Hollywood’s Most Successful Hispanic And Latina Actresses

Salma Hayek

Salma Pinault Hayek is a Hispanic film actress, producer, and director. She started her acting career in the Spanish based television series, “Callejon de Los Milagros” where she bagged an Ariel award nomination in 1991. The show moved to the US the same year where she became prominent for her roles in the movies “dogma”, “Desperado” and “wild beast”. She became one of the first few Hispanic actresses to establish a successful acting career in Hollywood.


She has since featured in many other movies and television series and become very successful in the acting profession. Some of the movies she has acted include: “sausage party”, “how to be a Latin lover”, “Beatriz at dinner”, “some kind of beautiful”, “Everly”, “the hitman’s bodyguard” and many others. Hayek has also played different roles in several TV series like “Teresa”, “30 rock”, “Saturday nightlife” and several others.

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodrigues is a Latina actress born to a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother. She first rose to fame through her role in the movie “girl fight” released in 2000 on which she played as a female boxer. She has since appeared in many other movies including “Machete”, and “Avatar” as well as the TV series “Lost”. Rodrigues is however popularly known for her role in the “fast and furious movie” as Letty Ortiz.
She has appeared in several reality TV shows like “Germany’s next top model”, “college humor”, “immortal grand Prix”, and “slave’s show”,


She is one of the most successful Latino actresses bagging at least one nomination annually. Her best year was 2001 where she was nominated to 7 awards through her role in “Girlfight”. She was nominated for the ALMA awards, black reel award, independent spirit award, Gotham award, and national board review award.

Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara is one of the most successful Latina actresses. She rose to fame in 1999 when she first worked as a co-host for a Univision television. She started her acting career in 2003 when she first appeared in the film “Chasing Papi”. She has since featured in many other movies and television shows. Some of the shows she has appeared in are: “machete kills”, “Madea goes to jail”, “fading gigolo”, “the emoji movie”, “escape from planet earth”, “the smurfs”, “the female brain” and several others.

She has also appeared in television series like “family guy”, “killer women”, “men in trees”, “Amas de casa desperados”, “the knights of prosperity”, “entourage”, “dirty sexy money” and so many others. Vergara has been nominated in several awards including the golden globe four times, Emmy awards four times and screen actors guild awards seven times. In 2012, she was named by the people’s magazine as one of the most influential Latina women in Hollywood.

Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz is a Spanish actress famous for her sultry characters and beauty. She started her career at a young age of 16 appearing in the movie, “Jamon Jamon” in 1992. She has since appeared in several other movies like “everybody knows”, “Vicky Christina Barcelona”, “vanilla sky”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides”, “murder of the orient express”, “heads in the clouds” and so many others. Some of the TV series she appeared in, include: “nature is speaking”, “series rose”, “American crime story”, “flamed”, “hitting hard”, and “L’Agent”.

Penelope Cruz received her first Emmy award in 2017 for outstanding actress in a limited movie or series. Her first major award, however, came previously in 2008 when she was awarded an academy award for best-supporting actress in the role she played as Maria Elena in the movie “Vicky Christina Barcelona”. Delacruz is of Hispanic origin and has also played different roles in several Hispanic movies and series.

Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria rose to fame for the role she played in the 2004 film, “desperate housewives”. She, however, began her career in 1998 where she appeared on an episode of Beverly Hills. Her success has landed her great deals with Bebe sport, Pantene and L’Oreal. She is also a successful business lady having several businesses like a restaurant and a cosmetic line.

She has received two main nominations from the screen guild awards and the golden globe for the roles she played in desperate in housewives as “Gabrielle Solis”. Some of the movies she has featured include, “out of the blue”, “vision”, “crazy kind of love”, “the Baytown outlaws” and several others. She has also acted in TV series like “Jane the Virgin”, “empire”, “devious maid”, “lip sync battle”, and a few others. Longoria has managed to stay to close to her Latina roots and always said she doesn’t forget where she came from.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomes is arguably one of the most popular actresses not only in the Hispanic group but also in the world. She is a renowned actress and a musician who has starred in movies like “dubious battle”, “Hotel Transylvania 2” and “Hotel Transylvania 3” as well as “rudderless”. She began her acting career at a tender age starring in the television series “Bernie and friend”. She also acted in the television series Wizards of “Waverly Place”. She has bagged an ALMA award for the best actress award.

Gomes has gone on to win many other awards including the teen choice awards, billboard woman of the year, young Hollywood awards, and Behind the Voice Actors Awards. In total, she has scooped over 80 awards making her of the most successful Hispanic actresses.

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes is another successful Latino Hollywood actress. She began her acting career in the late 90s playing several roles in films like the “urban legends: final cur” and “children of corn V: fields of terror”. Her breakthrough in the acting career came on 2003 when he appeared in the movie “2 fast 2 furious” which made her one of the first minority actors to play a major role in the mainstream romantic comedy.

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She has since appeared in many movies and TV series like: “the ghost rider”, “girl in progress”, “the place beyond the pines” and “the other guys”. She also has appeared in reality TV shows like “Mortal Kombat: Conquest”, “VIP”, “half the sky” and “clear history”. Her acting prowess has seen her nominated severally to the ALMA awards, teen choice awards, and Giffoni film awards. In total, she has been nominated fifteen times in her career as an actress winning one Giffoni award in 2009.

Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson has also enjoyed success as a Latin Hollywood actress. She began her care in 1995 playing a minor role in “kids”, an independent drama movie. She, however, rose to fame due to the role she played in the movie “Sin City” in 2005. Most of us have known her for the lead role she played in the movie Sin city where she acted as wonder woman, Diana Prince and in the Batman movie as the Batgirl.

Dawson has appeared in so many movies including the “Lego Batman movie”, “justice league: Throne of Atlantis”, “the teen titans”, “ratchet and clank”, “Puerto Ricans in Paris”, several other popular movies. She also plays a lead role in TV series like “Jane the Virgin”, “Daredevil”, “Luke Cage”, “the defenders”, “Saturday nightlife”, and “SpongeBob square pants”. Dawson has been nominated for a major award but has won several awards like the critics choice awards for her role in the rented movie.

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is a Hollywood actress of Hispanic descents having been brought up by Cuban parents. She is one of the few Hispanic actresses who had the opportunity to begin their Hollywood career with a high budget hit movie, “the mask”. The mask propelled her acting career and reached the heights of stardom where he went on to appear in many other bestselling movies.

She has delivered excellent performances in movies like “my best friend’s wedding” and “my sister’s keeper”. She has also appeared in “top gear”, “Saturday nightlife” and at one point was a guest judge for the TV show “the X factor”. She received an ALMA award for the outstanding individual performance due to the role she played in the movie “my best friend’s wedding”. She also won the American comedy award from the funniest actress in a movie for her role in the “there’s something about Mary” movie.

Paula Patton

Paula Patton is a Latino actress famous for her role in the movies: “the mission impossible-ghost protocol”, “Warcraft” and “precious”. She began her acting career in the 2005 comedy movie, “the hitch”. She, however, rose to limelight in 2006 when she acted a lead role in the movie “de JA Vu”, a movie that received numerous accolades and sold for over 180 million USD worldwide. Following her success in “De Ja Vu”, Patton was awarded a number of roles in different movies and television series.

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She acted in one of the most famous movies, “the mission impossible-ghost protocol” alongside tom cruise in 2011 and in the comedy “just write”, which she performed alongside Queen Latifah. She has since acted in many other movies like the “perfect match”, precious, Warcraft, baggage claim, disconnect, and several others. Her success has seen her receive nominations from different awards like black reel award, teen choice awards, and screen actors guild award.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopes is definitely among the most famous and successful Latino actresses of all time. She went from being a dancer in 1991 to the most celebrated singer and actress in the world. She began her acting career in 1993 staring in the movie “in living color”. Lopes rose to fame in 1997 for her leading role in the movie “Selena”, where she received a golden globe nomination.

She became the first Latin actress to earn over a million dollars for a single film from the Selena movie. She has since featured in the anaconda movie and then out of sight movie. The earnings from these two movies made her the highest-paid Latino actress in Hollywood. Lopes has been nominated for the Grammy awards twice, one golden globe award and several other awards.

Melissa Fumero
Melissa Fumero is a Hispanic American actress best known for role in the reality TV shows, “Gossip Girl”, “Brookline nine” and “one life to live”. She has also appeared in large screen projects like “I hope they serve beer in hell”, and “descent”. Successful and talented, Fumero is extremely adored by both her fans and Hollywood artists for her superb skills in the roles she has played as an actress.

She has starred in many movies and TV series from 2004 inclosing, “hell’s kitchen”, “top chef duels”, “the mentalist”, “gossip girl”, “men at work” and many others. As a result of her prowess in acting, Fumero has earned Imagen awards nomination twice besides winning the NHMC impact award. Fumero is of Hispanic descent having been brought up by Cuban parents.

Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza is a Hispanic American comedian and actress mainly known for her deadpan style. She has previously featured in movies like “life after Beth”, “little hours”, “dirty grandpa”, and “funny people. Her success, however, came in 2012 when she played the leading role in the movie “safety not guaranteed”. She has gone on to appear in numerous other movies like “Ingrid goes west”, “the little hours” “addicted to Fresno”, “Joshy” and many others. Plaza has played major roles in television series like “lego”, “the jokers wild”, “parks and recreation”, “drunk history” and “food network”.

Her success in the acting industry has seen her receive nominations for different awards. She has been nominated for the golden globe awards four times winning once, Peabody award, fifteen critics’ choice TV awards, winning three times, and primetime Emmy awards nomination. Throughout her seven-year career, parks have received a total of 75 nominations winning 13 awards.

Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch is also known as jo Raquel Tejada is a veteran Hispanic Hollywood actress commonly recognized for her roles in “legally blond”, “fathom”, “bedazzled”, “one million years B.C” and many more movies. She started her career in the movie “a swinging summer” where she acted as Jeri. She also appeared in several other moves including “Myra Breckinridge”, “banderol”, “100 rifles”, and “bedazzled” most of which premiered in the 60 and 70s. Welch, in the 60s, created a unique personality portraying herself as a strong female character with a bold sexy look.

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As a result, she rose to fame after just appearing three times in the movie “one million years B.C” where the sheep-skin bikini she wore in the movie became a bestselling picture. Welch has been nominated for the golden globe awards several times winning once in 1974. Some of the television series she has acted include “right to die”, “scandal in a small town”, “Raquel with love”, “the Muppet Show” and several others.

Roselyn Sánchez
Roslyn Sanchez is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is best known for the roles she played in the movies “without a trace” as Elena Delgado and in the comedy-drama “devious maids” as Carmen Luna. She began her acting career in 2002 where she partnered with Jackie Chan to act in the hit movie “rush hour 2”. She has since appeared in 20 other movies including “cayo”, “Edison”, and “underclassman”. Sanchez has been nominated for the ALMA awards six times winning one for the most outstanding supporting actress for a television series or movie. She also has been nominated for the black reel awards once, and Imagen awards twice. Sanchez prides herself as a successful Hispanic actor who never shies from embracing her Hispanic culture. She also has a massive following on her social media pages and is a role model for many. Hispanic and Latino actresses are indeed some of the most adored actresses in the world.

They have made huge impacts in the showbiz industry particularly Hollywood where they have taken huge roles as actresses. They also have been nominated in numerous awards and winning several of these awards. Some of them have been in the showbiz for quite a long time and serve as role models to many who look up to them. They are surely a successful lot.