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These TV And Movie Characters Brought Bisexual Latinos To Life Because Representation Matters

While once relegated to tropes and stereotypes, bisexual characters have been getting more humane and complex storylines. Over the last several decades, the characters have become pivotal characters in movies and TV shows. Here are some of our favorite bisexual Latino characters from recent films and TV series.

“Frida”

In the 2002 biopic film starring Salma Hayek as enigmatic Frida Kahlo, Kahlo’s multiple affairs with both men and women are shown. At one point she even has a relationship with the same women her husband, painter Diego Rivera, is seeing. Talk about a love triangle.

“Young and Wild”

In this 2012 coming-of-age Chilean film titled “Joven y acolada,” the 17-year-old protagonist Daniela keeps a blog detailing her sexual exploits to help her understand her bisexuality. The film also chronicles Daniela’s relationships with her friends and conservative family.

“Y Tu Mamá También”

Two teenage friends, played by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, go on a road trip with an older woman in her late twenties in this coming-of-age Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The two boys have a threesome but are conflicted in the morning and stop spending time with each other when they return home.

“Casa de Las Flores”

In Netflix’s cheeky TV series about a wealthy Mexican family who has many secrets to hide, the youngest of the de la Mora children grapples with his feelings for his secret boyfriend. Of course this is happen as he is still sleeping with his girlfriend. In order to please both his family and his girlfriend, Julian announces he is bi before finally coming out as gay later on in the season.

“Grey’s Anatomy”

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In a powerful role for network television, actress Sara Ramirez played bisexual doctor Callie Torres who had several relationships with both male and female characters on the show. The website AfterEllen.com, which focuses on the portrayal of lesbian and bisexual women in the media, ranked Callie Torres as eighth in the “Top 50 Lesbian and Bisexual Characters” list.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

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Argentine actress Stephanie Beatriz is bisexual in real life, and the character she plays on NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” also was given a bisexual storyline. In an interview with IndieWire, the show’s showrunner said he wanted to pay tribute to both the character and Beatriz’s real-life coming out moment for the show’s 100th episode, saying “In a way, after Stephanie came out, and has really in so many ways become such an LGBT advocate, we felt like it was really a meaningful opportunity for the character, and it definitely felt in-world for the character.”


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Do you have a favorite Latino bisexual character? Let us know in the comments!

Diego Luna And Gael Garcia Bernal Signed A Major Deal With Amazon Studios

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Diego Luna And Gael Garcia Bernal Signed A Major Deal With Amazon Studios

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Celebrity BFFs share a special place in the collective consciousness of fans and admirers alike. Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal are no exception. While the pair once shared the “child actor” title, the two broke free of that category in their breakthrough roles in “Y Tu Mamá También.” Ever since then, the Diego Luna-and-Gael Garcia Bernal radar has remained on alert. We are happy to alert that this cute duo is working together once again.

Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal signed a deal Amazon Studios to create and produce content that will premiere on Amazon Prime Video.

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The incredible deal means their Mexico-based production company La Corriente del Golfo, will initiate projects in Latin America. 

“We are incredibly excited to expand Amazon Studios’ relationship with the multitalented team of Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, according to Deadline. “Their talent, creativity, and global perspective will undoubtedly result in even more compelling content for our Amazon Prime Video customers.”

The guys are equally excited about their new venture with the high-profile company.

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“We are delighted and grateful at La Corriente del Golfo for our first-look deal with Amazon Studios,” Garcia Bernal said, according to Deadline. “This provides an opportunity for us and for talent in Latin America to create ambitious and interesting projects.”

Luna added: “This is an important moment for everyone at La Corriente del Golfo. We are very excited to work hand in hand with Amazon, as this will allow us to reach new audiences and to tell stories that represent us and reflect our realities.”

This is not the first time Garcia Bernal and Luna have worked together producing projects. In 2005, they launched Canana Films but left it in 2018. 

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The Mexican production company produced at least 20 projects both for film and TV, including their 2008 film “Rudo y Cursi” and “César Chávez” starring Michael Peña in 2014. In 2019, they released Netlfix’s “Luis Miguel La Serie” and their last film “Miss Bala” starring Gina Rodriguez. 

In 2018, Luna and Garcia Bernal said they would stop producing under Canana Films to work on other projects. At the time of the announcement, we could not help but wonder if there was a rift between the two. Why would they stop working together? Did they break up! Now we know it was to start a new venture — together!

“Canana arose out of the strength that fraternity gives us when we express ourselves freely,” Garcia Bernal said in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “That will continue to be the slogan for every project we embark on. As in every cycle that ends, now another begins.”

Soon after they split with Canana Films, the guys announced they would launch their own production company called La Corriente del Golfo, which translates to Gulfstream in English. Here’s how Garcia Bernal explained the name of his new company, “La Corriente del Golfo is an ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and travels all the way to the North Atlantic, allowing for a temperate climate – and, without which, there’d be Arctic tundra,” Garcia Bernal said according to Variety, adding: “We take up the symbol of this global current to emphasize that liberty – in all its meanings –should flow as freely as an ocean current.” He is so poetic!

We love seeing working together in this kind of capacity, which will undoubtedly give more opportunity to Latinx actors. But these two have garnered success separately in their right. 

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Ever since their critical acclaim in 2001 with “Y Tu Mamá También,” these talented actors have been working nonstop in both film and TV. Most recently, Garcia Bernal was nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe in 2017 for his role in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” and in 2016, he won.

Luna has also had a lot of success with roles in the 2016 film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico.” The new second season of “Narcos: Mexico” will soon be on Netflix, and we cannot wait. 

With so much growth between these two (sorry, pun intended), we cannot help but look back at how far these two have come. Let’s take a look.

Cheers to these Mexican cuties, and congrats on the new deal! We’re excited to see their latest projects. 

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The Trailer For ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Is Here And It Is Everything Fans Were Hoping For

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The Trailer For ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Is Here And It Is Everything Fans Were Hoping For

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Netflix does not mess around. In the first week of the New Year, they have dropped the news on a slew of upcoming releases, including new movies, new shows, and trailers for new seasons. They’re releasing so many programs and films that we have no idea when we’re going to have to watch any of it. We will be making time for two shows in particular: Luis Miguel season two and “Narcos: Mexico” season two.

The new trailer for “Narcos: Mexico” season two is here, and we have a lot of questions. [Warning: spoiler alerts below]

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Diego Luna is back as Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the “Bill Gates of cocaine,” or we can also say the drug lord who birthed the career of El Chapo. First, a brief recap of season one: For those who loved “Narcos,” the original may or may not have tuned in to the new installation based on the Mexican cartel — although they did intertwine towards the end of season one. However, I didn’t care to watch the original “Narcos” because it wasn’t my cup of tea. Now, Diego Luna and Michael Peña certainly is my cup of tea, which is why I tuned in to “Narcos: Mexico.” 

The show’s plot is all about how Gallardo went from a small farmer in Culiacán, Sinaloa, while also working Mexican Federal Judicial Police agent. So, he knew the ins-and-outs of life as a commoner and someone with some kind of power as well. Gallardo’s connections with the government of Sinaloa helped him launch a drug trafficking organization, and you can say the rest is history. What was the fascinating aspect to this first season is watching how Gallardo grew his organization, and who in his inner circle would be loyal. The tension was also centered on the case against him by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

As we saw in season one, Michael Peña’s character, agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, is killed. So, who’s in the new cast?

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Clearly, the DEA will still be after Gallardo and his people now that Kiki’s body was discovered at the end of season one. We loved the dynamic between Kiki and Gallardo. We will definitely miss his inclusion on the show. 

Actor Scoot McNairy will play a new DEA agent that is looking to bring to justice the killer of Kiki. His character, Walt Breslin, makes a brief cameo in the trailer. He is seen undercover in a van listening to Gallardo and his squad having dinner. 

We’re happy to report that actress, Teresa Ruiz, as Isabella Bautista is back for season two!

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Ruiz was one of the best characters on the show, and one of the few Latinas as well. She was a leader and a tough person to reckon with. Yes, she was a drug dealer as well, but she carried her own, which is why Gallardo had to have her on his team. 

“To understand the current level of drug violence in Mexico, you have to understand how it all started, and truly grasp America’s integral role in it,” executive producer and showrunner Eric Newman said in a statement, according to Insider TV. “The second season of “Narcos: Mexico” is a Pandora’s box, the contents of which we still struggle in vain, 30 years later, to try and contain.”

Sounds so thrilling right?

At the end of the day, this is still a drama about drug trafficking in Mexico, which continues to be a controversial topic.

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It’s challenging to bring a show like this to the present-day audience because why are we will still glamorizing the cartels and putting this harsh light onto Mexico and its people. We cannot deny the history either. 

In 2018, Luna said that he did not want to meet the real Gallardo because he didn’t want to, in so many words, get mixed up with those kinds of criminals. He said everyone in Mexico could not escape the stigma of cartels in one way or another, but as an actor, he wanted to explore the mindset of Gallardo and what made him take the actions that he did. 

Season two includes numerous new Latino actors, but more than anything, we cannot wait to hear the soundtrack.

We loved (loved!) the music in season one. It was a blend of ’80s Spanish pop and English tunes as well. This new season looks to be just as good. The trailer includes a stripped-down version of Blondie’s “Call Me,” which got me pumped for the new show. 

Check out the trailer below!

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