Oscar isaac Guatemala-born, Miami-raised Oscar Isaac is one of the three main characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But although his character of Poe Dameron, the best X-Wing pilot in the resistance, is the one that has made him famous worldwide, his career so far is actually outstanding, to the point that I'm convinced that he is our Denzel Washington--and, like Denzel, he may very well be the actor that will break all the walls that exist now for Latino actors. I'll tell you why.

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He is from Guatemala

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His actual name is Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada, he was born on March 9, 1979 in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia Estrada Nicolle, and a Cuban pulmonologist father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano. They moved to the United States when he was 5 months old.


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But he grew up in Miami

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The actor was raised in Miami, in a very Christian environment. "We were evangelical. [At church] there was speaking in tongues, the devil was a real thing and people believed in demon possession. I was a bit of a loner. Sometimes I look back and think maybe I missed out a little. But I had no interest in going off the rails," he told London's The Telegraph.


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His first love was music

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He inherited his love of music from his dad, who played the music of singers-song writers like Jimmy Hendrix. Oscar went to have his own band, The Blinking Underdogs, that have even opened for Greenday.

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The acting bug

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He started acting just out of high school and went to New York to study. There he got accepted in the prestigious Julliard acting program, although at times he has managed to marry his two loves (like in 2013's critically acclaimed Inside Llewyn Davis).


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He has been a king

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In 2010, critics started to notice Isaac when he played King John in Russell Crowe's Robin Hood, with many saying that he stole the show.


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His beginnings and his name

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His decision to drop his last name Hernández and go with Oscar Isaac as his professional name was made after becoming an American citizen:

I got stopped more at airports and taken to the back because of all the Oscar Hernándezes who are on the list. Also, starting out as an actor, you immediately worry about being pigeonholed or typecast. I don't want to just go up for the dead body, the gangster, the bandolero, whatever. I don’t want to be defined by someone else’s idea of what an Oscar Hernández should be playing. So I used my middle name, Isaac, as my last name.

His first TV role was in Law and Order.


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Virgin Mary's husband

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He was also Saint Joseph in A Nativity Story. His portrayal was nothing short of amazing. "In theological terms," Isaac said in an interview about the role, "..it's really interesting ...  that Joseph was really an integral part of this happening [the Jesus story], and if he had made a couple of different choices, things would have turned out very differently--I mean, I’m sure that God would have found a way, but [Joseph] had a lot of responsibility."

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He replaced Javier Bardem beautifully

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Isaac became a star when the Cohen brothers selected him to star in Inside Llewyin Davis. But the Oscar buzz started when he replaced Javier Bardem in the role of Abel Morales in the acclaimed movie A Most Violent Year, in which he starred with Jessica Chastain.


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He became the father of a humanoid

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His path into science fiction started in 2015, when he played billionaire Nathan Bateman, but nothing could have prepared him for the role that would make him a superstar.

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See this interview in CNN en Español


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He's the main pilot in 'Star Wars'

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Isaac plays Poe Dameron, "the man you want with you in the foxhole," he said in an interview. The actor also admits that he thinks it's "very cool" that Latino kids can see him in Star Wars and think, "That could be me."

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A dream come true

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He has joked how Star Wars was a big part of his childhood, thanks to his tío Guillermo, who showed up on the set with T-shirts like the one Lupita Nyong'o is wearing in the photo that says, "Estar guars." GENIUS!


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Golden Globe

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Isaac has been nominated for two Golden Globes and the favorite to win the 2016 award for Best Actor in a mini serie category for his role in HBO's Show Me a Hero.

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He is mum about his personal life

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His personal life is a total mystery. Rumor has it that he got married in January 2015 to his longtime girlfriend María Miranda, who is also from Miami. But he refuses to talk about it.


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The Apocalypse

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After Star Wars, which opens on December 18, 2015, we will see him again as Apocalypse in the next X-Men movie, which comes out in 2016.