Melissa Barrera Soars in ‘In the Heights’

The deeper into June we get, the extra we see top-level motion pictures and reveals that includes wonderful actresses (new and veteran!). We’re kicking off this week’s Woman Crush Wednesday by singing the praises on one such actress who, all through the previous decade, has gone from tackling telenovelas in Mexico to crooning for the world in her newest function movie. So, with out additional ado, give it up for this week’s WCW, the magnificent Melissa Barrera!

WHO’S THAT GAL: Melissa Barrera

WHY WE’RE CRUSHING: Barrera stars as Vanessa in the long-awaited movie adaption of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s multi Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights, which premieres each in theaters and on HBO Max this Friday, June eleventh. Like the authentic stage manufacturing, the musical drama movie follows likeable and charismatic bodega proprietor Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos) as he works laborious and saves the cash from his day by day grind, all whereas dreaming of a greater life. Set in New York City’s Washington Heights, In the Heights is filled with vibrant characters, unimaginable music, and a melting pot of goals, language, and cultures, and may have you hooked (and grooving) from the begin.

The film presently boasts a 97% Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, and is already receiving heaps of reward and optimistic press from publications like The A.V. ClubIndieWire, VoxEntertainment WeeklyThe Los Angeles Times, us right here at Decider, and extra. Clearly, this movie is an absolute must-watch this summer season, so be certain that to see Barrera and the remainder of the forged’s implausible work in In the Heights as quickly because it drops this week.

WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HER BEFORE: Barrera’s skilled onscreen profession started in 2011 when she appeared as a contestant on Mexican actuality musical expertise present La Academia, the place she in the end completed in 18th place after showing in 14 episodes, and all at the younger age of 21. From there, the budding actress and singer started racking up an array roles in reveals like telenovelas La mujer de Judas, La otra cara del AlmaSiempre tuya AcapulcoTanto amor, and Perseguidos, and in motion pictures like 2014 arthouse comedy L is for Leisure, 2016 comedy-drama Manual de principiantes para ser presidente, 2016 comedy-drama El Hotel, 2018 drama Sacudete Las Penas, and 2018 fantasy mystery-drama Dos Veces Tú.

It has been in the previous couple of years, nonetheless, that Barrera has actually begun to soar on the world stage. In 2017, the actress earned the position of Isabel Cantú in Mexican comedy-drama Club de Cuervos, Netflix‘s first Spanish-language authentic collection. Evidently, her eight episodes on the present helped open her as much as a broader viewers, as only one yr later, Barrera started taking part in the primary position of Lyn Hernandez in Starz drama collection Vida, which ran from 2018 to 2020. And simply final yr, Barrera learn for the iconic literary position of Elizabeth Bennet in the Pride and Prejudice episode of Acting for a Cause. With all of this beneath her belt in solely the first decade of her profession, Barrera has already established herself as a rising expertise to observe on screens huge and small throughout the globe, and we completely can’t wait to see all that she is going to accomplish in the years to return.

WHERE YOU’LL SEE HER AGAIN: Luckily, you received’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer to see extra from Barrera. The actress already has a number of very spectacular irons in the fireplace, so be certain that to maintain a glance out for her three tasks which can be underway. The first undertaking is a brand new installment in the well-known horror-thriller franchise Scream, which is able to comply with a lady returning to her residence city to attempt to discover out who has been committing a collection of vicious crimes, and options Barrera in addition to different huge names like Courtney Cox, Jack Quaid, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Jenna Ortega. The second undertaking (which is presently in post-production) is a musical-drama movie that serves as a modern-day reimagining of the classical opera Carmen, and in which Barrera performs the titular position. Lastly, you may stay up for seeing Barrera in upcoming drama collection Breathe, in which a lone girl should battle the parts and odds to outlive after her small aircraft crashes in the center of the Canadian wilderness.

For much more from Barrera in the meantime, be certain that to comply with her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Don’t miss out on the newest from this week’s fantastic WCW!

Watch In the Heights on HBO Max

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