Film And TV Latino Dads That We Just Want To Hug Like Our Own

Latino dads in film and television have given us tender and llegadores moments. In general, these men are torn between traditional Latin American gender roles (they have to be strong, impenetrable, the providers) and being vulnerable and, well, just human beings. This list includes characters from both Hollywood and Latin American entertainment industries. These characters have charmed us and made us think of our own dads, their struggles, dreams, and tribulations. 

Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil) in “Jane the Virgin”
Type of papá: cursi but sweet

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He is silly on the outside, but on the inside, he is a nice man who wants to make up for lost time. When he finds out he has a daughter he immediately puts on the dad suit and becomes emotionally available for our Jane. 

Ignacio Suarez (Tony Plana) in “Ugly Betty”
Type of papá: preocupón and accepting

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Raising dos chamacos by himself hasn’t been easy, but he is supportive even though he worries way too much sometimes. Don’t all daddies do that, though?

Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) in “A Better Life”
Type of papá: heroic but tough

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The story of Carlos resonates with millions in the United States. He lives in the shadows due to his illegal status, but he does everything to provide for his teenage son. 

Miguel’s dad (Jaime Camil) in “Coco”
Type of papá: conservative but a sweetheart

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He is the epitome of the Latino dad: he wants his son to follow on his footsteps, but eventually gives in and understands that everyone has a life of their own and Miguel needs to follow his musical dreams. 

Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos) in “Selena”
Type of papá: luchón and encouraging

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The patriarch of the Quintanilla clan is a true leader who wants to bring out the best in his offspring… even though peca de rudo at times. 

Raúl (Jorge Cervera, Jr.) in “Real Women Have Curves”
Type of papá: supporting

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This movie about a Chicana teen who wants to go to college is a gem. Her mom disapproves because she wants her to work and chip in with the house expenses. Her dad says ni madres, that girl is going to college. 

César Chávez (Michael Peña) in “Cesar Chavez”
Type of papá: idealistic and passionate

Credit: Cesar Chavez / Canana Films

The story of the Latino leader is a testament to the power of will. He knew what the best he can do for his children is creating overall better conditions for Latinos and that is what he does!

Cole Marquez in “Dora The Explorer”

Type of papá: amoroso

Credit: Dora The Explorer / Nickelodeon

Nothing like a cool dad that lets his daughter’s imagination run wild! 

Diego (Jesus Ochoa) in “Sangre de mi sangre”
Type of papá: brave enough to fight his own demons

Credit: Sangre de mi sangre / Cinergy Pictures

This unjustly underrated indie film tells the story of a migrant worker who is due to receive his son in Brooklyn… but his son’s identity is stolen by an impostor. Tough to watch but very rewarding. 

José Rivera (Johnny Laboriel) in “Carrusel”
Type of papá: Dignified

Credit: Carrusel / Televisa

It is not easy to be Afro-Mexican due to the still persisting racism that exists in some sectors in Mexico City. Cirilo’s dad was dignified and didn’t let discrimination impact his son’s identity. 

Don Plutarco (Angel Tavira) in the Mexican film “El violín”
Type of papá: political activist and idealistic 

Credit: El violín / IMCINE

This low-key but moving indie film tells the story of Don Plutarco and his son, who are musicians but also guerrilla fighters. A story about how activism and the fight against injustice is passed on from generation to generation. 

Valentín (Eugenio Derbez) in “Instructions not Included” (No se aceptan devoluciones)
Type of papá: a bit clueless but very loving

Credit: Instructions Not Included / Alebrije Cine y Video

The ultimate movie about the daddy-daughter bond. After unexpectedly receiving a kid at his doorstep, this former ladies man makes fatherhood his way of life… until something threatens this everlasting bond. 

George Lopez as himself in “George Lopez Show”
Type of papá: chistoso, duh

Credit: George Lopez Show / Fortis Films

A sort of “Everybody Loves Raymond” for Latino audiences. Can you imagine having un papito that is so funny that he cannot even regañarte without making you laugh, mijo?

Javier Delgado (Benjamin Bratt) in “Modern Family”
Type of papá: desmadroso but a bit caring

Credit: Modern Family / ABC

Just like in any culture, sadly there are many Latino absentee fathers and Manny’s is one of them. But, truth be told, he does step up when he needs to. We just wish he did more for his son. 

Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez) in “Six Feet Under”
Type of papá: hardworking 

Credit: Six Feet Under / HBO

Rico is the perfect example of the family man who works his butt off to provide for his family. He is also available to his two sons, who seem to be a bit of a handful, dicho sea de paso!

César (César Costa) in “Papá Soltero”
Type of papá: incondicional 

Credit: Papá Soltero / Televisa

A single dad with three teenage kids… this show influenced a whole generation of Spanish-speaking audiences. César and his famous sweater collection became the epitome of the caring and often confused Latino dad. 

Don Ramón (Ramón Valdés) in “Chespirito”
Type of papá: fun, fun, fun

Credit: Chespirito / Televisa

The father of La Chilindrina in the show that made Mexican television influential the world over. Don Ramón is a cultural icon even today, due to his nutty sense of humor and his incorruptible fatherly love. 

José Sanchez (Jacob Vargas) in “My Family”
Type of papá: old-school

Credit: My Family / American Playhouse

An epic story directed by Gregory Nava about three generations of Mexican-American migrants. The patriarch travels to the U.S. in search of a better life and sets roots in el gabacho

Edy Rodriguez (Alfred Molina) in “Nothing Like the Holidays”
Type of papá: a bit clumsy

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Alfred Molina is super funny as a dad who is slowly but surely entering his golden years…. but will they be golden if his wife decides to leave?

Kraken (Ricardo Darín) in “XXY”
Type of papá: protective

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This Argentinian film tells the story of Alex, a person who was raised as a girl despite having both male and female sex organs. While everyone wants Alex to be “normal”, Kraken wants what is best for his child: uniqueness, being themselves. 

OK, this last one is actually awful but we had to include him. Ready? Luisito Rey (Óscar Jaenada) in “Luis Miguel: La Serie”
Type of papá: THE-WORST-DAD-EVER

Credit: Luis Miguel: La Serie / Netflix

He has become a cult figure due to his overall awfulness. The things he does to his talented son. He has become a meme factory.

READ: This Soccer Player Is A Daddy On And Off The Field, And Here’s The Proof

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Says People Always Assumed He Was a Girl Growing Up Because He Had ‘Soft Features’

Dwayne Johnson, agreeably one of the most “masculine” presenting people in the world, recently revealed that people weren’t always so quick to assume he was so. In an interview on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,” that took place earlier this week the American actor and former professional wrestler revealed that when he was a child, people often assumed he was a girl. 

Speaking about his experience with presumed gender identity, The Rock revealed that people often thought he was girl because of his “soft features.”

“I would say between the ages of 7 and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair,” he explained in his interview with Willie Geist.

The actor even went so far as to share a time in his life as a fifth-grader who was riding on a school bus.

“I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, ‘Can I ask you something?'” The Rock recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Are you a boy or a girl?'”

Drawing on this time in his life, Johnson revealed that likely this also chalks up to his frequent moves as a child.

During his childhood, Johnson’s father Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler who often moved his family around. According to John, he attended thirteen different schools by the time he was in high school.

“I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up,” Johnson explained in his interview. “Wrestling in the ’80s and in the ’70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck.”

The former wrestler reflection on earlier days coincides with the recent premiere of the hit NBC sitcom “Young Rock” a new series based on his life.

Fans of Johnson will be glad to know that he also stars in the series.

He is also portrayed by three different actors Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu.

“Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fueled by tough love,” he explained during NBC’s TCA press tour in an interview about the series.

He went onto share that his father “was kicked out of his house at 13 and he was homeless, so that then shaped the man who then raised me… And in that complication came an extraordinary life that was full of travel. I lived in 13 different states by the time I was 13 years old, also lived in New Zealand.”

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director


Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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