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These Characters Are Showing How Versatile Latina Actresses Are

It used to feel like every time Latinas were on screen they were playing some kind of help. Not anymore! Now, we’re living in an era where Latinas are slaying the small screen in an array of different roles. Here are 9 badass Latina TV characters who are breaking the mold.

1. Jane Villanueva from “Jane the Virgin”

A new #JaneTheVirgin is TONIGHT at 9/8c!

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All hail the QUEEN! Listen, it’s not secret “Jane the Virgin” is my favorite show. I’ve written about it here, here, and here. But the glue that holds it all together? The title character of Jane; she’s a passionate, whip-smart, incredibly talented writer, mother, and wife, and hands-down the driving force of the show. She’s one of the most well-written television characters in the last 10 years, and I’m so excited to see where the writers bring her in the future.

2. Valencia Perez from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”



Valencia Perez is the kind of girl we love to hate; beautiful, a yoga instructor, and the apple of almost everyone’s eye. The great thing about “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is that they don’t just make her a bitch because she was dating Josh (Rebecca’s old flame) – she’s a character that feels like a real person, and Gabrielle Ruiz plays her perfectly. 

3. Rosita Espinosa from “The Walking Dead”

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Hey, if you’re still alive during the Zombie Apocalypse, you automatically get so many badass points. Rosita Espinosa is still kicking it (but with this show, who knows for how long), and she’s become one of the show’s most central characters. Whether it’s her friendship with Eugene, or her kickass fighting, walker-killing skills, she’s definitely someone that sticks out in the series.

4. Dr. Callie Torres in “Grey’s Anatomy”



Dr. Callie Torres appeared in 240 episodes of the mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy.” That’s pretty damn impressive. She was strong, loved dancing, and an orthopedic queen. You better believe that on a show like “Grey”‘sthis character has gone through some major ups and downs, which only makes her an amazing multi-dimensional character.

5. Rosa Diaz from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Day 345 of 2016. Rosa knows ? #brooklyn99 #nypd #rosadiaz #booty

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Let me count the ways I love this AMAZING CHARACTER. Wait – there are too many. Is it possible to be in love with a fictional character but also to be terrified by them? She is tough as nails, and you don’t want to mess with her. But you kind of have to be scary when you’re a detective, right?

6. Amy Santiago from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Amy is my favorite I sob?? #brooklyn99 #amysantiago #melissafumero @melissafumero

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When you’ve got not one but two incredible Latinas on a show, you know it’s gotta be BOMB. Amy Santiago, while not as scary as Rosa, is still one you don’t want to mess with. She’s also hilarious, as exhibited above.

7. Harlee Santos from “Shades of Blue”

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Listen, Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong. I would follow her to the ends of the earth and back again. So when it was announced a year or two back that she’d be top lining NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” the world rejoiced. J.Lo. As a cop. On our TV screens every week. I MEAN, IS THERE A DOWNSIDE TO THIS AT ALL? I THINK NOT.

8. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from “Modern Family”



It might at first appear that Gloria hits the stereotypes of a Latina we actively work against: oversexed, loud, and ridiculous. But anyone that watches the show knows that it’s not the case; Gloria is layered and an awesome mom, hilarious, and eccentric. She’s been in the TV game for a long time and we’re super thankful for it.

9. Xiomara Villanueva from “Jane the Virgin”

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XO is such an incredible character on “Jane the Virgin.” Which is no surprise because this show rocks. Can you tell how much I love it?! XO is flawed and that’s what makes her so real. She’s funny, has a wild side, is an insanely talented singer, and doesn’t always make the best decisions – but if there’s one thing about XO, it’s that she loves fiercely. Ugh, I want to be her best friend, please.

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Harvard-Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

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Harvard-Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

With her family crowded around her computer, Santa Ana High School senior Stephany Gutiérrez anxiously checked the status of her college applications. Like most students, Gutiérrez had her heart settled on top schools but unlike so many, she was accepted into not one but four Ivy League colleges.

In an emotional video, Gutiérrez and her family react as they check the status of her admission to find that she was accepted into Columbia University, Brown, and Dartmouth.

Gutiérrez was recently accepted into Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia.

The daughter of undocumented immigrants and with dreams to become a pro-bono attorney, Gutiérrez was accepted into four of the five colleges she applied to. No surprise, she also got into her first choice, Harvard.

“It was difficult, my parents are still illegal immigrants here in the United States. Their support in particular has been excellent, my father and mother have always told me that education is the way to get ahead,” Gutiérrez explained in a recent interview with Univision.

In the video, Gutierrez reads off her acceptance status to each school to her extremely thrilled parents.

“I got in!” she can be heard saying of her acceptance to Columbia University and then the other Ivy League schools.

“It took like an hour or two for the news to settle in,” Gutierrez explained in an interview with CBS. “I was in disbelief. I was like, wait, actually, let me go back and read all of it, maybe I missed a part, but, yeah, it’s starting to settle in. It’s very exciting.”

Gutierrez’s mentor Gloria Montiel-Itzel, an alumna of both Santa Ana High School and Harvard, underlined in a recent interview that it takes more than good grades to get into Ivy League schools.

“I think it’s a commitment to something other than themselves,” she explained about Gutierrez and two other seniors (Oziel Flores and Cielo Echegoyen) in her class who were also recently accepted to Harvard. “And I think all three of them, in different ways, have really shown that they care more about their community, their school and making things better for others, and I think that’s something that Harvard really loves.”

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

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Jenny Solares Is One IG Creator Everyone Needs To Follow

A year in quarantine has led so many of us to doom scroll and get lost in social media. As a result, some people are getting more recognition and one person who should be getting your attention is Jenny Solares, or @es_jenny_solares on Instagram.

Jenny Solares is here with the relatable content we all want.

The Guatemalan content creator knows what the people want to see. How many times have you heard someone say that they like a woman who can eat? Well, as Jenny urges, prove it, y’all. Take your lady out and get her all of the food that she wants. Let’s go!

Now, that’s how you add salsa to someone’s food. If you didn’t already think this way when adding salsa to your tacos, you definitely will now. It’s just impossible not to.

We also love seeing her collaborating with Estefania Saavedra, a fellow Latina creator. A rising tide lifts all boats so we appreciate seeing these Latinas working together.

Solares is even creating brand new identities.

Cholas will forever have a place in our hearts. We know cholas. We love cholas. We are related to cholas. Solares’ creation of the glola is truly a work of art. Just because you’re a chola doesn’t mean you can’t love glitter and colors.

She’s even got some of the Covid humor in check.

There are going to be so many school assignments about this year in the coming years. Kids will be learning about the time the world stood still as we battled an out-of-control virus. It is going to be us having to tell the little ones about that time and it’s going to be rough. Get ready to reliving everything we have been dealing with for the last year.

On top of all of the comedy, Solares is ready to show her fans some real love for their support.

“Thank you all for letting me be me. Thank you for appreciating my silliness, my craziness, my songs, my dances, my imperfections,” Solares tells her fans in a year-end video. “Thank you for letting me be myself. This year was full of so much sadness, uncertainty, frustration, and, for a lot of people, loneliness. Thank you all for not letting me feel that loneliness.”

Thank you, Jenny. Your comedy has been a bright spot for so many during an incredibly hard and sad year.

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