5 Latinos Who Have Played American Politicians

Last week, it was announced that Esai Morales will take on the role of the President of the United States in the upcoming HBO series The Brink. 

With Latinos underrepresented both in politics and in media, it’s refreshing to see Morales cast in such an important role. From Jimmy Smits to Nestor Carbonell, these Latinos have also taken on the roles of fictional American politicians: 

1. Esai Morales

Esai Morales:

The 51-year-old Criminal Minds actor has signed on to play U.S. President Julian Navarro for the pilot episode of The Brink. The show, which has yet to be signed on for a full season, is described as a “dark comedy” that centers on the drama caused by a geopolitical crisis.

2. Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits:

Jimmy Smits infamously played President Matt Santos on the acclaimed political drama The West Wing. His character was based off of then-senator Barack Obama, and became the first minority politician (on the show) to take the Oval Office. 

3. Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos:

Mark Consuelos plays Sen. Andy Guzman on the Amazon.com series Alpha House, which centers around four Republican Congressmen who live together in one Washington D.C. house. Sen. Guzman bares some resemblance to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as a suave, charming Cuban-American senator from Miami. 

4. Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen:

For seven seasons, Martin Sheen played the iconic role of President Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing, ultimately being replaced by Jimmy Smits. The President, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was the backbone of the White House West Wing, holding together the cast of unpredictable characters. 

5. Nestor Carbonell

Nestor Carbonell: 

Nestor Carbonell played the mayor of fictional Gotham City in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. No one can deny that Mayor Anthony Garcia had terrible luck... he was forced to reckon with both the Joker and Bane during his time in office.