Herrera’s IMDb bio pegs him as “one of Latin America’s widely-known talents,” and he’s not just known for his acting. He actually got his start as a singer before crossing over into film and television work. His screen debut, 20 years ago, in the 2002 romantic drama “Amar te duele” won him the Favorite Villain award at the MTV Movie Awards Mexico.
From there, Herrera achieved more global recognition in the Mexican telenovela, or soap opera, “Rebelde,” which also spun off into more musical success for him. The story involved a band whose members were in an actual Latin pop group together in real life. In addition to performing most of the show’s music, that pop group, RBD, went on to sell over 15 million albums worldwide and earn a couple of nominations at the Latin Grammy Awards.
Herrera also appeared in Netflix’s “Sense8,” co-created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. His biggest role, pre-2022, in an American television series was that of Father Tomas Ortega in Fox’s “The Exorcist,” which ran for two seasons. Now, he’s on Netflix as Javi in “Ozark,” ready to menace the Byrdes and make his uncle watch the throne, even as viewers seek out his earlier work to watch more of him.