Donald Trump may or may not build a wall between America and Mexico, but there is no way he can stop the talent influx from Mexico. Some of Hollywood’s best talent comes from importing from other countries, and while Mexicans are a big part of the immigrants’ community, they are also a big part of Hollywood.
Art has no filter and talent knows no nationalities. The diversity in Hollywood has allowed it to be a hotspot of all the talent in the world and Mexico’s contribution has been quite considerable. While some of them are still new to Hollywood, some actresses have gone onto receive nominations and winning Academy Awards. They have been a part of both the film and TV industry. Following is the list of top Mexican actresses who are a vital part of Hollywood:
13. Laura Harring
Laura Harring is the actress of Mexican-American descent who is best known for the dual role of Rita and Camilla in David Lynch’s ‘Mullholland Dr.’. In her early years, she started by winning beauty pageants such as Miss Texas and Miss USA. Over the years, she has worked extensively in movies and TV shows. She received formal education in acting and theatre arts from the London Academy of Performing Arts and is also trained in various dance forms.
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12. Sherlyn Gonzalez
This young Mexican beauty is both an actress and a singer. Mainly working in television and theatre, she has also appeared in a bunch of films. For now, she is working extensively in the Mexican film and TV industry. American audience may know her from the TV show ‘Ugly Betty’. Gonzalez’s career shows extreme promise as she has portrayed versatile characters in a long line of films.
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11. Martha Higareda
Termed as the “Mexican Sweetheart”, Higareda’s most recent appearance was on Netflix’s sci-fi drama, ‘Altered Carbon’, as detective Kristin Ortega. Her other American roles include the TV show ‘Royal Pains’ and films like ‘Smokin’ Aces’. She is a big star among the Mexican audience, especially after her role in the box office hit, ‘Amarte Duele’. Her acting credits would have included ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ as she was the first choice for the leading role, but she had to drop it due to being underage at the time.
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10. Angelica Vale
The daughter of another famous Mexican actress and singer, Angelica Maria, Vale is known for her roles in ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Jane the Virgin’. Working extensively in the Mexican film industry, she is, like her mother, a talented actress and singer. Her acting talents mainly lie in comedy, but in her sizeable film credits, she has portrayed all sorts of characters. She gives her voice to various animated films like ‘Ice Age franchise’, ‘Coco’, etc. that are dubbed in Mexican.
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9. Barbara Mori
This Mexican beauty has added versatility to her career by working as actress, model, producer and writer. She is a prominent face in Mexican film industry after having worked in theatre, television, films and telenovelas. Mori has been nominated for and has won several prominent Mexican acting awards. She is also known among Indian audiences for working in a Bollywood film named ‘Kites’.
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8. Kate del Castillo
Though she has worked in rather minor roles in Hollywood films and TV shows, del Castillo is a rather prominent actress in the Mexican film industry. She has appeared in TV shows like ‘Grimm’ and ‘Jane the Virgin’. She is the winner of various Mexican film and TV awards. Her acting credits include a wide range of characters. Apart from endorsing some international brands, she has also worked as a philanthropist.
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7. Stephanie Sigman
If you’re scratching your head, wondering where you have seen her, it is probably ‘Annabelle: Creation’. Not that? Well then, it is ‘Narcos’, alright! She also has the title of being the second Mexican Bond girl, the first being Linda Christian, after appearing in 2015’s ‘Spectre’. The role that brought her to recognition was of Laura Guerrero in the Mexican film ‘Miss Bala’. The film was Mexico’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 84th Oscars, though it wasn’t nominated.
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6. Eiza Gonzalez
Eiza Gonzalez is a popular Mexican actress and singer. She has worked in films, TV shows and theatre. Her most notable role in Hollywood is that of Monica “Darling” Costello in 2017’s ‘Baby Driver’. She is also a successful singer with two albums already released. Nominated for various awards for acting and singing in Mexico, Gonzalez has already established herself in the Mexican film and TV industry. And now, she is, slowly, breaking into Hollywood.
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5. Ana de la Reguera
Working in the film and television industry of Mexico and America, Ana de la Reguera’s most notable acting credits are HBO’s ‘Eastbound & Down’ and Amazon’s ‘Goliath’. She worked in an extensive form of acting like telenovelas, TV shows, commercials and films. She has also worked as a host for MTV. Reguera has been a part of films like ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ and ‘Everything, Everything’, and TV shows like ‘Royal Pains’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Narcos’, ‘Jane the Virgin’ and ‘Twin Peaks’.
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4. Eva Longoria
Termed as one of the most beautiful women to work in Hollywood, Eva Longoria is best known for portraying the role of Gabrielle Solis in the TV drama ‘Desperate Housewives’. Nominated for awards like Golden Globes, Screen Guild Awards, and People’s Choice Awards, Longoria’s career has extended from being an actress to being a producer, director and a businesswoman. With several businesses, ranging from restaurants to clothesline, she is also invested in philanthropy.
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3. Lupita Nyong’o
Yep, there is a little bit of Mexico in her, too. Kenyan-Mexican actress, Lupita Nyong’o is an established actress now. She barely needs any introduction. She gained recognition after just her first role in ’12 Years a Slave’, for which she won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Termed as one of the most beautiful actresses, she has worked in films and theatre. Her most recent acting credit includes the role of Nakia in ‘Black Panther’.
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2. Adriana Barraza
Adriana Barraza is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress. Being a veteran actress, she has appeared in a variety of films and portrayed roles of all kinds. Her most notable role is that of Amelia Hernandez in Alejandro Iñárritu’s Academy Award-nominated film ‘Babel’. She had also worked with Iñárritu is his film ‘Amores Perros’ which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. She has appeared in the TV show ‘The Strain’ and films like ‘Cake’ and ‘Drag Me to Hell’.
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1. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek is the best-known Mexican-American actress. Termed one of the most beautiful actresses, she has been nominated for Academy Award, Golden Globe award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards. Her best-known role came in the form of Mexican painter in the Academy Award-nominated film ‘Frida’. She has worked in films like ‘Wild Wild West’, ‘Puss in Boots’, and ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’.
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