These 13 Mexicans Are Taking Over Hollywood, In Front Of The Camera And Behind It
While Hollywood still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversity both in front of the camera and behind it, but the tide has begun to turn. Mexican actors and audiences are pushing for more representation in television and movies. Although on-screen representation remains low, it’s changing like never before —especially when it comes to portraying complex characters that do more than meet a diversity quota and appeal to a dated stereotype.
In the last few years, a wave of Mexican artists has charmed Hollywood. They are finally claiming roles that portray well-rounded people with complex storylines and life experiences. These 13 Mexican stars are currently pulling up a seat at the table in Hollywood for all Latinos.
1. Eiza Gonzalez
The young actress started her career in Telenovelas and is now making a name for herself in Hollywood. The Baby Driver star has also appeared in films Alita and Welcome to Marwen.
2. Salma Hayek
The actress and producer is a powerhouse in Hollywood and the film industry worldwide. To add to her resume, ‘Monarca’ a tv show produced by Hayek hit the #1 most viewed show in Mexican Netflix this month.
3. Karla Souza
After the huge success of “Nosotros los Nobles” in Mexico, Karla decided to try her luck in the U.S. and secured a role in ‘How to Get Away with Murder”, a legal drama starring Viola Davis, available on Netflix.
4. Gael García
The 39 year old actor has been taking parts in film since the early 00s. In 2015 he won a Golden Globe for the comedy-drama “Mozart in The Jungle”. He’s participated in huge blockbusters like Babel in 2006 and more recently in Disney’s Coco.
5. Diego Luna
It’s hard —if not impossible— to talk about Gael García and not mention his oldest friend Diego Luna. The actors charisma has earned him several roles in important films in the US. such as Rogue One, Elysium, or Salma Hayek’s Frida. Not to mention his recent success playing prominent drug lord Miguel Angel Féliz Gallardo in Narcos:Mexico.
6. Demian Bichir
The fifty-five year old worked alongside none other than Quentin Tarantino in the movie “The Hateful Eight” in 2015. Most recently, he stars in this year’s new spin-off of The Conjuring, “The Nun”.
7. Alfonso Cuarón
His most recent film, Roma, was a huge hit in film festivals around the world. He’s already taken home an academy award for “Best Director” in 2013 for the film “Gravity”, starring Sandra Bullock.
8. Eugenio Derbez
The comedian is already one of Mexico’s most popular actors. But now, Derbez has crossed over to the U.S. in films like “Overboard” next to Anna Farris, “How to be a Latin Lover” and most recently; “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, the live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer.
9. Luis Gerardo Méndez
After his involvement in “Mystery on Board” starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, Méndez attracted international producers. His latest venture in film, the reboot of the classic comedy-drama, “Charlie’s Angels” doesn’t drop until November, and we can’t wait to see who he’s playing next.
10. Chris Pazcal
The young actor secured his first major part in an international movie alongside famous stars such as Leah Seydoux and Collin Firth. The Mexican made his debut in film playing Niko, the techy marine in “Kursk”, based on the 2005 sinking of a nuclear-powered submarine. Pazcal is not new to the acting world though, he comes from a family of famous actors in Mexico. Magda Guzmán, his great-grandmother, was an actress during the golden age of Mexican cinema and his grandmother, Karina Duprez, was a producer and director. So naturally, we’re expecting to see great things from him in the near future.
11. Diego Boneta
This actor’s career only seems to rise. Since his debut in Hollywood playing Drew in the classic Rock musical, “Rock of Ages”, Diego has secured more and more important roles, as evidenced by his part in the new Terminator film. Shwarzenegger’s return to one of his most iconic roles is expected to hit cinemas on November 1st.
12. Guillermo del Toro
This director has been dazzling crowds around the world for a few years now. His masterpiece “The Shape of Water” earned him an Academy award for “Best Picture” last year. Other big hits of his have been Blade II and Hellboy I and II.
13. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
González has taken home, not one, not two, but three Oscars. First in 2015 to “Best Picture” and “Best Director” for film Birdman, and then in 2016 to “Best Director” for The Revenant. We’re pretty sure this makes him film royalty.