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21 Things You Need to Know About Diego Boneta

Diego Boneta is a talented singer, actor, and Latino heartthrob. He’s best known for his roles in Rock of Ages and Rebelde, but Diego’s been working pretty much nonstop since he was 12 years old! As a singer, he’s released two full albums, a handful of singles, and he’s been working on a third. Most recently, however, he played the titular role in the biopic show, Luis Miguel, la Serie. Diego worked tirelessly to become the famed Mexican singer and performed all of Miguel’s music that appears in the show.

But there is so much more to know about Diego Boneta. Here are 21 more facts about the Latino actor:

Diego is 28 years old

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Diego Andrès Gonzàlez Boneta was born in Mexico City on November 29, 1990. This makes Diego a Sagittarius, which makes sense with how ambitious he is!

Diego has triple citizenship

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Diego Boneta is a citizen of Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Diego was born in Mexico, and his mother was born in the U.S. to a Puerto Rican father and Spanish mother.

Diego Boneta speaks three languages

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Diego fluently speaks (and sings in!) English, Spanish, and Portuguese. After spending so much time on English language projects, Diego reimmersed himself in Spanish for his role in Luis Miguel, only watching television and reading in Spanish while he learned how to portray the singer.

Diego is one of three kids

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Diego has two siblings, his sister Natalia and his brother Santiago.

Diego got his start on a reality show

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Diego’s career started at 12 with Codigo F.A.M.A a Mexican reality show for children. Diego came in fifth for the show’s first season.

Diego’s first scripted role was a Mexican children’s telenovela

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Along with the other finalists on Codigo F.A.M.A, Diego went on to star in Alegrijes y Rebujos, a children’s telenovela about a “haunted” mansion. Diego played Ricardo, one of the “Rebujos.”

Diego Boneta’s very next show was his first starring role

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Diego also starred in Misiòn S.O.S. with his Codigo F.A.M.A. costars. He played Christian, the child hero who finds out his new best friend’s family hates his family. They go on a series of magical adventures to save an elf world from destruction and hopefully end the feud between their families. Crazy, right? He’s sometimes credited as Diego Gonzàlez for these early roles.

Diego also appeared in Rebelde, Pretty Little Liars, and 90210

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Diego’s next big role was in Rebelde, where he played Rocco. This teenage-oriented telenovela takes place at an elite boarding school. The band RBD was formed from this show, and Diego Boneta has toured with them as well. Diego also played Alex Santiago on Pretty Little Liars and Javier Luna on 90210.

Diego related to his 90210 character the most

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Boneta has called his 90210 character, Javier Luna, “practically me with a different name.” Javier is a singer like Diego. His character sings the song “Siempre Tù” in the show’s homecoming scene. Diego later released this song as a single with a version in English and Spanish!

Diego’s first movie role was in Mean Girls 2

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Mean Girls 2 doesn’t have nearly the reputation of its predecessor, but it did give Diego Boneta his first movie role. Diego portrays the main character’s love interest, Tyler Adams. Mean Girls 2 gave Diego the opportunity to feel like he was really in high school. He never went himself due to his acting and singing careers.

Diego Boneta caught his big break when he was cast in Rock of Ages

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Diego Boneta was just 22 years old when he was cast as the lead in Rock of Ages. Diego played Drew Boley, a young musician who dreamt of becoming a rock star. When he was cast, director Adam Shankman called Diego the “next big thing.” Boneta enjoyed filming so much that he invented reasons to do more takes on his last scene so he wouldn’t be done with the movie.

Tom Cruise Took Diego Under His Wing While Filming Rock of Ages

 
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After hearing that Rock of Ages was Diego’s first major film, Tom Cruise made it a point to make sure Diego knew what he was doing on set. The pair even took guitar lessons together, and they’re still friends to this day! Diego has said that he was inspired by how hard Tom Cruise still tried despite his mega-star status. Rock of Ages was Cruise’s first musical role.

Diego learned to play guitar for Rock of Ages

 

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Diego always wanted to learn how to play guitar and he was excited to get the opportunity to for Rock of Ages. Boneta spent all his time off set practicing guitar because he loved it so much! He says that his next album and future concerts are sure to showcase his new skill.

Diego Boneta loved 80’s music even before he was cast in Rock of Ages

 

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Diego’s parents played a lot of 80’s music while he was growing up and Diego grew to love it too. Some of his favorites are Duran Duran, The Police, and A-ha. It really made being cast in Rock of Ages a dream come true!

Diego loves both acting and singing and will continue to do both

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Diego likes the way art can communicate with people, particularly acting and singing. He said of Rock of Ages: “That’s what I think makes this movie so special.  Both acting and singing are great artistic ways to communicate things to people.  In this movie, we have both, with great actors and amazing songs, so it’s the perfect combination.”

Boneta released his first album Diego when he was 15 years old

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The songs on Diego were synchronized with the show Rebelde — which he was starring in at the time. His first song, “Responde,” was a top 10 single. He also opened 3 shows for Hillary Duff to promote his album.

Diego (Ediçaão Brasil) features Diego singing in Spanish and Portuguese

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Diego’s second album, Indigo featured Boneta singing in both Spanish and English. And many of his recent songs are in Spanish or English or both!

Diego Boneta felt “all the pressure in the world” to get Luis Miguel right

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Latino singer, Luis Miguel was Diego’s hero growing up. Diego did a year of only prep (no shooting at all!) just to make sure he got Luis Miguel’s character, appearance, and singing right. Diego can sing, of course, but he had to learn how to sing like Luis Miguel. Diego had to change the pitch of his voice, his vibrato, and the way he pronounced both consonants and vowels.

Diego almost got a permanent gap in his teeth in order to play Luis Miguel

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Diego told Entertainment Tonight that they tried many different prosthetics to get Luis Miguel’s signature tooth gap just right, but none were working. Diego was so committed to portraying Luis Miguel that he went to his orthodontist to have a permanent gap placed between his two front teeth. At the last minute, his orthodontist realized they could use black braces glue to create the effect. Diego had the gap for the entire time he was shooting Luis Miguel and couldn’t remove it.

Diego Boneta has been cast in the Terminator reboot

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The next Terminator movie is still shrouded in secrecy, but Diego is very excited to be a part of it!

The Mexican government requested the premiere of Luis Miguel, la Serie be moved to a different time.

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Originally, Luis Miguel was slated to premiere at the same time as the first Mexican presidential debate. The electoral body was  afraid that people would choose to watch Diego Boneta’s performance over the debate! The series premiere was shifted back an hour in response.

Selena Gomez Is Fighting To Make Sure That Everyone Can Speak Openly And Honestly About Getting Help For Their Mental Health

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Selena Gomez Is Fighting To Make Sure That Everyone Can Speak Openly And Honestly About Getting Help For Their Mental Health

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Selena Marie Gomez (born in Texas in 1992) has been in the public eye for as long as she can remember. She has been a role model for young girls as a singer and an actress and now is involved in more risqué films such as Spring Breakers, a delirious film by indie filmmaker Harmony Korine. Besides having a strong onscreen persona, Gomez has been in relationships with the likes of Justin Bieber, which of course turned the paparazzi attention and cameras to her. Suddenly, when she was barely a teenager her every move was being followed. Her life was sort of predestined to be great when she was named after the great late Selena Quintanilla. However, she has had to deal with divorce (her parents separated when she was five-years-old) and with weak health, as she was diagnosed with lupus, an auto-immune disease, which ultimately forced her to get a kidney transplant. She found strength in her mom. Gomez has said that her mother “was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. She gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me.” That must provide so much strength for a woman of barely 26 but who has gone through more in her lifetime than many 50-year-olds.

This must not be easy for anyone, even more so for a Latino woman. Gomez knows that she has a microphone and that she can get to other girls and women. “The older I get, the prouder I am to be a woman in the industry. When I was younger and running around all the time on tour, I don’t think I took the time to notice how being a woman in my position is really a gift. I want to make sure I utilize all that power,” the young Latina star told Into the GlossShe has used this position of privilege to raise awareness on mental health issues, including suicide prevention, both as a celebrity and as a producer. She is also a supporter of associations such as Make A Wish (which grants children diagnosed with life-threatening conditions), the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. 

Selena Gomez fights for friendships above anything else: girl power.

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Gomez values friendship and spreads the word. She has such loyal friends that one even donated a kidney when Gomez needed a transplant. She says: “People are put into your life for seasons, for different reasons, and to teach you lessons”: Selena, we couldn’t agree more.

She gets politically enraged when it matters.

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Gomez knows that a lot of mental health issues concerning young women are related to the policing of their sexuality and reproductive rights. She gets political when she feels the need to, particularly with issues concerning the mental health and general wellbeing of young women like herself. 

She asks her fans to be strong, but to also look for help when needed.

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Her advice: “I’ve learned there’s power deep down inside yourself, and you can find it when you don’t give up on yourself and when you ask for help.” This is so real it hurts: even someone like her, who in the eyes of her fans might seem to have it all, needs to be humble and honest in reaching out to others when the world seems bleak. There is always someone who cares if you are OK. 

She stands up for migrants.

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Gomez doesn’t get political often, but when she does she always stands up for the minority communities. She has been a vocal advocate for migrant rights and the rights of women. She even wore a 1973 necklace as one of very few Latina celebs speaking up for abortion rights.

She even takes a stand from DACA recipients and Dreamers.

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She has used her social media accounts, which have followers in the millions, to call her fans to action. She is clearly showing the world that she does care and she is paying attention. 

She delivers a message of self-acceptance, which led her to produce 13 Reasons Why.

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Gomez’s mother, Amanda, had her when she was just 16, and then raised her by herself. She was also the one that gave Gomez the book on which the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is based. The show was controversial because it spoke about mental health issues and suicide, topics that are fundamental to discuss with young vulnerable populations but that remain a taboo. However, Gomez’s message is optimistic. She has said: “I promise you that each and every one of you is made to be who you are and that’s what’s so attractive and beautiful.” Preach! 

13 Reasons Why put mental health issues at the forefront of public media debate.

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“I get it all day, every day, that I’m not sexy enough, or I’m not cool enough, or if I did this I would be accepted… I promise you that each and every one of you is made to be who you are and that’s what’s so attractive and beautiful. Please don’t forget that, even when it gets hard,” she said in an interview for the Huffington PostAnd this is exactly the message that she conveys in her project. Taking on Jay Asher’s literary world, she and the series creative team were able to show mental health and suicide from all possible angles. 

She takes fame with a grain of salt.

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She has been famous for a big portion of her life, but she knows that todo es pasajero, and that at the end who you are does not depend merely on adulation: “You are not defined by an Instagram photo, by a ‘Like,’ by a comment. That does not define you.”

Body positivity is her mantra.

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“I feel very empowered and confident and comfortable with where I am. And I think it took me a long time to get there because, you know, the past year was so interesting because I’ve never been body-shamed before… I did gain weight, but I don’t care,” she said at On Air with Ryan SeacrestThis is a great, positive message for someone who is followed by millions of young women throughout the world, particularly in a day and age when standards of beauty are twisted and self-love is hard to achieve. 

She is an active advocate of girl power.

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Perhaps following the example of her mother, who basically raised her alone while holding down as many jobs as necessary to make ends meet, Gomez says: “I don’t want to become little or hurt or a victim. I want to be strong for girls…I just want them to know that there is an option of standing up for yourself.” Additionally, she was named a United Nations Ambassador in 2009, and in this role, she has worked particularly in empowering vulnerable children by helping provide clean water, education, and medical services. 

You learn from your mistakes.

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Perhaps most importantly, she knows that many see her as a role model and that this brings a huge deal of responsibility. “I’m human, I’m not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I’m already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids,” she told E! Online.

READ: “13 Reasons Why” Does Much More Than Glorify Suicide, Selena Gomez Explained

Despite The Quintanilla Family’s Protests, Telemundo Is Moving Forward With The ‘El Secreto De Selena’ T.V. Series

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Despite The Quintanilla Family’s Protests, Telemundo Is Moving Forward With The ‘El Secreto De Selena’ T.V. Series

Selena’s life has touched her fans ever since she hit the music scene. Her contagious smile and bubbly lyrics made her a favorite of both Spanish and English speaking music lovers alike. However, it is her death that has mystified the world for the past 24 years. Since that day in March of 1995, Selena’s fans have grieved the loss of the Queen of Tejano music and condemned the woman who took her life. Now, the story of her death and the following murder trial of her killer will be brought to US TV screens. 

Telemundo has announced their new series — “El Secreto de Selena” — that will explore the murder investigation and trial following Selena’s death. 

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The series is based on the bestselling book by Puerto Rican journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás. Back in 1995, Arrarás covered the trial of Yolanda Saldívar and also conducted a questionable interview with the former fan club president. The Quintanilla family has long been vocal against the accuracy of Arrarás book. 

In the past, sister Suzette has called it “based on a whole bunch of lies.” 

As such, the family was not involved with the production of this series. 

The family is involved, however, in a Netflix original series about the late star’s life. The untitled Selena project was announced at the end of 2018 and will begin production soon. 

Of course, it’s not that surprising considering the disputes they’ve had over Selena’s estate. 

Previously, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla and Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, have gone through litigation around the use of Selena’s likeness and story for any sort of media content. 

Back in 2016, Perez wanted to produce TV series based on his memoir “To Selena With Love.” The courts found in the Quintanillas’ favor and the series was scrapped. 

This controversial new series aired last year on Telemundo in Mexico and South America and will air in August in the United States.  

In the series, Mexican actress Sofía Lama plays Arrarás, who also serves as a producer for “El Secreto de Selena.” In her book, the journalist shows herself as a protagonist alongside Selena and Saldívar. As such, the series will follow this narrative and Arrarás character will have quite a bit of screen time. 

The role of Selena is played by Mexican actress Maya Zapata.

Zapata has acted in several television series and movies, including 2007’s “Bordertown” with Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez. Of course, Lopez’s first starring role as an actress was in the 1997 movie “Selena,” proving it really is a small world. 

Damayanti Quintanar plays Yolanda Saldívar.

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The former president of Selena’s San Antonio-based fan club, Saldívar was confronted by the Quintinilla family for embezzling funds from Selena’s clothing boutiques. After she was fired, she lured Selena to a Corpus Christi hotel, begging for the chance to talk. It was there that she shot and killed the music star. Saldívar is eligible for parole in 2025. 

Rounding out the ensemble cast, Venezuelan actor Daniel Elbittar portrays Selena’s husband Perez. The Quintanilla family is played by Jorge Zárate (Abraham), Baltimore Beltran (AB), Bárbara González (Suzette) and Úrsula Pruneda (Marcella).

The 13 episode run will first air in the States on August 25th with new episodes every Sunday. 

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The series will combine the acted script and real testimonials from Selena’s murder investigation and the trial of Saldívar. 

While we aren’t sure if this new series will tell us anything we don’t already know about Selena’s life and death, we are certain that it will be an emotional series for Selena fans to watch.  

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