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Here’s The Reason Why This Novela Star Drives For Uber

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Pablo Azar understands the highs of acting in telenovelas.

The 34-year-old from Mexico has appeared in Reina de Corazones and Bella Calamidade, and he has amassed a large number of fans. But when he’s not on camera, Azar earns his money like other up-and-coming actors. He drives for Uber to make ends meet. “At first, I was ashamed of this,” Azar told the New York Times, “Our fans from Latin America who watch novelas, they think we are millionaires and that we drive Ferraris and live in Beverly Hills.” Azar’s story is not unique either. When they are between jobs, those who act for Telemundo are often out scrambling to pay rent.

“In telenovelas,” Katie Barberi told the New York Times, “they can kill your character off in the middle of the shoot and you are paid that day, and it’s over.”

Most actors who work for Telemundo, the Miami-based Spanish-language network owned by NBCUniversal, do not fall under the protection of SAG-Aftra, the television industry’s union. Because the shows are in Spanish, Telemundo has been able to argue that their programming does not meet the union’s requirements. So far this loophole has worked to Telemundo’s benefit, keeping the network exempt from the costs of employee-related health insurance, potential residuals, or to cover any accident on set, which is not an uncommon experience. The company and the unions are currently in talks, but what happens next remains to be seen. For more coverage out the entire story at the New York Times.

[H/T] NYT: He Stars in a Spanish-Language Soap. Why Is He Driving for Uber?


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Laurie Hernandez And Camila Cabello Made It To One Of The Most Prestigious Lists

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Laurie Hernandez And Camila Cabello Made It To One Of The Most Prestigious Lists

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Time magazine released its annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list and two very empowering and very awesome Latinas nabbed a spot this year.

Olympic champ, Laurie Hernandez, came in at no. 7 on the list.

Laurie Hernandez
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“They say, ‘You made Latinas proud! And that hits me hard,’” she said to Time. “It helps me realize that I’ve done something bigger than just gymnastics.”

At only 16 years old, this charismatic gymnast of Puerto Rican descent cartwheeled her way into our hearts after slaying at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She’s a gold and silver medalist already. If that’s impressive enough, Laurie, who ranked #7 on the list, signed an endorsement deal with Crest and is sweeping the dance floor as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Also on the list taking at 25th spot, Fifth Harmony member, Camila Cabello.

Camila Cabello
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The youngest Fifth Harmony member is killing the charts as part of the girl group, but Cabello is also achieving great things on her own. Not only is she venturing out as a solo artist having released hits such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes, and “Bad Things” with Machine Gun Kelly, but this 19-year-old Cuban native is also an activist.

In a heartfelt article titled: “Our dreams were bigger than our fears” published on PopSugar, Cabello opened up about her family leaving Cuba in the mid-2000s in search of better opportunities. And she also got super candid about her views on Trump’s infamous proposed wall. “When anybody wants to tell you they want to build a ‘wall’ on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall could be the next cure for cancer,” she wrote.

Find out which other amazing teens made Time’s 2016 list, here

READ: Camila Cabello’s Immigrant Parents Always Told Her To ‘Ponte Las Pilas’

What other influential Latino teen would you like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post!

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