JUAN PABLO GALAVIS
Venezuelan-American, former professional football midfielder/forward Juan Pablo Galavis will have all cameras turned on him as the new season of ABC’s The Bachelor kicks off in January 2014. He was eliminated in Episode 6 of The Bachelorette…a short appearance that gave him enough of a following for ABC to choose him for season 18 of The Bachelor. He is the first Latino suitor to be featured in the popular show.
William Levy is a Cuban-American actor and former model who has gained American mainstream recognition through his stint in Dancing With the Stars, which landed him the cover of People magazine and a role in Jada-Pinkett Smith’s upcoming movie Salsa. He is currently the lead in the Univision telenovela La tempestad, where he is famous for his incendiary romantic scenes with costar and former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete.
Tyler Posey, of Mexican ancestry on his mother’s side, has worked steadily on film and TV over the last decade, as well as being frontman and guitar player for the band Disappearing Jamie. He is best known, however, for his role as Scott McCall in MTV’s Teen Wolf series.
Aarón Díaz was born in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to an Irish-American mother and a Mexican father. He speaks English and Spanish fluently. In November 2011, he made his debut in American TV via the ABC series Pan Am, and is currently setting hearts ablaze with his role of Santiago Cano in the new Telemundo telenovela Santa diabla (Holy Demon).
Mario López, who was raised in a large Catholic family and is of Mexican descent, is best known for his portrayal of A.C. Slater on the classic sitcom Saved By the Bell. He is the celebrity guest host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine Extra, and also provided the voice for “Social Smurf” in the movie The Smurfs 2.
Argentine-Mexican actor Juan Soler is a former rugby player and model. He currently plays the role of Reinaldo Ibarra in Telemundo’s Marido en alquiler (My Dear Handyman) telenovela, a rather dark comedy in its own right.
Colombian actor and model Daniel Arenas is the son of a doctor and the youngest of six siblings. He lived in the United States for a while with his parents and began to study acting. His efforts paid off, having participated in singer/songwiter Ricardo Arjona’s 2011 movie Poquita ropa (Hardly Clothed) as well as countless telenovelas. His current role as protagonist of the soap Corazón indomable (Untameable Heart) has kept him in the public eye, especially since this production is a remake of another beloved telenovela, Marimar.
Sultry Fabián Ríos is a Colombian actor and model who left the village where he grew up in at a very young age to pursue his dreams. He eventually landed in Bogotá, where he attended Colombia’s most prestigious acting schools. He is currently playing the villainous lead of Tomás Villamayor in the Telemundo telenovela Dama y obrero (Labor of Love), stealing hearts left and right with his bravado performances and sexy looks.
Swarthy Pablo Montero is a Mexican actor and singer, who is currently starring in the Televisa telenovela Qué bonito amor (Beautiful Love) as the villain. In the role of Óscar Fernández, he plays a mariachi singer, which suits him perfectly as he will often don a hat and sing rancheras in the context of his other career as a singer.
Puerto Rican model and TV host Jaime Mayol attended Brigham Young University thanks to an athletic scholarship that appointed him to the university volleyball team. He decided to start modeling and won the 2006 Manhunt International pageant in Jinjiang, China. Currently, he is the host of the popular WAPA-TV Puerto Rico midday show Pégate al mediodía (Watch Intently at Noon).
Gorgeous Spaniard Iván Sánchez yearned to explore the world as soon as he was done with high school. At age 18, he took off, using modeling as a passport to visit the far corners of the planet. After having walked down some of the most distinguished catwalks of the fashion realm, he started acting for Mexico’s Televisa this year. His villainous role in La tempestad (The Tempest), opposite heartthrob William Levy, is making for hours of entertaining viewing…
Rafael Amaya was born in Sonora, Mexico, but moved with his family to Baja California at a very young age. He practiced a wide range of sports, and as a teenager took classes in theater and music. After going to college in San Diego, he returned to Mexico and tried his hand at singing, eventually detouring towards modeling. Landing roles on the big screen, he played a part in the film Desnudos (Naked), where he performs in full-frontal nudity. As Aurelio Casillas in the Telemundo telenovela El señor de los cielos (The Lord of the Skies), he inhabits a sordid world of violence and drug lords.
Manolo Cardona is a Colombian actor whose mother, Nancy Molano, is a psychologist and astrologer. At age 14, he shot his first TV commercial. In 1998, he landed his first telenovela role. On the big screen, he is set to play the role of Luis in the drama Fort Bliss, which is currently in post production and deals with the trials and tribulations of soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
Fernando Colunga is a Mexican actor who has starred in classic telenovelas like Esmeralda, La usurpadora (The Usurper) and Marimar. His latest role was in the Televisa telenovela Porque el amor manda (Because Love Rules), the latest in a string of smash telenovela hits. A true icon of this popular Hispanic genre!
The charming Erick Elías is a Mexican actor, model and singer, who began his studies in acting, music, dance and modeling at a very young age. He moved to the U.S. and continued his acting studies in California. He starred in the sexy Telemundo telenovela El cuerpo del deseo (Second Chance), which dealt with themes of reincarnation. His most recent role was in the Televisa telenovela Porque al amor manda (Love Rules). His wife, Karla Guindi, is one of the most in-demand stylists of the Hispanic celebrity world.