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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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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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Mitú Launches Mitú TV – A 24/7 Channel Dedicated To Latinos

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Mitú Launches Mitú TV – A 24/7 Channel Dedicated To Latinos

Mitú TV is here to give all Latinos a chance to see their stories elevated and celebrated. The channel is the first 24/7 channel dedicated to our stories and representing us authentically.

Latino stories are getting a home with the launch of mitú TV.

Mitú TV is the only 24/7 channel dedicated to elevating Latinx stories, audiences, and talent living in the hyphen – Americans with a strong heritage, Latinos redefining culture. We’re here to remind the world there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all version of Latino culture.

There are so many unique and different stories to tell within our community. Latinos come in every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. All of these stories deserve to be told by those living the experiences.

“Mitú has always been a platform for showcasing the stories and people in our community that the world needs to know about,” Diego Andrade, creative director, says about mitú TV. “It’s my favorite thing about being a part of this team. And to me, mitú TV is the next step in that mission – a dedicated video content platform to not only house the library of work we’ve done so far, but a place for us to continue uplifting the stories that truly deserve that spotlight and collaborating with creators from across the community. It’s the culmination of everything we’ve done so far and the possibilities of this platform are super exciting.”

All of those mitú originals that you know and love will be available for streaming thanks to several different platforms, including Apple TV. We’re talking about “Latina Moms,” “Latinos Talk,” “On Paper,” so many of your favorites.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to create a platform completely dedicated for our audience,” says Cynthia Zavala, Director of Account Management, Brand Strategy. “Showcasing and telling stories of our communities has been a passion point for all of us at mitu. We believe Mitu TV is the next destination where we’ll see next generations of Latino creators and stories.”

Check out all of the stuff we are offering on mitú TV here.

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