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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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Credit: Miramax and Netflix

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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Credit: Disney / @selenagomez / Instagram

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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Credit: Fox and Jennifer Lopez / Instagram

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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Credit: Pepsi / ABC

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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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Throughout her career as an actress and producer, Issa Rae has established herself as a woman with great entrepreneurial mindsets. Focused on telling stories about real women Rae has garnered attention for her YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl” and contributed to the expansion of content created by people of color. Because of her, the television sphere has become a whole heck of a lot more colorful and no doubt more WOC are receiving more approval and acclaim for their work.

Her HBO television series “Insecure” has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards and in 2015 her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl became a New York Times best-seller. Now, Rae is bringing her experience and viewpoint to the Television Academy.

Recently, The Television Academy revealed that Rae is now a member of the Executive Committee.

Her appointment to the Television Academy comes at a time when the organization is refocusing its attention on increasing diversity in the entertainment industry. While an increase in representation of actors of color has occurred in recent years, diversity among television executives has remained lackluster. In 20202, UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report revealed that “women hold only 32.0% of studio chair and CEO jobs; minorities just 8.0%.”

In a statement about her new role the Academy explained “We are thrilled to be able to leverage the collective expertise of this talented group of Television innovators as we navigate this extraordinary time in the history of our industry… Their leadership provides invaluable insight that will allow the Academy to play an integral role in shaping the evolution of the medium.”

Award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett also joins the ranks of Television Academy executives.

Calderón Kellett is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress who served as the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director and actress on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.” According to the Emmy website, Calderón Kellett “spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother; has directed episodes of Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall, and the Mad About You revival; and recently sold her first feature film, We Were There Too.”

News of Rae’s new role as an executive is proving to be just another milestone of accomplishment for the actress. In October, Rae revealed that she was launching a new production company called Hoorae.

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