Kate del Castillo saved her career thanks to Netflix. 1
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.
Luckily for her, Netflix decided to go ahead with her series 'Ingobernable.' 2
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.
Paula Echevarría's life made an 180 degree turn when she accepted the role of Ana in the series 'Velvet.' 3
She became Spain's sweetheart and her career took off.
Miguel Ángel Silvestre's life also changed when Netflix picked up 'Velvet.' 5
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.
Then he was cast as Velvet's Don Alberto.
Once Netflix picked up 'Velvet', it became a favorite among the Spanish-speaking public. 6
Dascha Polanco was working two jobs when she got cast as Dayanara Díaz. 7
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.
Diane Guerrero's role on 'OITNB' was supposed to be small. 9
But the public fell in love with her character of Maritza Ramos and has been on the series for seven seasons.
Pedro Pascal had made his peace with not reaching super star status. 11
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
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.
Mariana Treviño was a theatre actress when she got cast in 'Club de Cuervos.' 13
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
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.
Mario Casas started to get noticed in Spain when he was in 'El Internado.' 15
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
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.
Fast forward to 2017 and she is in a Hollywood movie together with Liam Neeson. 18
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.?