Anyone who is well aware of the demographic data pertaining to Hispanic Americans can well imagine the importance of Hispanic American Actresses. Hispanics are the largest, fastest growing minority in America with projected buying power from $ 1 trillion currently to $1.5 trillion in 2015. Hispanics spend more money on apparel, footwear, groceries and phone services while they spend less on alcohol, tobacco, health care, education, and personal insurance. The entertainment segment, including film industry is therefore more in need of attracting this group and Hispanic American Actresses have a very important role to play.
According to Reardon, Hispanic customer fashion is distinguished by status consciousness, brand loyalty, fitness, suitability and compatibility of the apparel with ones specific person, love for value, family and newness. They like to spend their disposable income on looking good, perfumes and cosmetics. Famous Hispanic American Actresses inspire a large segment of society and in fact influence the buying trends. Currently there are 45.5 million Hispanics which are 15 % of the total population and according to US Census Bureau it will be doubled by 2050 as it is projected to reach 132.8 million by then.
1. Alexis Bledel
Alex Bledel’s birth name is Kimberly Alexis Bledel. She was born to Nanette and Martin Bledel in Houston, Texas, US on September 16, 1981. As an actress she is known for her roles as Rory Gilmore in TV series Gilmore Girls and as Lena Kaligaris in The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants. She received her early education at a private academy in a small town of Connecticut and later at Yale University. In 2010 she played the lead role in the Canadian Film ‘The Kate Logan Affair’, presented at the MontrÃ©al Festival ‘Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2010’. She received 3 Teen Choice awards, one Young Artist award and one Family Television Award. She was voted one of Teen People’s 25 Hottest Stars Under 25, ranked 87 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2005, and in 2010 Alexis Bledel was named one of US Magazine’s ‘ 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers’.
2. Angelica Maria Hartman Ortiz
Angelica Maria Hartman Ortiz, commonly known as Angelica Maria was born to Arnold Hartman and Angelica de Jesus in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 27, 1944. .She was introduced to a movie producer gregorio Wallerstein by her mother’s sister. The producer was looking for a boy for his next movie. Angelica told the producer, ‘Give me a haircut and I’m that boy’. Angelica Maria was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador to promote the use of Micro Algae Spirulina against malnutrition. She was one of the main film attractions in 60s and 70s and during this period she was the top record seller. Mexicans have great respect for her and call her ‘La Novia de Mexico’- ‘girl friend of Mexico’
3. Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Lee Carpenter commonly known as Charisma Carpenter was born to Chris and Don Carpenter in Las Vegas, US on July 23, 1970. She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in TV Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its Spin Off ‘Angel’. For this role she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. She was educated at Bishop Goman High School; Las Vegas, Bonita Vista High school and Chula Vista School of the Creative and Performing Arts, San Diego.
4. Demi Lovato
Demetria Devonne Lovato, better known as Demi Lovato was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US on August 20, 1992. She is an actress, singer, song writer, musician and activist. Her favorite genres are Pop, Pop Rock, R&B and Dance. Her earliest role was Angela on Barney and Friends. She became better known after her starring in Camp Rock and as Sony Munroe in Disney Sitcom ‘Sony with a Chance’. In 2009 she starred in the movie ‘Princess Protection Program’. She is a philanthropist and involved in many social charities and Environmental programs. She won 9 Hollywood Teen TV Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, 1 ALMA Award, 1 People’s Choice awards and many other honors.
5. Gabriella Hall
Commonly was born Laura Rose Saldivar. She was also known as Laura Saldivar and Gabriella Sky. She was born in Los Angeles, California, US on November 11, 1966.She was fascinated with films since her childhood and Rita Hayworth was her most favorite actress. Her first main role was in ‘Center Fold’. Her role in ‘Full Body Massage’ drew the attention of film producers like Curtis Hansen who provided her jobs constantly. In 2005 she ventured to produce her own movie with Jacqueline Hyde. She has played in more than 58 movies and TV shows. Gabriella Hall has also appeared as Gabriella Skye in Playboy Magazine in one of its video’ Playboy: Girls of Internet’.
6. Kristen Herrera
Kristen Lisa Herrera, better known as Kristen Herrera was born in Los Angeles, California, US on February 21, 1989. She received her early education at Hillcrest Christian School in Granada Hills, California. She is best known for her role of Dana Cruz in the Nickelodeon Series Zoey. She has two siblings, enjoys many sports like basketball and snow boarding. She has trained for many years to master Ballet, Jazz and Hip-Hop dancing. She is a very confident personality, believing fully in herself ,but like every one she too needs warming up, prior to taking up something important. ‘ When I’m working with people that are really, really big and everyone knows their name I’m like, Oh my Gosh, I hope I do good, I hope I don’t mess up. Usually I worry before I go in, but once I’m in there I’m like,you know what, I can do this.’
7. Lupe Velez
Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez, commonly known as Lupez Velez was born to Jacobo Villalobos Reyes and Josefina Velez in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on July 18, 1908 and died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, on December 14, 1944 at the age of only 36. Picked and promoted by Fanny Brice, Velez made her first appearance in films in 1924 and by early 1930s she was playing lead roles. Velez was one of the few Mexican actresses to succeed in Hollywood. Her life ended on a tragic note. In mid 40s she developed relationship with Harald Maresch and conceived his baby. Afraid of the shame, she was going to face on the illegitimate birth, she committed suicide. Her suicide note read, ‘To Harald: May God forgive you and forgive me, too, but I prefer to take my life away and our baby’s before I bring him with shame, or killin him’.
8. Sara Paxton
Sara Paxton was born to Steve and Bill Paxton in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S on April 25, 1988. She is a beautiful actress, singer and model. She has starred in Sleepover, Aquamarine, Return to Halloween town, Sydney White Superhero Movie, The Last House on the Left and Shark 3D. She became famous after playing lead roles in Diarchy’s Wild Life and as Sarah Borden in Summerland. In 2006 she was nominated for Daytime Emmy Outstanding Performer and Young Artist award best Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama).
9. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, US on July 22, 1992. She is an actress, singer and fashion designer. Her favorite genres are pop, dance and pop Rock. She made her debut in ‘Ramona and Beezus’. She is best known for her performance as Alex Russo in the Emmy Award Winning Disney Channel series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’. She starred in Another Cinderella Story and Princess Protection Program. She has won numerous awards and honors.
10. Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, US on April 29, 1970. She is a well known actress and model. She has played in a wide range of films including romantic to science fiction films. She was nominated for Academy Award for her excellent performance in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. Uma Thurman won a Golden Globe Award in 2002 for her performance in Hysterical Blindness.
There is wealth, glamour and fame in the film industry but there is also infamy, frustration and loss in it.