Get To Know ‘SNL’s’ First Latina Cast Member Through Some Of Her Best Impressions

From working in retail to TV’s biggest stage.

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"Saturday Night Live" announced three new cast members would join the show’s upcoming 43rd season.

The three newbies are Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor. This is a big moment for all three newcomers, but is especially triumphant for Villaseñor, who will be the first Latina to join the show's cast.

Villaseñor addition continues SNL's ongoing effort to diversify its cast. In 2013, after calls from for more Black women to join the show, we were introduced to Leslie Jones, who became a regular on the series.

In the past, Latino comedians Horatio Sanz, who is Chilean-American, and Fred Armisen, who has a Venezuelan, Japanese, and German ancestry, have been a part of the SNL cast, according to The Atlantic

She has been in the comedy arena for 10 years, compiling a résumé that consists of appearances on Más Mejor, Family Guy, ESPN, and even a run into the top 16 on America's Got Talent back in 2011. 

Here is her clip from AGT when she was still working in retail and simply had the dream of one day making comedy and celebrity impressions a career. It had almost 9 million views as of Monday.

If you were really feeling her Christina Aguilera impression, here she is giving a full-on singing class.

Aguilera isn’t the only singer she has down pat. Just wait until you see her seflie face swap with Jennifer Lopez. We honestly would have never known this wasn’t the real Jenny.

Here she is as J. Lo, reminding Marc Anthony not to feed their kids too much junk food.

While we will have to wait until the new season to see what new impressions Villaseñor brings to the table, here is a full compilation ranging from Pikachu to Owen Wilson. This should keep you occupied.

Congrats Melissa! We will be tuning in for sure.