9 TV Shows With Strong Female Characters

We love celebrating strong mujeres every chance we get!

With a whole new season of shows just around the corner, we thought we'd pay tribute to some of our favorite television heroines played by Latina actresses. Here are our picks for strong female TV leads:

1. tv slide 01 Morena Baccarin -- "V"

Morena Baccarin as Anna, V

Brazilian actress Morena Baccarin did an amazing job playing the cold, manipulative Visitor Queen and High Commander in V.

With that steely gaze and the ability to telepathically pacify her minions, we can’t help but fear getting on Anna’s bad side—ever! 

2. tv slide 02 Jessica Alba --"Dark Angel"

Jessica Alba as Max Guevara, Dark Angel

Long before Jessica Alba was living the honest life, she was kicking ass as Max Guevara in Dark Angel!

Max Guevara is a genetically-enhanced super-soldier on the run from—and simultaneously on a mission to destroy—the very government agency that made her who she is!

Though the show didn’t last very long, there’s no doubt that Max paved the way for Alba to play countless ass-kicking roles! 

3. tv slide 03 Michelle Rodriguez-- "Lost"

Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia Cortez, Lost

Michelle Rodriguez is no stranger to playing strong female characters. So, it comes as no surprise that she’s made our list for her portrayal of Lost’s Ana Lucia Cortez!

Whether you thought Ana Lucia was a bully or simply a determined survivor, you could not deny that she was incredibly fierce.

In past interviews, Michelle Rodriguez has said that she was drawn towards the role because she respected Ana Lucia’s “speak-her-mind-quality.” 

4. tv slide 04 Lauren Velez--"Dexter"

Lauren Velez as Maria LaGuerta, Dexter

We've been going through some serious LaGuerta withdrawal during this season of Dexter.

We love how, no matter what, Maria always wasn't afraid to go with her gut--or wear loud, brightly printed blazers!

We'll miss you, Captain LaGuerta! 

5. tv slide 05 Cote de Pablo--"NCIS"

Cote de Pablo as Ziva, NCIS

Our September 2013 cover girl Cote de Pablo plays one of our favorite onscreen heroines: NCIS’ Ziva David!

Ziva David joined the NCIS team in season 3, soon after Kate was murdered by Ziva’s half-brother Ari. However, due to her ties to the murderous Ari, Ziva was initially regarded as an outcast. It wasn’t until Ziva rescued Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard from Dr. Burn that the NCIS team saw her true worth.

As a result of playing Ziva, Cote de Pablo has become the second most popular female actress on U.S. primetime television!

 

6. tv slide 06 Gina Torres--"Suits"

Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson, Suits 

Suit’s character Jessica Pearson is NOT to be messed with. If she thinks you’re a threat, you’d better believe that she’ll take you out.

Jessica has a long history of stopping at nothing to get her way; perhaps that’s why she’s the boss!

Though we don’t condone backstabbing and career ruination, we can’t help but be impressed by Gina Torres’ portrayal of the holier-than-though legal eagle!

7. tv slide 07 Sara Ramirez--"Grey's Anatomy"

Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Grey’s Anatomy

Since joining Grey's Anatomy in season 3, Dr. Callie Torres has experienced more than her fair share of personal and professional drama. 

Writers of the show initially created Dr. Torres to be disliked by her colleagues and viewers alike. However, Callie’s complicated storyline, filled with controversial relationships, promotions, demotions, and life-altering split-second decisions, makes Callie the sort of perfectly flawed mujer that we can sometimes relate to.

 

 

8. tv slide 08 Valerie Cruz--"True Blood"

Valerie Cruz as Isabel, True Blood

In 2009, Valerie Cruz told Latina that she modeled vampy Isabella Beaumont after Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. 

600-year-old vampire Isabella may roll with the scary Dallas vampire coven, but believe us, she has a soul! 

During her short stint on the show, Valerie Cruz showed us just how human vampires can really be! 

9. tv slide 10 "Devious Maids"

Devious Maids 

This quintet of strong mujeres have been making news headlines all summer. Whether you’re with them or against them, there’s no denying that the characters played by Roselyn Sanchez, Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Edy Ganem, and Dania Ramirez expemplify incredible emotional strength.