13 Famous Latinx Celebs That I Believe Played A Major Role In Latin Representation On And Off-Screen

    These Latinx celebs helped shape representation for me.

    I think the importance of having Latinx faces on television and in movies is simple. Not only are Latinx people talented AF, but they're also incredibly gifted actors who deserve more opportunities.

    Actors Julissa Calderon, Annie Gonzalez and Joseph Julian Soria attend Latin Heat Entertainment's celebration of covering latino talent for 30 years on December 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

    1. Gina Torres

    Actress Gina Torres arrives at National Geographic's "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" Los Angeles Premiere at Royce Hall, UCLA on February 26, 2020 in Westwood, California.

    2. George Lopez

    George Lopez on To Tell the Truth on ABC

    3. Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno attends Disney Studios' Los Angeles Premiere of "West Side Story" at El Capitan Theatre on December 07, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

    4. Desi Arnaz

    Desi Arnaz poses for a costume and makeup test, filmed days before the first I LOVE LUCY episode went into production in 1951.

    5. Salma Hayek

    Salma Hayek attends the "House Of Gucci" New York Premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 16, 2021 in New York City.

    6. Jose Ferrer

    Stage actor Jose Vicente Ferrer

    7. Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopezarrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Amazon Studio's "The Tender Bar" at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2021 in Hollywood, California

    8. John Leguizamo

    Actor John Leguizamo speaks during 2021 Los Angeles Comic Con at Los Angeles Convention Center on December 04, 2021 in Los Angeles, California

    9. Kathleen Herles

    Kathleen Herles during Flushed Away New York Premiere

    10. Sofía Vergara

    Sofia Vergara appears on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on September 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo

    11. Eva Longoria

    Eva Longoria attends the photocall during the Global Gift Gala 2021 at Four Seasons Hotel George V on October 30, 2021 in Paris, France

    12. Christina Vidal

    US actress Christina Vidal attends ABC's Winter TCA 2020 Press Tour in Pasadena, California, on January 8, 2020.

    13. America Ferrara

    Winner America Ferrera backstage at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Latinx people play a huge role in American culture, and their representation in movies and television needs to be a significantly higher priority in this country.

    Farina, Gloria Estefan and Giulia Be perform onstage during the 22nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.