- Written by Lea Victoria Juarez
Without any previous acting experience, local Noel Leonardo Carabaza Garza landed a role in the comedy movie “How to be a Latin Lover,” where the 12-year-old plays the younger version of the main character.
The film also stars Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Raquel Welch and Mexican television actor Eugenio Derbez, who is the film’s main character. Derbez plays flashy Casanova type who was dumped by his wealthy female companion and is forced to live with his estranged sister while trying to find another well-off lady friend.
The auditions were held in San Juan, and Noel, or Leo as his parents refer to him, didn’t have plans to attend until two days before the auditions took place. A neighborhood friend, who was already planning to read for the role, invited him along.