Every year, the Emmy Awards have a ton of repeat nominees (we’re talking of course about the usual suspects: Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, etc). but every year there are also a few fresh faces and a few surprises. With that said, here are seven talented Latina stars whose names should be called out when nominations for the 63rd annual primetime Emmy Awards are announced on July 14!
Lauren Velez, 46
The Show: Dexter (Showtime)
FYC: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Why she should be nominated: One look—that’s all it takes for the team at Miami Metro to know that Lt. Maria Laguerta (Lauren Velez) is not pleased. After five seasons with the show, Velez continues to prove that she's one of TV's finest character actresses. She has taken a character that was once perceived as just a badass, and added a soft, compassionate side to her, all the while maintaining the edge and the strength that we love about Laguerta. Velez, who has been a TV star since 1995 when she joined New York Undercover, has never been nominated for an Emmy, but that's only because Showtime has never campaigned for her. They should do that this year!