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Top 20 Latina and Hispanic Actresses in 2021

If you have been wondering who are the top Latina actresses, scroll down as today we will explore the top 20 Latina or Hispanic actresses from the Hollywood film industry.

Few actresses were born in Latin America, however, all of them are either presently residing in the U.S or began their career in acting in English-Language TV shows.

The list is compiled by including all famous actresses who played a pivotal role in the film industry as well as contributed to global society.

Just in case, we missed including any of your favorite actresses in our list, please bear with us!

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1. Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, an American superstar tops our list of famous Latina actresses. She is one of the fine actresses in Hollywood who was born to Lebanese parents in 1966 in the Mexican state of Tabasco. She gained prominence for her performance in the action film “Desperado” with Antonio Banderas. She signed many movies after the grand success of Desperado and won several accolades.

Salma Hayek also directed “The Maldonado Miracle” movie that was released in 2003 and also won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special award for this film. Hayek is also the co-designer of a couple of clothing lines for one of the most respected French fashion designing labels “Lanvin”.

2. Zoe Saldana

Zeo Saldana ranks second in our list of the world’s top Latina actresses. In one of her interviews, she said that she is 75% Dominican and 25% Puerto Rican.

She is famous for her role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl as Anamaria and as Nyota Uhura in the science fiction film Star Trek. A decade back she was honored with the “Women of the Year Award” by Cosmopolitan Magazine.

3. Sofia Vergara

Sofía Vergara, also known as Sofi, is a Colombian actress and model. She performed in A.B.C.’s hit comedy Modern Family series as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, the sarcastic wife of Jay Pritchett that bagged her two Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2013.

She was runner up in the Stars season ten with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

4. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress, model, and singer. In her long career in Hollywood, she received various accolades like two Goya Awards, five nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress category, four nominations for the Academy Award, and one nomination for the BAFTA Award.

She gained prominence for her acting in the 2001 Spanish film “Vanilla Sky”. She then starred in many hit Hollywood films like All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Blow, Bandidas, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

5. Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes is a Cuban American Latina actress and model. Eva, who is one of the most beautiful women in the world is the trendsetter in the Hollywood industry and performed in many blockbuster movies like Hitch, The Other Woman, Out of Time, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ghost Rider, The Fate of the Furious among others.

She also introduced her own clothing line “New York & Company”. She has been married to Ryan Gosling since 2011 and has two children.

6. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is a popular and favorite Hispanic actress known for her role in “Honey” as the superheroine. She was born in the year 1981 in California to a family composed of Mexican and Italian heritage.

She appeared first in the television show “Dark Angel” when she was just 19 years old. She also starred in many super hit movies like Idle Hands, Valentine, and Fantastic Four.

7. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez popularly known as J.Lo is a famous Puerto Rican-American singer and actress. Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn more than $1 million USD for her leading role in a film in 1997. She later established herself in Hollywood as the highest-paid Latina actress.

Lopez started her debut studio album in 1999 and her remix album J to tha L–O! The Remixes became the first to debut atop the US Billboard 200. Her films grossed US$3.1 billion in total and global sales of 70 million records making her the most influential Latin entertainer in North America. In 2018, she made it to the 100 most influential people in the world list published by Time Magazine.

8. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is one of the most famous actresses in the glamour industry. She was born in the year 1975 in Texas to Mexican-American and Anglo-American parents. She gained recognition for her performances in movies like Morning Glory and The Sentinel.

9. Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson is known for her soulful aura and steadfast heart. She made her maiden film along with her mother, Elena in Gloria movie released in 1995.

She rose to fame for her performance in the Top Dop movie as the stellar-looking exotic dancer in the year 1995. She made her small screen(TV) television debut in 1996 on the medical drama E.R.

10. Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez is an American actress and screenwriter. She was born Micaela Rafaela Pereyra Diaz in 1978 and later changed her last name to Rodriguez. She began her career in the year 2000 in the Girlfight movie portraying the character of a troubled boxer.

She has acted in many blockbuster movies from the likes of the Fast and the Furious franchise to indie dramas. Michelle is a very fearlessly outspoken personality.

11. Melissa Fumero

Melissa Fumero is a Hispanic film and television actress popular for her role in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Amy Santiago. She starred in different T.V. series and has a huge fan following all across the world.

She was born in the year 1982 in Puerto Rico and later moved to New York to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University.

12. Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is a Puerto-Rican-born American actress and entertainer. She started her career in 1950 and gained prominence for her performance in supporting roles in a couple of movies that won Best Picture Oscars: The King and I and West Side Story in the year 1956 and 1961 respectively.

Moreno was nominated for the Golden Globe awards for many movies. She also received Oscar when she was 76 years old.

13. Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American Hispanic actress and also a comedian. She started her career as a sketch comedy artist at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre popularly known as U.C.B in Los Angeles.

She did her debut in the film industry in 2012 in the Science fiction romantic comedy Safety not Guaranteed. She was born in the year 1984 in Delaware and you will be surprised to know that Plaza was named after the song “Aubrey” composed by David Gates.

14. Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez is one of the most beautiful Latina actresses. She rose to stardom in the year 2006 for her role as Michelle Miller in the Fashion house series.

She also starred in many Spanish television commercials and appeared as a guest actor in many T.V. shows like Smallville, Without a Trace, etc.

15. Gina Rodriguez

Gina Alexis Rodriguez is a popular American actress and a television producer. She gained recognition for portraying the role of Jane Villanueva in the romantic dramedy series Jane the Virgin (2014–2019). For this role, the 37-year old star has been nominated for a number of awards as well as been the recipient of a Golden Globe Award in 2015.

Gina Rodriguez proved to be one of the most famous Latina actresses in Hollywood. She also works as a voice actress for a number of animated films. She lent her voice for the titular character of the Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego.

16. Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo is an American Hispanic actress. She was born in the year 1979. Her father was from Cuba and her mother was from Peru.

She completed her graduation in Communication and Theatre from Northwestern University and later moved to Los Angeles to achieve her dream of becoming a fine actress.

17. Roselyn Sanchez

Roselyn Sanchez is an actress and former model who gained recognition for her performance in the James Bond film Die Another Day starring opposite Pierce Brosnan.

She has appeared alongside many leading actors from Hollywood. Some of her hit movies are Colombiana, Fast Five, The Rock, Jordana Brewster, and Tyrese Gibson.

18. Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei is a role model for the present generation as she shows us how to improve consistently. Marisa is an actress, producer, and director born in the year 1964 in New York.

She completed her graduation from Princeton University. Marisa Tomei has numerous accolades in her kitty like an Academy Award and has been nominated for BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Awards as well as Screen Actors Guild Awards.

19. Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice began her career as a model before she made her debut in the motion picture “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon” in 1988.

She has won many accolades and was nominated for the Academy Award under the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Untamed Heart.

20. Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch is one of the most beautiful Hispanic & Latina Actresses who have contributed to the world of acting. She became popular for her role in the science fiction adventure film Fantastic Voyage in 1966. She played mostly the role of a strong female character that made her an icon of the 1960s and 1970s.

All the above Latina actresses are not only pretty but have also proved their mettle with their impeccable acting skills. They not only made a place for themselves in the Hollywood industry but have also been successful in winning the hearts of the viewers and fans.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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  1. M Tomei is not Latina. Jessica Alba denied her Mexican roots many times. I would take them both off this list. You forgot America Ferrera and Eva Longoria.
    Plus there are a few others that I would call honorable mentions. G or example. One of the Dr’s in Grey’s Anatomy. Whose character was gay and Latina.

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