10 New Latina Faces to Watch on Television this Fall

It’s September, and that can only mean one thing: the fall TV season is about to get underway! On that note, here are 10 Latina faces to watch on TV this season. 

1. 2010 Fall TV: Daniella Alonso

Daniella Alonso, 31 (My Generation)

The Project: In this scripted new drama about a 10-year high school reunion, Boricua actress Daniella Alonso plays Brenda Serrano—the class “brain,”who—despite her successful job working for a D.C. Congressman—still pines for her high school sweetheart, Anders (Julian Morris).

Where you’ve seen her before: Alonso has had roles on shows like Friday Night Lights and As the World Turns, but she is best known for her recurring work as Ana Tagano, Lucas’ (Chad Michael Murray) love interest—who eventually came out of the closet and admitted she liked girls—on the second season of the CW’s long running drama, One Tree Hill. My Generation is Alonso’s first starring role on a primetime network drama.

Series Premiere: Thursday, September 23 at 8/7c (ABC) 

See a preview for My Generation on ABC.com.

2. 2010 Fall TV: Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez, 26 (Detroit 1-8-7)

The Project: In this gritty drama set on the murderous streets of Detroit, Cuban actress Natalie Martinez plays Det. Arianna Sanchez, a young cop whose rough personal background provides her with unique insights into the lives of degenerates, thugs and the hardened criminals she locks up on the job.

Where you’ve seen her before: Natalie recurred on the TV comedy, Sons of Tuscon and has appeared in a few films, but it was really her role as the spokesperson for JLO by Jennifer Lopez that made her glow, so to speak.

Series Premiere: Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m.  (ABC)

See a preview at ABC.com.

3. 2010 Fall TV: Paz de la Huerta

Paz de la Huerta, 25 (Boardwalk Empire)

The Project: In this look back at the origins of Atlantic City—set during the prohibition era—and starring, Steve Buscemi as a gangster named Nucky Thompson—Spanish actress, Paz de la Huerta plays Lucy— Nucky’s coquettish girlfriend. The series is written by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos) and backed by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese.

Where you have seen her before: Paz (whose name is pronounced “Path”), is best known for her very revealing roles in acclaimed indie director Jim Jarmusch’s 2009 thriller The Limits of Control, and for her work in Clark Gregg’s Choke (2008). She's also no stranger to the tabloids—she’s been linked to both Orlando Bloom and Jack Nicholson.

Series Premiere: Sunday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. (HBO)

4. 2010 Fall TV: Joanna Garcia

Joanna Garcia, 31 (Better with You)

The Project: Cubana JoAnna Garcia stars in this half-hour comedy by Friends Executive Producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan—about two sisters with two very different ideas on romance. Garcia plays Mia, a bubbly woman in her late 20s who gets knocked up and engaged to her boyfriend of just seven weeks.

Where you’ve seen her before: JoAnna is best known for her portrayal of Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on the CW’s Reba and for her leading role in the CW’s Privileged.

Series Premiere: Wednesday Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m. (ABC)

See a preview for Better with You on ABC.com.

5. 2010 Fall TV: Susie Castillo

Susie Castillo (School Pride), 30

The Project: School Pride is an uplifting NBC series about students, teachers and parents coming together to rebuild aging public schools in different communities across the country. Castillo, who happens to be an interior designer, is on the show as an expert who lends her expertise in that area. She will help aid volunteers in the makeover process.

Where you’ve seen her before: Susie, who’s Dominican and Puerto Rican, is a former Miss USA and was also a VJ for MTV’s TRL.

Series Premiere: Friday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. (NBC)




6. 2010 Fall TV: La La Vazquez

La La Vazquez, 31 (Lala Vasquez Wedding Project)

The Project: La La and her part Puerto Rican hubby, Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony—star in their very own reality series, which follows La La as she prepares for her wedding to the NBA superstar. Fans will get to watch as the glamorous bride-to-be visits cake designers, shops for the perfect dress and buys the wedding bands with the help of celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss.

Where you’ve seen her before: A former radio personality, Lala, who’s Puerto Rican, is a former host of TRL and has hosted reunion specials for VH1’s Flavor of Love and I Love New York, among other shows.

Series Premiere: Sunday September 19 at 10:30 p.m.  (VH1).

7. 2010 Fall TV: Valerie Cruz

Valerie Cruz, 34 (Off the Map)

The Project: This is yet another medical drama that’s making its way to television, but the approach is slightly different—it’s set in a tiny town called La Cuidad de las Estrellas in the South American jungle.  Valerie Cruz plays Zita, a doctor who joins an understaffed team of doctors who lend their time to a medical clinic.

Where you’ve seen her before: You probably remember this Cuban actress for her work as Grace Santiago, a psychiatrist on Nip/Tuck season 1, or for her role as Sylvia Prado, the wife of Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits) on Showtime’s hit show, Dexter. Cruz also had a memorable role as 600-year-old vampire Isabel on True Blood season 2.

Series Premiere: To be determined. (Midseason Show)

See the trailer for Off the Map on ABC.com.


8. 2010 Fall TV: Ana de la Reguera

Ana de la Reguera, 33 (Eastbound & Down)

Mexican actress, Ana de la Reguera joins HBO’s hit series Eastbound & Down as a series regular. She'll play a singer who becomes Kenny Powers’ {Danny Mcbride} new love interest—when the show’s second season switches settings from North Carolina to Mexico—where Kenny goes to play baseball (well technically the show will shoot in Puerto Rico, standing in for Mexico).

Where you’ve seen her before:  A former telenovela actress who starred in soaps like Azul (1996), Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande (1997), and Todo Por Amor, Ana is best known for her role as Sister Encarnación in the Jack Black comedyNacho Libre.

Series Premiere: September 26 at  (HBO)

9. 2010 Fall TV: April Lee Hernandez

April Lee Hernandez, 30 (Dexter)

Dexter season five picks up right where season 4 ended—with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) standing over his wife’s dead body in a bathroom of blood. Boricua actress, April Lee Hernandez is introduced on the new season as a feisty Latina cop who joins Miami Metro and will help solve Rita’s murder.

Where you’ve seen her before: April has had roles on shows like ER, Law & Order and 30 Rock, but her claim to fame came in 2007 when she gave a brave, scene stealing performance as a disilluisioned teenager opposite two-time Academy Winner Hillary Swank in the film, Freedom Writers.

Series Premiere: Sunday, September 26 at 9 p.m. (Showtime)

10. 2010 Fall TV: Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford, 32 (The Vampire Diaries

When we saw Courtney Ford’s jaw-dropping, tour-de-foce performance on Showtime’s Dexter last year—as the Trinity Killer’s daughter Christine Hill—we knew it was just a matter of time before she got work again. Ford just landed a key role on the CW hit, The Vampire Diaries. She'll play Vanessa, a graduate student who has ties to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Alaric (Matt Davis).

Where you’ve seen her before: Ford--whose grandparents are Spanish with Navaho and Zuni Indian—is best known for her role as journalist Christine Hill on Dexter, and for her real-life marriage to Superman star, Brandon Routh.

Series Premiere: Thursday September 9 at 8/7c

See a preview of The Vampire Diaries on cwtv.com.

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