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Netflix has changed our lives for sure, to the point that it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't exist. Netflix is the source of the now popular term binge-watching and dominates how we consume shows and movies. Netflix has also been the source of changing the lives of some Latino celebrities, sometimes even salvaging a star's career or bringing others into the spotlight. Kate del Castillo's career, for example, could have been over without the streaming service. But she's not the only one whose life changed drastically thanks to shows, either because they launched careers or brought some others back to life.

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Earlier this year Netflix's Chief Communications Officer, Jonathan Friedland, told us: "From early on, Netflix has been focused on Latin America and the Latino market in the U.S., not only as a market but as a source of talent." Their efforts have clearly paid off. Many of their shows feature Latino stars, which makes us incredibly happy.

Dascha Polanco rose to stardom after appearing on Orange is the New Black. The Dominicana uses her visibility to make us all aware that we are beautiful as we are by advocating--and living--a body positive life. And there are so many others who are inspiring us like Dascha! Check out other alumni whose career took off thanks to Netflix.

Kate del Castillo saved her career thanks to Netflix. 1

Kate del Castillo saved her career thanks to Netflix.

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After a controversial piece in Rolling Stone, penned by Sean Penn and published on January 11, 2016, revealed a secret relationship between La Reina de las Narconovelas and the most wanted drug dealer in the world, her world came crashing. She was investigated by the Mexican government and all her projects were halted.

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Luckily for her, Netflix decided to go ahead with her series 'Ingobernable.' 2

Luckily for her, Netflix decided to go ahead with her series 'Ingobernable.'

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Since her legal problems made it impossible for Del Castillo to travel to Mexico, the streaming company moved production to California.

Ingobernable did so well that a second season is on the way, and the Mexican star even produced a documentary for Netflix about her relationship with El Chapo, how it started and the aftermath.

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Paula Echevarría's life made an 180 degree turn when she accepted the role of Ana in the series 'Velvet.' 3

Paula Echevarría's life made an 180 degree turn when she accepted the role of Ana in the series 'Velvet.'

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She became Spain's sweetheart and her career took off.

Thanks to the success of 'Velvet' in Netflix she became a fashion icon. 4

Echevarría has her own blog in the Spanish version of Elle magazine. She is also the face of several beauty brands in her country and has starred in the movie Ola de Crímenes, the series Velvet Collection and right now she has the lead role in the second season of the action series Los Nuestros.

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Miguel Ángel Silvestre's life also changed when Netflix picked up 'Velvet.' 5

Miguel Ángel Silvestre's life also changed when Netflix picked up 'Velvet.'

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The Spanish actor grew up thinking he was going to be a tennis player and only thought about an acting career when multiple injuries kept him off the court.

He started modeling and then moved to TV roles, including the leading male in the Spanish version of Colombian telenovela Sin tetas no hay paraíso.

Then he was cast as Velvet's Don Alberto.

Once Netflix picked up 'Velvet', it became a favorite among the Spanish-speaking public. 6

Once Netflix picked up 'Velvet', it became a favorite among the Spanish-speaking public.

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Silvestre decided to move to Los Angeles and Netflix started casting him. First as Lito, in the very successful Sense8then as a money launderer in Narcos 3. He was also part of the cast of Ferdinand.

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Dascha Polanco was working two jobs when she got cast as Dayanara Díaz. 7

Dascha Polanco was working two jobs when she got cast as Dayanara Díaz.

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None of those two gigs included acting. But thanks to the success of Netflix's Orange is the New Black, Polanco has done several movies, other TV series and has become a plus-size model.

Polanco was Jennifer Lawrence's best friend in the 2016 movie 'Joy.' 8

She also was part of the cast of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, with Édgar Ramírez and Ricky Martin, and is starring in the upcoming movie iGilbert.

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Diane Guerrero's role on 'OITNB' was supposed to be small. 9

Diane Guerrero's role on 'OITNB' was supposed to be small.

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But the public fell in love with her character of Maritza Ramos and has been on the series for seven seasons.

 

Diane Guerrero has also become the face of many American kids with undocumented parents. 10

Diane Guerrero has also become the face of many American kids with undocumented parents.

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In her book, In the Country We Love, she tells her story and how her Colombian parents were deported after being scammed by their immigration lawyer. It became an Amazon best-seller.

She has six projects coming up in 2018 and 2019, including a TV movie version of her book.

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Pedro Pascal had made his peace with not reaching super star status. 11

Pedro Pascal had made his peace with not reaching super star status.

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Then came Narcos. His role of DEA agent Javier Peña, one of the leading investigators in the hunt for Pablo Escobar, made him well-known around the world.

Pedro Pascal won't be in 'Narcos 4.' 12

Pedro Pascal won't be in 'Narcos 4.'

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But he won't be missing the role of Peña as much as we will. He has four movie projects in the pipeline, including The Equalizer 2, in which he stars with Denzel Washington.

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Mariana Treviño was a theatre actress when she got cast in 'Club de Cuervos.' 13

Mariana Treviño was a theatre actress when she got cast in 'Club de Cuervos.'

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The first Netflix original was filmed in Mexico and made her a star as Isabel, the strong and conflicted owner of the soccer team, Los Cuervos de Nuevo León.

'Club de Cuervos' is now on its third season. 14

'Club de Cuervos' is now on its third season.

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Since the series premiered in 2015, Treviño has starred in four movies, debuted as a horror screenwriter and has two more in the pipeline, including Eugenio Derbez's Overboard.

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Mario Casas started to get noticed in Spain when he was in 'El Internado.' 15

Mario Casas started to get noticed in Spain when he was in 'El Internado.'

Then came El Barco, and he was established as a TV and movie star. But when Netflix picked both series, as well as some of his movies in Spanish, he became an international star.

Nowadays, Netflix has at least six titles with his name. 16

Nowadays, Netflix has at least six titles with his name.

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Which include Palm Trees in the Snow, The Bar and The Invisible Guest. Of course, there are also the TV series El Barco and El Internado.

Casas is also preparing to take over Hollywood. His new movie The Skin of the Wolf was highlighted in the promos of the Miami Film Festival of 2018 and he will star his second movie in English later this year.

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Clara Lago became Spain's sweetheart, thanks to her movie 'Ocho apellidos vascos'. 17

Clara Lago became Spain's sweetheart, thanks to her movie 'Ocho apellidos vascos'.

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Then Netflix picked it up and it did so well that Pantelion decided to distribute the sequel in the U.S.

Fast forward to 2017 and she is in a Hollywood movie together with Liam Neeson. 18

Fast forward to 2017 and she is in a Hollywood movie together with Liam Neeson.

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She was the nurse in The Commuter.  She is currently filming in Spain the movie Gente que viene y bah, and getting ready for her first TV movie in the U.S.

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Nicolás Furtado moved from Uruguay to Argentina looking for work. 19

He got international recognition with his character of drug addict and inmate Diosito in the series El Marginal.

'El Marginal' was supposed to be a one season series and then Netflix happened. 20

The series was included in its catalogue in 2016 and it became a sensation. Now, a prequel is in the works. The script was sold internationally and it's now a series being developed by Telemundo and will air in the fall.

While Furtado, who only did four movies between 2007 and 2014, has two scheduled for 2018 Perdida and ¿A qué te juegas.?