Influential Latinxs Born in November
Cote de Pablo is a Chilean-born actress and singer, notably known for co-hosting the Latin American talk show Control and for portraying Ziva David in CBS’s NCIS. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Carlos Fuentes was an internationally renowned essayist and writer. Recognized by the New York Times as “one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world,” Fuentes has written spellbinding novels including Aura, The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo, and Christopher Unborn. He was a recipient of literary accolades such as the Miguel de Cervantes prize.
Dominican-American baseball player David “Big Papi” is a decorated baseball player who last played for the Boston Red Sox. Active since 1997, Ortiz shares three American League Championships and three World Series titles over the span of his career. He is the first player in Red Sox history to have 40 or more home runs in three seasons as well as the first ever to hit two walk-off home runs in the same post-season.
Actress Nadine Velazquez is most well-known for her portrayal of Catalina Aruca in NBC’s My Name is Earl. Born in Chicago to Puerto Rican parents, Velazquez attended Columbia College in Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts before seriously pursuing an acting career. She has appeared in Flight (2012) with Denzel Washington and Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.
Considered as one of the best grapplers in history, Demian Maia is a famed Brazilian mixed martial artist and jiu-jitsu practioner. He has won in numerous international competitions including the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships and CBJJ Brazilian Championships to name a few, and was named the 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year by Sherdog Sports Media.
Joseline Hernandez rose to prominence through five seasons of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta after being discovered by music producer Stevie J at a stripper club. Since Love & Hip Hop, Hernandez has gone on to having her own reality TV show and released multiple singles like “Run Me My Money” and “Hate Me Now.”
Video blogger Bethany Mota currently engages with more than 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. Covering everything from fashion to baking to DIY related content, Mota went on to making an appearance in Dancing with the Stars (season 19) and has traveled around the world to meet fans. As an influencer, she has worked closely with YouTube campaigns and has interviewed President Barack Obama.
Antonietta “Toni” Collins is a sports reporter working for ESPN, following the footsteps of her mother, who was also a world-renowned journalist. Collins kicked off her career at Univision in Miami before accepting an offer from CBS to cover sports in St. Petersburg. She joined ESPN in 2013, which eventually led to her current position as the morning panel of SportsCenter.
If you’ve seen the Harry Potter movies, then you are familiar with Alfonso Cuarón. An acclaimed film director from Mexico, Cuarón has directed pictures including A Little Princess, Y Tu Mama, Gravity, Children of Men, and of course, Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban. He was given an Oscar and Golden Globe for directing Gravity in 2014, as well as a Golden Lion for his most recent work on Roma (2018).
Gael García Bernal is another director and film producer from Mexico. He is recognized for the work he has done for Coco, Desierto, and Y Tu Mamá También. His performance as Rodrigo de Souza in the series Mozart in the Jungle earned him a Golden Globe Award in 2016. Together with actor Diego Luna, Bernal serves as the co-founded Canana Films in Mexico City.
Mexican singer and actor Diego Boneta is known for his lead roles in Rock of Ages as Drew Boley and Alex Santiago in Pretty Little Liars. He has appeared in other popular shows including Jane the Virgin and Scream Queens. He is set to appear in the upcoming Terminator 6 movie, which will be released next year.
Maya Zapata is a Mexican actress. She has been in Streeters, Three Burials, and Bordertown. She appears mainly in Mexican television series including Run Coyote Run, El Cesar, Kdabra, and Soy Tu Fan. Zapata currently stars in TNT’s El Secreto de Selena as singer Selena Quintanilla, which first aired in September earlier this year.