20 Of The Best Hermanos Mayores To Appear On The Big Screen
It isn’t every day older siblings get celebrated. The siblings who took the first steps so we could run, the ones who give us advice and sometimes just annoy us down to our last straw deserve quite a bit of credit for shaping us into the people we’ve become. While thinking about how much we love our own siblings, we’re looking at the best Latino siblings on TV and the big screen.
1. Carmen PeñaCREDIT: ¿Que Pasa, USA
Most chicas of our madres generation will easily remember Joe Peña, the cute and funny older brother to Carmen on “¿Que Pasa, USA?” STILL, Carmen did a pretty stand out job on the show and was always around to whip her younger bro ijnto shape and keep up the family spirit.
2. GamoraWalt Disney Studios
Okay, so Gamora wasn’t a Latina of this earth, but she’s still played by Latina fave: Zoe Saldana. Her relationship with her sister Nebula can be a bit …. troubling. But there’s no doubt Gamora has a whole lot of love for her nebular sister.
3. Suzette QuintanillaCREDIT: Selena (1997)
Not too many of us would be so chill about seeing a sibling rise to stardom without them. But Suzette was 100% there for her sister’s journey to the big stage.
4. Elena AlvarezCREDIT: One Day at a Time / Netflix
Elena Gomez isn’t your average annoying teenager older sister on screen. Which we love! Sure, she knows how to dig at her brother but for the most part, she and Alex share a bond that is supportive, loving and fun.
5. Princess ElenaCREDIT: Elena of Avalor
Elena can be headstrong sure, but she’s also a pretty great sister. (Oh yeah! And Disney’s first Latina princess) With the ability to see spirit animals and wield a royal scepter she’s an amazing sister to Princess Isabel, the young inventor.
6. Miguel RiveraCREDIT: “Coco” / Walt Disney Pictures /Pixar Animation Studios
Miguel’s mother was pregnant with her second child during the movie. Still by the end of the movie, when he finally gets to meet his new baby sister Socorro, there’s no doubt Miguel’s journey has made him a great older sibling for his new hermana.
7. Carlos GarcíaCREDIT: The Brothers García / Disney
As the oldest sibling to George, Larry and Lorena, Carlos often took the role in the show’s decision making and for the most part helped to steer his siblings in great directions.
8. George GarcíaCREDIT: The Brothers García / Disney
The second oldest brother to Larry García didn’t always make life easy for his younger sibling. Still, he did always make sure to stick up for him and support him when needed.
9. A.B. QuintanillaCREDIT: Selena (1997)
IRL, A.B., was supportive and loving to his younger sister Selena. In the movie about her life, the A.B. doesn’t take the biggest role on screen but he is just as equally supportive, loving and fun.
10. Jane VillanuevaCREDIT: Jane the Virgin
Jane’s realtionship to the twins is complex. Technically their connection to Jane is through their former step-father Rogelio. But Victoria and Valeria are two lucky coulda-woulda-shoulda-been-step-sister’s to the cool and successful Jane.
11. Hilda SuarezCREDIT: Ugly Betty
Hilda wasn’t the star of “Ugly Betty” but she was ana amazing and supportive sister to Betty by the end. Of course, at times eh was aloof to Betty’s life but for the most part she was a great hermana.
12. Manny DelgadoCREDIT: Modern Family
Manny might get jealous at times of the attention his younger half-brother gets, but for the most part it’s clear Manny loves the bro he shares his birthday with.
13. Gertrudis de la GarzaCREDIT: Like Water for Chocolate
LBR she was so much better than Tita’s oldest sister who married Pedro and had his son.
14. Alex RussoCREDIT: Disney
Alex might have been the younger sister to Justin but she was a bomb older sister to Max. I mean how cool would it be to have an older sister who can do magic create clones and solve your problems with the whisk of a spell?
15. Camila BarriosCREDIT: East Los High
Even with the pressures of high school constantly nipping at her, Camila always finds them time to care for her younger sister Gina.
16. Justin RussoCREDIT: Disney
As one of the most gifted wizarding students of his time, Alex set the bar pretty high for Alex.
17. Leticia NaranjoCREDIT: Tortilla Soup
Leticia was a bit shy and uncomfortable in her own skin, but the time she finally got up the nerve to kiss Orlando, she was showing her sisters just how cool she could be.
18. Carmen NaranjoCREDIT: Tortilla Soup
Carmen wasn’t always the most stable sister, or the most attentive. But she did her best to keep her family’s life together for the sake of her younger sister Tamara and sister Leticia.
19. Alba VillanuevaCREDIT: Jane the Virgin
Alba might be estranged from her sister Cecilia now, but there’s no doubting the fact that the dramatic character has a sweet big sis who would love to connect with her.
20. Harley DiazCREDIT: Stuck in the Middle
As the middle child in the Diaz family, This “Stuck in the Middle” character has a few siblings her junior. She’s a bit mischievous with her planning and engineering of inventions but as a Latina interested in STEM we love her as a big sis.
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