In 2014, Callie Hernandez will be in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and an untitled Terrence Malick Project, which will also star Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. It doesn’t end there for Hernandez. She will also featured in From Dusk Till Dawn, and she was recently as a regular on The Club, an ABC drama. Not bad for a girl that only acted as a hobby. A series of unfortunate events–a breakup, a car accident, a job loss–pushed her to make a change and really go for it. We'd say she's certainly doing something right!
This seasoned Broadway star originated the role of Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family and she was on Smash, but she recently landed a main role in How I Met Your Dad, a spinoff of How I Met Your Mother. Her character, Juliet, will be a party girl who runs a successful fashion blog, so basically, she will be the female version of Barney Stinson -- which is definitely not a bad thing. Rodriguez wanted to make the switch to TV comedies, so she’ll be right in her element. What we love about her? Fame has certainly not gone to her head. She's admitted that not being a leading lady on Broadway until recently helped her hone her skills -- skills we're sure to see in the coming years.
Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter was able to steal Robb Stark’s heart in Game of Thrones, but it seems 2014 will be her true moment to steal the spotlight. The part-Chilean, part-Spanish actress will be in Inside No. 9, The Crimson Field, And Dancing for my Havana. Though her famous grandfather and mother have worked in the industry, she is not trying to get roles because of her last name. Instead, she’s decided not to say no to opportunities. She wants to go for anything and everything. The trilingual actress will be speaking Spanish for the 2014 film Purgatorio, but she eventually wants to do a movie in French as well.
The 22-year-old actress is Donna LaDonna on The Carrie Diaries. The Honduran-American actress that almost beat out Demi Lovato for Camp Rock (and appeared in the sequel) is going to star in the 2014 movie Nightlight. She also almost auditioned for a role in 50 Shades of Grey, but decided not to go through with it because she didn’t want to face her grandmother if she nabbed the role. In a 2010 interview with Examiner.com, she said she played the piano and was a super nerd in school. After graduating high school, she said, “‘I’m just trying to fill my mind with as many books as I can find.”
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Many fans were disappointed when they discovered that Bunheads and Julia Goldani-Telles’ character, Sasha Torres, would not be returning to ABC Family. The Brazilian-Mexican dancer has since guest starred in Nurse Jackie and The Carrie Diaries. She will be working with Dominic West and Joshua Jackson in The Affair, a Showtime drama. Not only that, she’s a student at Columbia University, who wanted to become a ballerina before she was injured, practicing six hours every day after school. We know her talent and dedication will lead her far!
Gina Rodriguez’s talent shone in Filly Brown, and she will get a chance to stretch her acting chops with her upcoming show, Jane the Virgin. Based on the Venezuelan telenovela, the CW show will follow a young religious Latina who is accidentally artificially inseminated. At a "Changing Faces of Latinas in Media" panel, the young star admitted she respects what anyone has to do to feed their families, but she won’t perpetuate stereotypes with the roles she chooses. “If we all stick together and say no, that project would not exist,” she said.
Not to be confused with the NBC journalist, this Natalie Morales has played Aziz Ansari’s girlfriend on Parks and Recreation and an unbalanced policewoman on 90210. She is now a regular on Trophy Wife, which stars Malin Akerman. On an AMA on Reddit, she talked about how difficult it was to find roles as a Latina that are beyond the Hollywood norm. “Yes, those characters are hard to find. Especially harder to find when you’re ‘different.’ People love stereotypes.” And though she’s still at the beginning stages of her career, she knows that it’ll take some hard work. “Progress is slow, but I’m in for the long haul.” We look forward to seeing what's next for the star!
This Brooklyn Nine-Nine star plays Detective Amy Santiago on the Emmy-winning show, so expect to see more of this actress this year. Fumero graduated from NYU and started off in soap operas before landing this role. She is humble about her success, and happy that she gets to play a strong role, alongside Latina Stephanie Beatriz. “We were like, dude, when does this happen?” Fumero told the New York Daily News. “Stephanie pointed out that we’re not doing anything spicy. No one has an accent.”
In the UK, she is known as the person behind Effy Stonem on Skins, where she played Nicholas Hoult’s younger sister, but American audiences will become more familiar with her after The Maze Runner, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world. The half-Brazilian, half-English star was dyslexic and bullied at school, and it was acting that gave her confidence. Though, when she was 16, she ran out of an audition in tears because she didn’t look like the blonde girls auditioning. “I though I didn’t deserve to do a period film,” she told the Standard. She overcame that and went on to star in Wuthering Heights.