mother’s. She quickly gained character arcs on popular television shows before catching the attention of movie fans as the aborist Samantha White in Racially Accused Dear White People in 2014. Since then, her characters have always had a hint of political activism, from playing African-American activist Diana Nash in Ava DuVernay’s Selma to the Detroit character in the upcoming film Boots Riley Sorry to bother you. . She totally slayed last year as Valkyrie’s puncher in Marvel Comic Thor: Ragnarok . The character, originally written as a white woman in the comics, was changed to an Afro-Latina Thompson and no one could have owned him better. In fact, the character inspired his own comic book a >! This year, she will star as a scientist opposite Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac at Annihilation , reprise her role as Bianca in the boxing sequel Creed II and return to sci-fi theme park Westworld as the villainous Charlotte Hale.

    Kristen Lopez

    Zoe Saldana

    Zoe Saldanha has come a long way from playing the fiery Eve Rodriguez in the 2000 ballet drama center stage . Half Dominican and Half Puerto Rican Saldanha grew up in New Jersey, but after her father passed away, her mother moved her and her sisters to the Dominican Republic, where she began dancing. In 2003, Saldana graced movie screens as Gabriella, which gave Captain Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow all sorts of problems in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. features starting with Lieutenant Uhura in three Star Trek Movies. But her most famous roles find her covered in makeup, from Neytiri in James Cameron’s avatar , to her most popular role as Rebel Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy . Saldanha dabbled in acting as characters of African American and Hispanic descent. Her 2011 action film colmbiana and 2016 Live of Night saw her play the people of Cuba and she played singer Nina Simone in the singer’s biopic. This year, she will reprise her role as Gamora on the massive comic team Avengers: Infinity War and is preparing to visit Pandora’s world as Neytiri for a rumored four additional avatar sequel.

    Kristen Lopez

    Rosie Perez

    You can’t say that Nuyorican actress Rosie Perez isn’t the hardest working performer in entertainment. She has a career spanning nearly thirty years to prove it! She literally burst onto the screen in 1989, showing off her dancing skills, in the racist drama Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing . With her trademark high voice and predominance of non-prisoners, she puts on memorable performances in the likes of White Men Can’t Jump and The Counselor . She recently starred in the British television series Bounty Hunters . In March, she will star in the NBC drama Rise , created by Night Night Lights Jason Katims. Perez plays Tracy in the series, «no exaggeration… a current drama school teacher… whoever finds someone else with passion and vision can still inspire her.» When she’s not working, Perez is an activist, discussing the lack of proper representation for Hispanics and she’s made headlines confirming and discussing her longtime friend Annabella Sciorra’s rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein. She also inspires a new generation outside of film. In 2015, three New York DJs started a party celebrating Latin culture called The Party, named Rosie Perez, which has been solid for the past two years. nine0003

    Kristen Lopez

    Dania Ramirez

    Even before Beyoncé was Queen Bee, Dominican-American actress Dania Ramirez burst onto the scene as «Girl Jay-Z» in rapper’s 1998 music video 0 Watchs


    From there, Ramirez, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, went on to play on many popular TV shows including The Sopranos , Entourage , and Heroes . In 2013, Ramirez landed on the most extensive role of her television career when she was cast on Devious Maids as a housekeeper caught in the middle of some major drama (she gets shot and falls into a coma in season 2). Most recently, Ramirez was cast to play Cinderella (and her «cursed counterpart» Yacinda) in the seventh and final season of ABC’s Once a Time , running until the end of April 2018. She is the first Latina to play the iconic princesses in a major TV show or movie. . «Unlike other Cinderella stories, she’s not a damsel in distress,» Ramirez told Entertainment Weekly last fall. “She’s not waiting to just go and meet a prince and marry him and this guy is sweeping her off her feet. She really fights for herself.”

    Kiko Martinez

    Judy Reyes

    In the industry for over 25 years, Dominican-American actress Judy Reyes has blasted the television screen ever since she made a small cameo appearance on shows like Law & Order , NYPD Blue and Sopranos . Born and raised in the Bronx, Reyes got her big break in the business in 2001 when she earned a starring role in the sitcom Scrubs , as Carla Espinosa, an outspoken, loving nurse who always referred to Zach Braff’s character as «Bambi» . More recently, Reyes’ stock has continued to rise with a number of television series, including Devious Maids , Jane the Virgin and Claws , where she plays the protagonist Quiet Ann, a lesbian ex-con security guard at a nail salon with ties to Organized crime. Reyes can be seen in a recurring role in the Netflix 9 remake this year.0159 One Day at the Time . In the show, she plays Ramón, a friend of Justina Machado’s character Penelope Alvarez, who is in the same veterans therapy group as her. Last year, Reyes starred as a congressman in a dystopian thriller starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

    Kiko Martinez

    Lauren Velez

    Puerto Rican actress Luna Velez, who used to go by the name Lauren, was born and raised in New York City, where she excelled in the drama department in high school. After learning dance and acting in his formative years, Welets booked the lead role in 9Drama-drama 0-series New York Undercover as Det. Nina Moreno. At the same time, Vélez starred in HBO’s first one-hour series Oz , which kept her busy until the show ended in 2003. On the show, she played Dr. Gloria Nathan, the chief medical officer at the prison and actually survives the series. Three years later, she had the biggest role of her television career in the Showtime series Dexter , where she played Det. Maria LaGuerta, the Miami homicide officer who is closest to anyone ever in the series, will solidify Dexter’s true identity as a serial killer. She currently plays the President of Middleton University on ABC How to Get Away With Murder . This July, Velez will be debuting in full nationwide release with horror prequel The First Purge opposite Marisa Tomei and fellow Latina Meloni Diaz.

    Kiko Martinez

    Christina Milian

    Cuban-American singer, songwriter and actress Christina Milian, born in Jersey City, New Jersey as Christine Flores and raised in Waldorf, Maryland, was signed with Def Jam in 2000 when she was only 19years old. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album with the hit singles «AM to PM» and «When You Look on Me». Her second studio album featured her hit song «Dip it Low». Along with the release of three studio albums and one EP, Milian also paid a lot of attention to her establishment in the film and television industry. Over the past 15 years, she has acted in a large number of films, including Love Do not Cost a Thing , Torque , Man of the House i>, Be Cool and Baggage Claim . On the small screen, she has been seen in two television series: Grandfathered and Hulu’s East Los High plus three reality shows: The Voice of as a social media correspondent, Dancing with the Stars as a contestant, and Superman as a judge and contestant discussions. Since 2010, Milian has provided the voice for the character Esther, Meg’s close friend, in the animated series Family Guy .

    Kiko Martinez

    Tatiana Ali

    It has been more than 20 years since Panamanian-American actress and singer Tatiana Ali last played the most famous character of her career, Ashley Banks, on the hit TV show Fresh Prince Bel Air opposite Will Smith. Before her role in Fresh Prince , she already had extensive experience with her five-year work on sesame Street . Over the years, Ali, who was born in North Bellmore, New York, has been seen in films such as Kiss The Girls , Jawbreaker , Glory Road, and a handful of made-for-TV movies. More recently, Ali is attached to two new TV shows: Fly , which is based on the true story of the first commercial aviation flight to use an All-Africa crew; and Olive Forever , a US network comedy crime drama about a teenage con artist. Ali received a lot of support this year when she posted on social media about her own #MeToo experience being lured into a hotel room by a male director she worked with in her 20s. Questionnaire

    Kiko Martinez

    Selenis Leyva

    Half-Cuban’s career, semi-dominist actress Selenis Leyva, who was born in Baracoa, Cuba, and grew up in the Bronx, has been going strong ever since she debuted in one episode » Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999. While other TV shows and independent films have come and gone, including Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent , there’s no denying how big of a role Leyva plays in five seasons of the award-winning hit Netflix Orange-new black . Her character Gloria Mendoza, an inmate at Lichfield Prison, continues to become more revered as the series continues. In the last episode of the most recent season, Gloria is stuck in a prison mess and worries about her son who was due for emergency surgery. The episode ends with a cliffhanger as Gloria and a group of holders are strong as the SWAT team hits the doors from their bunker right before the credits role. Fans have already been promised a sixth and seventh season, so Orange is far from over. Last year, Levy also had a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming as a high school physics teacher. During an Interview With Remezcla for the film, she said she feels like «an even bigger platform has opened up for me. »

    Kiko Martinez

    Regan Gomez-Preston

    Puerto Rican and African American actress and producer Reagan Gomez-Preston was born in Detroit, Michigan and got her start in the WB 9 family comedy0159 parent hood in 1995. She was introduced as the main character. The show ran for five seasons. In 2009, she landed a voice role as Roberta Tubbs in the animated series Family Guy -spinoff The Cleveland Show . In 2015, she created a sci-fi web series called Survival after her first web series «Almost Home» was successful online. You can see both shows on her YouTube channel. Currently Gomez-Preston stars in his own Series Queen Sugar executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and created by Ava Duvernay. The show was renewed for a third season. She also provides the voice for the characters Jenny and Kiki Pizza in the cartoon. Show Network Steven Universe . Like many Afro-Latina actresses, she has faced anti-blacks in the industry. In an interview with Latina , she shared, “I was told early on that I couldn’t audition for Latino characters because I’m black. And just as I adore Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek, there are many amazing Latinos out there who are not like them. Afro-Latina also deserves to be represented in all aspects of life.” nine0003

    Kiko Martinez

    La La Anthony

    She started out as an MTV VJ on Total Request Live on in the early 2000s, but is an actress, producer, producer, TV personality and best-selling author La La La La La La Anthon was able to get it. Over the past few years, Anthony has starred in a string of films, including think like a man too , chi-raq and Bagge Attect . She has also appeared on her own reality show twice: la la La#8217; She landed her most notable role in her acting career in 2014 on the crime drama Starz power . On the show, she plays Lake Grant, a hair salon and entrepreneur who was a recurring character in seasons 1-3 but became a main character in season 4.

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