Tenoch Huerta: 5 Things To Know About The Breakout Star Playing Namor In ‘Black Panther 2’

Tenoch Huerta is going to be the actor everyone's talking about after 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's release. Get to know the Mexican actor who is a total scene-stealer in the movie.

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  • Tenoch stars as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
  • Tenoch is from Mexico.
  • Tenoch recently wrote a book.

Tenoch Huerta is undoubtedly the breakout star of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The 41-year-old makes a splash as Namor, the main antagonist of the sequel. Tenoch holds his own with the Black Panther powerhouses, and he’s about to take Hollywood by storm.

You might be asking, who is Tenoch Huerta? He’s making Marvel history with Namor. HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things to know about Tenoch.

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Tenoch Huerta as Namor in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’ (Marvel)

1. Tenoch plays Namor in the Black Panther sequel.

Tenoch’s Namor is the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Talokan. Namor is extremely powerful and has pointed ears, as well as wings on his feet. On his first day filming, Tenoch made a speech to his co-workers. “This is the first superhero with an Indigenous background, a Mesoamerican background,” Tenoch told Los Angeles Times. “It’s a brown-skinned guy. This ancient culture is in his roots. And he speaks like me. We are making history. I told them, ‘Let’s do something to be proud of.'”

2. Tenoch is from Mexico.

Tenoch was born and raised in Ecatepec, a Mexico City neighborhood. His full name is José Tenoch Huerta Mejía. He studied journalism in college.

3. Tenoch wrote a book.

Tenoch released Orgullo Prieto (Brown Pride) about racism and colorism in Mexico. “In Latin America we have a serious problem of racism,” he also told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s a different dynamic [than in the U.S.] because here, the people are segregated, and in Mexico and Latin America, it’s integrated by force.” The book will be released on December 13, 2022.

4. Tenoch previously starred in Narcos: Mexico.

The actor played Rafael Caro Quintero in the Netflix series. He also starred in the series Blue Demon and the 2021 film The Forever Purge. He has appeared in Latin American and Spanish films since his onscreen debut in 2006.

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Tenoch Huerta at the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ premiere. (James Gillham/Shutterstock)

5. Tenoch is private about his personal life.

Tenoch mostly uses his social media presence to promote his work. However, he has posted photos of his family, including two kids who appear to be his children. Tenoch has not publicly spoken about having children.

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