Telenovela cast

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

as Ana Sophia Calderon

Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild- and ALMA Award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Desperate Housewives alum. Her greatest work is as a champion of women, the Latino community, and youth with special needs.

Longoria is set to star opposite Oscar-nominee Demián Bichir in the feature film Low Riders, which looks at the lives of enthusiasts of the reemerging low-riding culture in Southern California's Latino communities. Longoria also recently starred in the feature films Refugio, Any Day, alongside Sean Bean and Kate Walsh, and the critically acclaimed feature film Frontera, co-starring Michael Peña and Ed Harris. Longoria also recently guest starred on the Golden Globe Award-winning comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

She established the Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Foundation programs help Latinas achieve their full potential through parent engagement, mentorship, extracurricular participation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, micro-loans and other high-potential interventions.

In addition to her foundation, Longoria co-founded Eva's Heroes in 2006. Eva's Heroes enriches the lives of those with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on the four tenets of interact, grow, learn and love. Based in San Antonio, the organization helps teens and young adults with intellectual special needs to integrate into and flourish in society.

Longoria is also the spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cáncer, a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. Padres is the only Latino program in the United States that is focused on addressing the needs of the entire family. Since becoming a spokesperson 10 years ago, Longoria has helped raise more than $7 million through her participation as the Chair of El Sueño de Esperanza Gala, personal contributions and other special campaigns.

Longoria was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter and honored by Variety with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their Power of Women issue. Longoria has received countless other awards for her philanthropy and activism, including the prestigious Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award by the YWCA USA, the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from Women in Film during their annual Crystal + Lucy Awards and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Horizon Award, presented each year to the individual whose work most advances the presence of Latinos in television and/or film.

A pillar in the Latino community, Longoria has executive produced and hosted the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards for the past eight years. Longoria also executive produced, in collaboration with Academy Award-nominated Shine Global, the documentary The Harvest, which focuses on the plight of the estimated 500,000 child farm workers whose tireless efforts help feed America.

Longoria received her master's degree in Chicano studies from California State University, Northridge. Follow her on Twitter at @EvaLongoria.

Jencarlos Canela

Jencarlos Canela

as Zavier Castillo

Born and raised in Miami, Jencarlo Canela has starred on multiple TV productions, collaborated with some of the most prestigious musical talents of his time and performed in more than 200 countries. A graduate of the New World School of the Arts, he debuted as a theatre actor and singer in the 2008 stage musical "Miami Libre" at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Canela's 2009 debut album, "Búscame," entered the Latin album charts at No. 1 and was certified gold within weeks of its release.

Canela's first TV role was on Telemundo's soap opera Pecados ajenos. That propelled him to sign an exclusive contract with the network for which he has co-starred on several Spanish-language productions.

Univision extended an invitation for Canela to join their esteemed panel of judges for the popular reality show Nuestra Belleza Latina. Soon after, Univision joined forces with Televisa Network in Mexico City to create a reality show called Va Por Ti, featuring Canela.

On the music front, Canela has collaborated with the likes of Grammy Award-winning songwriter Emilio Estefan, Latin Grammy Award-winning producer Rudy Pérez and performing artist Pitbull, among several others. In 2013, Canela was signed as an exclusive artist by Universal Music Records and he released his third and most recent discography production, "JEN," in 2014.

Canela is involved with many charitable causes, including the Department of Families in Puerto Rico, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, League Against Cancer and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Follow him on Twitter at @jencarlosmusic

Diana Maria Riva

Diana Maria Riva

as Mimi Moncada

For the past 18 years, Diana Riva has established herself as a dominant force in television, film and theater. On the big screen, she most recently starred in McFarland, USA, with Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, and Love and Mercy, with Elizabeth Banks and John Cusack. Riva also had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed film Short Term 12. In 2010, she starred opposite America Ferrera in Our Family Wedding and has also appeared in 17 Again, What Women Want, Employee of the Month, Chasing Papi and The Third Wheel, among others.

On the television side, Riva was most recently seen on Saint George, with comedian George Lopez, and simultaneously recurred on The Bridge, starring Diane Kruger. Other prominent series in which Riva has appeared include Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, City of Angels, NYPD Blue, Everybody Loves Raymond, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Less Than Perfect, The Hughleys, The Drew Carey Show, Strong Medicine, The X-Files, The Pretender, Party of Five, Ghost Whisperer and In Plain Sight.

Riva was born and raised in Cincinnati with her native roots going back to the Dominican Republic. She earned an MFA in Theater Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and soon after that appeared in the Michael Weller play "Help!" Based on that performance, she received a development deal from ABC and landed her first television lead on "Common Law."

On stage, Riva performed her one-woman show "Besame Mucho, O.K. That's Enough," a semi-autobiographical work about the perspectives of five women on the journey of love, marriage and divorce in the Latino culture.

Riva resides in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter at @DianaMariaRiva

Jose Moreno Brooks

Jose Moreno Brooks

as Gael Garnica

Growing up in San Jose, California, Jose Moreno Brooks went on to graduate from UCLA with a very practical degree in economics and philosophy, but soon took an acting class and realized that all he had ever wanted to do was tell stories.

Partnering with a writer/director he met in acting class, Brooks embarked on a life-changing journey to Kurdistan, Iraq, to film a feature about an aging athlete pursuing his dream of playing professional soccer. Brooks not only produced and starred in "Mikael," but also served as the film's editor. Inspired by the story, Brooks returned to his lifelong passion of playing soccer and was playing semi-pro until Telenovela came along.

Most recently, Brooks starred on the retelling of Stephan Perez's true-life story, MTV's One Bad Choice. Other credits include a guest starring role on The Nine Lives of Chloe King, as well as roles on The Game and Big Time Rush.

Follow him on Twitter at @josebrooks

Alex Meneses

Alex Meneses

as Isabela Santamaria

Alex Meneses is an ALMA Award-nominated actress known for her smoldering bombshell characters and philanthropic commitment to a wide variety of causes. She was first embraced by audiences for playing Teresa Morales on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Her role as Stefania Fogagnolo - Brad Garrett's luscious Italian girlfriend on Everybody Loves Raymond - earned her ALMA Award and American Comedy Award nominations. Other TV roles include Joey Tribbiani's sister Cookie on Friends and Sophia on The Goldbergs. She was also on CSI, CSI: Miami, Prison Break, NCIS, Psych, Austin & Ally and The Cleveland Show.

On film, the Chicago native and former model appeared in Selena, Boyle Heights and the New York Film Critics Circle Award-winning Auto Focus.

As president and founder of her own production company (OOLaLa Productions/LADDS Entertainment), Meneses produced the Sundance Channel hit documentary Damned to Heaven. She also executive produced "Australians Hit Hollywood," an honest look at Australians and New Zealanders who have turned themselves into prominent players in Hollywood.

Meneses received acclaim in the Geffen Playhouse's production of "Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple" by Neil Simon.

In her ongoing commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, Meneses served on the Board of Trustees at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for 10 years. She also serves on the boards for United Hope for Animals, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Chicago History Museum. An alum of Chicago's Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Meneses frequently returns to campus and meets with students. In 2005, she established the Alexandra Meneses Endowed Scholarship to ensure young women are given the best possible careers and life opportunities.

A devoted mother to her young daughter, Meneses divides her time between Los Angeles and Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @RealAlexMeneses

Amaury Nolasco

Amaury Nolasco

as Rodrigo Suarez

A native of Puerto Rico, Amaury Nolasco had plans to enroll in medical school after he attended the University of Puerto Rico to study biology. However, his plans were cut short when he was approached by a director who encouraged him to pursue a career in acting. Soon after, Nolasco was cast in his first television commercial, jumpstarting his acting career.

Eventually, Nolasco made the move to New York where he studied at the American British Dramatic Arts School. He went on to guest star on several popular television shows, including CSI, ER and George Lopez, before landing his first major supporting role in the big screen hit 2 Fast 2 Furious as Orange Julius.

In 2003, USA Today named Nolasco as one of 27 people to watch in the industry. In 2005, Nolasco solidified his Hollywood acting career with his series regular role as Fernando Sucre on the critically acclaimed series Prison Break.

His film credits include co-starring in Michael Bay's Transformers, and David Ayer's Street Kings, opposite Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker. Additionally, Nolasco appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg in Max Payne; and in Armored, alongside Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon and Jean Reno.

Nolasco recently finished a supporting role in Ariel Vromen's Criminal, starring Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, slated for a 2016 release. On the TV front, Nolasco recently had a recurring arc on Gang Related. He's had previous roles on Justified, Rizzoli & Isles, Southland and Burn Notice.

Nolasco currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @amaurynolasco

Jadyn Douglas

Jadyn Douglas

as Roxy Rios

Jadyn Douglas started her pursuit of acting in 2011 while living in New York. In 2012, she was cast in the independent film Greetings from Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley. Last year, she played a murdering con artist on the drama Taxi Brooklyn and was also cast in the Andrew Levitas drama Lullaby, alongside Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund.

Douglas was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Nashville. She began a career in music at an early age, writing and touring around the world with her original songs. Music remains a passion as she continues on her journey.

Follow her on Twitter at @JadynDouglas

Izzy Diaz

Izzy Diaz

as Issac Aguero

On the big screen, Diaz appeared in Brian De Palma's Iraqi war drama Redacted. His TV credits include Parenthood, Austin & Ally, Lost, Rules of Engagement, Workaholics and Happy Endings.

On stage he has performed in "Abstraction", "The World's Worst Play Ever", "Rounded Off Edge" and "Who or Whom?"

He currently resides in East Massapequa, New York, with his family. Follow him on Twitter at @TheIzzyDiaz

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