We know that there are many Latinos in Hollywood making compelling and memorable contributions. Eva Longoria continues to blossom in politics, Pitbull had a banner year, and what could we say about Selena Gomez. But in highlighting our top five, we chose Latinos of a new or substantial way, and who also provided a lot of fun.
Gina Rodriguez was just nominated for a Golden Globe for her first starring TV role, in The CW’s “Jane the Virgin?” A triple threat who can act, rap, and dance in “Filly Brown”, the 30 year-old Puerto Rican superstar also has proven to be a humble, thoughtful Latina driven more by character than ambition.
Cristela Alonzo, before the fall TV season began. She was an unknown stand-up comedian. Now, the 35-year-old funny lady is a TV powerhouse in her own right. She made TV history this year, becoming the first Latina to create, produce, write and star in her own sitcom, and ABC is happy with the results.
Lalo Alcaraz, is lending his satire to Fox’s new animated show “Bordertown,” which will premiere sometime next year. The show centers on a border patrol agent who is unhappy about the cultural changes in his neighborhood and a hard-working Mexican immigrant and father who loves his new country. Alcaraz is one of four Latino writers Fox hired to lend authenticity to the show but it’s his sharp wit we are counting on to make it shine.
Sofia Vergara nominated for four Golden Globes and Emmy Awards a piece for her “Modern Family” role, Sofia Vergara has used her career-changing platform to become a booming industry of her own. Just this year, she earned $37 million in endorsements, according to Forbes, and became the highest paid TV actress in Hollywood.
Anthony Mendez, if you have heard Anthony Mendez’s voice, you are not likely to forget it. The charming narrator of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” is the Bronx-born voiceover actor who became aware of the honey in his vocals when he was in high school and girls would ask him to read out loud. With his perfect blend of Latin lover and concerned father, Mendez’s inflections have become one of the sweetest surprises of the TV season.