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Froy Gutierrez Is Supernatural Mexican Eye Candy And This Post Proves It

Froy Gutierrez has played so many different roles in his short 20 years of life that you may see him as Nolan from “Teen Wolf,” Charlie from “Bella and the Bulldogs,” and Josh Flores, Elena’s almost boyfriend, from “One Day at a Time.” Or maybe you’re just into Froy Gutierrez because you’ve seen a photo of him.

Before you just see him as eye candy, get to know the guy a little. Here are 20 facts about Froy Gutierrez that, once you know, you’ll love him for it.

Gutierrez has only been acting for a few years.

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In an interview with Regard Mag, Gutierrez said that, while he started acting as a hobby, he always was “obsessed with storytelling, drunk on it. Even when I was little, I knew that film and TV were immersive in ways that books were not, and spoke in ways that orators could not articulate. Little me would watch and replay the ‘Hercules’ movie daily. As I grew older, that hunger for good storytelling stuck with me. I guess I’ve always been profoundly enamored with this industry.”

Gutierrez grew up between Mexico and Texas.

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While he was born in Dallas, he lived in Guadalajara for five years and is Mexican on his father’s side.

Caption: “happy mother’s day to the coolest cat in town. sincerely, grumpy baby. ➖🧤➖”

He considers his bilingual childhood “more of a privilege than anything else.”

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He explained to Buzzfeed what it was like to code-switch between America and Mexico: “I’d go to Mexico and have a very ‘American’ accent when I spoke Spanish, then I’d come back to the States and I’d speak English with a Mexican accent. So, it was really funny to be both but neither one at the same time.”

His favorite curse word in Spanish is “cabrón.”

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Spanish curse words are better than English curse words. Maybe it is the emotion that comes through when you speak Spanish, or it is the fact that Spanish curse words are the best.

He joined the Dallas Children’s Theater just for fun.

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He’s always looked at acting as sort of a hobby and followed that passion. That theater group was how he was discovered and brought into a local musical, “Teen Brain.”

He dropped out of an Economics major in college to take on “Teen Wolf.”

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When Regard Mag asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t an actor, he said, “Before acting, I was studiously aiming for a career as an economist, believe it or not!”

He grew up watching “Teen Wolf.”

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Gutierrez said that acting was always a passion, never a career goal. He never expected to be a star in the show that his friends would break down week after week at lunch.

He always felt like “the new kid” on set.

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He started out as a guest and was suddenly on set with all these people he’s seen all over Tumblr for years. He told Buzzfeed, “So in my first couple of episodes I just kept thinking, I am going to keep to myself and do my best work. And if they talk to me they talk to me, and if they don’t they don’t. I definitely felt like the new kid [laughs]!”

He did take some souvenirs from the “Teen Wolf” set.

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Don’t worry, Gutierrez is a good Latino boy and “of course, I checked with the wardrobe people first.” He told Buzzfeed, “Because the show was ending and they were auctioning off everything anyways, they let us pick out things to keep. I kept Nolan’s shoes and the hoodie with his number on the back.”

He was shocked when he finally got to play Josh Flores, a Latino, on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.”

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The showrunner, Gloria Calderón Kellet, had made it very clear to him that Josh Flores would be played by a Latina actor, which, according to his interview with Buzzfeed, “is usually not a great sign for me, because they’ll invite me in to read, but then want someone who looks more of a certain way. Still, I went in anyways, and when I got the call that I landed the role I was genuinely shocked.”

He didn’t know who Rita Moreno was at first, but his very excited father schooled him.

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Apparently, when he told his father he got the role and gave the list of actors, he said, “Rita Moreno! ¡No manches, güey!” 😂

From Gutierrez’s account, Rita Moreno is the abuela we all deserve.

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He told Buzzfeed, “Honestly, she has just done so much for the Latinx community. I remember after the first season wrapped she invited all the young Latinx people on the show to her apartment, she showed us her Oscar and her Grammy, which we got to hold! She was walking us through how the industry works and told us how she dealt with X, Y, and Z situations. “

Recently, Gutierrez has been trying out a career in music.

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It wasn’t until he heard Pure Heroine by Lorde that he felt a deep connection to music. “Music for me comes from a more experimental place more than anything,” he told Buzzfeed. “I find all art forms very compelling, but acting and music for me are the things that I am compelled to the most.”

He just released his first single, “Fix Me.”

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I know what you’re thinking. Another actor trying to make it in music. Truly, you should listen to “Fix Me,” because Gutierrez’s voice has surprising range. The song is an upbeat anthem for folks just trying to get their life together.

His favorite bands in middle school were Linkin Park, Green Day, and Blink-182.

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He told Buzzfeed how, “In middle school, I had a lot of feelings of estrangement and loneliness that were very new to me and I very much leaned on some of my favorite bands at the time, like Linkin Park, Green Day, and Blink-182, and drew a lot of emotional courage from them.”

His favorite Selena song is “Como La Flor.”

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Boy’s Mexican-American from Texas. Of course he would have a favorite Selena song. He has a favorite Selena song and it’s because his primo used to play it all the time.

Your boy is messy.

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In 2017, he told Regard Mag that when it comes to fashion, he’s not the guy to ask. “I know for a fact that my room is ridiculously messy. All my clothes are from Target and the thrift store by my house. As I’m writing you, I’m wearing gym shorts from my freshman year and a black t shirt I purchased on clearance. I would not be the guy you go to for fashion/style advice.”

He used to work for Build a Bear. 🐻

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He also worked for AT&T, Hasbro, Boy Scouts of America and more.

Caption: “she doesn’t want me cause of my dirty laundry”

He recently starred in a feature film, “A Cowgirl’s Story.”

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The film is about a young girl whose parents are fighting in the Afghanistan War. Gutierrez plays Jason, a country teenager being overly pressured by his father to run the family business. This outfit suits Gutierrez and that’s all I know.

Look out for Gutierrez in Season 2 of Hulu’s “Light as a Feather.”

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Gutierrez will play a character named Ridge in the supernatural thriller. The “Teen Wolf” fandom can celebrate Gutierrez staying in the supernatural realm, though we don’t expect any werewolves to come out to play in this series.

READ: Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

California Man Is Using His Culture To Create Hilarious And Super Relevant Mexican Greet Cards

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California Man Is Using His Culture To Create Hilarious And Super Relevant Mexican Greet Cards

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Jesus Ruvalcaba was an artist looking for more creative freedom in his life. Even after getting a job as an art director at eBay and Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley, the then 36-year-old felt complacent. It was a stop at a grocery store when he went to buy his mother a birthday card that a light bulb flashed in his head. 

“I looked at all these cards but couldn’t find something that resonated with my Latino culture,” Ruvalcaba said. “I felt that an entire population group was being ignored.”

That night planted the seeds of what would eventually become Paper Tacos, a greeting card business focusing on Mexican culture and traditions. From get well soon messages that read “sana sana colita de rana” ((heal, heal little frog) to birthday cards that read “sapo verde,” Ruvalcaba had tapped into a demographic that wasn’t typically represented in the greeting card business. 

“I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt like this,” he said. “This was more than just about a greeting card but seeing my culture being seen.” 

Ruvalcaba, the son of two Mexican immigrants, got most of his inspiration growing up in the Central Valley fields of California. He worked alongside his parents in the isolated artichoke fields where he learned to draw. 

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Ruvalcaba knew he wanted to be an artist at a young age and says growing up he would usually be found carrying around a sketchbook full of drawings. He didn’t grow up with much as his parents were Mexican immigrants who worked tirelessly as fieldworkers in the central California valley in cities like Castroville and later in Salinas. 

“My parents didn’t really know a lick of English so my drawings did a lot of the talking for me,” he says. “We didn’t have much growing up but they would buy me art supplies and always encouraged me to keep drawing.”

Those drawings would pave the way for a career in animation as Ruvalcaba became the first in his family to graduate college obtained a degree in graphic design at California State University Monterey Bay and eventually his Master’s degree. Shortly after, he would find himself in Silicon Valley working for companies like eBay and Hewlett-Packard as an art director. 

Ruvalcaba knew he could still do more with his talents. After attending a Dia de los Muertos art event in 2016, he met another artist selling Spanish prints with Mexican slogans. He was then reminded of that night at the market when he couldn’t find a Spanish greeting card for his mom. 

“It hit me right there and then that if I could come up with greeting cards that have Mexican sayings like “sana sana colita de rana,” I could tap into a market that was never really acknowledged prior.” Ruvalcaba said. 

After receiving encouragement from his girlfriend, Ruvalcaba put his illustration skills and graphic design experience to work as he produced his first set of 15 cards for 300 dollars. In Fall 2017, Paper Tacos became a reality. 

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About a year after the idea of Paper Tacos first came up, Ruvalcaba attended the same art festival from the year prior and sold his first greeting card for $5 apiece. The response to the cards was immediate and customers told Ruvalcaba about what it meant to see their culture on a product like this.

“It felt like my idea was validated in a way and seeing everyone respond so positively to Paper Tacos was just the cherry on top,” said Ruvalcaba. “From there it only got even bigger.”

In the following months of 2017, Paper Tacos made its launch and by the end of 2017, he had made $2,000 within just three months of launching his site. In 2018, he had made over $12,000 in sales and today has over 20K followers on Instagram alone. When he started the business, there were only 15 card designs which have now grown to over 100. He’s also branded outside of California and is currently selling his greeting cards at 25 stores throughout the country.

For Ruvalcaba, Paper Tacos hasn’t been just any business move or a little extra income revenue. It’s a tribute to his Mexican background and a reflection of his culture that he feels is being celebrated every time one of his cards is given. 

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When asked about where his inspiration for his greeting cards come from, Ruvalcaba says his parents. Those long days working along with them in the artichoke fields and holidays where all they had was each other. 

“Every card is a reflection of me growing up in a Mexican household and other people have connected with that,” said Ruvalcaba. “When I brainstorm ideas I just look back to my childhood.”

That connection is something special he says. While Ruvalcaba still has a full-time job as a designer in Santa Clara, if things keep going the way they are, Paper Tacos will become his main focus. 

Through Instagram, Ruvalcaba has begun working with more freelancers to keep growing Paper Tacos and get more artists opportunities. His business plan is to expand to other Latino backgrounds to work and reach out to Salvadoran and Nicaraguan artists so that they too can see representation.  

“This business has shown me how powerful this product can be and every time someone tells me the impact that these cards have had on a family member or a friend, it sticks with me,” Ruvalcaba says. “It’s a special thing to know a simple greeting card can do this.”

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A Fan Asked Eva Mendes Why She Hasn’t Acted In Years And She Says It’s Because She Isn’t Settling For Any Role

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A Fan Asked Eva Mendes Why She Hasn’t Acted In Years And She Says It’s Because She Isn’t Settling For Any Role

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This year’s Golden Globes awards were a complete letdown for a variety of reasons. Aside from the typical #SoWhite nonsense and long speeches, people were astonished at the lack of Latinas on the red carpet. We counted four: Jennifer Lopez, Ana de Armas, Sofia Vergara, and Salma Hayek. Depressing right? We know there are more Latinas in Hollywood, but where are they? At least one of the most recognized Latina actresses is explaining why she hasn’t acted in years. 

A fan recently asked Eva Mendes on Instagram when she’ll be in a new movie. Mendes responded by saying she won’t settle for any project partly because of her daughters. 

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On Jan. 7, Mendes responded to a fan on Instagram when she asked her,  “When the fans going to see u in some new movies?” Mendes told her kindly that she isn’t offered roles that are good enough for her. 

“Hi! When there’s something worthwhile to be a part of,” she wrote on Instagram. “As a mother now, there are many roles I won’t do. There are many subject matters that I don’t want to be involved with, so it limits my choices, and I’m fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now. But no worry, I got some side hustles. Ha! Thanks for asking. All the best for 2020.”

Mendes’s most recent role was the 2014 film Lost River directed and written by her baby daddy, Ryan Gosling. Things certainly changed for Mendes when she met Gosling in 2011.

The two first met while filming the 2012 movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines.” There was no denying the chemistry between the two in “The Place Beyond the Pines.” It was an extraordinary film about a Luke (Gosling) who doubles as a bank robber and motorcyclist. He meets Romina (Mendes), the two fall in love, and have a baby. Domestic life isn’t for Luke, and he cannot escape his crime-ridden life. We won’t give any spoilers, but it truly felt like we were witnessing a real-life love story.

Mendes is now the mother of two girls and has gone on to launch her fashion collection with New York & Company and has been busy with that for several years now.

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While Mendes continues to lead a pretty private life with Gosling and her daughters, her fashion collection has been successful. She has also said that her partner has been very encouraging and proud of her work as a designer. 

“Ryan is incredibly supportive, and he’s always in awe,” Mendes told People magazine last year. “He makes me realize that [making the collection] is actually a lot of work. I have so much fun doing it that I don’t really realize.”

She also added that her in-laws and her family are extremely helpful to her as she develops each collection. 

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” Mendes told the magazine. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.”

Yet, still, with her success as a fashion designer, we cannot help miss Mendes as an actor. Remember her in “Training Day”?

Her role as Sara opposite Denzel Washington was so intense and incredibly raw. We can see why she would hesitate to be in certain kinds of characters, especially if the part calls for nudity or vulgar language. The role of Sara is also one that we have seen often, which is the stereotypical Latina as a single mother, living in the projects. That has been played out. That movie, however, was how we first learned of Mendes. 

She stretched her comedy chops in “The Other Guys” in 2010 alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. 

That movie was hilarious, and she was amusing as the wife of Will Ferrell. Then again, that role was of a sexy (but smart) Latina who could whip of a home-cooked meal and be stunning all at the same time. Mendes can play the ultimate woman because she is a lot of ways. However, we understand she wants to break away from that notion that all Latinas are curvy, sexy, and feisty. 

Her Instagram is always active, so it makes us feel like Mendes hasn’t gone anywhere.

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But we still miss you on the big screen, Eva. Come back!!

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