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What Do You Have In Common With These Famous Leos?

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We all know who the Leos in our lives are because they are the pesados that make it impossible to ignore them. Leos like to be the center of attention, and the ones that aren’t extroverts have very painful, self-involved angst. You know I’m right.

Pues, it’s no sorpresa that so many of the celebrities who we love to love are creative, passionate, regal Leos.

1. Demi Lovato

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Our one true love Demi Lovato is as Leo as they get. She doesn’t just act like a Queen: she isReina. She even stays open and humble with her struggle with drug addiction. Lovato was born August 20th, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2. Gina Rodriguez

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Born on July 30, 1984, Rodriguez is the Boricua spiritual gangster we all love to watch on “Jane the Virgin.” She was born and raised dancing and competing in salsa, so she really knows how to liven up a party. You go, Gina.

3. Jennifer Lopez

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If you need convincing that all your kids need to strategically be Leos, know that they can share a sign with J.Lo. Born on July 24, 1969 in The Bronx, she is the New Yorican all of our New Yorican mamas aspires to be.

4. Rico Rodriguez

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Rodriguez is not a baby anymore. Born on July 31, 1998 in Bryan, Texas, we’ve watched Rico grow up playing Manny Delgado on “Modern Family” alongside Sofia Vergara The adorable scene stealer is a classic Leo.

5. Francia Raísa

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Born July 26, 1988 in Los Angeles, Raisa is best known for her role on “Bring It On: All Or Nothing,” but she’s also been slaying in “Dear White People” and “Grown-ish.” Oh, and like a true loyal Leo, Raisa donated her kidney to her best friend, Selena Gomez.

6. Jackie Cruz

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The Dominican princess, Jackie Cruz, is best known as Flaca from “Orange is the New Black,” and girl grew up between Los Angeles and Santiago, Dominican Republic. Thankfully, Cruz was born a Leo filled with the self-confidence to make it during times where she was homeless. Look at her now: La Reina of the jungle.

7. Bruna Marquezine

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Marquezine is a phenomenally successful Brazilian model, born in Rio de Janeiro on August 4, 1995. She’s also made a play at telenovelas, and is very obviously a goddess.

8. Demián Bichir

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Leos are known for their big presence. Mexican-American actor Bichir is best known for playing Fidel Castro in “Che.” He made it big in telenovelas and eventually made his way into Hollywood.

9. Bianca Santos

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We recognize Santos as Lexi Rivera from “The Fosters,” which if you haven’t binged yet and love yourself of female-led queer dramas, watch it. Santos is half Brazilian and half Cuban and full television rock star.

10. Christian Chavez

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Christian Chavez is best known for his role on “Rebelde,” but he’s also a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community. The story of the Leo is a Lion in a cave, who nests in a cave to find comfort during hard times, but eventually walking out withsd dignity. While Chavez was legally married to his husband, he denied rumors of his homosexuality but eventually came out in a big way.

11. Carlos Vives

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Carlos Vives has been rocking the radio for our mamis for decades. Besides Jesus, he is probably the only man with long hair your mother ever loved. You can celebrate this man on August 7 every year.

12. Juan Pablo Di Pace

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He is Fernando on “Fuller House” and he’s also a Leo that worships the sun that rules him. Born on July 25, 1979, Argentinian actor is known for his roles in “Survival Island” and “Mamma Mia!”

13. Jose Fernandez

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This dreamy player for FC Barcelona is the epitome of Leos. He is always taking initiative and has become an important member of the soccer club.

14. Rodrigo Santoro

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Born on August 22, 1975, Santoro is a cusper. He’s starred in so many films, we can’t keep track but he was most recently made famous by his role as Hector Escaton in HBO’s “Westworld.”

15. Carlos PenaVega

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Born on August 15 in Columbia, Missouri, PenaVega is Venezuelan and Dominican and a Nickelodeon actor married to actress Alexa Vega. They now share a YouTube channel where they can share all the glory called LexLovesLos.

16. Meagan Good

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You may have blocked puertoriqueña Meagan Good from your mind after watching her star in “Saw V,” but then you remembered how bae and talented she is in movies like “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” and “The Obama Effect.”

17. Hulk Hogan

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Born Terry Gene Bollea on August 11, 1953, to a French, Italian and Panamanian family. He really brought the mania in Panamania to a the wrestling ring.

18. Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Mexican film director and producer has brought more than one Leo to larger than life. He directed “The Revenant,” “Babel,” and “Birdman.”

19. Kelis

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You definitely remember Kelis from her hit single “Milkshake” and all the boys it brought to the yard. It is one of the most iconic songs from our youths even though we didn’t really know what they were talking about. Not only is she a singer, Kelis is a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and that’s something to be proud of.

20. Pepe Aguilar

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No list of Leos is complete without the one and only Pepe Aguilar. The ranchera star was born on August 7, 1968, just seven years after Vives.

The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said

There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film. 

Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez. 

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The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”

Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her. 

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For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.  

Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers. 

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“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business. 

We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role. 

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The Bronx rapper did admit to drugging men and robbing them, just like the characters did in the movie “Hustlers.” In 2017, Barbash was charged for conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation

In March, Card admitted on social media that during her stint as a stripper in New York she too did what the “Hustlers” did in the movie. “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” 

Soon after that post, Cardi said she it was wrong of her to do that and has since tried to make a better life for herself. 

READ: Critics Think Jennifer Lopez Gave An Oscar-Worthy Performance In ‘Hustlers’

Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

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Cardi B Had To Help Jennifer Lopez Learn To Pole Dance In 6 Weeks And People Are Shook

Director Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers is the unexpected critical darling of the Toronto International Film Festival. And it’s generating Oscar buzz for Jennifer Lopez who produced and stars in the film. It also marks the first time in a long time, if ever, there has been a film written, directed, starring, produced, and edited by women and women of color with this much fanfare from audiences and critics alike.

To play the lead of Ramona, Lopez had to learn how to pole dance in just 6 weeks. While she is an incredible dancer, Lopez admitted she underestimated how difficult learning the new form of dance would be when she appeared on Good Morning America this week.

J Lo dishes on what Cardi B told her about pole dancing.

Jennifer Lopez appeared on Good Morning America to talk about her Oscar buzz and her new stint as a pole dancer. 

“When I spoke to Cardi B about being in the movie, I told her, ‘I’m learning how to pole dance and it’s really hard,” J. Lo said. “She was like ‘I know, I’m really good at… It took me years to master it.'” 

A crash course in pole dancing. 

Lopez shared a video of behind the scenes footage of her at practice. The 50-year-old singer, dancer, and actress said it was one of the hardest things she had ever done physically. 

“My core was on fire and I literally had bruises all over my legs — just trying to learn this in a short amount of time,” J. Lo she explained on GMA. “You never know until you walk into somebody else’s shoes what it’s really like. It was very acrobatic, it’s like Cirque du Soleil.”

Hustlers is getting rave reviews.

The film has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews praising the film and particularly Lopez’s performance. Hustlers is based on New York Magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores.” The movie is about a group of strippers who embezzle money from stock traders and entrepreneurs who patronize their strip club. The film takes place during the late-2000s financial crisis. 

Lopez says while the film is a fun, heist movie there is more to it than that. Critics are saying it is a commentary on capitalism, money, and is a subversion of female stereotypes.

“It’s a movie that makes you think, it goes deeper than maybe you think it does,” she said on GMA.

The film which costars Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Cardi B, Usher, Lizzo and Madeline Brewer, had women at the helm of all aspects. 

“This movie was produced by women, written and directed by women, edited by women and has a cast of all women,” J. Lo said to the audience’s applause. 

Critics want Jennifer Lopez to win an Oscar. 

“With all the Oscars buzz for @JLO in #hustlers here’s an unbelievable statistic. No Latina actress has won the Oscar for best actress. Only four have been nominated (Fernanda Montenegro — at the 71st Oscars — followed by Salma Hayek, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yalitza Aparicio),” pointed out Ramin Setoodeh of Variety. 

The Daily Beast wrote an article called “J. Lo Should Be an Oscar Contender for Hustlers,” writing, “From Lopez, it’s the kind of dynamo movie star performance that gets rarer and rarer, where a character so perfectly fits how we view a performer but still upends every expectation.” 

“If there’s any justice, Jennifer Lopez will receive her first Oscar nomination for channeling the ringleader Ramona as Erin Brockovich by way of Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike,” Variety said

Many feel an Academy Award for Lopez is long overdue, but she still feels like an underdog in the race. As Setoodeh pointed out a Latinx has never won an Oscar for best actress and only four have even been nominated. 

Jennifer Lopez would love an Oscar too. 

After hearing about the potential Oscar buzz while attending TIFF, Lopez admitted she didn’t want anyone to jinx her. 

“Please! Don’t jinx it! Do me a favor…” Lopez told Variety.  “We’re so proud to be in that conversation. I’m so proud of what Lorene has done. I think she deserves to be in that conversation too. It’s nice. It’s nice. You work hard for so many years. It’s nice when they say, we think you did good.” 

In 2013, E! asked whether Lopez even wanted an Oscar. The singer and actress responded, “I think everybody that has ever taken acting seriously would love to be recognized in that way.” We love an honest queen. Hustlers opens nationwide in theaters on September 13, 2019.