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These Shows And Movies Will Make You Feel Like A Superhero Just Because You’re Latino

Growing up, we didn’t often see ourselves represented in superhero roles. It was always a white savior combatting a Latino drug lord or violent gang member. We often saw Latinas play the love interest trope, doing nothing meaningful except prop up that white savior’s ego.

A new era of POC empowerment has slowly started infiltrating Hollywood, and Netflix is probably the most progressively representative platform around. (Unless you know what they did to “One Day at a Time.”) If you’re going to Netflix and chill, you might as well subconsciously balloon with empowerment, no? These are the Latino-centered shows that will get you there.

“Marvel’s Runaways”

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This show tops our list because not only is the superhero gang majority female, it’s also majority POC. Of the three Latinos cast, two of them aren’t even presented as Latino characters, giving more normalized roles to Latino actors. Plus, we get to see Ariela Barer mind control a pet dinosaur. Sounds kooky, but the show writers are so good, it just makes sense.

Plus, the star Latina’s superpower is brute strength.

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Mexicana Allegra Acosta, who is just 16 years old by the way, plays Molly Hernandez. We see the whole troupe come to terms with their powers through her eyes. She was the first to realize she was different, and she spoke up, even though she was the youngest and most often condescended to.

Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy”

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Based off an alluring comic series of the same name, Netflix used the same premise: 43 women around the world spontaneously gave birth and an eccentric billionaire ‘adopted’ 7 of them to create a crime-fighting “Umbrella Academy.” Netflix makes it interesting by fast forwarding to their adult lives, and by casting hunky David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves. Superpower? Holding his breath for an inhuman amount of time and superlative knife throwing abilities. We heart him.

FOX’s “The Gifted”

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This is just the casual tale of two parents realizing their children are mutants, so they join an underground community of mutants. Venezuelan actor Seane Teale plays a key role in leading the newcomers to a life of normalcy.

Superpowers: He can absorb and manipulate photons (i.e. light).

ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”

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That’s right. You’re looking at heartthrob Gabriel Luna starring in a Marvel adaption. In it, he plays Robbie Reyes, the Latinized version of the Ghost Rider. His performance will get your heart racing in all the ways.

The CW’s “The Flash”

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This “Arrows” spin-off had the second-most-watched premier in the history of The CW, after “The Vampire Diaries.” In it, we see co-star Candice Patton play the journalist that uncovers the identity of The Flash. She eventually takes on a leadership role with S.T.A.R. Labs and just overall slays.

Netflix’s “Iron Fist”

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While we don’t see any headlining Latinos in this show, we see Bakuto played by Ramón Rodríguez, and the Internet is heart eyeing.

Caption: “Totally thought #IronFist was over @ 10 episodes… nope! The endgame for this season better be worth it. But at least this Bakuto guy is hot.”

Netflix’s “Daredevil”

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Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the iconic cameo of Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple. Her superpower is being the go to Nurse Practitioner for all the superheroes in Marvel’s Universe.

Life lesson: everyone is your equal.

Netflix’s “Luke Cage”

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If you’re as obsessed with Rosario Dawson as we are, then you should watch her steam up her role in “Luke Cage.” We ship these two.

Netflix’s “Siempre Bruja”

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Colombian based “Siempre Bruja” gets it right and wrong in so many ways. Ultimately, we get to see an Afro-Latina claim her brujería to travel to the future to save the people she loves (even if that includes her slave master, ugh).

Netflix’s “La Reina del Flow”

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Prepare yourself for a telenovela to end all novelas. No, Yeimy Montoya is not a superhero, but her character will inspire you to overcome all obstacles. After she’s framed for drug trafficking by her first love as a teenager, she comes back as an undercover agent to undermine Charly Cruz’s life. We stan.

Netflix’s “Pelé: Birth of a Legend”

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If true stories are what really make you feel empowered, then this reenactment of Brazil’s Pelé story will get you good. He went from rags to winning Brazil’s first World Cup victory at the age of 17. You can win, too.

“Desierto”

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Today’s immigration rights crisis is devastating. Gael García Bernal’s role as a Mexican man trying to cross the border will make you root harder than ever before for migrant victories.

Netflix’s “Ingobernable”

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If you’ve heard of this show and still haven’t been floored by Kate del Castillo’s performance, this is your sign from god. Watch this if you’re in a toxic relationship that you need the courage to leave. At least your boo isn’t a corrupt President.

The CW’s “Jane the Virgin”

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Gina Rodriguez’s role in the Americanized telenovela “Jane the Virgin” will help you realize that whatever bump you’ve encountered in this life might be the start of something beautiful. This is a feel-good show, no doubt, but you’ll also start to feel like you can do anything, mija.

The CW’s “Riverdale”

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While the Latino family in this show are dirty rich, the heiress to the Lodge empire is pure of heart. Watch Veronica Lodge cleverly go up against a very twisted power struggle father-mija relationship to save Riverdale.

ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”

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Mexican icon Karla Souza’s superpower in this show is pure ingenuity. She plays a lawyer that seems to know how to work the legal system to her advantage. It gets gooooood.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

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You weren’t expecting doctor or lawyer shows to make this list, but we’re all chasing a feeling here. Seeing Sara Ramirez play bisexual Callie Torres as she goes up against her Catholic father with all the emotional strength and resilience we yearn for is contagious. You want these cooties.

“The Fast and the Furious”

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My gay self needs Michelle Rodriguez here. Even though she isn’t a ‘good guy,’ we all want to be here. Use her badassery powers for good, mi gente.

Netflix’s “One Day at a Time”

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The best superhero show of all is the recently canceled “One Day at a Time.” Why? We get to see the most modern Cuban family simply be themselves and that cultural mirroring will reaffirm your very remnant-loving Latino soul. #SaveODAAT!!!

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

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

The DC Universe just got a heck of a lot more Brown.

This week, it was announced that 25-year-old actress Sasha Calle is poised to be the franchise’s newest superstar. Known for portraying Lola Rosales on “The Young and the Restless,” the actress will take on the role of Supergirl in the DC film franchise.

Her first appearance as Supergirl expected to debut in the upcoming movie “The Flash.”

Calle, who is of Colombian heritage, is set to become the first Latina ever to play the role of Supergirl.

Calle earned her first breakout role in 2018 after being cast in the long-running CBS daytime drama “The Young & The Restless” as a food truck owner and the youngest sister of brothers in the midst of a toxic rivalry.

Calle earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series category last year for her part in the series.

“On behalf of everyone at ‘The Young and the Restless,’ we’d like to congratulate Sasha Calle on making history and being chosen to play the first Latina Supergirl,” the daytime drama’s executive producer Anthony Morina and co-executive producer/head writer Josh Griffith shared in a statement. “The role of Supergirl is a perfect fit for someone of Sasha’s immense talent, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this groundbreaking role.”

According to Deadline, Calle beat out 425 actresses for the part of Supergirl.

Andy Muschietti director of The Flash gave Calle the good news about her role over Zoom.

“Can I freak out for a second?” Calle asked before announcing the news to someone offscreen. “I got it,” she said to the person off-camera while doing a dance in her chair. Turning back to Muschietti, Calle admitted “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day.”

Calle shared the moment to her Instagram admitting she was still processing the big news.

“A Latina superhero?!” Calle wrote of the news in Spanish. “On what planet?! Well, on this planet! What joy and what pride.” Thanking her mom, Calle wrote, “I adore you with everything I have. You are an example of a superhero.”

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

Salma Hayek is not putting her efforts of the #MeToo movement behind her. In fact, her most recent disclosure about her experience filming the 1995 movie Desperado proves she has yet to lose momentum. While the graphic film grossed $25.4 million in the United States box office and received rave reviews, Hayek says it wasn’t all great.

During a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Hayek opened up about her breakout role.


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Speaking about her experience Hayek explained that she had not known at the time that she did not know she had been signedup to film a sex scene with costar Antonio Banderas.

“So, when we were going to start shooting, I started to sob, ‘I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,'” Hayek said in the interview with Shepard. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”

Speaking more about the experience, Hayek underlined that Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez tried their best to make her feel comfortable on set. She also added that she felt as if Rodriguez “never put pressure” on her.

Still, Hayek says that the experience was traumatic.

“I was not letting go of the towel,” Hayek explained. “They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again. But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”

“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she went onto explain. “And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'”

Hayek and Banderas have remained friends since filming and they have gone on to star in five other projects.


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In fact, just last year, Hayek presented Banderas with an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Banderas was honored for his role in Pain & Glory with the International Star Award.

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