Perez to Star in NBC’s Drama Pilot “Drama High”

Rosie Perez is heading back to school…

The 52-year-old Puerto Rican actress has been cast in a lead role in NBC’s drama pilot Drama High, from Friday Night Lights executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, producer of the smash Broadway hit Hamilton.

Rosie Perez

Written by Katims, Drama High was inspired by the story of ground-breaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High, written by one of Volpe’s students, Michael Sokolove.

The hourlong project revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.

Perez plays Tracey, the high energy with a no-holds-barred mouth current Drama School teacher and a former high school theater person who is finding someone else with passion and vision can still inspire her.

Perez joins previously cast Moana star Auli’i Cravalho.

After filming the pilot, Perez will shoot Bounty Hunters, a 6-episode series for Sky 1 in London with Jack Whitehall.

Cravalho to Star in NBC’s Drama Pilot “Drama High”

Auli’i Cravalho is signing up for the drama club…

The 16-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress/singer and Moana standout has landed a lead role in NBC’s drama pilot Drama High, from Friday Night Lights executive producer/showrunner Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller, producer of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical Hamilton.

Auli’i Cravalho

Written by Katims, Drama High was inspired by the story of ground-breaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High, written by one of Volpe’s students, Michael Sokolove.

The hourlong project revolves around an extraordinary working-class high school drama department and the incredible students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.

In her television debut, Cravalho will play one of the students, Lilette, in the project.

Cravalho earned an Annie Award for her voice work as the title character in Disney’s Oscar-animated film Moana, her first-ever Hollywood project.

Rios to Star in FX’s John Singleton Drug-Drama Pilot “Snowfall”

Winter is coming for Emily Rios

The 27-year-old Mexican American actress has signed on to star as series regular on FX’s Snowfall, John Singleton’s 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot.

Emily Rios

Co-created and executive produced by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Erick Amadio, and directed by El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the pilot has been undergoing a revamp. 

Rios, who portrayed Andrea Cantillo on AMC’s Breaking Bad, will play Lucia, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime family that imports and sells marijuana throughout Los Angeles.

Rios, who earned her big break in the film Quinceañera, also starred in FX’s The Bridge, as well as guest appearances on True Detective, Friday Night Lights and Men of a Certain Age.

Rios Books Arc on HBO’s “True Detective”

Emily Rios has found her true calling…

The 25-year-old Mexican American actress has landed a recurring role on the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective, which revolves around three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

Emily Rios

Rios, who most recently starred on FX’s The Bridge, will portray Gabby Behenna, traumatized by life in a traumatic family.

Rios, who rose to acclaim in 2006’s Quinceañera, is currently shooting Paint It Black.

Her other television credits include guest appearances on Grimm, Almost Human, Private Practice, Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights.

Sanchez to Star in “The Purge” Sequel

Kiele Sanchez is feeling the urge to purge

The 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress has landed a role in the sequel to Universal Pictures and Blumhouse ProductionsThe Purge.

Kiele Sanchez

Sanchez, who rose to acclaim on A&E’s drama The Glades, joins a cast that includes Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams, Sparkle star Carmen Ejogo and Friday Night Lights.

The sequel, which will hit theaters on Friday, June 20, 2014, will see the return of writer-director James DeMonaco. It was recently announced that Frank Grillo will star.

The sequel should reside in a similar setting to the original, where, once a year, there’s a 12-hour period when all crime is allowed and condoned.

When The Purge, made on a budget of $3 million, opened in theaters in June, it earned a stunning $34 million in its debut, setting a new record for original R-rated horror (that record was later broken by The Conjuring). The Ethan Hawke-starrer went on to earn $89.3 million worldwide.

Sanchez’s other film credits include A Perfect Getaway and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, and she’s appeared on television in Samantha Who? and Lost.

Rios Upped to Series Regular on FX’s “The Bridge”

Emily Rios is will be getting more screen time on FX’s drama The Bridge.

The 24-year-old Mexican American actress, who appeared in almost all episodes of the Demian Bichir-starrer‘s first season as a recurring cast member, has been promoted to regular for the second season.

Emily Rios

The move signals her characters’ increasing importance in the upcoming storyline. Rios plays El Paso Times reporter Ariana Mendez. In the season one finale, she and her fellow reporter (Matthew Lillard) came across a home filled with cash that will lead to an investigation on both sides of the border in the second season.

Rios is best known for playing Jessie Pinkman’s ill-fated girlfriend Andrea Cantillo on Breaking Bad. She also has recurred on Men Of A Certain Age and Friday Night Lights.

Lovato Releases the Official Music Video for “Made in the USA”

Demi Lovato is proving to be an all-American girl in her latest music video…

The 20-year-old part-Mexican American singer has released the official clip for her new single “Made in the USA.”

Demi Lovato

The nearly-five-minute-long video follows a young man and woman who meet at a carnival and falls in love. But both have to separate when he’s sent off to war.

Meanwhile, Lovato is shown rocking at the carnival with her guitar.

“If you fall I’ll fall with you baby/ No matter how far we go I want the whole world to know/ I want you bad/ And I won’t have it any other way/ No matter what the people say/ I know that we’ll never break/ Cause our love was made, made in the USA,” sings the judge on The X Factor.

The video, co-directed by Lovato and Ryan Pallota, stars 90210 heartthrob Dustin Milligan and Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden.

“I’m SO happy you guys love my video!!!! This was such an incredible experience co-directing.. Glad you guys are happy with it!!!” tweeted Lovato.

“I dedicate my video to all of the troops, anyone who has passed away over seas and to this INCREDIBLE country that I’m so thankful 4..,” she continued.

“Made in the USA” is the second single off her self-titled fourth studio album, Demi. It’s the follow-up to “Heart Attack,” which peaked at No. 10 on Billboard Hot 100.

Sanchez Ties the Knot with Zach Gilford

Kiele Sanchez is no longer a single lady…

The 36-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress married fiancé Zach Gilford on Saturday, according to the Gilford’s rep.

Kiele Sanchez

Sanchez, who currently stars in A&E’s drama series The Glades, and the Friday Night Lights star got engaged in December 2011.

Gilford – who played quarterback Matt Saracen on the football series – costarred with Sanchez in the 2010 TV movie Matadors.

Sanchez has previously appeared on Lost, Samantha Who? and Related.

Rios to Appear in FX’s “The Bridge” Pilot

Emily Rios is making a run for the border…

The 23-year-old Mexican American actress has been cast in FX’s drama pilot The Bridge.

Emily Rios

The Bridge pilot, to be directed by Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo, will star Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir.

The project, an adaptation of the Scandinavian series Bron, centers on two detectives from the U.S. and Mexico – El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rios, who most recently appeared in a recurring role on Breaking Bad, will play the recurring role of Adrianna Perez, a young, diligent reporter who works at the El Paso Times.

Rios’ television credits include Men of a Certain Age, Friday Night Lights, House and The Closer. She also appeared in the films Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son and Quinceañera.

Alonso to Star in NBC’s “Revolution”

Daniella Alonso is ready for a revolution

The 33-year-old half-Puerto Rican and part-Peruvian actress has landed a role on NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution.

Daniella Alonso

Alonso will portray “Nora” on the eagerly awaited show. Series creator and executive producer Eric Kripke describes her character as a “rebel fighter, battling against the militia that controls North America. And she’s got a lot of rough water under the bridge with Miles, Billy Burke’s character. And she likes to blow stuff up.”

Alonso has previously had recurring roles on Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill and Covert Affairs.

Revolution, which showcases a post-apocalyptic America where electrical devices cease functioning, debuts on September 17.