Who’s that Girl? Natalie Morales Goes from TV to "Wall Street"

Is Natalie Morales the next Latina A-Lister? It certainly looks that way. And I couldn’t be more thrilled!

The 24-year-old Cuban actress—who starred as Wendy Watson on the short-lived (but beloved) ABC Family sci-fi drama series The Middleman—has just been cast in a string of high-profile projects on the big screen and television.

Morales has been cast in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, the highly anticipated sequel to Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning 1987 classic Wall Street. Directed by Stone, the film is set to be released in April 2010 and stars a who’s who of major Hollywood players, including Michael Douglas (reprising his role as the greedy Gordon Gekko), Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan—and last but not least, our girl Natalie.

Natalie is also set to star in the romantic comedy Going the Distance, opposite Drew Barrymore, Justin Long and Christina Applegate (due out in October 2010), and she’s currently filming Freeloaders with part-Mexican actor Clifton Collins Jr. (Capote).

As if she doesn’t have enough going on, last week The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Morales has been promoted from guest star to series regular on the USA Network series White Collar. When the crime series debuts on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m., Morales will play Lauren Cruz, “a smart junior FBI agent in the white-collar division who holds her own with her superiors and the master thieves she's investigating.”

These all sound like great roles to Vivo Por TiVo, and it seems like Natalie’s stock just keeps going up and up and up! Lets just hope she can stay grounded and avoid Gordon Gekko’s “Greed is good” influence.