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They’re ambitious, full of energy and determined to make their mark in Hollywood. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) we’re taking a look at a few young Hispanic faces that are not only transcending borders but are ready for their permanent spotlight.
Oscar Isaac (left) is definitely more than just a pretty face, and in case you don’t recognize him, he played Prince John in Robin Hood alongside Russell Crowe and the villainous club owner in Sucker Punch. See him on screens now with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan in the action drama Drive. Coming soon, roles in Madonna's directorial debut film W.E, a two-tiered romantic drama focusing on King Edward VIII’s forbidden affair, Cristiada with Andy Garcia and The Bourne Legacy next August.
Gael Garcia Bernal
If you saw Rudo y Cursi or Amores Perros, you’ll know why Gael García Bernal is so admired and followed by the ladies--consider him the Mexican Jude Law who’s not afraid to push the envelope. Currently he’s costarring with BFF Diego Luna and Will Ferrell in the laugh-out-loud comedy Casa de Mi Padre. When he’s not shooting films Bernal is producing them. Check out his latest project Miss Bala, here.
From starring roles to cameos to endorsements, everyone wants a piece of Saldana, Hollywood’s current "it" girl. She recently brought us Colombiana, her first lead role as a Latina in a major picture. In it, she plays Cat, a young woman who witnessed her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, and who then grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. Saldana will also be returning as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek sequel. Read our exclusive interview with Saldana.
Michelle Rodriguez has climbed to stardom with tough roles that deviate from traditional female characters. People first took notice of Rodriguez in Girl Fight but she’s best known for her work in The Fast and the Furious, Avatar and Machete. She’s currently working with Adrien Brody and Rob Schneider in Underground Comedy.
Ana de la Reguera
Mexican soap opera superstar Ana de la Reguera transitioned into Hollywood with comedies like Nacho Libre and Cop Out. This year her career took a big step forward with her work in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.
Disney sensation Selena Gomez (left) is in the early stages of her film career with family-friendly movies like Ramona and Beezus and Monte Carlo. Having such a prominent place in pop culture due to her hit TV series Wizards of Waverly Place, teen fans can rest assured Gomez will be around for awhile.
Wilmer Valderrama entertained audiences for years as Fez in the TV hit That ‘70s Show and gradually has made his way into the film industry. Earlier this year Valderrama joined the cast of Larry Crowne, directed by Tom Hanks. He’s also co-starring with Alicja Bachled in The Girl Is in Trouble out later this year.
Diego Luna is probably one of the most talented actors to have come out of Mexico so his rising success in the U.S. isn’t much of a surprise. When he’s not working with his childhood best friend Gael Garcia Bernal, he’s rubbing shoulders with top heavyweights like Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Tom Hanks. He’s currently working on Contraband an action thriller starring Kate Beckinsale and Mark Wahlberg.
Paz de la Huerta
Born and raised in New York City, Paz de la Huerta has been acting since the age of four and her diligence has paid off. This sexy vixen is best known for her work in the hit cable TV series Boardwalk Empire but her film repertoire is on the rise. She’s currently working on five films, two of which are already sparking interest: The Girl Is in Trouble and Nurse 3-D.
The youngest of six kids, America Ferrera won over audiences in her most vulnerable role to date Real Women Have Curves. Since then she’s become a phenomenon after starring in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the TV hit series Ugly Betty (executive produced by Salma Hayek), and Our Family Wedding. Ferrera just finished filming End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick and Michael Peña.
Other Hispanic actors you should keep an eye out for: Michael Peña, Kuno Becker, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Camilla Belle, Dania Ramirez, Walter Perez and Victoria Justice.