27 Afro-Latinx Actors Who Are Icons Or Up-And-Coming Game Changers In Hollywood
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27 Afro-Latinx Actors Who Are Icons Or Up-And-Coming Game Changers In Hollywood

It's Latinx Heritage Month, and we can't let the month go by without giving Afro-Latinx actors their flowers. Here are 27 of the top Afro-Latinx actors in Hollywood.

Any of your favorites that you'd add to our list? Let us know in the comments!


1. Jharrel Jerome

Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles he's most known for: Moonlight, When They See Us, Mr. Mercedes and Selah and the Spades. 

Fun fact: The Emmy winner will be seen soon in Concrete Cowboys opposite Caleb McLaughlin and Idris Elba.

 

2.  Tessa Thompson

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Latinx roots: Panamanian, Mexican

Roles she's most known for: Thor: Ragnarok, Annihilation, Creed, Creed II, Selma 

Fun fact: She portrays the first LGBTQ heroine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

3. Laz Alonso

Latinx roots: Cuban

Roles he's most known for: Soul Food, Fast & Furious, Avatar, The Boys

Fun fact: He was an investment banker before changing industries.

 

4. Rome Flynn

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Latinx roots: Cuban

Roles he's most known for: Drumline: A New Beat, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Haves and the Have Nots, How to Get Away with Murder

Fun fact: Flynn has released several singles, including "Brand New" and "Keep Me In Mind."

 

5. Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles he's most known for: Love, Simon, Bumblebee, Alita: Battle Angel, Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Fun fact: He and Angel Bismark Curiel, also on this list, star in the recently-released film, Critical Thinking. The project is John Leguizamo's feature directorial debut.

 

6. Tatyana Ali

Latinx roots: Panamanian

Roles she's most known for: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Love That Girl!, The Young and the Restless

Fun fact: She appeared on Star Search when she was younger. Will Smith helped launch her music career.

 

7. Yaya DaCosta

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Brazilian

Roles she's most known for: Whitney, The Butler, Chicago Med

Fun fact: She first garnered mainstream attention for her standout turn on America's Next Top Model. 

 

8. Dascha Polanco

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles she's most known for: Orange Is the New Black, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Russian Doll, When They See Us

Fun fact: Her daughter played a younger version of her Orange Is the New Black character

 

9. Reagan Gomez-Preston

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Puerto Rican

Roles she's most known for: The Parent 'Hood, The Cleveland Show, Love, Inc. 

Fun fact: Gomez-Preston has her own production company, RGP Productions.

 

10. Herizen F. Guardiola

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Cuban

Roles she is most known for: The Get Down, Dare Me

Fun fact: This month, Guardiola release a song entitled "RangRover.'

 

11.  Rosie Perez

Latinx roots: Puerto Rican

Roles she's most known for: Do the Right Thing, White Men Can't Jump, Fearless, In Living Color

Fun fact: She is a staunch activist, especially surrounding HIV/AIDS awareness.

 

12. Judy Reyes

Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles she is most known for: Scrubs, Devious Maids, Claws

Fun fact: Her twin sister, Joselin, played a paramedic on Law & Order: SVU

 

13. Gina Torres

Latinx roots: Cuban

Roles she is most known for: Xena: Warrior Princess, Alias, Firefly, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Suits

Fun fact: She is presumed to be the first Afro-Latinx actress to lead a primetime drama with Pearson. 

 

14. Alfred Enoch

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Latinx roots: Brazillian

Roles he's most known for: Harry Potter film franchise, How to Get Away with Murder

Fun fact: Enoch played football while at attending The Queen's College, Oxford

 

15. Shar Jackson

Latinx roots: Puerto Rican, Mexican

Roles she is most known for: Moesha, Good Burger,

Fun fact: She was in the girl group Mpulz, which had a song on The Princess Diaries soundtrack

 

16. Chance Perdomo

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Guatemalan

Role he is most known for: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Fun fact: He was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role (Killed by My Debt).

 

17. Heather Hemmens

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Costa Rican

Roles she's most known for: Hellcats, If Loving You Is Wrong, Roswell, New Mexico

Fun fact: The actress has a black belt in martial arts and weapons training

 

18. Mj Rodriguez

 

 

 

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“Try your best to NEVER let another’s get under your skin. It could possibly be the death of you. Instead distance yourself and create a village of your own, with positive and peaceful values. Make conscious decisions that doesn’t hinder others. Try not to harbor the pain, of separation. Lastly, when you reach the point of paradise (your own state of mind), look back to see how many followed in your lead. I can Guarantee it will be a vast amount” Yes today on September I7th I was emotionally empacted with pain and hurt, but , this is how I release it. I choose to be the LEADER Of Positivty, Perseverance, and Compassion! I don’t know how far I will get, and it doesn’t matter. The fact remains, that it is still my duty and mission for all human kind.” Love Michaela Jaé (Mj) ♥️

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Latinx roots: Puerto Rican

Roles she's most known for: Saturday Church, Pose

Fun fact: She won the Clive Barnes Award in 2011 for an Off-Broadway production of Rent. 

 

19. Indya Moore

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Latinx roots: Puerto Rican, Dominican

Roles they are most known for: Saturday Church, Pose

Fun fact: Moore also stars in the upcoming Netflix film, A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting

 

20. Julissa Calderon

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Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles she's most known for: Gentefied

Fun fact: Calderon is a former popular personality for Buzzfeed's Pero Like vertical.

 

21. Selenis Levya

Latinx roots: Cuban, Dominican

Roles she's most known for: Orange Is the New Black, Diary of a Future President

Fun fact: Levya played Titi Rosa on the iconic Nickelodeon sitcom, Taina. 

 

22.  Angel Bismark Curiel

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Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles he's most known for: Monsters and Men, Pose, Night Comes On

Fun fact: He and Jorge Lendeborg Jr., also on this list, star in the recently-released film, Critical Thinking. The project is John Leguizamo's feature directorial debut.

 

23. Melissa De Souza

 

 

 

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Latinx roots: Panamanian

Roles she's most known for: The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, Reed Between the Lines, On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Fun fact: She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her work in The Best Man. 

 

24. Tristan Wilds

Latinx roots: Dominican

Roles he's most known for: The Wire, Red Tails, 90210

Fun fact: He is also a musician under the name Mack Wilds.

 

25. Christina Milian

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Latinx roots: Cuban

Roles she's most known for: Love Don't Cost a Thing, East Los High, Grandfathered, Be Cool

Fun fact: Milian has released three albums as a musical artist.

 

26. La La Anthony

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Latinx roots: Puerto Rican

Roles she's most known for: Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too, Power, Chi-Raq, The New Edition Story, The Chi

Fun fact: Anthony first garnered attention as an MTV VJ on TRL and a host on VH1 reality specials before she expanded to acting.

 

27. Marquis Rodriguez

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Latinx roots: Puerto Rican

Roles he's most known for; Saturday Church, When They See Us

Fun fact: He starts in an upcoming Hulu anthology series, Monsterland, with Nicole Beharie.

 

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