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10 Portuguese Speaking Actors You (Probably) Didn’t Know About



10 Portuguese Speaking Actors You (Probably) Didn't Know About

These celebrity productions include Fast and Furious, Euphoria, Jane the Virgin and Deadpool.

Everyone is unanimous that Brazilians are successful wherever they go. Many of our soap operas are shown around the world, and films like Cidade de Deus, Central do Brasil or Tropa de Elite have shown a bit of our culture to the public. gringo – and our language too.

But you (probably) didn’t know that several Hollywood stars scratch or even dominate the Portuguese language. Some of them have tupinikim roots, others just decided to learn the language because they were in love with Brazil.

Thinking about it, I love cinema gathered 10 foreign actors who participated in famous productions and have already surprised by showing their linguistic knowledge. Check!


Kaya Scodelario, known for her work in the series Skins and the Maze Runner franchise, is the daughter of Brazilian Katy Scodelario, a native of Itu, located in São Paulo, and Englishman Roger Humphrey. Although she was born and raised in England, she learned the language at an early age and even spent her holidays in Brazil. In interviews, Kaya has already demonstrated her knowledge of the Portuguese language countless times.


Alfred Enoch, best known for his role as Dino Thomas in the Harry Potter and Wes Gibbins saga in How to Avoid Punishment for Murder, was born in London but is the result of a relationship between Brazilian Etheline Margaret Lewis – of Barbados origin – and British William Russell. Like Kaya, he has dual citizenship and is fluent in Portuguese. In 1994, Alfred spent a year in El Salvador and there he fell in love with such delicacies as acharage and bobo shrimp. In addition, he graduated from King’s College, Oxford in Portuguese and Spanish.

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Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster, best known for her role in Fast and Furious 5, is the daughter of former Brazilian model Maria João and an American banker. She was born in Panama City, spent four years of her childhood in Brazil and today communicates with her mother and sister only in Portuguese. Her first film role was in Super Xuxa contra Baixo Astral (1988), and Jordana herself admits that she adored the Queen of the short films.


The daughter of the Brazilian actress Barbie Ferreira gained recognition for her role as Kat Hernandez in the TV series Euphoria. Born in New York, she was raised by her mother, grandmother and aunt, all from Minas Gerais. Her Christian name, by the way, is Barbara, and the young woman appears frequently in Portuguese-speaking Instagram stories.

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Known for films such as Black Swan and The Irreversible, Vincent Cassel may have even been born in Paris, but he maintains a long-term relationship with Brazil. In the 1980s, he came to El Salvador to learn how to play capoeira. In 2013, he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his then wife, Italian actress Monica Bellucci, and their two daughters. Today he is married to French model Tina Kunakey, from whom he has a third daughter, and continues to live in Rio, in particular in Vidigal. He can be seen riding a motorcycle and skateboarding around the city.

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Camilla Belle was born in Los Angeles but grew up speaking Portuguese thanks to her mother, a businesswoman and stylist, who was born in Santos, São Paulo. In addition to her fluency in the language, she has adopted several Brazilian habits such as a passion for soap operas, the beach and Brazilian cuisine, especially brigadeiro and coxinha. Camilla participated in the films When the Strange Flame, 10,000 BC and A Drive.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, nominated for an Oscar for her role in the biopic Frida, is from the province of Veracruz, Mexico. The multilingual actress speaks not only Spanish and English, but also Portuguese, Arabic and French. The latter is due to the fact that she is married to French businessman François-Henri Pinault. Together they have a 14-year-old daughter who, like Salma, can communicate in English, Spanish and French.

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Camila Mendez, father from Porto Alegre and mother from Brasilia, was born and raised in the United States, but lived in the federal capital for a year at the age of 10. Best known for her role as Veronica Lodge on Riverdale, she speaks fluent Portuguese and usually travels to Brazil every year to visit her family. In fact, the actress has already stated that she would like to work in a Brazilian production, as the linguistic issue will be an interesting challenge for her.


Star of soap operas such as A Feia Mais Bela and Jane the Virgin, Jaime Camil was born in Mexico City but is the son of Brazilian singer Cecilia Saldanha da Gama, a Mexican woman of Egyptian descent. In 2014, during a visit to Brazil, he was interviewed by The Noite, hosted by Danilo Gentili. Then he even said: “The most beautiful woman in the world is a Brazilian.”

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Morena Baccarin is the only 100% Brazilian from this list. The daughter of actress Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarina, she was born in Rio de Janeiro and at the age of seven moved with her family to New York. Since then, she has lived in the US and has amassed successful works such as Homeland, V, and Gotham, as well as Deadpool and its sequel, released in 2018. Despite the fact that she considers herself American, Morena loves Brazil and says that when she comes here, she always feels at home.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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