Sometimes, we in Latino media have the tendency to focus on the bigger Latinx stars, of both yesterday and today, while simultaneously complaining that we don’t see Latinx actors getting the shine they deserve in Hollywood. When the ones who really need the consistent shine are the actors and actresses who are coming up, the more unknown yet super talented. The ones who have been around for a bit, but aren’t given their due credit. Here are 13 such Latinx actresses who you should have on your radar!
Cuban-American actress Jeanine Mason is currently starring as Liz Ortecho in the TV show, Roswell, New Mexico. She also played Dr. Sam Bello on Grey’s Anatomy and appeared in shows including Big Time Rush, and CSI, in addition to winning the TV dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance.
You may have heard that the popular kid’s cartoon, Dora the Explorer, is headed to the big screen. It will star Peruvian-American Isabela Moner, who also starred in the Nickelodeon show, 100 Things to Do Before High School, and appeared in films such as Instant Family, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado.
It was recently publicized far and wide that director Steven Speilberg was searching for the modern-day Maria for the remake of West Side Story. Well, the legend found her and it’s 17-year-old Colombian-American Rachel Zegler.
Soni Nicole Bringas
Soni Nicole Bringas is 16 and plays Kimmy Gibler’s daughter Ramona on the successful sequel to Full House, Fuller House. The Uruguayan-American actress also appeared on the TV show Instant Mom, and Jane the Virgin, among other acting credits.
Afro-Costa Rican-American actress, producer, and director Heather Hemmens is currently playing Maria DeLuca on Roswell, New Mexico. She also starred in the TV show, If Loving You Is Wrong, and was a series regular on Hellcats (in addition to numerous other TV and film roles).
Ana de Armas
Ana de Armas is a Cuban actress, with several roles under her belt, who will star alongside John Leguizamo and Helen Hunt, in the upcoming film, The Night Clerk. She’s also in five other films in post-production: Knives Out (with Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, etc.), Netflix’s Sergio, The Informer, Entering Red, and a currently untitled movie, with Kate McKinnon and Ed Sherran.
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Mexican actress Melissa Barrera has appeared in numerous Spanish and English-language productions. Her latest English role was that of Lyn Hernandez, main character on the TV show Vida.
Cuban-American Natalie Martinez is slated to star in Netflix’s upcoming show, The I-Land. She has already had main roles in a number of TV shows (in addition to film roles), including Fashion House, Kingdom, Under the Dome, and Detroit 1-8-7.
Allegra Acosta might only be 16-years-old, but she is already making a mark on Hollywood. She currently stars on the Hulu show, Marvel’s Runaways, as Molly Hernandez. Allegra has also appeared in TV/film productions including 100 Things to Do Before High School, American Girl, and One Halloween.
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Mexican-Irish-American Natalie Martinez has had a number of TV roles, including that of Raven Reyes on The 100, and Kristina Davis on General Hospital, which garnered Martinez an Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. Natalie has also acted in films and is rumored to be the new Batgirl.
The ’90s show Charmed is back, and Melonie Diaz is playing one of the three (now) Latina characters. Diaz has also appeared in films such as Fruitvale Station, and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints — two roles which earned her Independent Award nominations for Best Supporting Female — and roles on TV shows including Girls, Nip/Tuck, Law & Order, and CSI: Miami.
Dominican-Puerto Rican-American Mishel Prada stars in the show Vida, as Emma. She also portrayed Gabi in Fear the Walking Dead: Passage, and has been in films, including Tell Me How I Die. She has also served in productions as a producer and writer.
Sure, she is la novia de Prince Royce, but Mexican-Lebanese-American Emeraude Toubia is an actress whose work stands alone. She was nominated two years in a row for Teen Choice Awards (Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi; the show has won four Teen Choice Awards and one GLAAD Award) for playing Isabelle Lightwood on Shadowhunters.