'The Bold & the Beautiful' Gets First Mexican Actor: 22 Latino Soap Opera Stars

It's been 26 years since The Bold and the Beautiful has been on the air, but 2013 will mark the first time the soap opera will feature a Mexican actor.

According to Fox News Latino, the show began airing in 1987 and has won various awards, including the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series each year between 2009 and 2011.

Get to know The Bold and the Beautiful's first Latino, and check out these 21 other stars who have had roles on daytimes soaps:

1. Soap Stars: Andres Zuno

Andres Zuno

The Mexican telenovela star will be making his English soap opera debut as Rafael on The Bold and the Beautiful.

“I’m the first Mexican to star in an American soap and it feels great,” Zuno told the Latin Times. "I’m very happy and excited and I’m glad that I can finally break the Latino stereotype because my character has nothing to do with that.”

“Soaps in the United States are very tight and closed, it’s an established community, and it’s wonderful that there was this space for me,” Zuno said. “It’s not an easy industry, it’s not as broad as the movies. It was a hard process to go through, but I’m more than delighted to be a part of it.”

2. Soap Stars: Vincent Irizarry

Vincent Irizarry

The Puerto Rican actor has appeared on two soap operas throughout his career, All My Children and The Young and the Restless.

3. Soap Stars: JR Martinez

J.R. Martinez

Martinez wasn’t just Dancing With the Stars on ABC; the retired soldier was also busy starring as Brot Monroe on All My Children.

4. Soap Stars: Eva La Rue

Eva La Rue

The actress who played Maria Santos on All My Children was a regular on the show from 1993 to 2011.

5. Soap Stars: Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos

From 1995 to 2010, the Mexican and Spanish hottie starred as Mateo Santos Sr. on All My Children.

6. Soap Stars: Eddie Matos

Eddie Matos

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican born star played Reverend Ricky Torres on All My Children.

7. Soap Stars: Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela Rodriguez

The 20-year-old belleza played Gabi Hernandez on Days of Our Lives from 2009 to 2010.

8. Soap Stars: Gina Gallego

Gina Gallego

The Mexican American appeared as Warden Smith on 28 episodes of Days of Our Lives.

9. Soap Stars: Matt Cedeno

Matt Cedeno

The Cuban American, who plays Alejandro Rubio on Devious Maids, appeared on Days of Our Lives as Brandon Walker from 1999 to 2006.

10. Soap Stars: Camila Banus

Camila Banus

This young starlet went from being Lola Montez on One Life to Live to Gabi Hernandez on Days of Our Lives.

11. Soap Stars: Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil

Marcil is best known for her role on General Hospital as Brenda Barrett.

12. Soap Stars: Marisa Ramirez

Marisa Ramirez

The 35-year-old actress made a stint on two daytime soap operas. She played Gia Campbell on General Hospital in 2002, and Carmen Mesta on The Young and the Restless from 2006 to 2007.

13. Soap Stars: Erik Valdez

Erik Valdez

The Spanish and Mexican 34-year-old began appearing as Trey Mitchell on General Hospital in 2012.

14. Soap Stars: Florencia Lozano

Florencia Lozano

The Argentinian chica played Tea Delgado on General Hospital and One Life to Live.

15. Soap Stars: David Fumero

David Fumero

The Cuban actor played Cristian Vega on One Life to Live from 1998 to 2012.

16. Soap Stars: Brittany Underwood

Brittany Underwood

The 25-year-old Colombiana appeared as Langston Wilde on One Live to Live before making her way to Nickelodeon’s telenovela-like show, Hollywood Heights, in 2012.

17. Soap Stars: Kamar de los Reyes

Kamar de los Reyes

From 1995 to 2009, De los Reyes starred as Antonio Vega on One Life to Live.

18. Soap Stars: Gina Torres

Gina Torres

The Afro-Cubana played Magdalena on One Life to Live from 1995 to 1996.

19. Soap Stars: Saundra Santiago

Saundra Santiago

The 56-year-old Puerto Rican and Cuban actress appeared as Carlotta Vega on 12 episodes of the daytime soap, One Life to Live.

20. Soap Stars: Tatyana Ali

Tatyana Ali

We know Ali for her role as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but the Panamanian beauty has been playing Roxanne for the past six years on The Young and the Restless.

21. Soap Stars: Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo

The Mexican American Machete Kills star was a bartender on The Young and the Restless for 15 episodes in 2008.

22. Soap Stars: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Before her days on Desperate Housewives, Longoria played Isabella Brana on The Young and the Restless and appeared on one episode of General Hospital in 2000.