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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.

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Latino Shows On Quibi Are Up In The Air After Platform Announces Shutdown

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Latino Shows On Quibi Are Up In The Air After Platform Announces Shutdown

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Quibi, a short-form streaming platform, offered a variety of content from news shows to comedy to action and more. The streaming service that was launched six months ago, announced that it would be shutting down due to a lack of success in gaining traction with subscribers. It is unknown if the shows on the platform will be renewed on different platforms or canceled.  Here are some Latin shows that were offered on Quibi.

“Thanks A Million”

“Thanks A Million,” executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, first aired on Quibi on April 6, 2020. The show follows celebrities as they kickstart a chain of kindness by gifting money to an individual who must then give half of it to someone else. The first episode features J.Lo herself. Other episodes feature Gabriel Iglesias, Kristen Bell,  Anthony Davis, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and more.

“Flipped”

“Flipped” is an American comedy series that debuted on Quibi, April 6, 2020. The cast includes Latino stars Arturo Castro, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia. The show is about a couple who get into the house-flipping business and are kidnapped by drug cartel members and forced to renovate their homes.

“Nikki Fre$h”

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Nicole Richie executively produced and starred in “Nikki Fre$h.”  It is a six-episode series on Quibi in which Richie plays her musical persona ““Nikki Fre$h,” a trap artist who makes eco-conscious choices while performing music videos. A couple of the special guests include Bill Nye, the science guy, and Lionel Richie. 

“Pulse News by Telemundo”

Not only does Quibi offer tv shows, but it also offers news. “Pulse News by Telemundo” is a newscast, hosted by Andrea Martinez, that is catered to the English-speaking Latino community. It has aired daily on the streaming platform since the launch of Quibi.

“For the Cultura by Telemundo”

Another Telemundo based news show is “For the Cultura by Telemundo.” It is a Latino-focused entertainment and music news show that is co-hosted by Alfredo Lomeli and Krystal Vega. Like “Pulse News,” the entertainment based news show airs daily. 

“Alternatino with Arturo Castro”

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The American sketch comedy series created by and starring Arturo Castro is not currently on Quibi. It had its first season on Comedy Central and was renewed for a second season and would move to Quibi. The series is described as a “a sketch show based on Arturo’s experiences as a Latino millennial in the United States.” The status of the show is currently unknown due to the shut down of the mobile device streaming platform. 

“Natural Born Narco”

The tv drama is supposed to premiere in fall 2020 as a collaboration between Quibi and Telemundo. The series chronicles the origins of the drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes and is inspired by and serves as a prequel to the acclaimed telenovela, El Señor de Los Cielos. The status of the telenovela-like series is unknown due to the shutdown news.

Quibi expects to shut down the streaming service around December 1, 2020.

READ: Arturo Castro’s ‘Alternatino’ Finds New Home With QuiBi Leaving Comedy Central

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We Have a Conversation With Bachelorette Clare Crawley About Diversity, Her Identity, and Her Status As the First Latina Lead: ‘I Embrace It’

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We Have a Conversation With Bachelorette Clare Crawley About Diversity, Her Identity, and Her Status As the First Latina Lead: ‘I Embrace It’

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When Clare Crawley was announced in March as the newest “Bachelorette” for the popular reality TV series, the media wanted to focus on one thing and one thing only: her age. At 39-years-old, Crawley is the show’s oldest Bachelorette to date. And the network doesn’t want you to forget it. 

Promo materials included Crawley posing as Mrs. Robinson from “The Graduate”. The tagline was “It’s about time” (Because she’s waited so long…get it? Yeah, neither do we). The resounding narrative was that, because of her age, this is her last chance at love. Which, for the record, is patently false.

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But coincidentally Crawley has another, much more exciting “first” under her belt: born to an American father and a Mexican mother, Clare Crawley is the franchise’s first Latina Bachelorette.

In an exclusive interview with Mitú, Crawley told us that her status as the first Latina Bachelorette is a happy accident. “That’s not something that was ever really brought up to me or ever even made a point,” she said of her casting. But it is a coincidence that she fully embraces. “I would gladly take the Latina Bachelorette!” she said, laughing. “That’s way better than saying I’m the oldest Bachelorette!”

Crawley knows that her fair-haired, light-skinned appearance might confuse some viewers about her heritage. When asked if she ever struggled with her identity (as many children of mixed-race parents have reported), Crawley said she never had that problem. “No, no, no. I embraced it. This is something that I’ve always talked about, it’s part of my everyday life.”

Crawley went on to describe the customs and traditions she experiences as a woman of Mexican descent. “My mom speaks Spanish all the time and lots of foods we ate growing up [were Mexican]. It was definitely something in my life throughout.”

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She then lovingly described her favorite (and familiar) Mexican tradition: making tamales with her (five!) older sisters during Christmastime. “And when I say we make tamales, I mean, we literally make like 12 dozen of them. So, we make them for all our friends, everyone wants them.”

Although Clare grew up in a mixed-race household, she explained that she was largely unaware of the challenges her mother faced as a Mexican woman trying to make a life for herself in conservative Georgia.

“Back in the day, just because [my mother’s] skin was darker, people [in Georgia] didn’t talk to her. People didn’t want to hang out with her. It was really hard for her,” Crawley told Mitú. “It was something I didn’t realize affected her…Because when you think of racism or that kind of stuff, it’s not just towards one race.” Crawley’s family ended up moving to Sacramento–a community that proved to be more accepting of her mother’s heritage.

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Crawley, for her part, knows that when many people think of a “typical” Latina woman, the image of her isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But as we know, there is no such thing as a “typical” Latina.

“[People] look at my skin color, they look at my hair color, or eye color, and automatically just say: ‘Oh, this white girl’. And they’ll make jokes and they’ll make off-handed things like that, but they have no idea. And I speak up, and I say it, and I defend it because it’s definitely something I’m proud of.”

And to the critics that say she’s “not Latina enough” because of the way she looks, she pays them no mind. “I think that’s their problem, not mine,” she says. “Because there’s no denying what my genetics and my DNA are. So if people have a problem with it or challenge it or question it, I think it’s just ignorant.”

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As for “The Bachelor” franchise and their push for more diversity (they finally casted their first Black “Bachelor”), Clare is hopeful. “I want people to be aware, more and more, that it’s 2020 and here moving forward…embrace diversity. Because everybody, every age, every shape, everything you can imagine, people in general are worthy of love.”

And as for the future Bachelorette (which if rumors are to be believed, will come sooner rather than later), Crawley has this piece of advice for her: “Follow your gut.”

“At the end of the day, you need to do what’s best for yourself,” she explained to Mitú. “Because you’re the one you have to go to bed with at night. Your conscience, your heart is the one that you have to live with…You have to live your life in a way that honors yourself. So, stand by that and you won’t regret it.”

You can catch “The Bachelorette” every Tuesday on ABC at 8p.m.

*This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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