If the “Cruel Intentions” Cast Were Latinx

The 1999 seminal masterpiece “Cruel Intentions” is one of those teen moves that affected a generation. It also arguably influenced every teen movie that came after it. The secrets and the intrigue, the lies and the deception–this movie had everything that teenagers are hard-wired to love. The story follows step-siblings Sebastian and Kathryn as they plot to manipulate and seduce young women for their own amusement. Unfortunately, their machinations have dire consequences.

And although we love “Cruel Intentions”, we can’t help but roll our eyes now at the lack of diversity within its cast. Every character (with one notable exception) is depicted by a white actor. This casting choice may have been par for the course in the ’90s, but it’s problematic now. With that in mind, and on the eve of “Cruel Intentions” 20th anniversary, we’ve re-imagined the cult classic film with an all-Latinx cast. Take a look below!

1. Ana de Armas as Kathryn Merteuil

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Kathryn Metreuil is a complex character, to say the least. Not only does she create a bet with her stepbrother where the prize is her body, but she has a drug problem and an obvious lack of self-worth. We would love to see Cuban actress Ana de Armas take a stab at this role.

2. Ana de Armas recently appeared in “Blade Runner 2049” as Joi, a holographic girlfriend


De Armas has the perfect angelic face along with a mischievous glint in her eye to pull off the complicated role of the diabolical anti-hero Kathyrn Merteuil. And from her acting resume, we know she’s not afraid to take on controversial parts.

3. Ray Diaz as Sebastian Valmont

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Sebastian Valmont is Kathryn’s stepbrother. A notorious womanizer, he aims to bed the virginal Annette Hargrove both because she’s vocal about her morals and because she’s the Headmaster’s daughter. Cuban-American actor Ray Diaz is handsome enough to fill Phillipe’s shoes.

4. Diaz was a series regular on the show “Lopez” and moonlights as a content creator and influencer


Diaz would be perfect for this role, considering he has the devlish good looks that could seduce even the prudest of conquests. You may know him as Hector from the show “Lopez”, or maybe you’ve seen some of his hilarious videos on Instagram.

5. Selena Gomez as Annette Hargrove

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In “Cruel Intentions”, Annette Hargrove is the moralistic and virginal character that Sebastian views as his ultimate conquest. His downfall begins when he falls in love with her. We can totally imagine Selena Gomez rocking this role.

6. Like Witherspoon, Gomez exudes vibes of kindness and intelligence


The through-line in her career, from “Wizards of Waverly Place” to “Spring Breakers” has been the sweet, sensible girl who sometimes gets in over her head. Need we say more? Like Witherspoon, Gomez definitely has the “America’s Sweetheart” thing going for her.

7. Isabela Moner as Cecile Caldwell

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Cecile Caldwell is the naive and sheltered prep school student who is collateral damage to the Valmont-Merteuil siblings when her mother gets on Sebastian’s bad side.

8. The role of Cecile would be perfect for Moner, a former childstar who is now cutting her teeth on more serious roles


Peruvian-American Moner got her start playing CJ Martin in Nicklodeon’s “100 Things to Do Before High School”. Who better to play good-girl-gone-bad Cecile?

9. Jake T. Austin as Blaine Tuttle

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In “Cruel Intentions”, Blaine Tuttle acts as one of Sebastian’s only friends. He helps Sebastian seduce and blackmail a closeted jock in order to extract information.

10. We’d love to see Austin playing this edgy role


Like Joshua Jackson, who was famous for playing Pacy on “Dawson’s Creek”, Austin is primarily known for playing Selena Gomez’s kid brother on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”. This would be the perfect opportunity for him to play a role against type.

11. Tristan Mack Wilds as Ronald Clifford

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The character Ronald Clifford is Cecile Caldwell’s music teacher, whom he shares a mutual attraction with. Naturally, he’s used as a pawn in Kathryn and Sebastian’s schemes. Cuban-American actor Tristan Mack Wilds would slay this role, already having cut his teeth on teen soaps like the “90210” reboot.

12. Lana Parrilla as Bunny Caldwell

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In “Cruel Intentions”, Mrs. Caldwell’s racism keeps her daughter, Cecile, and Ronald apart. Lana Parrilla, an actress of Puerto-Rican descent, has the requisite upper-crust vibe about her necessary to play snobby WASP Bunny Caldwell.

13. Michael Trevino as Greg McConnell

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We can totally picture Mexican-American actor Michael Trevino as Annette’s closeted ex-boyfriend, Greg McConnell. He has the perfect blend of machismo and vulnerability to play a character who’s afraid to come out because of what it could do to his football career.

14. Ryan Guzman as Court Reynolds

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We’d love to see Mexican-American actor Ryan Guzman as Kathryn’s ex-boyfriend who dumped her for Cecile. Guzman is definitely good-looking enough to drive a girl to some crazy behavior. Not to mention, like the original actor, he’s too beefy and manly to convincingly play a teenage boy.

15. Judy Reyes as Dr. Greenbaum

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We know from Reyes’ work on the cult series “Scrubs” that she has the comedic chops to play the role of Sebastian’s thwarted therapist, Dr. Greenbaum.

16. Isabella Gomez as Marci Greenbaum

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Although this is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role, we’d still love to see a powerhouse actress like Isabella Gomez flex her tear ducts on this melodramatic bit part. Marci Greenbaum is Dr. Greenbaum’s unlucky daughter who is manipulated by Sebastian into posing for naked pictures (which he then leaks online, of course).

17. Roselyn Sánchez as Mrs. Michalak

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As Mrs. Michalak, Annette’s protector and family friend, we can’t think of anyone we’d love to see play this part more than Roselyn Sánchez of “Devious Maids” fame.

18. Ivonne Coll as Helen Rosemond


You may know Ivonne Coll primarily as Alba on “Jane the Virgin”, but wouldn’t you also love to see her as Sebastian’s wealthy Aunt Helen? We know we would!

19. Ana Mercedes as Mrs. Sugarman

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You may have seen Ana Mercedes as Veronica’s Abuelita on “Riverdale”. We think she’d be great as the sweet, but forgetful, Mrs. Sugarman, another one of Sebastian’s unfortunate pawns in his scheme to seduce Annette.

20. Ricardo Chavira as Headmaster Hargrove


Although we never get to see Annette’s father, Headmaster Hargrove, in the flesh, in our dream version, her father would play a larger role. Who better to fill the shoes of an educated, authoritative father figure than journeyman actor Ricardo Chavira?

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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