Latino actors continue to increase their presence on television and in movies. Here are five who are making waves. 

Bella Thorne 

Bella Thorne is an actor and singer. Born in Florida, she participated in her first photo shoot at the tender age of six weeks old. It was for “Parents Magazine.” She’s been on the covers of numerous national and international magazines since then. Bella has red hair, and she tends to gravitate toward villainous characters. Famous for starring in the TV show “Shake It Up,” the actor has also been in movies like “Midnight Sun,” “Blended” and “The Duff.” 

Richard Cabral 

Known for his role on the Fox television show “Lethal Weapon,” Richard Cabral is a Mexican-American actor who is quickly building his career. After performing in “American Crime,” he earned an Emmy Award nomination. He’ll be a major part of the FX show “Mayans MC,” which is new for 2018. Cabral grew up in Los Angeles as a member of a second-generation Mexican-American family. When he was young, he joined one of the area’s gangs, an experience that he used to write a one-man show titled “Fighting Shadows.” 

Wilmer Valderrama 

Wilmer Valderrama has accumulated a sizable acting resume in television and film, making him a desirable leading man. Most recognized for the character of “Fez” on the Fox program “That ‘70s Show,” Valderrama has moved on to roles in shows like “From Dusk till Dawn: The Series,” which is Quentin Tarantino’s first television program. He has also been in “Grey’s Anatomy” and the TV show “Minority Report.” 

Diane Guerrero 

Born in New Jersey to parents who are from Columbia, Diane Guerrero is making a name for herself in Hollywood. Her parents and brother were deported when she was just 14 years old, a trauma that has inspired her to become an immigration activist. Diane Guerrero plays the role of Maritza Ramos on the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” She is also Lina on the CW show “Jane the Virgin.” Guerrero has several upcoming film roles, so fans should keep an eye out for her. 

Gina Rodriguez 

As the star of “Jane the Virgin,” Gina Rodriguez is a well-known actor. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe and starred in other television shows like “Army Wives,” “Law and Order” and “The Mentalist.” Rodriguez’s breakout performance was in 2012 in a movie called “Filly Brown.” It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. As a supporter of the Inspira organization, which highlights Latino leaders, Rodriguez is doing her part to bring attention to the importance of diversity in America.

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