William Levy: From Cuba to J.Lo to 'Dancing With the Stars'

William LevyHello, William LevyThe Season 14 cast of Dancing With the Stars was announced earlier today; however, there were several stars on the list that many of us didn’t immediately recognize. But according to MamásLatinas writer Mariela Rosario, William Levy is one new cast member you won’t want to miss! While his photo speaks for itself (hubba hubba), here’s some background from Mariela to whet your appetite for this new-to-us hottie.

I feel bad for all of the women of America who don't know who William Levy is, so I felt like it was my duty to introduce you all to the insane hotness that is the Cuban telenovela actor. Here's a breakdown of Mr. Levy's career and personal highlights, so that you can be in the know before the new season of Dancing With the Stars starts on March 19.


1980: Born William Levy Gutiérrez in August 29 in Cojimar, Cuba.

1994: Emigrates to Miami, Florida when he was just 14 years old.

1998-2002: Levy eventually attends college to study business administration on a baseball scholarship but soon realizes he's way too hot for a 9-5 and is off to pursue his acting dreams in Los Angeles.

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2003: Levy signed to the Next Models agency and featured in two reality shows on Telemundo: Isla de la Tentación and Protagonistas de Novela 2.

2003-2011: Levy meets his on-again, off-again girlfriend/baby mama Elizabeth Guttiérez on Protaganistas and the rest is history.

2005-2007: Levy lands small role on Spanish-language telenovela debut Olvidarte Jamas and later, Mi Vida Eres Tu.

2006: First son Christopher Alexander is born with Guttiérez .

2007-2008: Levy gets his first big, breakthrough role on Mexican telenovela Pasión.

2008: Levy's telenovela career takes off, lands huge leading role opposite ex RBD-star Maite Perroni in Cuidado con el Angel, which averaged 45.7 million viewers per episode.

2009: Stars opposite another huge star, actress Jacqueline Bracamontes in Sortilegio. The finale draws 6.6 million viewers, beating ABC and CBS.

2010: Guttiérez gives birth to daughter, Kailey Alexandra.

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2010-2011: Levy reunites with Maite Perroni for highly anticipated telenovela, Triunfo del Amor.

2011: Catches Jennifer Lopez's eye and she casts him as the love interest for her music video, "I'm Into You," effectively introducing him to a mainstream U.S. audience for the first time.

2011: Guttiérez and Levy announce their split amidst speculation of infidelity and photos surfacing of Levy with other women -- Latina women all over the world rejoice.

2012: Cast as a member of the 14th season of ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars!

So there you have it, the 31-year-old's rise to fame was pretty meteoric if you ask me. It also proves that anything J.Lo touches is totally money.

Are you going to tune in to DWTS on March 19 to see William Levy shake his bon-bon?


Written by Mariela Rosario for MamásLatinas.com; photo via ABC

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