10 Big Hollywood Stars Who Got Their Start on Telenovelas

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Telenovelas have historically gotten a bad rap in the entertainment media landscape. Melodramatic acting and outrageous storylines have relegated this artform to the livings of our tías and abuelita, but let’s be honest: telenovelas are a guilty pleasure that everyone secretly enjoys.

Telenovelas are such an institution that many of our favorite Latino actors and actresses made a name for themselves on these shows before chasing Hollywood stardom. Just for fun, we’ve compiled a list of 10 big Hollywood stars who got their starts on telenovelas.

1. Sofía Vergara

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Sofía Vergara became a household name when she was cast as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on “Modern Family”, but she started out playing the character of Irasema in a 1995 telenovela called “Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma”.

2. Salma Hayek

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We know know Salma Hayek as an Oscar-nominated A-list actress, but before that, she was acting her heart out on telenovelas like tons of other Latino actors. Hayek starred in a 1989 telenovela called “Teresa”, where she played a poor young woman who used her smarts and beauty to enter a world of luxury.

3. Diego Boneta

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Diego Boneta was a telenovela staple before he crossed over into American TV shows. In Latinidad, Boneta was famous for his roles in “Alegrijes y rebujos”, “Misión S.O.S, and “Rebelde” before landing roles on “90210” “Scream Queens” and “Pretty Little Liars”.

4. Diego Luna

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Diego Luna appeared as a young boy in Mexican telenovelas “El abuelo y yo”, “El premio mayor” and “La vida en el espejo”. He now headlines Star Wars movies.

5. Jaime Camil

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Jaime Camil was also a telenovela heartthrob before breaking into the Hollywood scene as Rogelio de la Vega on “Jane the Virgin”. Camil’s most famous role was as sexy executive Don Fernando Mendiola “La fea más bella”.

6. Rodrigo Santoro

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You may know Rodrigo Santoro as the Latin heartthrob in “Love, Actually”, but this actor made a name for himself in Brazilian telenovelas long before he made his Christmas movie debut. In Brazil, he’s famous for starring in titles like “Explode Coração”, “O Amor Está no Ar”, “Suave Veneno”.

7. Eiza González

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Eiza González got her big American break in 2017’s “Baby Driver”, but before that, she was a telenovela teen queen. González starred in the telenovela cindererlla retelling “Lola: érase una vez” in a total of 224 episodes.

8. Karla Souza

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Mexican actress Karla Souza starred in the telenovela “Verano de amor” before making a name for herself in the United States with “How To Get Away With Murder”.

9. Kate del Castillo

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La Reina of telenovelas, Kate del Castillo got her start on “Muchachitas”. She became a bonafide crossover hit through “Bad Boys For Life”…and, of course, her El Chapo scandal.

10. Édgar Ramírez

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Venezuelan-born indie darling Édgar Ramírez appeared in the hit telenovela “Cosita rica” that aired from 2003-2004. He quickly became a auteur favorite in English language films like “Domino”, “Vantage Point”, and “Che”. This year, he starred in the highly successful HBO series “The Undoing”.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death


Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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