Natalie Morales to Star in Sony’s R-Rated Jennifer Lawrence Comedy “No Hard Feelings”

Natalie Morales is feelings so good…

The 37-year-old Cuban American actress and director has joined the cast of Sony’s R-rated Jennifer Lawrence comedy No Hard Feelings

Natalie MoralesThe Gene Stupnitsky-directed film, which is currently shooting, follows Lawrence as a ne’er-do-well who is hired by a rich couple to befriend their socially awkward kid.

Disney+/Broadway star Andrew Barth Feldman plays the kid; his parents are played by Matthew Broderick and Laura BenantiEbon Moss-Bachrach also stars.

Morales most recently wrote, directed and starred in Language Lessons opposite Mark Duplass. She also directed the Hulu film Plan B and was nominated for an Imagen Award for her acting work in Language Lessons.

She’ll next be seen in the film I’m Totally Fine, which she executive produces and stars opposite Jillian Bell.

Her television roles include White Collar, The Grinder, Parks and Recreationand Santa Clarita Diet.

Stupnitsky and John Phillips penned the screenplay for No Hard Feelings. Alex Saks, Marc Provissiero, Naomi Odenkirk, Lawrence and Justine Ciarrochi are producing. John Phillips is executive producing.

No Hard Feelings hits theaters on June 16, 2023.

Natalie Morales to Star in Paramount+’s “Rugrats” Series Revival

Natalie Morales is getting animated…

The 26-year-old Cuban American actress has joined the voice cast of Paramount+’s Rugrats series revival.

Natalie Morales

Morales will portray Phil and Lil’s mother.

The reimagining is set to debut on Paramount+ this spring.

Reprising their original Rugrats roles are E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil).

In an interview with Deadline, Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins addressed the decision to keep the original core original cast voicing the kids but bring in new actors for the grown-up roles.

“First of all, we have all the original babies back, all the original cast back, which we are thrilled to have” Robbins said. “Some of the original actors — remember the show is 20-25+  years-old, and we thought there was an opportunity for new exciting comedic voices who grew up watching and being fans of the show and let them do cameos. So we are really excited about our adult cast on Rugrats.

The original Rugrats series premiered 30 years ago, in August of 1991, and some of the actors who played adult characters are no longer alive. The original became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The all-new Rugrats is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain.

Morales’ previous credits include Parks and Recreation, Dead to Me and White Collar.

USA Network Looking to Adapt Telemundo’s “La Reina del Sur”

Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur is about to get an English-language makeover…

The USA Network has given a pilot order to The Queen of the South, an English-language adaptation of the blockbuster 2011 telenovela starring Kate del Castillo.

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Frequent USA collaborator Fox Television Studios (White Collar, Graceland) is set to produce the project. In his television debut, feature producer David T. Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine), who brought the project to the studio, is executive producing.

Based on the best-selling book of the same by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Queen of the South is a serialized crime drama that centers on Teresa Mendoza. When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the cartel.

M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (The Final Girls) wrote the script and will also executive produce the series with Pancho Mansfield.

La Reina Del Sur is not a typical telenovela, with critics noting that is feels closer to Breaking Bad than One Life To Live, and Telemundo giving it a major Emmy campaign. It was Telemundo’s most expensive telenovela ever with a budget of $10 million and became the highest-rated program in the Spanish-language network’s 19-year history, averaging nearly 4.2 million total viewers and more than 2.8 million viewers adults 18-49. Its May 30, 2011 series finale was the No. 1 broadcast program of the night, of any language.

Queen of the South joins USA’s other pilots Stanistan, Mr. Robot and Colony.

Navedo to Star in the CW’s Pilot “Jane the Virgin”

Andrea Navedo has landed the mother of a role…

The Latina actress, who rose to acclaim on the soap operas One Life to Live and Guiding Light, has joined the cast of the CW’s pilot Jane the Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez and Jaime Camil.

Andrea Navedo

Based on the successful Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, the project centers on Jane (Rodriguez), a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated.

Navedo will portray Xiomara, Jane’s mother, who is fiercely devoted to her daughter.

Navedo’s previous television credits include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Golden Boy, White Collar and How to Make It in America.

She most recently appeared in indie film Last I Heard and will next appear in the feature Superfast.

Evangelista Lands Recurring Role on NBC’s “Chicago Fire”

Christine Evangelista’s career is catching fire

The actress has landed a recurring role on NBC’s firefighter drama Chicago Fire.

Christine Evangelista

Evangelista, who most recently starred on ABC’s short-lived series Lucky 7, will portray Allison Rafferty, a new paramedic at 51, a firecracker who gives as good as she gets and knows what she’s doing when the bells go off.

Evangelista’s other credits include appearances on 666 Park Avenue, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Royal Pains and White Collar.

Morales to Guest Star on HBO’s “Girls”

It’s all about the girls for Natalie Morales

The 28-year-old Cuban American actress has landed a guest-starring role on HBO’s Girls.

Natalie Morales

Morales, who most recently starred on the CW’s 90210, will appear in a Season 3 episode of the comedy series as a sweet twentysomething who surrounds herself with artists and has a desire to save the world.

Morales’ recent television credits include Parks and Recreation, The Newsroom and White Collar.

She’s one of the stars of ABC’s new fall comedy Trophy Wife.

Morales Cast in ABC’s Comedy Pilot “Trophy Wife”

Natalie Morales will soon be on best friend duty…

The 27-year-old Cuban American actress has joined the cast of ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Trophy Wife.

Natalie Morales

The project centers on reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman), who finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with Brad (Bradley Whitford), a successful charmer with a quirky sense of humor who has three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins).

Morales will play Meg, Kate’s best friend.

Her television credits include a recent arc on HBO’s Newsroom, as well as recurring roles on USA Network’s White Collar, NBC’s Parks and Recreation and ABC Family’s The Middleman.

Montana’s “Graceland” Headed to Series at USA

Manny Montana will be going undercover in the near future…

The USA Network has picked up the one-hour drama Graceland, which stars the Latino actor. 

Manny Montana

From White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, the ensemble series centers on a diverse group of agents from the FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs who are forced to live together in an undercover beach house in Southern California.

In addition to Montana—who most recently wrapped production of Cybergeddon, which stars Olivier MartinezGraceland stars Rescue Me‘s Daniel Sunjata as the house’s senior FBI agent Paul Briggs, “who has a legendary past but traded in his suit and tie for a more zen existence.”

Montana’s other co-stars include Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito and Brandon Jay McLaren.

“There aren’t many people we’d trust to run two shows on our air, but Jeff Eastin is one of them,” said USA Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel. “He wrote a brilliant script… Daniel and Aaron anchor an incredible ensemble cast.”

No word on yet on when Graceland will begin airing.

The Closer’s Cruz to Guest Star on White Collar

He’s played a beloved detective on TNT’s The Closer for seven seasons… And, now Raymond Cruz will be back behind the badge on another hit show…

The 50-year-old Mexican American actor, best known as The Closer’s Detective Julio Sanchez, will guest star on the upcoming season of White Collar, according to TVGuide.com.

Raymond Cruz

But don’t expect Cruz to be an exemplary lawman… He’ll play Sheriff Enrico Morales, a corrupt local official on a small island town who crosses paths with Neal (Matt Bomer) and Mozzie (Willie Garson). Neal and Mozzie were last seen fleeing from the FBI to an unknown locale in the Season 3 finale.

White Collar started production on Season 4 Monday in Puerto Rico, and is expected to return to the USA lineup this summer.

Cruz joins previously announced upcoming guests Mekhi Phifer, Gregg Henry and AliasMia Maestro.

Along with appearing on The Closer, which will wrap its seven season-run this summer, Cruz’s credits include My Name is Earl, Nip/Tuck and Breaking Bad.

Morales to Guest Star on HBO’s The Newsroom

Breaking news! Natalie Morales is heading to HBO’s upcoming cable news-themed drama series.

The Cuban-American actress has signed on to appear on The Newsroom, where she’ll guest star as Kaylee, the girlfriend of Dev Patel’s character, Neal.

Natalie Morales

Produced by Aaron Sorkin, the hour-long drama is set behind the scenes at a fictional cable news network and centers on an anchor, his new executive producer, his newsroom staff and their boss. The highly anticipated drama stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn and Jane Fonda.

Morales’ television credits include appearances on White Collar, Parks and Recreation and CSI: Miami.