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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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Teodoro Obiang meets the Portuguese he saved from death | NEWS | DV



Teodoro Obiang meets the Portuguese he saved from death |  NEWS |  DV

Teodoro Obiang was received on Tuesday (28.06) at the headquarters of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), where, not to mention the process of abolition of the death penalty in his country, he promised to comply with all the necessary recommendations of the membership. by organization. .

“We are ready, we are organizing to fulfill all the conditions that all CPSG member countries demand,” the President of Equatorial Guinea said in press statements without the right to ask questions.

Accompanied by Zacarias da Costa, executive secretary of the CPLP, Obiang assured that Portuguese, considered a foreign language in Equatorial Guinea, is on the rise, mainly because many young people are already learning the language in schools.

“Portuguese will become the language spoken throughout the country,” he promised.

The President of Equatorial Guinea is in Portugal as one of the senior government officials invited to the United Nations Oceans Conference, which is taking place in Lisbon until 1 July.

The presidential delegation of Equatorial Guinea includes First Lady Constance Mangue, Foreign Minister Simeon Oyono Esono, and Mozambique Murade Muraga, former CPLP Executive Secretary, who serves as Obiang’s Special Adviser for the Portuguese Language.

Jorge Trabulo Marquez spent 38 days canoeing in the Atlantic Ocean.

The head of state of Equatorial Guinea held several bilateral meetings, including with the President of the UN General Assembly, Adullah Shahid; was at the International Craft Fair (FIA), this Wednesday will be received by his Portuguese colleague Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and will visit the Sanctuary of Fatima.

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“Obiang understood and set me free”

At the hotel where he was staying in Lisbon, Obiang received Portuguese journalist Jorge Trabulo Marques, who spent 47 years in prison in Malabo after 38 days of trying to cross the Atlantic by canoe from Sao Tome. . . .

Marquez says he was 30 years old at the time and it was Obiang, then supreme commander of the armed forces, who saved him from death.

“At that time, I was considered a spy because it was hard to believe that a European would sit in a canoe,” Jorge Trabulo Marquez told DW Africa.

“I was taken to Black Beach Maximum Security Prison and sentenced to hang. Five days later, while I was walking, the phone rang and it was Commander Obiang, the nephew of President Macias, who called me to his office to give the president a writ of execution.”

President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang receives journalist Jorge Trabulo Marquez in Lisbon.

Meeting between President Teodoro Obiang and journalist Jorge Trabulo Marquez on Tuesday (28.06)

But Obiang, then 33, went against the execution order for his uncle Macias Nguema.

“Thank God he was understanding, he was generous, he took my word for it and set me free. I was here today to thank him for life because I saw death before me. Every night I heard piercing cries; terror prison. Whoever entered alive, came out in a tomb.”

At this meeting, the journalist expressed his gratitude by offering a picture painted with a portrait of a man who saved his life in a country where the Castilian language prevails and where the death penalty has not yet been completely abolished.

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Portuguese DJ Narciso among the first advertisements of the Polish festival Unsound – Showbiz



Portuguese DJ Narciso among the first advertisements of the Polish festival Unsound - Showbiz

Musician DJ Narciso is the only Portuguese name in the first group of artists at Poland’s Unsound festival, which will take place in Krakow in October, the organization announced today.

The Portuguese DJ Narciso appears in the dance program of the festival, reminiscent of the organization that is part of the Príncipe publishing house from Lisbon.

Narciso created RS Produções in Río de Mouro, municipality of Sintra, in the middle of the last decade, which he shares with Nuno Beats, DJ Nulo, DJ Lima and Farucox.

This year he released the EP “NXE” with London’s Endgame by Chinese publisher SVBKVLT. According to a biography available on Bandcamp at the time of launch, DJ Narciso is “bringing together a new wave of artists from Kuduro from Lisbon, [sendo] one of the youngest members of Príncipe who helped redefine the genre.”

One of the most influential European festivals, which annually collects names from various musical fields and commissions works by contemporary authors, Unsound will present projects in Krakow in its 20th edition, such as the premiere of Osmium, which features Hildur Guðnadóttir. , Slater of Sam Blanket and James Ginsburg, who will play with singer Rulli Shabara on instruments made especially for the occasion, according to a statement from the event.

Polish cellist and composer Resina will join Frenchman Aho San in the Ego Death project, also curated by Unsound.

The Contemporary Spółdzielnia ensemble, in turn, will present “Vitriolum”, in which musicians interpret works on 3D-printed instruments “based on Carpathian flutes and ancient double reeds.”

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From October 9 to 16, Unsound will also host Oren Ambarchi, Johan Bertling and Andreas Verlin as Ghosted, as well as Japanese solo artist Phew and more.

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Portuguese deep tech fund raises over €32m for blue economy projects



Portuguese deep tech fund raises over €32m for blue economy projects

The fund’s first investment in the blue economy and climate action is in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company.

Faber, a Portuguese emerging technology venture capital firm, announces that its Faber Blue Pioneers I fund exceeded its initial target of €30 million to close at €32 million.

Southern Europe’s first venture capital fund focused on “deep tech” for ocean sustainability and climate change has already made its first investment in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company.

Announced late last year, Faber Blue Pioneers I is funded by institutional investors with an impact strategy such as the European Investment Fund (FEI) and Portugal Blue, Sociedade Francisco Manuel dos Santos (through its part of Movendo Capital), Builders Initiative (the philanthropic arm of Builders Vision, impact platform founded by Lucas Walton, dedicated to creating a more humane and healthy planet and with an investment strategy in the oceans), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Champalimaux Foundation, as well as entrepreneurs Peter Reeve, co-founder of SolarCity, CEO of Aqualink and president of Sofar Ocean Technologies, and Pedro Bizarro , co-founder and chief scientist of Feedzai.

Thus, the fund completes its first closure with a core of investors who are in full agreement with the thesis of the fund, with sustainable and investment programs on a global scale in this area, accompanied by successful entrepreneurs who want to support and contribute to the sustainability of the oceans and climate action, which Faber hopes to leverage with additional investors to join the fund’s closed end by the end of 2022.

AI and climate and ocean data

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Faber combines a dedicated focus on early stage deep tech startups (pre-seed and seed) with thematic funds, teams and dedicated advisors who actively work with entrepreneurs to build global artificial intelligence (AI) and climate companies. and ocean data and technology.

The goal of the fund is to invest in a portfolio of 20-25 early stage companies that develop innovative high-tech solutions with global ambitions in areas such as blue biotechnology, food innovation, ocean clean-up technologies or the decarbonization of many industries. with a clear contribution to the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 14.

The fund is managed by a dedicated investment team led by Rita Souza and Carlos Esteban (Partners) and Bruno Ferreira (Venture Partner) with extensive experience in investment, entrepreneurship and technology. The team will work closely with a network of experts, including strategic adviser Thiago Pitta e Cunha (CEO of the Oceano Azul Foundation) and scientific advisors Susana Moreira and Joana Moreira da Silva (science and innovation researchers at Ciimar), as well as with other scientists and industry representatives. experts.

At the time of the first closing, the specialized investment group (based between Lisbon and Barcelona) analyzed more than 600 start-ups from all over Europe, with a particular focus on those starting in the Iberian Peninsula or elsewhere. geographically and who are looking for a suitable partner to expand their activities in Portugal and thus take advantage of the conditions that the country offers to launch high-tech and innovative projects in the blue economy.

The fund’s first investment was in Fuelsave, a German cleantech company focused on the decarbonization of the marine industry, and Faber already has additional investments nearing completion and to be completed over the next few weeks.

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“We are proud to announce Faber Blue Pioneers I’s first major plan above the original goal with a remarkable group of investors who share our strong belief that science and entrepreneurs can accelerate innovation and have a positive impact on ocean and climate resilience. action. We are also very pleased to welcome Fuelsave to the fund’s portfolio as we believe its team will pave the way for the decarbonization of the maritime industry,” says Alexandre Barbosa, Managing Partner of Faber.

Faber is the first Iberian partner of 1000 Ocean Startups, a global coalition of incubators, accelerators, venture capital funds and other platforms dedicated to accelerating innovation with a positive impact on the oceans and supporting at least 1000 startups that are transforming the sustainability of the oceans, oceans and making a significant contribution to the Goal. United Nations in the field of sustainable development 14.

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