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Don’t Judge ‘Em, These Actors Had To Start Somewhere

You never know where someone will end up. NEVER! If you need proof, take a look at the early roles these Latino actors, and tell us if you could have predicted where they’d end up.


Rosario Dawson – Ruby in “Kids”

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Most recently, Dawson has absolutely killed it in Netflix’s “Daredevil” (and “Jessica Jones”), where she plays Claire, a nurse who regularly helps mend Daredevil’s wounds. Have you seen Dawson’s first role, though? Dawson played a promiscuous teenager named Ruby in the controversial film “Kids,” which was all about teenagers, sex and drugs. Dawson got the part when she was only 15 years old after director Larry Clark spotted her hanging out with friends outside the building where she lived. Dawson told the New York Times she was nothing like her character: “I was a tutor. I was a virgin. I was boyfriend-less. I didn’t have sex until I was 20.”


Selena Gomez – Gianna on “Barney And Friends”

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Sure, we all know Gomez for being a pop star — and her unfortunate romantic run-ins and rerun-ins with the Biebs —  but the 23-year-old has been around FOREVER. Most people probably remember her early days in Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” but can we meditate for a minute on Gomez as Gianna in “Barney in Friends”? So freakin’ adorbs, we can’t EVEN!


Diego Luna – Quique Dominguez in “El Premio Mayor”

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Credit: Televisa and Disney / Lucasfilm

Right now, we’re pretty excited because Luna is going to go all sci-fi biggie on us, as he was cast in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” But we haven’t forgotten those squishy-cheeks he had as Quique Dominguez in the novela “El Premio Mayor.”


Jennifer Lopez – FlyGirl in “In Living Color”

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Before “Selena,” before “Jenny from the Block,” before anyone really knew who she was, Lopez was a Fly Girl, a.k.a. a dance troupe member in the ’90s comedy series “In Living Color.” Truth be told, she’s been fly ever since.


Oscar Isaac – Frank in “All About The Benjamins”

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Credit: New Line Cinema and Disney / Lucasfilm

Poe Dameron from the “Star Wars” franchise may go down in history as one of Isaac’s most renowned roles. Let’s NOT forget that once upon a time — 2002 to be exact — Isaac appeared in the movie “All About The Benjamins,” where he played a character named Fran-fucken-cesco. OK, his name was actually Frankie.


George Lopez – Eddie Martinez in “Ski Patrol”

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Credit: Triumph Films and TV Land

Lopez does such a good job of playing himself on TV or doing stand-up comedy that it would be incredibly easy to forget that in 1990 he played the part of wacky ski patrolman Eddie Martinez in “Ski Patrol.” His over-the-top impersonation of Rodney Dangerfield makes us kind of wish we could forget the whole thing.


Zoe Saldana – Eva Rodriguez in “Center Stage”

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Credit: Columbia Pictures and “Colombiana” / TriStar Pictures

Back in 2000, Saldana played Eva Rodriguez in “Center Stagem,” and it was EVERYTHING. She got to show off her dancing skills — she trained to be a ballerina before becoming an actress — and wasn’t all unrecognizably alien-y blue with freaky ears like she was in “Avatar.” When Elle magazine once told Saldana they still love “Center Stage,” Saldana replied: “Everyone’s afraid to tell me that because they’re afraid they’ll seem weird, but oh my gosh, I love hearing that! It’s still one of my favorite movies, too.”


Sofia Vergara – Diet Pepsi Commercial

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Check this out! Vergara was only 17 years old when she was in a Pepsi commercial back in her native Colombia. Now in her 40s, and after starring in “Modern Family” as Gloria, she is a spokesperson for Diet Pepsi. How much you wanna bet she’s getting paid WAY more now?


Danny Trejo – Frank a.k.a Casual Dreamer in “Mi Vida Loca”

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Credit: Sony Pictures Classics and Troublemaker Films

Everybody recognizes Trejo as el mero mero from “Machete.” Before he became an icon, he was an ex-con-turned-counselor trying to help people overcome drug and alcohol addictions. One day in the mid ’80s, he went to the set of “Runaway Train” to help someone he was counseling and ended up getting cast in the movie. Soon, he was appearing in movies like “Mi Vida Loca” and “Heat.” He’s been killing it in Hollywood ever since.


Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mario in “The Electric Company”

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Credit: PBS Kids and Neilson Barnard / Getty

The guy who created and stars in “Hamilton” on Broadway — also one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016 — used to rap about the alphabet on the PBS show “The Electric Company.” Wrap your brain around that!


Salma Hayek – Teresa Chavero Martinez in “Teresa”

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Credit: Televisa and Ugly Betty / ABC

Frida and Salma go together like Teresa and Salma. American audiences may think of Hayek as the monobrowed heroine in the biopic “Frida,” pero those of use who grew up watching telenovelas KNOW that Hayek made her debut in 1989 as the star of the Televisa novela “Teresa” rockin’ her curls!


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Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

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Demi Lovato Says She Left Disney Channel Because Of Her Eating Disorder

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Fans of Demi Lovato know that the former Disney Channel star has been through it in terms of mental health and body image issues. In the years since leaving her role as the titular character of the Disney Channel series “Sonny With A Chance” she has been outspoken about her struggles with eating disorders, mental health issues, and her use of drugs to cope.

Now, in a recent interview, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer is speaking out about the origins of those mental health-related issues: Disney.

Speaking to Bustle in an interview, Lovato revealed that she made the decision to leave Disney Channel after realizing the entertainment industry “terrifyingly normalized” eating disorders.

In her latest interview with Bustle, Lovato explained that after checking out of rehab in 2010 she realized that entertainment institutions like Disney perpetuated eating disorders. Lovato said that she’d struggled with an eating disorder before she became famous but it wasn’t until she broke into the industry that she realized many others were struggling as well.

“I kind of looked around and had a moment where I was like, ‘Wow. This is so terrifyingly normalized,'” Lovato explained. She also recalled that spending time in rehab made her eager to address eating disorders. “I came out of [rehab] with the choice of talking about my struggles or my journey with the possibility of helping people or keeping my mouth shut and going back to Disney Channel. I was like that doesn’t feel authentic to me. So I chose to tell my story.”

Demi underlined in the interview that she aims to have a career that has “nothing to do” with her body.

In an interview earlier this year, Lovato spoke out about her eating disorder while on Ellen Degeneres claiming that her old management team “controlled” her diet. Instead of letting her enjoy a birthday cake each year, they gave her a “watermelon cake.” Later, Lovato took to Instagram to share that she was no longer “stressing myself with a strenuous workout schedule before 14 hour days, or depriving myself from a real birthday cake rather than opting for watermelon & whip cream with candles because I was terrified of REAL cake and was miserable on some crazy diet shit.” 

In her interview, Demi also shared that she’s also changing for the better when it comes to allowing herself to love herself.

“Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. I had programmed the thought into my head when I was 16 that I’m only going to cry if people pay me to,” Lovato explains. “I started doing all this work, allowing myself to feel the pains of all the losses that I’ve had or the adversities or traumas that I’ve faced. I think my ability to be vulnerable and be more intimate with people has really heightened.”

Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”