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    21 Latina Actors On TV You Need To Know About Right Now

    From starring in Jane the Virgin to Orange Is the New Black, these talented Latinas are making their mark in America's living rooms.

    1. Gina Rodriguez (Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin)

    National heritage: Puerto Rican

    Where you've seen her before on TV: The Bold and the Beautiful, Law & Order

    Fun fact: Gina made history when she became the second Latina ever to win a Best Actress Golden Globe for her starring role in Jane the Virgin. America Ferrera was the first to win, back in 2007 for her performance in Ugly Betty.

    2. Melissa Fumero (Detective Amy Santiago, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    National heritage: Cuban

    Where you've seen her before on TV: Gossip Girl, One Life to Live

    Fun fact: Melissa landed the role of a lifetime when she became Adriana on ABC's One Life to Live. She eventually married her co-star, David Fumero, before catching her next big break on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    3. Stephanie Beatriz (Detective Rosa Diaz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    National heritage: Colombian and Bolivian

    Where you've seen her before on TV: Modern Family, The Closer

    Fun fact: Before her coveted role as Detective Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Stephanie performed on stage at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

    4. Natalie Morales (Lucy, Parks and Recreation)

    National heritage: Cuban

    Where you've seen her before on TV: Girls, The Newsroom

    Fun fact: You probably know Natalie best as the jealous girlfriend "Clementine" from HBO's Girls, but before she made it big in Hollywood, she produced (and starred) in a short-lived web series called Quitters.

    5. Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz, Orange Is the New Black)

    National heritage: Dominican

    Where you've seen her before on TV: Unforgettable, NYC 22

    Fun fact: Dascha initially quit acting to pursue a career in nursing, citing her weight as the biggest obstacle to achieving her goal. It wasn't until her husband pushed her to audition again that she landed the iconic role of Dayanara Diaz.

    6. Cristela Alonzo (Cristela, Cristela)

    National heritage: Mexican

    Where you've seen her before on TV: Sons of Anarchy, Hey It's Fluffy!

    Fun fact: Cristela has the distinct honor of becoming the first Latina in television history to write, produce, and star in her own show. Cristela started out as a stand-up comedian in Texas, and she eventually got her big break as a writer on Mind of Mencia.

    7. Aimee Garcia

    National heritage: Mexican and Puerto Rican

    Where you've seen her on TV: Dexter, The George Lopez Show, About a Boy

    Fun fact: Aimee has starred in over 22 films and 30 television shows, making her a bonafide household name. She most recently starred in RoboCop opposite Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson, but she's best known for her role as Angel Batista's little sister, Jamie, on Dexter.

    8. Melonie Diaz

    National heritage: Puerto Rican

    Where you've seen her on TV: Girls, Ro, Person of Interest

    Fun fact: Melonie first made it big when she starred alongside Victor Rasuk in Peter Sollett's Raising Victor Vargas, though she had always planned on becoming a director. Her hopes are to return to NYU's Tisch School of Film and Television so she can finally earn her degree.

    9. Génesis Rodríguez

    National heritage: Cuban and Venezuelan

    Where you've seen her on TV: Entourage, Dame Chocolate

    Fun fact: Genesis starred in numerous telenovelas before making it big as the voice of Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6. Her most recent role is in the gritty NYC crime thriller Run All Night, opposite Liam Neeson.

    10. Josie Loren

    National heritage: Cuban

    Where you've seen her on TV: The Mentalist, Castle, Hannah Montana

    Fun fact: Before pursuing a career in acting, Josie was a competitive cheerleader and studied Mass Communications at UCLA. She landed her first major role as Kaylie Cruz on Make It Or Break It in 2009.

    11. Cierra Ramirez (Mariana Foster, The Fosters)

    National heritage: Mexican

    Where you've seen her before on TV: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, CSI: Miami

    Fun fact: Cierra's been acting since she was a kid — and wowed audiences at the Apollo Theater at the age of 10 when she performed this song. You can catch her in ABC's adoption family drama The Fosters.

    12. Francia Raisa

    National heritage: Mexican and Honduran

    Where you've seen her on TV: The Mindy Project, Secret Life of the American Teenager

    Fun fact: Not only is Francia an accomplished actor, she's also an excellent dancer, and has mastered the fine art of karate. You might have heard of her father too, Renán Almendárez Coello, "El Cucuy."

    13. Eiza González

    National heritage: Mexican

    Where you've seen her on TV: From Dusk Till Dawn (The Series), True Love

    Fun fact: Eiza is also a famous singer and has already released two albums (with a third set to debut in 2015). She first gained popularity back in 2013 when she dated actor Liam Hemsworth, shortly after his highly publicized breakup with Miley Cyrus.

    14. Monica Raymund (Gabriela Dawson, Chicago Fire)

    National heritage: Dominican and German

    Where you've seen her before on TV: The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU

    Fun fact: Monica made a big splash in the LGBT community when she came out on Twitter as bisexual.

    15. Natalie Martinez

    National heritage: Cuban

    Where you've seen her on TV: Under the Dome, CSI: NY, Secrets & Lies

    Fun fact: Natalie received her first big break when she nabbed the role of Maggie on Sons of Tucson, but it wasn't until audiences saw her in End of Watch and Broken City that she finally secured her path to network-TV stardom.

    16. Martha Higareda

    National heritage: Mexican

    Where you've seen her on TV: Royal Pains, Hawaii Five-0, CSI: Miami

    Fun fact: Martha is currently starring alongside Kevin Costner in Disney's first-ever Mexican-American drama, McFarland, USA. The film is inspired by the 1987 true events surrounding a group of Latino runners in California's Central Valley.

    17. Lorenza Izzo

    National heritage: Chilean

    Where you've seen her on TV: Hemlock Grove, I Am Victor

    Fun fact: Lorenzo Izzo married director Eli Roth in 2014, after the two met on the set of his Chilean disaster film Aftershock.

    18. Jackie Cruz

    National heritage: Dominican

    Where you've seen her on TV: Orange Is the New Black, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami

    Fun fact: Jackie is known best for her role as "Flaca" on Orange Is the New Black, but she stunned the reality television world when she kissed Kourtney Kardashian on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

    19. Diane Guerrero

    National heritage: Colombian

    Where you've seen her on TV: Jane the Virgin, Orange Is the New Black

    Fun fact: Diane has starred on Orange Is the New Black but gained national media attention when she spoke out against her family's deportation in a live interview with CNN.

    20. Julia Goldani Telles

    National heritage: Mexican and Brazilian

    Where you've seen her on TV: The Affair, Nurse Jackie, The Carrie Diaries

    Fun fact: Julia started dancing at the tender age of 5 and gravitated toward acting after an injury forced her to temporarily switch careers. Ironically, she scored her first big break on Bunheads as a dancer who had given up on the craft.

    21. Dania Ramirez

    National heritage: Dominican

    Where you've seen her on TV: Heroes, Devious Maids, Entourage, The Sopranos

    Fun fact: From AJ's older love interest on The Sopranos to Turtle's nearly matrimonial infatuation on Entourage, Dania has been just about everywhere. She's still making a name for herself in film and television, and she produced her very first film, Talbot County, last year with writer/director husband Bev Land.