Who are the most sought-after Latino actors in Hollywood

October 7, 2022

Latino actors are gaining more and more notoriety in Hollywood, join us to meet some of the most sought-after.

The United States film industry has witnessed the talents of countless important Latino figures such as Salma Hayek, Eugenio Derbez, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Danny Trejo, Eva Longoria, and Sofía Vergara, among many others. On this occasion, we bring you a select list of 5 other sought-after actors who with their extraordinary work demonstrate Latino pride in Hollywood.
1. Anya Taylor-Joy

This young American actress of Argentine descent has stomped on show business since its inception. The productions framed in horror and suspense genres The Witch, Split (Fragmented) and Glass were great opportunities to show her potential alongside great actors such as James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

She later gained popularity with her brilliant performance on the Netflix series Lady’s Gambit. This performance also recently won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a drama series.

Ultimately, Hollywood seems to be eager to bet on Anya as its new star. Among her upcoming releases are the psychological drama Last Night in Soho, as well as The Northman where she will share the screen with Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman. As if that were not enough, she will also play the young version of the character of Charlize Theron in Mad Max, in the prequel Furiosa.

2. Zoe Saldaña

There is only one actress in the world who has been in three of the five highest grossing films of all time, and that is Zoe Saldaña. It is striking how this Dominican-American was destined to participate especially in fantasy and science fiction productions.

From The Curse of the Black Pearl in the Pirates of the Caribbean Saga to Star Trek, Zoe jumped into the Hollywood stratosphere with the co-lead role of Neytiri in Avatar, the famous work by James Cameron. However, the iconic characters did not stop there, then it was her turn to be Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and in Avengers Endgame.

If you’re wondering if Zoe has a future in Hollywood, the answer is of course! For now, two more Avatar movies are expected for December 2022 and 2024, respectively.

3. Michelle Rodriguez

When it comes to tough and rebellious girls in Hollywood, Michelle Rodríguez is one of the most sought-after Latinas. This actress born in San Antonio, Texas with Dominican and Puerto Rican blood in her veins, she is an icon of action movies.

Her debut on the big screen was on a boxing ring in 2020 and from then on she has continued unstoppable. Resident Evil, S.W.A.T, Machete and Lost, have been some productions where she has stood out. But piloting a gunship helicopter to help save the world from Pandora in Avatar is truly unforgettable. Although there is a character that has significantly marked her career, that of Letty Ortiz from Fast and Furious

Although Michelle Rodríguez already has a couple of decades entertaining with her spectacular performances, she still has a long way to go. In 2023 she will premiere Dugeons and Dragons, where she will be a fierce warrior in the film version of the most famous role-playing game on the planet.

4. Benicio del Toro

Puerto Rican by birth and with Spanish and American nationalities, Benicio del Toro is one of the most sought-after Latinos in cinema. The year 2000 was the moment that marked a before and after in his career when he performed his magnificent portrayal of the Mexican policeman Javier Rodríguez in the film Traffic. The result of this work was a collection of statuettes and his rise to fame.

Some of his outstanding performances are seen in The Hunted, 21 Pounds, Sin City, Savages and Sicario. It is also relevant to highlight his performances as Che Guevara and Pablo Escobar.

On the other hand, he gave life to The Collector in several films of the Marvel Universe such as Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, Star Wars also did not escape the talent of this versatile actor who brought the smuggler DJ to life in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

5. Gael García Bernal

From Mexico to the world, Gael García Bernal has participated in film productions in several Latin American countries, Spain, France and the United States. His beginnings were in Mexican television novels and then he leapt to the big screen in films such as Amores Perros, Y tú Mamá tambien, El Crimen del Padre Amaro and Motorcycle Diaries, all nominated for Oscars.

With the film Babel, Gael gained visibility in the US market sharing the bill with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The romantic comedies Letters to Jullett and A Little Bit of Heaven are some of his performances in Hollywood. One of his most beloved jobs is having lent his voice (in English and Spanish) to Héctor, the main character of Disney Pixar’s Coco.

A recent Gael film is the Old Trhiller and he has several film projects on the way, including: Z (El Zorro), People of the Book, Cassandro and The Mother.

Without a doubt, Hollywood continues to be a great window to project the immense potential of young Latino actors, as well as others who have been delighting us with their art for years. Best of all, in addition to putting our culture on high, they give us high-quality productions.

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