The 25 Brightest Latino Stars Under 25

1. 25 Under 25: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez, 18

Why her star shines bright: With a starring role on a hit, Emmy-winning TV series (Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place), a new movie career (Ramona & Beezus, Monte Carlo), her very own fashion line called Dream Out Loud and her second album, A Year Without Rain, due out this fall—it seems like there’s nothing that Latina’s October cover girl Selena Gomez, can’t do!

2. 25 Under 25: Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato, 18

Why her star shines bright: Like Selena, Demi has a hit TV show on Disney (Sonny With a Chance), and a successful music career (she spent the summer touring with the Jonas Brothers and has released two chart-topping albums back to back). Lovato is also the star of Disney’s most successful TV movies—from Camp Rock (10.1 million viewers), & Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (8 million viewers) to Princess Protection Program (8.5 million viewers).

3. 25 Under 25: Rico Rodriguez

Rico Rodriguez, 12

Why their star shines bright:
Rico plays hopeless romantic, Manny Delgado, Sofia Vergara’s son on ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy, Modern Family—and he’s a scene-stealer! He’s also starting his own clothing line for plus-sized people. “It’s for people who can’t find clothes,” Rico told us.

4. 25 Under 25: Lourdes Leon

Lourdes Leon, 13

Why her star shines bright: Lourdes is a stylish teenager whose mom (Madonna) is one of the biggest stars on the planet. Clearly pursuing a career in Hollywood, Lourdes has already teamed up with Madge to create a clothing and accessories line called Material Girl, which is currently sold at Macy’s.

5. 25 Under 25: Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice, 17

Why her star shines bright:
If Selena and Demi are the Queens of the Disney channel—then Victoria Justice is the Queen Bee at Nickelodeon. She stars in her own show—Victorious—which is one of the network’s biggest draws and Justice is also releasing an album for the show in early 2011. Her own debut album—separate from the show—comes out in late 2011 and features music she wrote herself. As if she weren’t busy enough, Victoria is also the spokesperson for the United Nations Charity, “Girl Up” and she’ll visit 3rd world countries like Guatemala and speak to teen girls about being empowered.

6. 25 Under 25: Mark Indelicato

Mark Indelicato, 16

Why his star shines bright:
To us, Mark will always be Justin Suarez—Betty’s (America Ferrera) awesome younger brother on ABC’s Ugly Betty. But the Puerto Rican actor—who just started his senior year of high school—has taken on a new role: Intern at Teen Vogue. And he says he wants to work for Vogue editor, Ana Wintour someday. How fierce is that?

7. 25 Under 25: Tristan Wilds

Tristan Wilds, 21

Why his star shines bright:
After his fantastic performance as troubled youth Michael Lee on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire—Tristan joined the CW’s 90210 as Dixon Wilson, a smart student athlete who gets all the ladies. But Tristan’s not just a TV star—he’s had solid roles in movies like Half Nelson and The Secret Life of Bees (opposite Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah). Up next: He’ll star in the drama, Red Tails with Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr.

8. 25 Under 25: Sarah Ramos

Sarah Ramos, 19

Why her star shines bright: Ramos is currently starring in the hit NBC series Parenthood, but this teen actress has been wracking up Young Artist awards ever since her face first graced the small screen back in 2003 on American Dreams. In addition to her amazing acting abilities, this young Latina has also written a few sitcom pilots—talk about being multi-talented!

9. 25 Under 25: Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera, 23

Why her star shines bright:
Glee’s only Latina star will have a much larger role this season—since the hit Golden Globe winning comedy recently promoted Naya from guest star to series regular.

10. 25 Under 25: Odette Yustman

Odette Yustman, 25

Why her star shines bright
: After her major movie debut in the thriller, The Unborn (2009), Yustman is set to star opposite Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis in the upcoming comedy, You Again. Yustman will also star opposite Richard Gere in the action drama, The Double.

11. 25 Under 25: Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta, 25  

Why her star shines bright: For the past few years, Paz has been starring in indie films like Choke (2008), The Limits of Control, and Enter the Void (2009). This fall, she’ll have her first starring role on television, playing the part of Lucy—Steve Buscemi’s coquettish girlfriend on HBO’s upcoming series, Boardwalk Empire—which is backed by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese.

12. 25 Under 25: Maiara Walsh

Maiara Walsh, 22

Why her star shines bright: She played Meena Paroom on the Disney channel sitcom Cory in the House, and is currently a recurring star on ABC’s Desperate Housewives as Gaby’s (Eva Longoria Parker) troubled niece Ana Solis. Up next: She’ll be guest starring on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries this fall.

13. 25 Under 25: Sara Paxton

Sara Paxton, 22

Why her star shines bright:
Sara, who’s part Mexican, has starred in successful movies like Sydney White, Aquamarine, and The Last House on the Left. She has no less than five(!) new movies coming out in 2010, including Shark Night 3D.

14. 25 Under 25: Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin, 15

Why his star shines bright:
Jake can currently be seen starring as Selena Gomez’s younger brother, Max Russo on the Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place. Until recently, he was also the voice of the lead character Diego on Nickelodeon’s Go Diego Go! Jake has also lent his voice to movies like The Ant Bully and has starred in the hit children’s movie, Hotel for Dogs.

15. 25 Under 25: Seychelle Gabriel

Seychelle Gabriel, 19

Why her star shines bright:
After a memorable performance in The Spirit as Young Sand Saref—opposite Eva Mendes—Seychelle, who’s Mexican, had a recurring role on Weeds. This past summer she had her biggest role to date—as Princess Yue in the action adventure movie, The Last Airbender. Next up: She will appear as a series regular on the TNT sci-fi action/drama series Fallen Skies, produced by Steven Spielberg and premiering in 2011.

16. 25 Under 25: Francia Raisa

Francia Raisa, 22

Why her star shines bright:
Francia is best known for her scene stealing role as the bitchy but loveable Adrian Lee—a pregnant teenager on ABC Family’s hit teen drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She also starred in successful TV movies like Bring It On: All or Nothing and ABC Family’s The Cutting Edge franchise.

17. 25 Under 25: Alexa Vega

Alexa Vega, 22

Why her star shines bright:
Best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in director Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids franchise, Alexa has a bunch of movies coming out in 2011, including the highly anticipated comedy, From Prada to Nada —a Latina spin on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility—and she’ll reteam with Rodriguez for Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, due out in August of 2011.

18. 25 Under 25: Madison de la Garza

Madison de la Garza

Why her star shines bright:
No one holds their own opposite talented comedienne Eva Longoria Parker like her on-screen daughter Madison de la Garza. As Juanita Solis, Gaby’s (Parker) rebellious daughter, Madison is a barrel of laughs!

19. 25 Under 25: Michael Trevino

Michael Trevino, 25

Why his star shines bright:
After making girls fall in love with him as Ozzie, Naomi’s (AnnaLynne McCord) boyfriend on season 1 of the CW’s 90210, Michael landed the role of Tyler Lockwood—a badass who becomes a werewolf—on the CW’s  hit show, The Vampire Diaries.

20. 25 Under 25: Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena, 21
Why his star shines bright: He’s one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s music-themed teen sitcom, Big Time Rush, which has more than 3 million viewers! Carlos also had a hand in the band's hit song, "The City Is Ours."

21. 25 Under 25: Diego Gonzalez-Boneta

Diego González-Boneta, 20

Why his star shines bright: This Mexican singer and actor got his start on the telenovela, Rebelde, but has since had recurring roles on the CW’s hit series, 90210, and ABC Family’s hit series, Pretty Little Liars.

22. 25 Under 25: Josie Loren

Josie Loren, 23

Why her star shines bright: Josie plays fan favorite Kaylie Cruz on ABC Family’s hit series, Make It or Break It, and she lends her time and celebrity status to The American Cancer Society.

23. 25 Under 25: Christian Serratos

Christian Serratos, 20

Why her star shines bright: This young Twilight star got her big break starring in one of the highest grossing movie series of all time!  But she started out starring in Nickelodeon shows like Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide and Zoey 101. The gorgeous Latina used to figure skate competitively but stopped: "My coaches were talking about the Olympics and it was really crazy," says Serratos, "Now, I just do it for fun." Look for her in the last Twilight installment Breaking Dawn.

24. 25 Under 25: Snooki

Snooki, 21

Why her star shines bright:
Snooki drinks too much, has casual sex and passes out often—yet we can’t help but find her inexplicably endearing and funny. And we’re not alone: She’s expected to be one of this Halloween’s most popular costumes!

25. 25 Under 25: Levi Johnston

Levi Johnston, 20

Why his star shines bright: In a perfect world, Bristol Palin’s baby-daddy wouldn’t be famous, but we all know the world isn’t perfect. Even though Levi and Bristol broke off their engagement in 2009, Levi stayed in the spotlight—first by appearing in Playgirl and now by starring in a new reality show that chronicles his run for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska in the 2011 election.

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