's been the scheming lawyer and the smoldering lover on telenovelas.
He was the scene-stealing hunky yoga instructor in the 2009 motion picture, "Couples Retreat."
Now Carlos Ponce, 42, has made his way into American primetime TV with a new role on the ABC sitcom, "Cristela."
The Puerto Rican-born and Miami-raised Ponce plays Felix, the sarcastic brother-in-law of the show's title character.
The show follows Cristela, played by comedian Cristela Alonzo, who shares a home with Felix and her sister Daniela, their two kids and a traditional Mexican mother.
Ponce's new role comes with plenty of laughs as his character and Cristela trade funny insults. The running joke is that Felix wants Cristela to move out of the house.
"I like Felix. He is a little bit of the guy who is there to instigate, to keep the passion," Ponce said. "When I say passion, I am talking about our Latin passion, that flame that is alive at all times … He throws jabs at her and she back at him, but there is love there. It's always in a loving way. If there wasn't love, she wouldn't be living there."
Although the show follows a Mexican-American family, it shares similarities in tone with a South Florida veteran show, the former PBS series "Que Pasa, USA," which chronicled the daily lives of a multigenerational Cuban family in 1970s Miami. In both programs, most of the scenes take place at the home where playful arguments erupt over culture and tradition.
"I'm kind of glad people see it that way," Ponce said of the comparison. "This is very smart, it's witty, it's fast. If you are not LOLing, you are at least smiling through and through."
Ponce spends his weekdays working in Los Angeles and returns to Pinecrest in Miami-Dade County on weekends. He lives with longtime girlfriend and actress Ximena Duque and their five children. (He has four kids from a previous marriage; she has one).
Even with the bicoastal travel, it's a less grueling schedule than during his most recent stint on "Santa Diabla." The telenovela aired five hourlong episodes a week for several months compared with "Cristela," which is a weekly half-hour sitcom.
"Here we are, working weekly on having one show ready," said Ponce, who tapes the show before a live audience on Thursdays. "I see more of my kids now shooting in L.A. than shooting a telenovela in Miami."
Ponce's comedy streak will continue next year with a film role in the comedy, "Spy," which will star Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham.
"I'm one of the CIA agents, so is Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. We are saving the world," he said, with a laugh.