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20 Famous Latinas Who Use a Stage Name

There’s power in the names that our parents give us at birth. They’re a legacy passed down from our anceatros and a reminder of where we come from. However, these reminders of their heritage can be a hurdle for aspiring Latinx celebrities while starting their careers. Due to this, famous Latina actresses and musicians often swamp their given nombres for a stage name.

Usually, celebrities take on a stage name by shortening their given name or changing it completely. Sometimes the reason for this is an active attempt to make their names sound less Latino but it also happens so they’ll have shorter, more marketable names. Whether they aim for a less Spanish sounding name or just for something simpler, these Latinas are definitely memorable.

Here are 20 Latinas who use stagenames:

1. Jenni Rivera

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This legendary singer and songwriter is known around the world as Jenni Rivera but that’s not her given name. The Latina’s full names is Dolores Janney Rivera. When she started her career, the late Rivera dropped “Dolores” and used a diminutive form of her middle name instead. This shorter moniker is easier for fans to remember and without a doubt looked better on a concert marquee.

2. Demi Lovato

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Pop starlet Demi Lovato has a unique name reminiscent of actress Demi Moore, but the Latina wasn’t named after the 80s icon. Her full name is actually Demetria Devonne Lovato with “Demi” being her nickname. As memorable as “Demi” is, we have to admit that Demetria Devonne is a very melodious name naturally meant for a musician.

3. Michelle Rodriguez

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Michelle Rodriguez is known for taking on roles that show off her tough girl image. However, the name she’s best known for isn’t technically her real one. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez but dropped the “Mayte” for her stage name. Still, no matter what she chooses to go by, the Fast and the Furious star is decidedly the fiercest boss lady around.

4. Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan is one of the most legendary Latinas in the world so it makes sense that she’d be christened with a name just as incredible. The Cubana was named Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García. Yes, it’s a mouthful but Estefan was named with the traditional Spanish naming custom. In this custom, the child takes both their paternal and maternal surnames. When Estefan married her husband, Emilio, she dropped the additional names and simply took his to create her stage name.

5. Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch is iconic for portraying strong female characters and being one of the 20th Century’s biggest sex symbols. Those who aren’t very familiar with the actress might be surprised to discover that she’s also a Latina. Her Bolivian father gave her the name of Jo Raquel Tejada. The “Raquel” came from her father’s mother and the “Jo” is from her mother, Josephine. After taking her high school sweetheart’s name when they married, Welch dropped the “Jo” from her moniker and started her acting career.

6. America Ferrera

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America Ferrera’s journey to her stage name is very different from most on this list because it’s actually her given name. The difference is that Ferrera didn’t actually start going by her real name until she started acting. She was named after her mother but the actress hated it so she went by her middle name, Georgine. It wasn’t until she started pursuing her career that she saw how memorable and marketable her given name is.

7. Celia Cruz

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Called “La Guarachera de Cuba,” Celia Cruz is the most popular and well-know Latina artist of the 20th Century. However, the simple alliteration of her stage name hides her monumental given name. She was born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She, too, was named in the Spanish custom — her mother’s family name was “Alfonso” and her father’s was “Cruz.” She already went by Celia when she began her music career in the 1940’s.

8. Soledad O’Brien

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Born to immigrant parents, Soledad O’Brien has always been proudly vocal about her heritage. Embracing their Cuban and Irish backgrounds, her parents named her María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien. When she started her journalism career, the Afro-Latina shortened her name but kept pieces of it to honor the two halves of her background.

9. Thalia

Instagram / @Thalia


Singer, songwriter, and actress Thalia is one of the most influential and popular Mexican artists in the world. Though she only goes by one name now, she was born Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda. She was also named in the Spanish tradition with her mother and father both contributing their surnames to hers. When Thalia began in the music business, she decided to go solely by her memorable middle name.

10. Rita Hayworth

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Rita Hayworth was the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940’s. She was also a Latina. Hayworth actually dyed her naturally dark hair to the red she’s known for so she could be considered for more diverse roles. She also took on a less Spanish sounding stage name for the same reason. Hayworth was originally named Margarita Carmen Cansino but used her mother’s maiden name with her nickname “Rita” to form her now famous brand.

11. Shakira

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The Columbian singer, songwriter, and dancer, Shakira, is another big time celebrity who only needs one name to make her mark. Like many other Latinx people, she was given both her mother’s and father’s family names as part of her own. Born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, the name reflects both her father’s Arabic roots and her mother’s Spanish ones.

12. Anita Page

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It may come as a surprise, but silver-era star Anita Page was a Latina. Often called the “blond, blue-eyed Latin” and “the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood,” she was born Anita Evelyn Pomares. When she joined MGM Studios, she was given the name Ann Page but another actress already had claim to that name. Instead, MGM let her combine her first name with their chosen surname to get a new moniker for the pretty star.

13. Kate del Castillo

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One of the biggest stars in telenovela, Kate del Castillo is a household name, but, her real moniker is considerably longer. Born Kate del Castillo Negrete Trillo, the actress was given both her mother’s surname and that of her famous father, Eric del Castillo. Additionally, it seems stage names run in this family. A fellow telenovela star and legend of Mexican cinema, her dad was born J. Eduardo Eric del Castillo-Negrete Galván and shortened his name for his career.

14. Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek is one of the most well-respected and popular Latinas in Hollywood. Though she made a name for herself in such movies like Frida, that nombre just happens to be a stage name. The actress/producer was born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez. When she began her acting career, Hayek dropped “Jiménez” — her mother’s last name — and simply went with her father’s name.

15. Sofia Vegara

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Sofia Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV and, as such, has made her name well known all over the world. However, the name Vergara uses is a shortened version of her given name. She was named Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara and that double Vergara isn’t a typo. Both her mother and father had the surname “Vergara” so she was given both as part of her offical name. Understandably, she cut it down for her stage name.

16. Zoe Saldana

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You might know her as Gamora from Gaurdians of the Galaxy but Zoe Saladana’s parents gave her another unique moniker. Her birth name is actually Zoe Yadira Saladaña Nazario. Like many Latinas, she inherited names from both her parents. “Saladaña” is her Dominican father’s surname while “Nazario” is from her Puerto Rican mother.

17. Roselyn Sánchez

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Puerto Rican actress, model, and singer Roselyn Sanchez is best known for her roles on Without a Trace and Devious Maids. Though Sanchez spends most of her career answering to the names of fictional characters, her stage name is also a bit fictious. She was originally named Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez by her parents. To make it more memorable, Sanchez dropped both the “Milagros” and “Rodriguez” from her name.

18. Rita Moreno

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With an EGOT and the Presidential Medal of Freedom under her belt, the name Rita Moreno stands for Latina excellence. However, it’s not the legendary actress’ real name. Moreno was actually born Rosa Dolores Alverío. The Puerto Rican actress adopted the surname Moreno from her mother’s second husband. As a girl, she was often called “Rosita” which naturally evolved to “Rita”. Moreno’s nickname also has a connection with another famous Rita. When she came to the US as a girl, she traveled with dancer Paco Cansino, the uncle of Rita Hayworth.

19. Eva Mendes

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Actress and business woman Eva Mendes is well known for being a enchanting and sexy film star. As such, it’s only natural that she has a stage name. Mendes was originally born Eva de la Caridad Méndez. Not only did she drop the extra name, along her way to stardom the actress also changed the spelling of “Méndez.”

20. Katy Jurado

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During the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Katy Jurado played sultry femme fatales. She was such an iconic beauty that Juan Gabriel wrote the song Que Re’chula es Katy in her honor. However, Katy was never her real name. In fact, she was born María Christina Estela Marcela Jurado García. For her stage name, Jurado kept her father’s surname and took on the nickname Katy.

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20 Latina Celebrities Who Faced Hardships and Failure Before Becoming Successful

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20 Latina Celebrities Who Faced Hardships and Failure Before Becoming Successful

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be successful. Society tells us that failure is something we should be ashamed of; that it means there’s something wrong with us. However, some of the most successful people have had to overcome failure and hardship before getting their big break.

Whether they were rejected from jobs, limited in their opportunities or hindered by personal trauma, these Latinas were all able to rebound. They picked themselves up and showed the world that failure doesn’t stop these mujeres poderosas.

Here are some of the famous Latinas who didn’t let failure stand in the way of their success:

1. Naya Rivera

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Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular female artists of the 70’s and 80’s but this came after a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, the singer found little success with her band Stone Poneys. She was later inspired to pursue a solo career and released several albums in the process of finding her sound. Despite her work, she didn’t hit it big until the 1974 single Heart Like a Wheel. 

Naya Rivera is best known for her role as fierce cheerleader Santana Lopez on Glee. However, the actress almost didn’t get the part. In fact, she didn’t pass her first audition. Still, producers must have seen something they liked because they brought her in for another audition. After crushing that one, she got the part. Rivera also was an American Idol reject. Pre-Glee fame, she was eliminated in the first round of auditions.

2. Joseline Hernandez

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Singer and television personality Joseline Hernandez is a familiar face thanks to her time on Love & Hip Hop. Despite this fame, she has tasted failure. In 2007, Hernandez filmed a TV pilot for Showtime that revolved around Miami’s Diamond Cabaret and its dancers. Unfortunately, the show was nixed and it would take five years before she would have her big break.

3. Rita Moreno

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Before she starred as Anita in West Side Story, Rita Moreno was stuck with stereotypical roles. The actress hoped that this would change after her Oscar-winning performance but that wasn’t the case. Refusing to take these roles, Moreno was forced into a 7 year exile from Hollywood as she waited for parts that were worth her talent. That small period of hardship had nothing on the success that life had planned for Moreno. She made a series of acclaimed movies in the 60’s and 70’s as well as starred in decades of highly-praised television and theater. The talented actress’ work went on to earn her a Tony, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and 2 Emmy Awards.

4. Jennifer Lopez

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When Jennifer Lopez first decided to pursue her dream of stardom, it caused a huge rift with her parents. They thought it was a waste of time for their high school aged daughter. Disagreeing, J.Lo moved out on her own and began acting in regional musicals. She was soon hired with the chorus of a musical touring Europe. However, the star was terribly unhappy because she was the only member to not have a solo. Leaving this job led to work in Japan as a singer, dancer and actress but nothing brought J.Lo any success until she landed her role as a Fly Girl. This led to over 25 years of fame and success beyond her parents’ wildest dreams.

5. Lupe Vélez

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Nicknamed the Mexican Spitfire, Lupe Vélez had the talent and personality to transition from Silent Film to the Talkies during Hollywood’s Silver Era. Still, her road to success was full with failure. When she first started performing, her father violently opposed it. Having to change her name to continue entertaining, Vélez found some success in Mexican vaudeville but faced issues being paid fairly. When she switched to a new revue, she was quickly fired for her feisty attitude. In 1926, an American stage director had Vélez fly out to LA for her first movie role. However, once she arrived, the actress found the part had been given to another. Still, her time in the states led to a screen test that landed her a role in a Laurel and Hardy film. The rest is Hollywood history.

6. Shakira

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It’s hard to think of international star Shakira as a failure but she had a hard time in the beginning. In second grade, she was rejected from her school’s choir because of her strong voice. In fact, the choir director said she sounded like a goat. Still, Shakira continued her singing and dancing. As a teenager, she auditioned for a record executive who was impressed by her sound. However, when he passed her audition on to the artist director, they labeled her a lost cause. Still, the music executive knew she was special and organized another audition. If not for her talent and the help of that executive, Shakira’s future success could have been lost to rejection.

7. Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek is a big name star now but she wasn’t exactly popular in the beginning. In Mexico, she was rejected by the entertainment industry and was told she’d never have a career in acting. After finally finding work in telenovelas, she tried to make in in Hollywood. However, Hayek was told that the parts she wanted didn’t exist for Latinas. Even after she made it big as a movie star, the Mexicana was rejected 3 times by networks when looking for a home for Ugly Betty.

8. Becky G

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Before her role as the Yellow Ranger in the Power Rangers reboot, Becky G faced difficulties reaching stardom. Her single Shower proved to be a popular hit, but followup singles went nowhere. Also, after 3 years of working on it, her debut album never materialized and was scrapped. Despite this setback, the singer found success as a Cover Girl representative, actress, and was able to successfully crossover to Spanish music.

9. Dascha Polanco

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Dascha Polanco knew from an early age that she only ever wanted to act. Unfortunately, the realities of societal norms and fat phobia held her back. Polanco feared the rejection she could receive because of her weight and stopped herself from pursuing her acting career. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she decided to face her fears and audition. Ironically enough, she landed the very first role she ever auditioned for; becaming Orange Is The New Black‘s Dayanara Diaz.

10. Cardi B

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Today, Cardi B is a musical superstar but her beginnings didn’t make it easy on her. As a teenager, she worked at a grocery store as a way to keep herself feed and housed. When she was 19, she was fired but not before the manager told her she should become a stripper. Whether this was a mean spirited comment or a friendly suggestion, it proved to be a great idea. Cardi credits her stripping career for helping her return to school and giving her the financial freedom to pursue music.

11. Selena Gomez

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Before Selena Gomez was the star of Wizards of Waverly Place, she started her career as a child actor. Unfortunately, her big break didn’t last long. After being cast as a regular on Barney and Friends, Gomez was released from her contract after only 13 episodes. The reason? Show runners said she was getting too old. The actress had the last laugh, though, when she traded up to Disney stardom and a music career.

12. Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera is well known for her overwhelming vocals but they weren’t enough to keep her from rejection. The singer competed in Star Search at the age of 9, singing an Etta James classic. However, Aguilera lost to her 12 year old competitor. Despite the loss, she soon went on to be a regular on the 90’s reboot of the Mickey Mouse Club and the star hasn’t slowed down since.

13. Camilla Cabello

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Camilla Cabello now has a successful solo career but she started out as a member of girl group 5th Harmony. Before they found success together, they were individual contestants on The Xfactor. While competing, the five were first named Lylas and then 1432 before rebranding as 5th Harmony. However, the group lost their competition; coming in 3rd place. Though they lost, they were later signed by Simon Cowell and found success with their debut album. When Cabello struck out as a solo artist, she faced her share of uncertainty but has had hit after hit.

14. Christina Milian

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Christina Milian has made a name for herself as an artist but it didn’t come without years of hardship. She moved to LA at the age of 16 to pursue music. After 6 months, she met a producer who claimed to want to help. However, she spent a year and a half fighting to break into music business with little success. The producer Milian worked with would’t give her a copy of the demo she recorded and also wrote lyrics she didn’t agree with. She ended up having to cut ties with the producer and writing, recording and promoting her demo on her own. It proved to be a success though and, in 2000, she got her big break.

15. Dolores del Río

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One of the most important actresses of the Mexican Golden Age of Film, Dolores del Río was the quintessential movie star. However, her early life was full of hardships. Her family was a part of Mexico’s aristocracy but troubled in Mexico caused her family to lose all their money. Later, after she married, her husband also faced financial ruin. Things changed, however, when a Hollywood film maker met and fell in love with her. In an attempt to be closer to del Río, the film maker convinced the couple to seek fame with him in Hollywood. Even with his backing, it took several years of bit roles before the Mexican actress got her big break.

16. Melanie Martinez

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As a child, musician Melanie Martinez was a prodigy; writing poetry in kindergarten and teaching herself guaitar at age 15. However, all that musical talent wasn’t enough to win her first tastes of success. In 2012, Martinez competed in a televised talent competition but was eliminated in the second round. Later that year, she found a bigger audience as she competed in season 2 of The Voice. Unfortunately, the musician was eliminated in the fifth round. After the rejection, Martinez released her debut single and quickly developed a loyal fanbase.

17. Sonia Sotomayor

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The first Latina to ever serve on America’s highest court, Sonia Sotomayor is an example to girls and women everywhere. However, it wasn’t an easy path to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor had difficulties adjusting to college life at Princeton University. It was after she failed her first midterm that she decided to buckle down and turn things around. That failure inspired her to seek help in her studies and become the kind of student she needed to be to later make history.

18. Linda Ronstadt

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Linda Ronstadt is one of the most popular female artists of the 70’s and 80’s but this came after a lot of trial and error. In the beginning, the singer found little success with her band Stone Poneys. She was later inspired to pursue a solo career and released several albums in the process of finding her sound. Despite her work, she didn’t hit it big until the 1974 single Heart Like a Wheel. 

19. Yaya Decosta

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Yaya Decosta has found fame as an actress and model but not before she faced failure in the latter. She was a contestant in season 3 of America’s Next Top Model. Decosta even made it to the finale but was eliminated at the end. Still, the model decided to pursue acting and found recurring roles on Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. She even played Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic of the late diva.

20. Aimee Garcia

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Actress Aimee Garcia now makes a living doing what she loves but it took her a while to get there. While in college, the Latina acted in local productions. However, she stopped in order to pursue her career in finance once school was over. For a year, Garcia worked as a mutual fund analyst but quit her job after a year because she was unhappy. She returned back to acting and made her big break in the entertainment industry.

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Here’s What It Would Look Like If “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” Was Recast With Latinos

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Here’s What It Would Look Like If “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” Was Recast With Latinos

Just like anyone else, we enjoy a good movie with a strong female lead, a lot of laughs and a little bit of romance. However, we can’t help but preform a mental recast these awesome films but with an all Latino cast. It’s not often we see big studio-backed movies that feature nothing by Latinos in their cast. That doesn’t stop us from dreaming though and using our imagination to upgrade our favorite flicks.

Take “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” for example. The movie seems to have it all. An attractive couple made up of two stars with lots of box office clout. A fun assemble cast. A dynamic premise that’s so out there it just works. It even has a musical number. “How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days” is definitely one of those chick flicks that everyone can enjoy. Yet, how much better would it have been if film creators has added the Latinidad to the mix?

Here’s how “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” might look if recast with Latinos.

1) America Ferrera as Andie

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The movie’s protagonist Andie is a magazine writer on a mission to make a guy dump her in 10 days. Smart, fun and determined, she knows how to drive her target crazy. Originally played by fellow leading lady Kate Hudson, America Ferrera would be perfect as Andie in the Latino recast. We already know Ferrera has romantic and comedy skills from her work on “Superstore” and “Ugly Betty.” Additionally, she’s a big name in Hollywood who audiences would embrace in a big-screen romantic comedy.

2. Oscar Isaac as Ben

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The male lead of this movie, Ben is an ad executive desperately trying to win a beat. If he can make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days, it’ll prove he knows women and he can work on a huge diamond account. Matthew McConaughey brought the smart, charming Ben to life in the original but the Latino recast would be great with Oscar Isaac to fill that role. Like McConaughey, Isaac has big budget films under his belt. Isaac’s charming flyboy Poe Dameron is a glimpse into the kind of swagger he would bring to the role.

3. Melissa Fumero as Michelle

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Andie’s friend Michelle and her mishaps with romance inspire the writer’s mission. Not afraid to be goofy and kind of pitiful, Kathryn Hahn brought some serious acting to this role. For the Latino recast, it only makes sense that we get an actress who will do the same. Melissa Fumero has shown on “Brooklyn 99” that she can to be nerdy, needy and a little pathetic in a way that has us laughing along.

4. Gina Rodriguez as Jeannie

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Definitely more together than Michelle, Jeannie is Andie’s more assertive and confident friend. Played by Annie Parisse, she’s often the one who provides Andie with advice and acts as her sounding board. This role has Gina Rodriguez written all over it. Projects like “Annihilation” and “Carmen Sandiego” remind us that Rodriguez is a boss and she can bring that understanding to the role of confident Jeannie.

5. Michael Peña as Tony

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One of Ben’ co-workers and friends, Tony has a front row seat for their disastrous rollercoaster of a relationship. Originally played by Adam Goldberg, Tony is a wisecracking aspiring lady’s man. For those reasons, Michael Peña would be perfect in the Latino recast. His characters in the “Ant-Man” franchise and “Turbo” show the serious actor can still bring the laughs.

6. Freddy Rodríguez as Thayer

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Ben’s other partner-in-crime, Thayer often plays the straight man among the friends. The dry sarcasm that Thomas Lennon gives to this performance could definitely be matched by actor Freddy Rodriguez in the recast. You might remember Rodriguez from his time on “Ugly Betty” where he expertly played one of Betty’s comedic foils.

7. Gina Torres as Judy Spears

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One part of the Judys — Ben’s rival co-workers — Judy Spears is a confident, bold and sharp woman. It was her idea to challenge Ben to find a woman to quickly fall in live with him. Additionally, she knew all about Andie’s plan to lose a guy. Originally played by Michael Michele, an actress like Gina Torres is needed for the Latino recast . Torres has a reputation for playing smart, strong women so Judy Spears would be a natural fit.

8. Naya Rivera as Judy Green

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The other member of the career-rivaling duo of Judys, Judy Green is a seductive and successful marketer. Originally played by Shalom Harlow, this character needs an actress who has a smugness that comes off as sexy and self-assured. Naya Rivera’s “Glee” character Santana fits this personality completely so we can’t imagine anyone else playing Judy Green.

9. Sofia Vergara as Lana, Andie’s Boss

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Andie’s boss, the fantastically fashionable Lana is the one who encouraged the writer’s controversial article. As the editor-in-chief for “Composure” Magazine, Lana knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to let everyone know it’s her way or no way. Though originally played by theater star Bebe Neuwirth, the only fierce Latina who can fill these shoes are Sofia Vergara. Vergara has proven she has the acting chops to pull of the strong character and the comedy experience to make it funny.

10. Jimmy Smits as Philip,  Ben’s Boss

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Ben’s boss Phillip is kind of just going along for the ride. Between Ben and the two Judys, he really doesn’t care who handles the DeLauer account as long as they succeed. That being said, he does have enough intuition to notice that Andie is genuinely in love with his employee. Played by Robert Klein in the original, the even-finer-with-age Jimmy Smits can bring some Latino charm to the recast.

11. Rita Moreno as Mrs. DeLauer

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Mrs. Delauer is a wild character. Rumored to be a former showgirl, she is the woman behind DeLauer Diamonds. Played by Liliane Montevecchi originally, the only Latina that could capture her sparkle is legendary actress Rita Moreno. This role seems positively written for a Moreno recast.

12. Gabriel Iglesias as the Sensitive Moviegoer

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One of the first obstacles Andie throws at Ben is to get him caught up in a fight. When Andie’s movie theater talking infuriates a sensitive movie goer, Ben is forced to fight the much larger man. Originally played by Tony Longo, we think fluffy comedian Gabriel Iglesias is the perfect recast to sucker punch our poor, unsuspecting Ben.

13. A Xoloitzcuintli Pup as Krull the Warrior King

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In a ploy to annoy Ben into breaking up, Andie introduces a tiny, partly hairless, un-potty trained dog into their relationship. In the original, Krull the Warrior King is played by a Chinese Crested. However, if we’re going to recast this film with all Latinos, we need a dog from Latin America. Pronounced “show-low-eetz-kweent-lee,” Xoloitzcuintlis are one of only two dogs native to Mexico. They also happen to be mostly hairless and ridiculously cute in their unique way.

14. Marlene Forte as Glenda, Ben’s mom

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When Andie calls up Ben’s mom, Glenda, for baby pictures, she happily obliges. Celia Weston plays the supportive and welcoming Glenda in the original so we need someone with the same mom-vibes for the recast. Marlene Forte has already locked that energy down in works like “Superstore,” “Marvel’s The Runaways” and “Claws” so she’ll master this role.

15. Tony Plana as Jack, Ben’s Dad

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When Andie visits Ben’s childhood home, she meets several members of his family — including his dad. Originally played by James Murtagh, the Latino recast needs Tony Plana to play Jack, Ben’s dad. We’ve already seen him play papa in “Ugly Betty” so this will be a perfect fit.

16. Cheech Marin as Uncle Arnold

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It’s a small part but Uncle Arnold makes a big impression. The flatulent uncle makes an appearance when Andie meets the family. Archie Macgregor’s talent brings some goofy fun to this scene in the original. We need someone just as hilariously irrelevant for the recast and Cheech Marin is our guy.

17. JD Pardo as Cousin Joey

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Cousin Joey is a cop that Andie briefly meets at the family get-together. Played by John DiResta in the original, the recast is begging for someone to bring a little more tough-guy energy to the role. JD Pardo plays an outlaw in “Mayans.” Let’s see how he does on the right side of the law.

18. Diane Guerrero as Dora, Ben’s sister

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As Ben’s sister, it’s obvious that Dora takes no crap from her brother. Still, she’s also really sweet and welcoming to Andie when she visits. Played by Rebecca Harris in the original, we’d love to see Diane Guerrero interact with this new Latino family.

19. Hector Elizondo as Mr. DeLauer

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If Mrs. DeLauer is queen of diamonds, Mr. DeLauer is their king. We see him towards the end of the movie as he graciously adorns Andie with a gorgeous yellow diamond necklace. Though his appearance is brief, we can’t help but compare James Mainprize’s original performance to Hector Elizondo in “The Princess Diaries” and “Pretty Woman.” For that reason, he has to be our Mr. DeLauer.

20. Adam Rodriguez as Mike

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This may seem like a small role but this movie wouldn’t happen without Mike. It’s Mike who first dumps Michelle and creates the inspiration for Andie’s project. Justin Peroff plays Mike in the original but —  for the Latino recast — we need a little more eye candy. Adam Rodriguez is definitely the kind of guy who could inspire the kind of heartbreak Michelle feels.

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