Boneta Lands Recording Contract with Sony Music U.S. Latin

Diego Boneta is ready to make sweet music in America…

The 23-year-old Mexican actor and singer, who has made a name for himself in television and film, has landed a recording deal Sony Music U.S. Latin.

Diego Boneta

Boneta, best known for portraying Rocco on the Mexican telenovela Rebelde, is a rising star in Hollywood who has become a fixture on U.S. television with roles on MTV’s Underemployed, CW‘s 90210 and ABC Family‘s Pretty Little Liars. He’s also starred in several films, most notably the film adaptation of the Broadway hit musical Rock of Ages, where he starred as Drew Boley and weed dating site.

Now, Boneta is hoping to advance his musical career further with his newly inked record deal with Sony Music U.S. Latin. The label plans to release material in both English and Spanish, beginning with an EP that could come out in early 2015.

“Diego is a brand and music is an integral part of his artistic identity,” says Sony Music U.S. Latin president Nir Seroussi, who plans to find Boneta opportunities in multiple media, including opportunities for Boneta’s music in the many films he acts in.

His upcoming projects include the horror flick Summer Camp and Pelé, dating a younger man, in which Boneta plays archrival Pedro alongside Vincent D’onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro.

“The idea is not to simply release an album but create a strategy that’s congruent with my career,” Boneta said in an exclusive interview with Billboard. However, Boneta points out, “Diego the actor and Diego the singer are managed completely separate from one another.”

Boneta actually started out as a singer, taking voice lessons when he was only 8 years old and becoming a finalist on music reality show Codigo F.A.M.A. when he was 12. At 15, Boneta landed his star-making role on the popular soap opera Rebelde and went on to release two successful solo albums with EMI.

By 2010, at 20 years old, Boneta was already making a mark in Hollywood with his roles in Pretty Little Liars and 90210, plus a role in Mean Girls 2. He was signed briefly to Adam Levine‘s label but finally went to Sony, where he’ll work in both languages and across many mediums.

Now, Boneta is writing new tracks even as he prepares to begin shooting the miniseries The Dovekeepers, from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (The Bible).

The trick to the balancing act, he says, is “finding the time. I’d like to be doing what Justin Timberlake does.”

Boneta to Star in “In The Blood”

Diego Boneta has lined up his next big screen project…

The 21-year-old Mexican actor/singer, currently starring in MTV’s new series Underemployed, has been cast in the film In The Blood.

Diego Boneta

The John Stockwell-directed film centers on a woman who tries to track down her husband after he’s kidnapped while on their South American honeymoon.

Written by James Robert Johnson and Bennett Yellin, In The Blood stars former American Gladiator and Haywire actress Gina Carano as the wife Ava.

The Rock of Ages star will play Manny, a local who ends up joining Ava on her search.

Boneta to Star on MTV’s New Series “Underemployed”

Diego Boneta is about to get underemployed

The 21-year-old Mexican actor/singer is set to star in MTV‘s new scripted dramedy Underemployed, which follows a group of five friends – Sophia, Daphne, Lou, Raviva and Miles – who all believe they’re destined for greatness as they graduate from college and enter the real world. But what happens when complete world domination doesn’t go according to plan?

Diego Boneta

Underemployed picks up one year after graduation, when reality has set in and the group struggles, often comically, to stay optimistic through dead end jobs, terrible bosses, romantic mistakes and major life changes.

Boneta—who received an ALMA Award nomination for his role in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages—portrays Mlles, who wants to be the face of a major American designer’s underwear campaign, but instead is serving drinks and appetizers in his skivvies.

The series, which is currently in production in Chicago, will feature 12 hour-long episodes.

Underemployed  will premiere October 16 at 10pm ET on MTV.

Boneta to Receive CinemaCon’s Rising Star Award

There’s no denying that Diego Boneta’s star is on the rise in Hollywood…

The 21-year-old Mexican actor—who will be starring in the highly anticipated Rock of Ages this summer—will receive CinemaCon’s Rising Star of 2012 Award at the upcoming convention of theater owners in Las Vegas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Diego Boneta

Boneta, who rose to acclaim in Spanish-language television by playing Rocco in the hit Mexican telenovela Rebelde, has appeared on American shows like ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and the CW’s 90210.

The talented actor-singer will play the lead role of aspiring rocker Drew Boley in Rock of Ages from Hairspray director Adam Shankman.

“How exciting to think that Diego Boneta’s first film role will see him share the screen with the likes of Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin,” CinemaCon general managing director Mitch Neuhauser said while announcing Boneta’s award, which will be presented at the final night gala dinner.

Boneta has also been cast in MTV‘s upcoming new series Underemployed.