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Here Are All The Things You Should Know About Rising Star Ariela Barer From ‘Marvel’s Runaways’

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Ariela Barer might not be a name you recognize yet but she is definitely making moves in Hollywood. The 20-year-old plays Gertrude “Gert” Yorkes in “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu and even had a role in Netflix’s “One Day At A Time.” Your new favorite bruja is a breakout star and she’s bringing her Latinidad with her.

Barer is the Libra in chief.

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On Twitter, she writes about how she plans to start a cult this year and every sign will join it, except Sagittarius’ who will be sacrificed in Libra’s honor. True story.

Ariela is Jewish-Mexican.

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Both her parents are born in Mexico and they’re both Jewish. She was born in Los Angeles, but only ever ‘vacations’ in Mexico, because that’s where her whole family (besides her parents) live.

She and her sister are newly famous.

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Her big sister, Libe Alexandra Barer, plays Carly Bowman in Amazon Primes’ “Sneaky Pete.” She’s also been in “Parenthood” and a Subway commercial! Boo-yah. Power duo.

She can’t live without Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

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Yup. That girl is team Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and all you Takis fans will have to find a different cult leader.

She had no idea what she was auditioning for when she tried out for “Marvel’s Runaways.”

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She tells Remezcla, “I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for, which was sort of a blessing because it took a lot of the pressure off. I went in without hyping myself up too much about how big the Marvel Universe truly is. I got to go in and just connect with the script and the story and the people. The superhero elements just came naturally after that.”

She originally auditioned for the Molly Hernandez role, but nobody believed she was only 14 years old.

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IRL, she’s 20 years old. So they told her to read for the part of Gert, and she completely connected with the character. She was immediately asked back for a screen test.

She felt like she didn’t even have to try to be Gert. She is Gert.

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“She is someone I relate to completely,” she told Remezcla. “She’s exactly who I was when I was 16. I felt immediately connected to the character and was able to let all my insecurities go out the window. It was so liberating, which is exactly who Gert is as a character. It was a huge weight off my back. It was so perfect.”

Barer loves how Gert shows that superheroes can have anxiety.

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For her, Gert is the superhero of feminism and social activism. Unlike any social activist you follow on the interwebz, you get to see the vulnerable side of Gert. She told Bustle that she’s excited for her character to “open a conversation on mental illness.” Gracias, Barer.

She played Carmen, the goth friend obsessed with how mean Justina Machado’s character is to her.

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Her character ends up shedding light on immigration issues after her parents are deported and she’s forced to move to Texas to live with her uncle.

Caption: “A monitor shot from my very first episode when I could barely hold it together I was so excited to be there & now once again I am that excited cause #onedayatatime comes out on Netflix tonight at midnight!!!”

You might also recognize her from “Atypical.”

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Netflix’s genius original show from the perspective of a highly functioning autistic boy guest stars Ariela Barer. She starts out as his bully and gets punched in the face for it. By the end, she’s secretly smooching him in closets.

Barer is in a band called The Love-Inns!

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She told Sweety High, “It’s special to me because I started the band with my best friend Eden Hain when we were 16, and we’ve grown a lot together through our music.” The two are inseparable.

She doesn’t want you to hit on her.

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Never thought of putting a physical sign on my body. Geniosa.

She’s gay. ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤🖤

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In December 2016, she tweeted, “Literally everything I do is to get back at the people who called me ugly & gay in middle school. They were right, but it was mean spirited!” The tweet is still pinned to her feed.

Barer won’t cross the picket line.

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Heard about the largest mass teacher strike in U.S. History? Well, Barer is here for it and wants you to wear red in solidarity. Her and Gert son la misma persona, don’t you think?

Barer is one hell of a feminist.

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She’s released an all-female “Lord of the Flies” reminiscent short film called “Ladyworld.” The premise is that eight girls are stranded in a house without electricity, and Barer uses that as a foundation to explore the female psyche. Yes, girl!

She likes cauliflower pizza.

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Yup. There’s one person on this earth that likes cauliflower pizza and it’s Ariela Barer. Her mom grinds up the cauliflower and makes her healthy pizza crust from scratch!

Her dream co-star is Viola Davis.

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Oh and her favorite show is “Jessica Jones.” She’s here for the dark, female-centered masterpieces of Marvel and turns out she’s one of them now!

She’s aiming to be a little less obsessive.

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“I tend to get obsessive over tiny things and overthink everything,” she tells Sweety High. “I’m trying to let things be and deal with things as they are in present time and not so much as they are in the million scenarios I’ve imagined in my head.” Lo mismo.

Her dream world is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

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She would be happy for the rest of her life if she could just live in the world of TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Her ultimate dream is to do a musical number with Rebecca Bunch. Like, same.

She’s mejor amigas con Isabella Gomez.

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Find the two canoodling on “One Day at a Time” and IRL. I’m so here for this new Latina girl gang of Hollywood! Viva las mujeres!


READ: Isabella Gomez From ‘One Day At A Time’ Is Humbled To Be An Icon To The Latinx LGBTQ Community

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Peña Nieto Has Been Accused Of Taking A $100 Million Bribe From El Chapo Before Taking Office

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Peña Nieto Has Been Accused Of Taking A $100 Million Bribe From El Chapo Before Taking Office

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In the latest chapter in the trail of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a witness said the drug kingpin paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The shocking testimony came from Guzman’s former “right-hand man” Alex Cifuentes who claims the payment took place two months before Peña Nieto became the president of Mexico in 2012. According to the New York Times, Cifuentes worked closely with El Chapo from 2007 to 2013.

Alex Cifuentes, who worked closely with El Chapo, told a Brooklyn court that the former Mexican president had originally asked for $250 million.

The allegations of corruption against the Mexican government are nothing new as Peña Nieto left office last year with a string of scandals that left him and his administration with low-approval ratings. While Peña Nieto has yet to deny these claims, a spokesman for Peña Nieto called the bribery story “false and defamatory”.

“You gave a story that Mr. Guzman paid a bribe to Mr. Peña Nieto of $100 million,” Guzman’s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman asked Cifuentes during cross-examination in Brooklyn federal court, referring to his prior discussions with US authorities. “That’s right,” Cifuentes responded.

Cifuentes previously said Guzman had paid Peña Nieto with a $250 million bribe, however during his testimony, he told the court that Nieto had requested $250 million, but accepted El Chapo’s counter offer of $100 million.

During his testimony Tuesday, Cifuentes said the bribe was made so El Chapo wouldn’t have to worry about getting caught with this drug business.

In court, Lichtman said that in prior meetings in April 2016 and November 2017, Cifuentes told U.S. prosecutors that Peña Nieto had reached out to Guzman in 2012. Cifuentes says Peña Nieto, who was elected that year, told Guzman if he gave him the money, he wouldn’t have to worry about his drug business.

“The message was that Mr. Guzman didn’t have to stay in hiding?” Lichtman asked about the terms of the bribe. “Yes. That very thing is what Joaquin said to me,” Cifuentes said in his response.

It was during Peña Nieto’s term that Guzman was captured by Mexican authorities in 2014 only for him to escape before being caught again in 2016. He was then extradited to the US to face charges of drug trafficking and murder.

Peña Nieto might not be the only Mexican president who was working with the drug cartels.

Lichtman said Cifuentes told prosecutors in 2016 that Guzman’s rival drug gang, the Beltran-Leyva cartel, was paying former Mexican President Felipe Calderon for military protection against him. As of now, Cifuentes doesn’t recall saying that. According to Rolling Stone, Cifuentes did claim though that Guzman was working with the Mexican authorities in some capacity. Guzman would send suitcases filled with cocaine from Argentina to Mexican federal police, who would then sell the drugs themselves.

“I was working with my wife, Angie San Clemente, and working with the Mexican Federal Police with Señor Guzmán’s authorization,” Cifuentes said. “And you claimed the police would then sell the drugs, correct?” Lichtman asked. “You said the police were the customers of the drug dealers?”

“Yes,” Cifuentes responded.

If El Chapo is convicted he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Peña Nieto’s former chief of staff, Francisco Guzman, denied the allegations on Tuesday evening on Twitter.

“The statements of the Colombian drug trafficker in New York are false, defamatory and absurd. The government @EPN was the one who located, arrested and extradited Joaquín Guzmán Loera. Since the beginning of the administration, it was a priority objective of the security cabinet.”

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s new president, ran a campaign on the platform of anti-corruption and won in a landslide last year. The trial so far has exposed many scandals and allegations of bribes in Mexico and Columbia that include police commanders and government officials. This probably won’t be the last we hear of this and this could spell serious trouble for Peña Nieto if the claims are true.


READ: El Chapo’s “Trial Of The Century” Started Last Month And Here’s Everything You Should Know About It

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