14 Latinx Stars on the Rise Who You Need to Know

As Hispanic Heritage Month winds down, commit these 14 up-and-coming Latinx names to memory.

By Billy Nilles Oct 16, 2020 2:00 AMTags
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Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but the recognition never stops.

Before we say adios to the month-long celebration, concluding Oct. 15, of the contributions of Latinx people to the history, culture and achievements of the United States, we wanted to take a minute and share with you but a few names from the community whose stars are only going to continue to shine brighter as we close out the year and head into 2021.

These are the actors and actresses poised to light up our screens for years to come, the singers and songwriters who've been dominating Spotify, and the triple-threats who seem capable of doing it all. The list is by no means exhaustive nor meant to be representative of the entire Latinx community. Rather, it's merely a sweet sampling of the names that've gotten us excited over the last few months, made with the knowledge that no community is a monolith. 

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With that in mind, check out our list and commit these names to memory. Chances are you're going to hear a lot more from them all very soon.

Alexa Mansour

After appearances on shows like How to Get Away With Murder, Madam Secretary and Law & Order: SVU, the biracial Latinx and Egyptian American actress has landed her first lead role on AMC's new The Walking Dead: World Beyond. As she told E! News recently, the part represented an opportunity to play someone ethnically ambiguous after being typecast early in her career following her SVU gig. "I had the whole Mexican accent, fresh out of Mexico," Alexa said. "After that, I never booked any more Latina roles. And I always got told, well, you don't look very Latina. I ended up doing maybe four or five roles where I was playing a Middle Eastern girl, always with a very heavy accent. I loved the roles, they were really, really challenging to do, but I kind of just wanted to be ambiguous in a way. I didn't want a role that had any labels on where this girl is from, based on what she looks like, like she could be absolutely anything." A singer-songwriter as well, Alexa has an EP due in December.

Christian Serratos

You may recognize the Mexican-American actress from her work as Rosita on The Walking Dead over the last six years, but Christian is about to take on her highest-profile role yet. She'll be bringing the Queen of Tejano music to life in Netflix's Selena: The Series, debuting on Dec. 4. 

Melissa Barrera

Cutting her teeth on TV with roles in telenovelas before starring in Vida on Starz for its three season run, the Mexican actress is making the leap to film. She stars in the big-screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, delayed until 2021 due to the pandemic, and is currently filming an undisclosed role in the highly-anticipated fifth Scream movie.

Xochitl Gomez

Though she's been acting since 2016, the young Mexican-American actress got her big break earlier this year in Netflix's new series adaptation of The Baby-Sitter's Club. Her performance as Dawn Schafer proved to be groundbreaking, as the character has only ever been played by white girls with blonde hair in the past.

Madison Taylor Baez

Christian Serratos isn't the only actress about to make waves for her work as Selena Quintanilla. This 9-year-old triple threat will share the spotlight with the Walking Dead star, playing the slain singer as a child. Of course, she had to learn who Selena was first. "My mom and dad were huge fans of Selena's and they told me all about her and I fell in love with her. I watched the movie," Madison told E! News recently, referring to the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. "I researched [Selena,] she's one of my idols and she inspires me to follow my dreams."

Rachel Zegler

You may not know her name or recognize her face yet, but you will when West Side Story dances into theaters in 2021. Director Steven Spielberg plucked the 19-year-old actress of Colombian and Polish descent out of relative obscurity and cast her in the lead role of Maria. To get a sense of what's in store, check out her viral performance of "Shallow" from 2018.

Herizen Guardiola

Though her USA series Dare Me may have been short-lived, the Cuban-Jamaican actress made quite an impression as Addy in the adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel. She's since appeared in the Netflix film The Lost Husband, opposite Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb, but we can't wait to see where she lands next.

Jharrel Jerome

When Jharrel won an Emmy for his work as Korey Wise in Netflix's When They See Us in 2019, he became the first Afro-Latino and Dominican to pick up a trophy for acting. He'll be seen next in the film Concrete Cowboy, starring opposite Idris Elba. He's also begun dabbling in music, releasing his first single, "For Real," in late September.


The Puerto Rican music producer and songwriter has made a name for himself contributing to hits like Cardi B's "I Like It" and Bad Bunny's "Yo Perreo Sola." In July, he teamed with Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Dua Lipa on "Un Dia (One Day)," earning himself another crossover smash. "It's a special one in my career," he told E! News recently. "Making it happen was a little journey...I'm glad that people really connected with the song." Long story short, any reggaeton bop in the last few years probably has his fingerprints on it somewhere. 

Isabela Merced

The Peruvian actress is perhaps most identifiable for her performance as Dora the Explorer in the 2019 live-action film Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Since then, she's starred in the Netflix movie Let It Snow and has kicked off a very impressive music career

Zoey Luna

Since appearing in HBO's 15: A Quinceañera in 2017, sharing her experience as a trans Latina woman going through the rite of passage, the Mexican-American actress has appeared in Pose and will star in The Craft: Legacy, a standalone sequel to the 1996 horror film.

Alexa Demie

The Mexican-American actress has been garnering attention for her work as Maddy in HBO's Euphoria, as well as her appearance in the 2019 film Waves. She'll be seen next in the Gia Coppola film Mainstream.

Omar Apollo

With two EPs under his belt, the Mexican-American singer-songwriter has quickly become one of the most exciting new voices in the alt-R&B world. His debut album Apolonio, arriving Oct. 16, is a must-listen.

Karol G

After taking home Best New Artist at the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards, the burgeoning Colombian superstar has kept on climbing. By 2020, she was collaborating with the likes of the Jonas Brothers ("X") and Nicki Minaj on "Tusa," which is nominated for both Record and Song of the Year at the Latin Grammys. She's also nominated for The Latin Star of 2020 at the E! People's Choice Awards. "With ["Tusa"] being so huge, I feel so blessed," she told E! News. "And I feel so grateful and so motivated for all the things that are coming."