These talented Latinos prove skills can come in many forms—don’t ever put them (or yourself) in a box. From producing films and opening restaurants, here are nine celebs who are inspiring us to reach for las estrellas. After all, we are all capable of becoming triple threats.
1. Selena Gomez: Singer, actress and producer
Selena Gomez is the name behind one of Netflix’s most popular (and controversial) shows in the last two years, serving as an executive producer for the streaming service’s adaptation of “13 Reasons Why.” Not one to leave her music career behind, Gomez has also been belting out hits this year such as “Back to You” and “Wolves,” as well as having a guest appearance at one of Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour. And don’t forget she first emerged on the scene as an actress, starring on the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”
2. Eva Mendes: Actress, fashion designer and director
Eva Mendes has recently put acting on hold for a bit in order to raise her family, which should be celebrated. She is still honing her skills in other areas, namely fashion design. Mendes is the face and designer behind her womenswear collaboration with New York and Company, of which she recently launched her fifth collection this past spring. She also has some writing and directing credit under her belt with the film short, “California Romanza.”
3. Gael García Bernal: Actor, singer and producer
Before he was giving us the feels during the song “Remember Me” in Pixar’s animated feature, “Coco,” Gael García Bernal was receiving critical acclaim for his starring roles in “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Amores perros” and “Y Tu Mamá También.” Behind the camera, he has executive produced films including the biographical film “César Chávez” and “Desierto,” a film about a migrant who leads a group across the U.S.-Mexico border. He also produced the upcoming Spanish-language series called “Aqui en la Tierra,” which premiered at Cannes this year.
4. Diego Luna: Actor, singer and producer
Of course you can’t talk about Gael García Bernal without mentioning his bffl, Diego Luna. Both men are multi-hyphenates. Luna has starred in films such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and partnered up with García Bernal as executive producer and director of “César Chávez.” He also sang covers for his starring role in the animated flick, “The Book of Life.” Luna and García Bernal also co-founded the Ambulante film festival, which showcases documentary films across Mexico for two months.
5. Jennifer Lopez: Actress, singer, dancer and the list goes on
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What *can’t* J.Lo do? She has been wowing audiences for decades, from her killer dance moves in her Fly Girl days on “In Living Color,” her breakout acting role in the movie that will be #foreverinourhearts “Selena,” starring in romcoms including “The Wedding Planner” and “Maid in Manhattan” to singing about some bling bling on “El anillo pa cuando.” When she gets a break from all of that, she also produces and judges in the NBC television series “World of Dance.”
6. Rosario Dawson: Actress, singer and dancer
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One of the OG Latina powerhouses, Rosario Dawson made her feature film debut in “Kids” back in 1995, and then went on to show off her pipes and dance skills in “Rent.” Dawson also helped create the four-issue comic book series, “O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce,” which was published in 2006.
7. Danny Trejo: Actor, producer and restaurateur
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Playing the Machete character isn’t the only thing actor Danny Trejo is slays. After roles in multiple films and trying a hand at producing, the Echo Park-born-and-raised actor decided to take a bite out of the culinary world. He opened the first Trejo’s Tacos location near Miracle Mile in Los Angeles and a second one at USC Village in late 2017. Now he has six restaurants under the Trejo name, including three Trejo’s Cantinas.
8. John Leguizamo: Actor, screenwriter/playwright and producer
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As the son of Colombian immigrants in Queens, John Leguizamo used his comedic skills to defend himself from school bullies. Now he isn’t needing much defending. Leguizamo is out front with his sparring comedy, displayed in his recent Broadway show, “Latin History for Morons,” which was nominated this year for a Tony Award for Best Play. He has also written and produced a variety of one-man shows on stage. Leguizamo ended up taking home a Tony Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. Apart from his Broadway accolades, he has also played major roles in feature films including “Carlito’s Way” and “Romeo + Juliet.”
9. Dulce María: Actress, singer and dancer
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Mexican actress, singer and dancer Dulce María first proved her acting skills in the telenovela classic “Rebelde.” She then catapulted with her co-stars into singing by forming part of the group RBD, which originated from the telenovela. She has recorded three albums as a solo artist, with DM as her most recent album.