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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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. 

Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Jennifer Lopez has checked off more than all the bucket list life experiences “Jenny from the Block” could have even imagined, but there’s still one more she yearns for: to live abroad in a small town in Italy or in Bali and enjoy the simple things in life. The 50-year-old singer, actress, producer, and businesswoman has graced the cover of Vanity Fair alongside an in-depth interview that affirms the importance of Latinas gaining power in the U.S. and a long-held desire to leave it all behind for a “more simple and organic” life. In the wake of J.Lo’s recent Academy snub for her role in “Hustlers,” she confirms that she is very intentional about why she’s only hired female directors for all her productions to date. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” she told Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth.

It’s clear that J.Lo is committed to breaking the glass ceiling for Latinas and all women alike here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped mayors across the Italian countryside from wooing Jenny from the Block to move to their idyllic town.

Lopez revealed that all she wants to do is “ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it.”

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For Lopez, that kind of life may only be possible somewhere very far on the other side of the world, more removed from her celebrity. “I would love to live somewhere other than the United States, in a small town in Italy, or on the other side of the world, in Bali. Find another life where it’s a little bit more simple and organic and where I get to ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it, and just eat and paint, or sit in a rocking chair where there was a beautiful view of an olive tree or an oak tree and I could just smell. I have fantasies like that,” Lopez told the magazine.

“If you ever do move overseas don’t forget to take Arod with you,” one Twitter user implored of J.Lo. While it doesn’t seem like Americans are taking her fantasy too seriously, the rest of the world certainly is. 

Several mayors around Italy have publicly reached out to the Puerto Rican Renaissance Woman.

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The mayor of San Quirico d’Orcia, a town in the Tuscan countryside, announced, “We are the Italy that Jennifer Lopez is looking for. We are a small but beautiful town surrounded by endless olive groves and a landscape recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage area.” Mayor Bartoli didn’t forget to mention that “we have great bakeries that produce wonderful bread.”

Cagliari’s mayor, Paolo Truzzu, tossed his beloved town into the running as well. “Dear Jennifer, come and live with us in Cagliari” to enjoy “good things to eat, a slow rhythm of life, contact with nature and a lovely climate,” he said. The residents of some of these towns have reached out to Lopez to second their mayor’s invitation. “Hey @JLo! Did you receive the invitation from Cagliari’s mayor Paolo Truzzu to come to live here? He’s available to host you. Let us know!” one Cagliari resident tweeted at J.Lo. JLo, come to live in Italy there are many beautiful villages!! come on the Amalfi Coast or in Cilento,  I recommend also San Valentino Torio the land of lovers, 20 min from  Pompei,” another Italian Twitter user informed the superstar. 

Lopez also emphasized the importance of hiring female directors.

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Vanity Fair aptly acknowledged that Lopez had mostly been directed by men, but that she has an exclusively female line-up of directors for her future projects under her own production. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” Lopez added, saying, “There are so many great female directors; why aren’t we using them more? It’s hard to break patterns, even in yourself, so we have to make a conscious effort to change the paradigm.” The 2020 Oscars snubbed all women when they only nominated male directors during a time when there are more female directors than ever before. 

“It’s also a great time for Latina women to take the stage at the biggest all-American event,” Lopez said of her upcoming Superbowl Halftime show with Shakira, emphasizing its importance “with everything that’s going on in the country right now.” Lopez added, “I’m super-happy to represent my community, to represent women, and to represent everybody, you know? “

READ: Defamation Of Character Is One Reason The Inspiration Of ‘Hustlers’ Is Suing J.Lo’s Production Company

Lizzo Had The Most Inspiring Glow Up Of The Decade And If Her Story Doesn’t Motivate You, I Don’t Know What Will

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Lizzo Had The Most Inspiring Glow Up Of The Decade And If Her Story Doesn’t Motivate You, I Don’t Know What Will

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We first started hearing the name Lizzo in 2018, but the singer became a household name in 2019 when she skyrocketed to fame thanks to her incredibly catchy and positive music. Lizzo’s body positivity, self-love and no BS attitude has made her a huge success—but it wasn’t always like that.

It’s not like the singer found “overnight success.” Her huge hits weren’t only one year in the making. 

For a decade, the artist had been working on her music and trying to break out in the entertainment industry. On New Year’s Eve, Lizzo remembered the start of the decade, which was much more difficult than we knew. In 2009, Lizzo was working odd jobs, living out of her car, and had just lost her father. 

The singer took a trip down memory lane posting a major TB picture on Instagram.

Lizzo looked back on the past decade and reflected on some of the troubling times she went through to get to where she is now. “2009 was the year my daddy died. 2009 was the year I lived in my car and cried myself to sleep on Thanksgiving. 2009 I was a girl in Houston, Texas, with no plan, no hope, no will to carry on,” Lizzo began.  Then she reflected on the year that brought her insane success, “2019 is the year my album and song went number 1. 2019 is the year I told my mama, ‘I can buy you a house.’ 2019 I am a woman with a 20/20 vision of the future. Anything can happen in a decade. Tomorrow is the beginning of your anything. Thanks for the ride 2019. Here we go 2020!”

Lizzo had quite an impressive year this 2019

Now the singer’s nominated for eight Grammys, has performed on countless awards show stages, headlined SNL, and was Time magazine’s Entertainer of the Year —just to name a few of her merits. Plus, she’s buying her mom a new house, how’s that for a glow up?

She even worked as a sign spinner before, and now she’s “the artist who defined 2019.”

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Don’t stop…. we need you. 2020 is yours for the taking.

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Lizzo is a true inspiration and the best example to follow your dreams, because that’s exactly what she did, and look where it took her. Before Lizzo was the fabulous rapper, flautist, and singer that she is today; she was working odd jobs, like sign-spinning, to make ends meet. “Don’t stop … we need you. 2020 is yours for the taking,” she captioned a post showing her at the beginning of the decade working as a sign spinner for Liberty Taxes and then the promo for her SNL debut. 

Lizzo celebrated New Year’s Eve feeling all of the feels. 

Now that we know just how far she’s come, it’s no surprise that Lizzo was in her feels on New Year’s Eve. The singer has plenty to celebrate, but also a lot to look back on. “NYE MOODS,” she tweeted featuring a few glamorous images. 

Sometimes we forget to acknowledge all the blood, sweat, and tears, artists have shed to get to where they are now.

Other artists identified with Lizzo’s come-up throughout the decade, and shared their own. Adam Rifkin, a writer and director, replied to the rapper’s tweet: “Sometimes it takes 10 years to get that one year that will change your life.” 

Then he shared a full-moment post from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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The composer, lyricist, singer, actor, producer, and playwright, worked on his successful Broadway musical Hamilton for years before it found its place.

Lizzo’s having the best time of her life, period.

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U ready?

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“U ready?” she asked her 7.2 million followers, after ringing in the New Year living her absolute best life —And honestly, I don’t think we are. This past year, Lizzo already served us so much great music and self-love, and we’re ready to bet there’s so much more to come.