Puerto Rican Actresses

Orgullo Boricua! Actresses in Hollywood with Puerto Rican roots
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Jennifer Lopez
Actress, Out of Sight
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of the South Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez (aka Lynda Lopez), a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11...
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Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
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Rosie Perez
Self, The View
Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California...
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Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years. While living in the Dominican Republic...
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Lymari Nadal
Lymari came to Los Angeles in 2001, and at 22 years old finished her Masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, where she also took acting classes. After graduating, she went on to work in theater in San Juan. Her first TV show, a sitcom based on her own experiences in grad school...
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Melonie Diaz
Melonie Diaz was raised in New York's lower east side. She was bitten by the acting bug while she attended the Henry Street Settlement. Melonie also attended the Professional Performing Arts High School. Her mother and father are both of Puerto Rican descent. She has one older sister and is very close with her family.
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Rosario Dawson
Actress, Sin City
This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen...
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Cordelia González
Cordelia González is a movie and theatre Actress, Master of Ceremonies, Voice and Broadcast Media professional born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Mrs. González has a Bachelor's Degree in Drama / Theatre Arts and Stagecraft from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and also a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in acting from the Yale School of Drama...
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Ivonne Coll
Ivonne Coll is a TV, film and theater actress born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Her film debut as the "redheaded Yolanda" in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather II made her an international star and one of the first Puerto Rican actresses to cross over from the Latin world to Hollywood. After representing Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe Pageant...
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Adamari López
Adamari Lopez was born on May 8th, in Puerto Rico. When she was 8 years old she appeared in the telenovela "Maria Eugenia" in which she was given a good part. She then had roles in "Yo se Que entita", "Vivir Para Ti", "Aventurera". When she was 12, she participated in projects from Puerto Rico-Venezuela - Diana Carolina and El Angel del Barrio...
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Dayanara Torres
Self, A.S.A.P.
Young beauty queen raised in small town of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. Represented Toa Alta in the Miss Puerto Rico contest, where she won. Eventually represented Puerto Rico in the 1993 Miss Universe contest, where she walked away with the crown. After winning the crown, she filmed a movie for famed Puerto...
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Talisa Soto
Born to a Puerto Rican family in Brooklyn, Talisa was raised there and in Massachusetts. She started modeling at age 15 and has appeared on the covers of "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," "Glamour," and "Self," as well as in a "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue. She has been making film appearances since 1988, beginning with Spike of Bensonhurst.
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Lillian Hurst
Actress, Orange County
Hurst was born in the Villa Palmera section of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the middle class families live. Her father was the owner of the "Farmacia Imperial" (Imperial Pharmacy) located in the neighborhood of Barrio Obrero. Hurst is also a cousin of Puerto Rican television producer Tommy Muñiz. She received her primary and secondary education in the capital...
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Michelle Rodriguez
Actress, Avatar
Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in Bexar County, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. Army and was originally from Puerto Rico...
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Valery M. Ortiz
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ortiz grew up in Orlando, Florida. An early love of dancing led to major roles in local theater productions. Her passion and talent eventually brought her to Los Angeles, where she immediately found success hosting a local television program. Other acting and hosting opportunities quickly followed...
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Iris Chacón
Puerto Rican born singer/actress who became internationally famous due to her well-endowed figure. Always causing a sensation wherever she visited, Chacon's variety show, "The Iris Chacon Show/El Show de Iris Chacon" was a hit in over 15 countries during its height in the 1970's and 1980's. Presently residing in Florida...
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Lauren Luna Vélez
Actress, Dexter
Velez was born in Brooklyn and later grew up in Queens, New York with her eight siblings, including twin sister, actress Lorraine Velez. Velez's aspirations began to transition into reality when both Velez and her twin sister, Lorraine ("Rent"), were awarded scholarships to attend Alvin Ailey Dance School...
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Rachel Ticotin
Actress, Total Recall
One tough cookie who can definitely hold her own next to the boys on film and TV, lovely, dark-haired Rachel Ticotin has stepped up to the plate many times in strong-armed femme roles, playing everything from cops and bodyguards to military corporals. Born and raised in the Bronx, she learned the fine art of discipline at a young age with ballet training at age 8...
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Norma Maldonado
Born on Governor's Island, New York, actress Norma Maldonado has built a solid reputation in Hollywood by bringing passion to every project. Whether playing a commanding attorney or a mother fighting for her children, Norma always shines on screen. She's starred in dozens of film and television projects including Mad Men...
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Marisé Alvarez
Actress, Che: Part One
Born and raised in San Juan, Marisé is one of Puerto Rico's most exciting up and coming talents. She has a Bachelors degree in Drama and Education from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters degree in Applied Theatre from the University of Manchester, UK. Marisé has been working in Theatre, Film...
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Pili Montilla
Pili Montilla is unique, fun, strong and curious to explore more about people. Without a doubt her personality goes hand in hand with her interviewing skills and power to entertain in front of a live audience. These assets have earned Pili the opportunity to interview some of the most important celebrities in the world including Sandra Bullock...
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La La Anthony
La La Anthony is an actress and producer, known for her roles in Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, in which she starred alongside Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, and television shows Unforgettable on A&E with Poppy Montgomery and Starz' hit show Power, executive produced by 50 Cent and starring Omari Hardwick...
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Darlene Vazquetelles
Actress, Motel 666
The youngest of three, Darlene was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After becoming Miss Teen Puerto Rico, she pursued her acting career at an early age. After graduating from college with a Degree in Communications with T.V. Production, she decided to focus on her acting and this is when she moves to Los Angeles, CA.
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Naya Rivera
Actress, Glee
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Victoria Justice
Music Department, Victorious
Victoria Dawn Justice, born February 19, 1993, is an American actress and singer. She debuted as an actress at the age of ten and has since appeared in several films and television series, including the Nickelodeon series, Zoey 101 and Victorious. She has made appearances in several theatrical releases...
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