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All Of The Best Latina-Starring RomComs To Remind You You’re Not Alone

It isn’t every day that Hollywood comes out with quality films starring Latinas. When they do, very few include the classic and beloved romantic comedy storyline. Whether you’re looking for something to watch while hosting a night in or just in need of some Saturday morning binge inspiration, here’s a look at the best rom-com movies starring Latinas available to stream online now.

1. “Hitch”

CREDIT: “Hitch” / Colombia Pictures

Eva Mendes co-stars alongside Will Smith in this 2005 romantic comedy about a “date doctor” who meets the one woman who throws off his game. Mendes plays Sara, a gossip columnist based in New York genuinely looking to focus on her career than meeting guys. Smith is Alex “Hitch” Hitchens a professional coach in the business of teaching awkward, but truly “nice” men how to the women of their dreams. When Alex meets Sara, a clever Latina with a penchant for whip-smart lines, he suddenly loses his smooth airs and has to learn how to woo Sara on her terms.

Stream it on: Amazon

2. “Maid In Manhattan”

CREDIT: “Maid In Manhattan” / Colombia Pictures

This 2002 film rom-com classic stars Jennifer Lopez as a single mother working as a maid at a ritzy hotel in the heart of Manhattan who falls for a politician way out of her sphere. Smells like a Cinderella story already? Well, yes it is. But the best part is watching JLo’s character win over the guy of every woman’s dreams, work hard for her big career goals, and completely stun in a gorgeous gown all while sporting baby hairs.

3. “Fools Rush In”

CREDIT: “Fools Rush In” / Colombia Pictures

For the Latina with a thing for 90s romantic comedies, this hit starring Salma Hayek will not disappoint. Salma Hayek plays free-spirited Mexicana Isabel, a photographer who deeply believes in fate and her culture. Matthew Perry plays Alex Whitman an architect from New York City visiting Las Vegas for work. When he runs into Isabel outside of a unisex bathroom, sparks fly and soon enough the pair ends up getting entangled in a one night stand that will change their lives forever.

Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon

4. “From Prada to Nada”

CREDIT: “Prada to Nada” / Lionsgate

When you’re a Latina obsessed with an author like Jane Austen, life can be a bit hard. After all, the English writer of the 1800s never did much traveling outside of her home in Bath, let alone to Central and South America. Still, this take on her beloved novel Sense and Sensibility might do. Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega play two spoiled rich sisters (Nora and Mary) completely out of touch with their Mexican roots. When their father passes away, and they discover that he left them penniless, the two are forced to pack up their things and live with an estranged aunt living in East L.A. It doesn’t take long for the two sisters to find love interests on the east side and family members ready to shape up their understanding of their culture.

Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon, Netflix

5. Our Family Wedding

CREDIT: Fox Searchlight Pictures

If you’re looking for a film to fulfill your wedding vibe desires, look no further than this gem starring “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera. The actress plays Lucia Ramirez, a Mexican-American who is both head over heels and shacked up with her African American boyfriend Marcus Boyd. For any Latina eagerly planning a wedding with the hopes of holding onto her own traditions as well as the ones of her spouse’s this is the perfect weekend watch.

BTW: “Jane The Virgin” actress Gina Rodrigues stars.

Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon, Netflix

6. Chasing Papi

CREDIT: “Chasing Papi” / 20th Century Fox

Roselyn Sánchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez star as three smart Latinas all cursed with the luck of falling for and being involved with the same two-timing (three-timing?) boyfriend. When the three women discover that their guy, Tomás, has been dating all three of them at the same time, they team up to exact the ultimate revenge.

Stream it on: HBO, Youtube, Amazon

7. After Sex

CREDIT: “After Sex” / Anchor Bay Entertainment

How very rare to find a mainstream romantic comedy film starring an Afro-Latina who embraces her queer identity. For those of us looking for something a little more relatable and diverse, this pic starring Zoe Saldana is essential.  The Dominican Puerto Rican stars in this ensemble rom-com as Kat, a college student having a casual sexual relationship with her roommate Nikki (Mila Kunis). Watch Saldana as she navigates one storyline (in a series of seven others) that speaks to the complexity of modern-day relationships.

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8. ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? /Don’t Blame The Kid

CREDIT: “Don’t Blame The Kid” /Adicta Films

Looking to fulfill your Spanish-language rom-com fix? This film starring Mexicana Karla Souza is everything you need. Watch the “How To Get Away With Murder Star as she plays Maru, a young woman who makes the crazy decision to have a child with a man she’s only ever had a one-night stand with.

Stream it on: Netflix

9. The Sweetest Thing

CREDIT: “The Sweetest Thing” / Columbia Pictures

Part Cuban actress, Cameron Diaz plays Christina, a successful interior designer and trou-chaser. Despite her player ways, Christina falls in love with a man she meets at a club and decides to take a road trip with her friend to see him again. Lovers of unapologetically raunchy films like “Bridesmaids” and “Girls Trip,” will fall in love with Blockbsuter hit that did it first.

BTW: If you’re looking for a film that has an actress whose character truly embraces la cultura, you won’t find it here. Still, you’ll get plenty of laughs.

Stream it on: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon

10. “Mosquita Y Mari” 

CREDIT: San Joaquin Kit Fox

This 2012 Official Sundance Selection and the Official Selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival tells us about two “young Chicanas [who] contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.” Aurora Guerrero, the writer and director, crafted something truly incredible and special, touching on what it’s like to be a queer woman of color.

11. “Por La Libre”

CREDIT: Juan Carlos de Llaca

Ahhh, a film about growing pains. It follows Rodrigo and Rocco as they take a journey from Mexico City to Acapulco to accomplish their grandfather’s last wish. It hits home for anyone dealing with family issues, sexuality, and fighting with someone you’re really close to; like your cousins, brothers or sisters.

12. “The Best Things In The World”

CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures

Oh goodness, the feels in this movie! It tells the story of one family’s experience as the parent’s divorce, and the father comes out as gay. It’s a beautiful, funny, sad Brazilian film that hits on real issues that Latino families face. Get ready to laugh and cry.

13. “Confissões de Adolescente”

CREDIT: Confissões de Adolescente / Sony Pictures Entertainment

Lovers of “Tortilla Soup” will love this tale about a band of sisters while helping their father. The film is based on the diary entries of Maria Mariana, who also stars.

14. “The Way He Looks”

CREDIT: Vitrine Films

Based on the 2010 short film, “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone, is about a blind teenager, his best friend Giovana, and their changing relationship when Gabriel is introduced. It’s sweet, poignant, and touches on the relationship between two teenagers that constantly blurs the line between friendship and something more.

15. “The Year My Parents Went On Vacation”

CREDIT: Buena Vista International

This film is the perfect mix of drama and comedy exploring themes of politics and familial discord, all centered around a young boy’s obsession with the World Cup. It’s part coming of age, part political commentary, part nostalgic tale and will leave your heart aching. For anyone who has had to live the repercussions of their parents’ lives, this is for you.

16. “Lake Tahoe”

This film isn’t just visually unique and interesting. The story is fascinating and focuses on Juan, who crashes his family car into a pole and attempts to fix it. Of course, you can bet that he meets some interesting characters his way to fix his car that ultimately change his life.

17. My Best Friend’s Wedding

CREDIT: TriStar Pictures

Cameron Diaz stars in, once again, another fantastic rom-com of the 90s. In this film starring Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz takes on the role of Kimmy, a sweet-faced heiress who is engaged to Michaela writer. Unfortunately is zany friend has other plans for their engagement. 

18. “Raising Victor Vargas”

CREDIT: Raising Victor Vargas/ Samuel Goldwyn FilmsFireworks

This depiction of life in the early 2000’s in New York City’s Lower East Side explains what it’s like to grow up in a large Latino family. The film stars Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte.

19. “I Like It Like That”

CREDIT: I Like It Like That / Columbia Pictures

The Bronx-based comedy follows the highs and lows faced by a young, poor Puerto Rican couple. Starring Lauren Vélez and Jon Seda.

20. “Tortilla Soup”

CREDIT: Tortilla Soup / Samuel Goldwyn Films

It was hard not to get sucked into this TV favorite about sisters trying to grow under the watchful eye of their father. Starring Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors and Elizabeth Peña.


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Naya Rivera’s Co-Star Lauren Potter And Others Are Paying Heartbreaking Tributes To Her

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Naya Rivera’s Co-Star Lauren Potter And Others Are Paying Heartbreaking Tributes To Her

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After days of searching, actress Naya Rivera’s body was recovered at Lake Piru in Ventura County, CA. Her life ended saving her own 4-year-old son Josey during a boating trip that went awry on July 8. But before her tragic end, Rivera was an actress and singer who won awards for her breakout role as Santana Rivera on the FOX series “Glee” and used her platform to support the LGBTQ community.

In response to her death, co-stars, fans, and admirers are celebrating her life and highlighting her work.

Check out some of the touching tributes below.

Naya’s co-star Lauren Potter paid tribute to the late actress with a throwback photo.

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Like her co-star Rivera, Lauren Potter became a breakout star thanks to her role on the FOX series “Glee.” Known for her part as Becky Jackson on the series, Potter paid tribute to Potter with a photo and a heartbreaking caption that read “Cheerios Forever.”

Rivera’s “Glee” co-star Chris Colfer honored her in an Instagram post writing that “being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor.”

Speaking of Rivera, Colfer wrote “How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched.”

Glee turned Dreamgirls actress Amber Riley also paid tribute.

Riley, one of the only Black actresses besides Rivera in the early seasons of the show described Rivera as her favorite duet partner. “I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything,” she wrote.”

Heather Morris, Rivera’s love interest in Glee explained that she was taking some time to grieve.

Morris had been one of the people to join in the search for Rivera.

Reality star Nene Leakes promised to hold memories of Rivera “close to my heart.”

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow also contributed to the comments with a video of her and Naya singing “Landslide” while on Glee.

“Remembering beautiful @nayarivera today,” Paltrow commented. “Getting to sing in this trio with her was such a special moment. I am in utter shock and disbelief that someone so full of life and passion and talent is no longer with us. And completely heartbroken for her family.”

Yalitza Aparicio Says She’s Waiting For A Role That Won’t Pigeonhole ‘Because of Appearance”

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Yalitza Aparicio Says She’s Waiting For A Role That Won’t Pigeonhole ‘Because of Appearance”

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Since the start of her acting career, Oaxacan actress Yalitza Aparicio has been sure to see that her work helps uphold her community. While many actors on the rise tend to focus on racking up more acting roles and fame, Aparicio has been much more vocal about her desire to focus on her advocacy and work for organizations like Cine Too. What’s more, ensuring that she secures proper representation for Indigenous people like herself.

While Aparicio first made headlines and won our hearts with her performance in the 2018 film Roma the Indigenous actress has yet to appear in another role on screen.

It turns out, it isn’t for a lack of offers.

Speaking with Indie Wire about her career, Aparicio has said that she is taking her time to find a role that properly represents her and her community.

“My objective in my career is to give visibility to all of us who have been kept in the dark for so long,” Aparicio claimed in a recent interview with IndieWire. “The acting projects I’m working on are moving slowly because I’m putting all my efforts in not being pigeonholed because of my appearance.”

Aparicio, who is 26-years-old, was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, rocketed to fame when she took on the role of Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2018 movie Roma. The film, which was nominated for various Academy Awards followed Aparicio as Cleo a housekeeper who works in a wealthy household in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma. Aparicio’s role brought her praise not just for her skills but for her role in solidifying a much-needed portrayal of Mexico’s Indigenous community.

Still, despite the praise and fame, the role brought her, Aparicio is adamant that her next role will be something greater.

“I come from a community where there’s no movie theater, and as a consequence, the population — especially the children that grow up in those communities — has less of an interest in the cinematic arts. [Cine Too] has the possibility to reach these children and provide an opportunity to instill in them the passion for cinema and teach them about this art form,” she explained in her interview. “I’m conscious that every step I take may open doors for someone else and at the same time it’s an opportunity for society to realize we are part of it and that we are here,”

In her interview, Aparicio points out that while she is very aware that Indigenous filmmakers and allies “have a complicated job because these things can’t be changed overnight,” she is still pushing for real change.

“Wherever I go, I’ll always be proudly representing our Indigenous communities,” she asserted. “We can show people that the only limits are within us.”