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There is so much that could be said about Mexico. It is a country that has contributed so much to the world through the years, and a nation with so much history that has created a magnificent and colorful culture. The Mexican community has become such a monumental part of Latino culture, especially in the way they represent us all in Hollywood and in front of the rest of the world. Mexico is the home of world wonders, delectable cuisine, and some of the most talented people on the planet. Mexico has produced some of the greatest television, films, and music to come out of Latin America, and the country's stars have even taken over Hollywood.

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A lot of the Latin representation we see in English-language entertainment is thanks to Mexican stars who broke down the barriers and crossed over into American culture. Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Eugenio Derbez are just a few of Mexico's talented celebrities who are taking Hollywood by storm. Mexicans are also dominating behind the screen, with some of the most celebrated directors in the movie industry. 

Mexico has given us pop stars like Thalía and Paulina Rubio, and Mexican American stars like Becky G and Chiquis continue to shine and making their people proud. Scroll through to see some of Mexico's most famous stars who make all of us Latinos super proud.

Paulina Rubio is one of Mexico's sweethearts. 1

Paulina Rubio is one of Mexico's sweethearts.

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Paulina started her career when she was a young girl and hasn't slowed down since. From her acting and singing to her appearances on TV shows, La Chica Dorada has become one of the biggest pop stars to come out of Mexico.

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Thalía is adored in Mexico and beyond. 2

Thalía is adored in Mexico and beyond.

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From the baby-faced telenovela actress fans met in Maria La Del Barrio and other huge novelas, to her massive singing career, and her fashion line, Thalía created a name for herself and she brings her country pride wherever she goes.

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Lucero can do no wrong. 3

Lucero can do no wrong.

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The multi-platinum singer is absolutely adored in Mexico. She has become one of the country's most beloved stars through her music and her acting, and she has been around since she was a little girl.

The sky is the limit for Eugenio Derbez. 4

The sky is the limit for Eugenio Derbez.

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Eugenio has been making Spanish-language audiences laugh for years. The actor is known for breaking down barriers in Hollywood, and bringing his comedic talents to audiences worldwide. 

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Salma Hayek makes us all so proud. 5

Salma Hayek makes us all so proud.

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Salma became one of the most beautiful and desirable women in Hollywood as well as a powerhouse actress. She has represented Mexico and her culture at every step of her career.

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Kate del Castillo continues to shine. 6

Kate del Castillo continues to shine.

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The actress comes from a talented family in Mexico, with her dad being the legendary actor Eric del Castillo. She made a name for herself through her incredible acting and even crossed over and worked on English-language movies and shows.

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Eiza González is representing Latinas in Hollywood. 7

Eiza González is representing Latinas in Hollywood.

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The Mexican actress is captivating audiences in some major Hollywood films. She is representing her country through every acting role she takes on.

Maite Perroni started her career young. 8

Maite Perroni started her career young.

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She went from being a member of one of Mexico's biggest groups, RBD, to being a leading lady in telenovelas that had massive success. 

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Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico. 9

Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico.

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The Oscar-winning actress has caused both Kenya and Mexico to argue over who gets to claim her and her success. The actress was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents but she has stated that she is proud of her roots. "I'm Mexican and Kenyan at the same time," the actress told El Mañana. "I've seen the quarrels over my nationality, but I'm Kenyan and Mexican at the same time. So again, I am Mexican-Kenyan and I am fascinated by carne asada tacos." 

George Lopez is one of Hollywood's biggest comedians. 10

George Lopez is one of Hollywood's biggest comedians.

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He began his career as a standup comedian but the actor broke barriers with his sitcom George Lopez. He became one of the highest paid comedians in the world.

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Guillermo del Toro is proud of his country. 11

Guillermo del Toro is proud of his country.

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The Mexican director was born in Guadalajara and has since become one of Hollywood's most admired filmakers. He has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as two Oscars under his belt. 

Ana de la Reguera is such a star. 12

Ana de la Reguera is such a star.

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The actress is celebrated in her home country and has also landed some great roles in Hollywood. She starred in films including Nacho Libre and Everything, Everything and in TV shows including Power and Narcos.

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Oscar de la Hoya is one of boxing's most famous stars. 13

Oscar de la Hoya is one of boxing's most famous stars.

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The Mexican American boxer became known as The Golden Boy of boxing for bringing home the gold medal from the 1992 Summer Olympics. He then went on to have a massively successful career as a boxer. 

Diego Luna is establishing himself in Hollywood. 14

Diego Luna is establishing himself in Hollywood.

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He started his career as a child actor in novelas and he continued acting into adulthood. He has now starred in several projects in Hollywood like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Eva Longoria will go down in history as one of TV's highest paid stars. 15

Eva Longoria will go down in history as one of TV's highest paid stars.

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With her role in Desperate Housewives, Eva became one of TV's highest earning stars. She has since starred in movies and has also started working behind the camera as a producer in some of her projects like Grand Hotel.

Becky G was born and raised in California. 16

Becky G was born and raised in California.

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Becky G represents Inglewood, California, no matter where she goes. But she also is so beyond proud of her Mexican roots and they are a huge part of who she is.

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Yalitza Aparicio was a breakthrough star in 2018. 17

Yalitza Aparicio was a breakthrough star in 2018.

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Thanks to her role in the Oscar-winning film Roma, Yalitza became a Hollywood sweetheart overnight. She also landed her first Oscar nomination for her first acting role. What an accomplishment!

Alejandra Espinoza is killing it on television. 18

Alejandra Espinoza is killing it on television.

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The Mexican star has become a staple in Spanish-language television. Alejandra represented Mexico in Nuestra Belleza Latina and was the first winner on the show. She has turned that win into a career as a successful TV host and actress.

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Chiquis is carrying on her mom's legacy. 19

Chiquis is carrying on her mom's legacy.

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Chiquis' mom, Jenni Rivera, was one of Mexico's most beloved singers. Chiquis picked up the torch after her mom's death in 2012, and has continued on with her own singing career.

Vicente Fernandez is Mexican royalty. 20

Vicente Fernandez is Mexican royalty.

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He is known as the king of ranchera music. He retired after decades of providing some of the most beautiful traditional Mexican music, which reached millions around the world. 

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Alejandro Fernandez is carrying on his dad's legacy. 21

Alejandro Fernandez is carrying on his dad's legacy.

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Aside from being Vicente Fernandez's son, Alejadro has managed to pave his own way through his own music. 

Aislinn Derbez inherited her dad's talent. 22

Aislinn Derbez inherited her dad's talent.

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The actress is making a name for herself in the acting world, and it doesn't hurt when your dad is the Eugenio Derbez. 

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Gael García Bernal is getting ready to take on Hollywood. 23

Gael García Bernal is getting ready to take on Hollywood.

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He grew up as an actor in Mexico, finding success early on, and now the actor is expanding his talents and reaching wider audiences through English-language movies. 

Alfonso Cuarón is a true Mexican gem. 24

Alfonso Cuarón is a true Mexican gem.

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One Oscar wasn't enough for the Mexico-born director. So far, he has won five Oscars for his movies Roma and Gravity--and we know there's more to come from him.