These 7 Latina Actresses Made An Impact In Hollywood — And My Life

I grew up watching plenty of action, sci-fi and thriller films, but not many of those lead actors were Latino, much less Latinas. So when I saw Latinas kicking ass on screen, I took notice. These characters were physically strong and smart women who stood up for what they believed in, and who never conceded to any stereotypes held before them. They might not be thought of as the warmest of characters, but they showed us that Latinas can play women that are intelligent, funny, sexy, misunderstood, fierce, strong and so much more. Now, let’s get more Latinas as action stars, please!

Michelle Rodriguez

Letty Ortiz in “Fast & The Furious”

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Does it get any more iconic than Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz? In a franchise that is one of the highest grossing of all time, Rodriguez is a strong Latina force that demands attention amongst the men in her cast. Even while holding her own as a mechanic and fierce street racer, Letty never held back on oozing confidence and sexuality.

Honorable Mention: Diana Guzman in “Girlfight”

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Rodriguez plays hot-tempered Brooklyn teenager Diana Guzman, who starts training in boxing to compete in amateur fights. This is Rodriguez’s first role EVER, and her inspiring performance earned her a bevy of award nominations. Much deserved.

Zoe Saldana

Cataleya Restrepo in “Colombiana”

Cataleya is a young girl who watched both of her parents be killed in front of her eyes. Instead of victimizing herself, she decided to devote her life to getting revenge. In “Colombiana,” Saldana epitomizes a strong woman who does everything necessary to honor her parents and avenge their deaths. While becoming an assassin might not be everyones way to deal with trauma, Saldana totally embodies the part with grace and passion.

Rosario Dawson

Gail in “Sin City”

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Rosario Dawson kicked off her career playing a wayward teen in “KIDS,” and her roles have pushed the limits ever since. In “Sin City,” Dawson played Gail, one of the leaders of the Old Town girls. Gail was fierce in all the ways, and her daring outfit made out of leather, fishnet stockings and studs, matches her personality perfectly. Dawson steps back into a badass comic book role as Dr. Claire Temple in “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders.”

Salma Hayek

Everly in “Everly”

Salma Hayek plays the title role of Everly, a woman forced into prostitution by an evil drug lord. Much like Saldana’s character in “Colombiana,” Everly follows Hayek as she searches for the men who did this to her, and is on a mission to save her mother and daughter who have also been caught. What ensues is Hayek flexing her vengeance muscle, and she comes out victorious, (while looking fabulous.)

Elizabeth Peña

Tania Johnson in “Rush Hour”

Peña played the badass LAPD bomb squad expert, Tania Johnson, who holds her own on screen against Chris Tucker’s James Carter and Jackie Chan’s Lee. While she didn’t appear in the “Rush Hour” sequels, Peña’s portrayal of Johnson was a fan favorite and oft-remembered even after the actresses untimely death in 2014.

Gina Rodriguez

Andrea Fleytas in “Deep Water Horizon”

Andrea Fleytas was only 23 years old and one of only three women working on board the oil rig Deepwater Horizon when disaster struck on April 20, 2010. Andrea survives the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history and her heroic antics during that fateful day earned her the Hollywood treatment. She is portrayed by Gina Rodriguez in “Deepwater Horizon, where she captures Andrea’s fighting spirit in the face of danger.

Jennifer Lopez

Slim Hiller in “Enough”

J.Lo follows her breakout film role in “Selena” with a few badass characters in films like “Anaconda,” “Out of Sight” and “Angel Eyes,” but her role as Slim Hiller in “Enough” solidifies her as a true blue action star. Lopez trained hard in the art of Krav Maga, inspiring many women to take up the self defense technique, learning to bring out a bit of the Slim inside them.

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Did we miss your favorite Latina in a fierce role? Who do you consider to be the biggest badass in Hollywood? Let us know in the comments, so we can watch that movie, ASAP!

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Cameron Diaz Talks About That Traumatic Scene From ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ That Gave Us All Our First Taste Of Second Hand Embarrassment


Cameron Diaz Talks About That Traumatic Scene From ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ That Gave Us All Our First Taste Of Second Hand Embarrassment

Everybody’s favorite 90s romantic comedy, “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” is packed with various moments of hilarious victories that make the movie so lovable. The 1997 film stars Julia Roberts as a 27-year-old Julianne Potter who flies to Chicago to break up her best friend (Dermot Mulroney’s) marriage to 20-year-old Kimmy (played by Cameron Diaz). It’s filled with meddling moments and mini-disasters including one iconic scene made of a particular sort of awkwardness.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Diaz spoke about the one scene that prompted everyone to steer clear of karaoke bars.

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In one of the film’s most beloved scenes, Cameron Diaz’s Kimmy stands before a packed karaoke bar at the urging of Julianne and sputters and cries her way through Dionne Warwick’s “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.” The scene is awkwardly heavy, with Diaz’s blotchy, clammy, pink face tearing apart every note and Julia Robert’s conniving character’s satisfied smirk. The patrons in the bar sit awkwardly still in their seats as they watch the trainwreck and experience the ultimate form of secondhand embarrassment. Then suddenly, through Kimmy’s show of good sportsmanship, the scene turns around.

The patrons join in on the song, singing, and clapping. Julianne is noticeably dumbfounded by her failed scheme. No doubt, the entire experience was humiliating for everyone watching (audience included) but there’s also no denying that the proper people have been charmed, even us the viewers who were supposed to be rooting for Julianne, can’t help but have a change of heart over the girl who has a father worth billions.

That’s just good acting. Or, so we thought.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly for its latest reunion special, Diaz explained that the film was far more real than we might have guessed.

During the interview that commemorated the film which is now over twenty years old, Diaz admitted that the idea of standing up in front of the bar and singing actually, truly made her miserable.

“I was terrified to do that scene, for real,” Diaz, who is of Cuban descent admitted. “I allowed the true terror of singing in front of people to be alive in me. I wanted to run and hide, and Dermot kept me there. He said, “You can do it, you can do it.” In the scene I’m just staring at him the whole time because he’s looking at me like, “You’re okay. You’re not gonna die.” And I was like, “But I’m dying.”

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20 Crazy Facts About “Spy Kids” You Didn’t Notice In The Movie


20 Crazy Facts About “Spy Kids” You Didn’t Notice In The Movie

In 2001, Latino kids across the globe were met with a rare treasure never to be seen. A Latino spy family featuring two kids with top-secret espionage badges on the big screen. The heroic movie “Spy Kids” launched a mega movie franchise as well as the imaginations of Latino kids.

Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, “Spy Kids” was an epic espionage movie packed full of wonderment, surprise, gadgets oh yeah and Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino and new faces Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara.

Check out these 20 things you never knew about your favorite movie from 2001!

1. Robert Rodriguez, the director, used ideas from his childhood for his characters.

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Rodriguez had drawn a picture of men with thumbs for heads, arms, and legs as a child. The thumb people made an appearance as the clumsy robots known as the Thums Thumbs.

2. Rodriguez’s family made appearances in special ways.

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As an homage to his family members, Rodriguez named the characters of Gregorio, Carmen, and Juni after them.

3. George Clooney wore pajama pants during his appearance

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Robert Rodriguez was the director behind the movie and had worked with Clooney before. He showed up as a one-man crew and shot the Clooney scene himself. The scene was shot from the waist up since Clooney was still wearing his pijama.

4. Selena Gomez made her debut in the franchise.

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The “Wolves” singer made her film debut as “Waterpark Girl” In the 3rd movie.

5. Gregorio Cortez was named after a thief.

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In real life, Gregorio Cortez is the name of a famous Texan thief from the early 90s.

6. IRL, Carla Gugino was too young to be an adult mom to her kids in the movie.

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In reality, Gugino is only  17 years older than Alexa PenaVega, who plays her oldest child Carmen.

7. Carla almost didn’t accept the role because of her age.

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At 29 years old during the time of filming, Carla felt she was too young to have kids that were 10 and 12 years old. But Rodriguez convinced her by sharing that his own mother had had him and all of his siblings by the time she was thirty. 

8. Production was super speedy.

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The movie was shot over a period of 10 weeks.

9. It held box office for almost as long.

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The movie stayed at number 1 for three straight whole weeks in the United States bod office charts.

10. Carla Gugino wasn’t even supposed to be here.

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Kelly Preston had been offered the role of Ingrid Cortez, but when she gave birth, Carla was offered the role. 

11. Which means the movie didn’t dodge blackface.

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Kelly Preston is white and Carla Gugino is Italian AKA not Latina.

12. Angie Harmon almost got the role of Ingrid.

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Harmon is also not Latina. She’s Greek and German/Irish. Makes you think someone was determined to cast a white mother eh? Like where was Salma Hayek?? OR, a Brown casting director?

13. The kids helped pick Gugino as Ingrid.

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Rodriguez wanted to make sure the mother looked like the kids and Gugino’s dye job.

14. That’s not San Diablo.

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In the notorious arriel shot that’s not San Diablo it’s a view of Santiago de Chile! 

15. Rodriguez edited the movie in a “garage.”

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Rodriguez’s garage is really an elaborate editing studio in his home.

16. Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega own this film

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They’re the only actors to appear in all four films of the franchise.

17. Carmen has such a Latina tame.

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According to the credits and a scene where she uses it as a password Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Costa-Brava Cortez.

18. The location has a fun oxymoron.

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San Diablo is a Spanish oxymoron meaning Holy Devil or Sainted Devil.

19. The initials of the Organization of Super Spies is copy pasted.

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The Organization of Super Spies or O.S.S. has the exact same initials as the Office of Strategic Services,. That’s the version of the WWII-era C.I.A.

20. Rodriguez has a trademark and a thing for knives.

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Rodriguez’s film’s featuring Danny Trejo usually have his characters named after a knife. In Spy Kids he plays Isador “Machete” Cortez.

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