21 Gorgeous Puerto Rican Actresses

Alright, you remember the deal from our Irish and  Dominican actress galleries on St. Patrick's Day and Dominican Independence Day. We present you with these beauties, and the only rule is they must have been born in or resided in Puerto Rico -- so, sorry, Jennifer Lopez, but you ain't on this list.  Ready? Bring on the beacons of Boriqueña!
The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is Sunday! Alright, you remember the deal from our <a href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2012/03/13/10-beautiful-irish-actresses/">Irish</a> and <a href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2014/02/26/13-beautiful-actresses-for-dominican-independence-day/"> Dominican actress</a> galleries on St. Patrick's Day and Dominican Independence Day. We present you with these beauties, and the only rule is they must have been born in or resided in Puerto Rico -- so, sorry, Jennifer Lopez, but you ain't on this list. Ready? Bring on the beacons of Boriqueña!
Born in San Juan and raised in Florida, this total stunner pursued dreams of dancing until acting took precedence and she racked up some impressive credits. Her breakthrough, though, was hosting the Nickelodeon show Splat!. More gigs have followed and she's an actress to watch.
Valery Ortiz
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Born in San Juan and raised in Florida, this total stunner pursued dreams of dancing until acting took precedence and she racked up some impressive credits. Her breakthrough, though, was hosting the Nickelodeon show <em>Splat!</em>. More gigs have followed and she's an actress to watch.
Boy, if there's a performing art Roselyn Sánchez hasn't risen to the top of yet, it's probably because she wants to leave herself something to do next year. She had a lengthy run as Elena Delgado on CBS's Without a Trace. She's released albums and just wrote her own freaking musical like, oh, hey, that's no big thing. (And if you're not interested in any specimens of that genre, you should know Yellow is that mythical creature, the R-rated musical). She also does charity work to help sick children from poor families. Hang on...is she an angel of heaven sent to make the world a better place in its time of need? Because it seems like everything she touches she improves.
Roselyn Sánchez
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Boy, if there's a performing art Roselyn Sánchez hasn't risen to the top of yet, it's probably because she wants to leave herself something to do next year. She had a lengthy run as Elena Delgado on CBS's <em>Without a Trace</em>. She's released albums and just wrote her own freaking musical like, oh, hey, that's no big thing. (And if you're not interested in any specimens of that genre, you should know <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_(2006_feature_film)"><em>Yellow</em> is that mythical creature, the R-rated musical)</a>. She also does charity work to help sick children from poor families. Hang on...is she an angel of heaven sent to make the world a better place in its time of need? Because it seems like everything she touches she improves.
Is there a better name than "The Puerto Rican Pepperpot"? Because we want that nickname. Sadly, it is reserved for this funny lady, a Brooklyn native whose parents took her to the old country at age three, and then zip! Back to the U.S. shortly thereafter. She sang! She danced! She delighted! She passed on five years ago, and we miss her. She seems nifty.  Remember that hilarious scene from The Simpsons when Homer is crestfallen at his viewing of Paint Your Wagon? That's a real movie, and not only was she in it, she won a Donaldson Award for it! (Please note that Donaldson Awards no longer exist and anybody who tries to sell you one is a con artist.)
Olga San Juan
She doesn't have a Twitter, naturally. But if she did, it would be funny.
Is there a better name than "The Puerto Rican Pepperpot"? Because we want that nickname. Sadly, it is reserved for this funny lady, a Brooklyn native whose parents took her to the old country at age three, and then zip! Back to the U.S. shortly thereafter. She sang! She danced! She delighted! She passed on five years ago, and we miss her. She seems nifty. Remember that hilarious scene from <em>The Simpsons</em> when Homer is crestfallen at his viewing of <em>Paint Your Wagon</em>? That's a real movie, and not only was she in it, she won a Donaldson Award for it! (Please note that Donaldson Awards no longer exist and anybody who tries to sell you one is a con artist.)
Aw, yeah! Michelle Rodriguez! As you might remember from our Dominicanas gallery, Michelle Rodriguez kicks all the asses. Well not only did she grow up in the Dominican Republic, she put her time in over in Puerto Rico. She grew up in not one, but two paradises! The trade-off? She also came of age in New Jersey.
Michelle Rodriguez
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Aw, yeah! Michelle Rodriguez! As you might remember from <a>our Dominicanas gallery</a>, Michelle Rodriguez kicks all the asses. Well not only did she grow up in the Dominican Republic, she put her time in over in Puerto Rico. She grew up in not one, but two paradises! The trade-off? She also came of age in New Jersey.
Not only an actress but a writer and producer, Lymari Nadal (that's her on the left) penned a serious tale about a woman with a runaway daughter and a violent lover who seeks the American dream in NYC. It was entered as Puerto Rico's nomination for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film, but got bumped out of the running due to some malarkey rule changes. The film included an appearance by Nadal's fellow Battlestar Galactica alum (and husband) Edward James Olmos. Lucky fellow!
Lymari Nadal
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Not only an actress but a writer and producer, Lymari Nadal (that's her on the left) penned a serious tale about a woman with a runaway daughter and a violent lover who seeks the American dream in NYC. It was entered as Puerto Rico's nomination for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film, but <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_(2011_film)">got bumped out of the running due to some malarkey rule changes</a>. The film included an appearance by Nadal's fellow <em>Battlestar Galactica</em> alum (and husband) Edward James Olmos. Lucky fellow!
Rita Moreno is a legend, plain and simple. She played Anita in West Side Story, is an EGOT champion (and was the first Hispanic woman to ever win an Oscar!), dated both Elvis & Brando (double high-fives, Ms. Moreno!), played Carmen Sandiego, and helped define an entire generation's childhood with roles on The Electric Company. Whew! And that's not even half of it. She got a much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors' Guild last year.
Rita Moreno
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Rita Moreno is a legend, plain and simple. She played Anita in <em>West Side Story</em>, is an EGOT champion (and was the first Hispanic woman to ever win an Oscar!), dated both Elvis & Brando (double high-fives, Ms. Moreno!), played Carmen Sandiego, and helped define an entire generation's childhood with roles on <em>The Electric Company</em>. Whew! And that's not even half of it. She got a much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors' Guild last year.
Man, Puerto Rico holds an unbelievably disproportionate number of Miss Universe winners. They've got five titles, and the country's entire population is 3.6 million, meaning out of 1.8 million women, they've got enough desirable qualities to kick nations 10x their size around. You might have seen Ms. Quiñones on Smallville and the Aquaman pilot, the latter of which never aired, but you can buy it on iTunes (it's surprisingly good for a show about Aquaman).
Denise Quiñones
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Man, Puerto Rico holds an unbelievably disproportionate number of Miss Universe winners. They've got five titles, and the country's entire population is 3.6 million, meaning out of 1.8 million women, they've got enough desirable qualities to kick nations 10x their size around. You might have seen Ms. Quiñones on <em>Smallville</em> and the <em>Aquaman</em> pilot, the latter of which never aired, but you can buy it on iTunes (it's surprisingly good for a show about Aquaman).
She moved from Puerto Rico to NYC as part of her dramatic education, when a special scholarship was created explicitly to provide her the opportunity to expand her craft. Now that's when you know you've got talent -- when you become a national commodity.
Míriam Colón
She's not on Twitter, but <a href="http://www.blessmeultima.com/miriamcolon.html">read this bio of just how accomplished this wonderful woman is</a>.
She moved from Puerto Rico to NYC as part of her dramatic education, when a special scholarship was created explicitly to provide her the opportunity to expand her craft. Now that's when you know you've got talent -- when you become a national commodity.
Although born in Venezuela to Argentine & Italian parents, she grew up in Puerto Rico her entire life, so that's got to count, right? Certainly it does according to the lady herself. Home is where the heart is, after all. Ours currently resides wherever she is.
Mara Croatto
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Although born in Venezuela to Argentine & Italian parents, she grew up in Puerto Rico her entire life, so that's got to count, right? Certainly it does <a href="http://www.prpop.org/biografias/m_bios/mara_croatto.shtml">according to the lady herself</a>. Home is where the heart is, after all. Ours currently resides wherever she is.
A native of tiny Toa Alta, she rose to Miss Universe, became a TV personality in the Philippines, married (and divorced) Marc Antony, wrote a self-help book based on those experiences, and  landed on People magazine's Most Beautiful People list. Through all that, she has possessed two of the most beautiful eyes the human race has ever produced.
Dayanara Torres
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A native of tiny Toa Alta, she rose to Miss Universe, became a TV personality in the Philippines, married (and divorced) Marc Antony, wrote a self-help book based on those experiences, and landed on <em>People</em> magazine's Most Beautiful People list. Through all that, she has possessed two of the most beautiful eyes the human race has ever produced.
Emigrating to Mexico during its cinematic golden age, she achieved great success. Later she and her husband Fernando Cortés returned to Puerto Rico and produced/starred in a comedy show called Mapy y Papi, which we can all agree is the best possible name.
Mapy Cortés
She passed on long before Twitter was invented.
Emigrating to Mexico during its cinematic golden age, she achieved great success. Later she and her husband Fernando Cortés returned to Puerto Rico and produced/starred in a comedy show called <em>Mapy y Papi</em>, which we can all agree is the best possible name.
She's had parts in primarily genre films, but our favorite role would have to be her background part in kickass video game Red Dead Redemption -- now that's a credit we'd be bragging about for the rest of our lives.
Pili Montilla
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She's had parts in primarily genre films, but our favorite role would have to be her background part in kickass video game <em>Red Dead Redemption</em> -- now that's a credit we'd be bragging about for the rest of our lives.
Although a journalist for the infotainment show Primer Impacto she did have a small acting role in Chasing Papi, albeit playing a TV reporter. That's good enough for us! And somehow we think you'll forgive the slight distinction.
Bárbara Bermudo
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Although a journalist for the infotainment show <em>Primer Impacto</em> she did have a small acting role in <em>Chasing Papi</em>, albeit playing a TV reporter. That's good enough for us! And somehow we think you'll forgive the slight distinction.
The Miss Teen USA moved from Puerto Rico to Vermont which is--brrrr!--quite a transition. After overcoming a very troubled childhood, as detailed in her book, Lost in the System she changed her name from Lopez to Ayanna, a Cherokee word that means "Blessed." She turned heads playing pretty, popular high school girls in The Rage: Carrie 2 and Jawkbreaker along with some other high-profile films. These days you might find her in headier fare.
Charlotte Ayanna
<a href="http://twitter.com/CharlotteAyanna">If she has a Twitter, she's keeping it low-profile</a>. Much like that dress. Hooray!
The Miss Teen USA moved from Puerto Rico to Vermont which is--brrrr!--quite a transition. After overcoming a very troubled childhood, as detailed in her book, <em>Lost in the System</em> she <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_Ayanna">changed her name</a> from Lopez to Ayanna, a Cherokee word that means "Blessed." She turned heads playing pretty, popular high school girls in <em>The Rage: Carrie 2</em> and <em>Jawkbreaker</em> along with some other high-profile films. These days you might find her in headier fare.
Originally a Miss Puerto Rico, she joined the telenovela El Sirviente and got tapped for her own show, A Girl Called Ivonne. Pretty ringing endorsement from the TV station, no? After it concluded, she moved to LA to study more theater, then New York, where she performed a lot of Shakespeare. You might have seen her as Yolanda in The Godfather II or Lean on Me. She's still active in acting, appearing in fan-favorite drama Teen Wolf this year.
Ivonne Coll
She's not one for the tweeting, no sir. <a href="http://ivonnecoll.com/bio.html">Enjoy her website instead</a>.
Originally a Miss Puerto Rico, she joined the telenovela <em>El Sirviente</em> and got tapped for her own show, <em>A Girl Called Ivonne</em>. Pretty ringing endorsement from the TV station, no? After it concluded, she moved to LA to study more theater, then New York, where she performed a lot of Shakespeare. You might have seen her as Yolanda in <em>The Godfather II</em> or <em>Lean on Me</em>. She's still active in acting, appearing in fan-favorite drama <em>Teen Wolf</em> this year.
Hostess of Telemundo's Un Nuevo Día, she's been acting since she was six! This lifelong creative type isn't tall, but she casts a long shadow, playing memorable characters in numerous soap operas.
Adamari López
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Hostess of Telemundo's <em>Un Nuevo Día</em>, she's been acting since she was six! This lifelong creative type isn't tall, but she casts a long shadow, playing memorable characters in numerous soap operas.
Moving from PR to Florida at 14, she met the world with her debut on Survivor. After that, she participated in WWE Raw Diva Search before settling into acting and hosting the music dance party show Descontrol.
Jessie Camacho
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Moving from PR to Florida at 14, she met the world with her debut on <em>Survivor</em>. After that, she participated in <em>WWE Raw Diva Search</em> before settling into acting and hosting the music dance party show <em>Descontrol</em>.
Niece of Mapy Cortés, she found plenty of success in her own right primarily in the telenovelas, as well as some delightful schlock.
Mapita Cortés
She passed away three months before Twitter was founded, so no, you won't find her there.
Niece of Mapy Cortés, she found plenty of success in her own right primarily in the telenovelas, as well as some delightful schlock.
Actress, TV host, immortal? Websites disagree on her age, saying she's either born in '64 or '66. We think you'll agree either both of those are wrong or she was bitten by a vampire, because daaaaaaang, Giselle Blondet. Dang.
Giselle Blondet
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Actress, TV host, immortal? Websites disagree on her age, saying she's either born in '64 or '66. We think you'll agree either both of those are wrong or she was bitten by a vampire, because daaaaaaang, Giselle Blondet. Dang.
You might know her from Real Housewives but probably not, because you're a guy. More likely you know her from House of Payne or, if you have a slow-motion photographic memory, Baywatch.
Joyce Giraud
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You might know her from <em>Real Housewives</em> but probably not, because you're a guy. More likely you know her from <em>House of Payne</em> or, if you have a slow-motion photographic memory, <em>Baywatch</em>.
Miss Universe 2006, and boy oh boy, does it show in her grace and beauty. A devoted mom, she had a son with Minnesota Timberwolves point guard José Juan Barea. You might also have seen her in Wrestlemania XXIII's Battle of the Billionaires, in Donald Trump's corner. (Well...nobody's perfect! But she comes closer than the rest of us.)
Zuleyka Rivera
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Miss Universe 2006, and boy oh boy, does it show in her grace and beauty. A devoted mom, she had a son with Minnesota Timberwolves point guard José Juan Barea. You might also have seen her in <em>Wrestlemania XXIII</em>'s Battle of the Billionaires, in Donald Trump's corner. (Well...nobody's perfect! But she comes closer than the rest of us.)
Come on, no way that woman is 50. She's like...32, tops.
Giselle Blondet again
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Come on, no way that woman is 50. She's like...32, tops.
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