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32 Celebrities That You Might Not Know Are Latino

Latinos come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We can be white with blonde hair and blues eyes and we can be black. We are gay, Muslim, Asian, indigenous, etc. Because of our genetic diversity, some Latinos exist in plain sight without anyone knowing. Here are 32 Latino celebrities that you probably didn’t know are, in fact, Latino.

1. Uma Thurman

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Source: Uma Thurman. Digital Image. El Heraldo. November 24, 2017.

You probably know Uma Thurman from her role in “Pulp Fiction” but did you know she has Mexican roots? Her mother, a fashion model named Nena von Schlebrügge, was born in Mexico City before moving to New York to be a model.

2. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

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Snooki first became famous because of her role on “The Jersey Shore.” While she was raised by an Italian-American family, Snooki was actually born in Santiago, Chile.

3. David Gallagher

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Model and actor, Noel Gallagher, is Cuban on his mother’s side. The “7th Heaven” star was born in New York City.

4. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars’ real name is Pete Gene Hernandez. He was born in Hawaii but he is half Puerto Rican on his father side. This is something the singer has become more and more vocal about.

5. Victoria Justice

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The Disney television star is a proud Puerto Rican thanks to her mother. Her mother was raised in the Bronx, a predominately Latino neighborhood so she definitely grew up with Latino values.

6. Fergie

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Fergie was everywhere in the early 2000s as part of the musical group The Black Eyed Peas. But, now you know that she has Mexican ancestry in her family line.

7. Sara Paxton

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Los Angeles-born Sara Paxton can thank her mother for her Jewish and Mexican backgrounds. Her father is a mix of European countries.

8. Nicole Richie

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You likely know Nicole Richie as Lionel Richie’s daughter and “The Simple Life” with bestie Paris Hilton. Nicole was actually adopted by Lionel and her biological family has Mexican ancestry.

9. Hulk Hogan

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Considered by some as the greatest professional wrestler ever, Hulk Hogan, born in Georgia. But did you know that he has Panamanian roots?

10. Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi’s real name is Scott Ramon Seguro. His father is a proud Mexican-American.

11. Andrew Keegan

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He has been on “Party of Five,” “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Independence Day,” but did you know Andrew Keegan is Colombian on his mother’s side? Another fun fact is that the actor has his own cult in Venice Beach, California.

12. Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne’s father, who passed away in a traffic accident, was Cuban. The Cuban-American actor has come out as bisexual recently adding another layer to her already complicated persona.

13. Frankie Muniz

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Everyone knew of Frankie Muniz while growing up thanks to “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Agent Cody Banks.” While Frankie is his stage name, his real name is Francisco, probably thanks to his Puerto Rican father.

14. Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch’s maiden name is Tejada. The soap opera star changed her name while trying to make it in Hollywood, but her father was born in La Paz, Bolivia.

15. Odette Yustman

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Gorgeous Odette Yustman, known for her role in “House,” has a very strong Latino background. Her father was born in Bogota, Colombia and her mother is Cuban.

16. Pedro Pascal

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This one is kind of obvious, but just so we are all on the same page, Pedro Pascal, the star of Netflix’s “Narcos” is Chilean.

17. Nina Garcia

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Nina Garcia is the editor-in-chief of Elle and one of the judges of “Project Runway.” She is also a proud Latina who was born in Barranquilla, Colombia.

18. Aubrey Plaza

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Known for her role in “Parks and Recreation,” Aubrey Plaza is half Puerto Rican. This is also mentioned in her character’s storyline in the show giving you a look at the real Plaza.

19. Linda Christian

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The first Bond Girl was born actually born in Tampico, Mexico. Her real name is Blanca Rosa Welter. How’s that for groundbreaking.

20. Q’orianka Kilcher

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Q’orianka Kilcher portrayed Pocahontas in “The New World” in 2005, which makes sense because her background is indigenous. Her father is of Quechua-Huachipaeri descent, passing down the heritage through Q’orianka’s name. Not technically Latina but the tribe is the indigenous people from Peru.

21. Helena Christensen

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Christensen was a Victoria’s Secret model for years. While she was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, the former model is Peruvian thanks to her mama.

22. Heather Hemmens

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Heather Hemmens, known for her role in “Hellcats,” was born in Maine. She is Costa Rican, proud and has no problem telling you.

23. Jordana Brewster

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Known for her role in the “Fast and Furious” series, Brewster’s father is an American investment banker and her mother is Brazilian model Maria João. Brewster was born in Panama City, Panama.

24. Ryan Lochte

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Lochte made the wrong kind of news during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics by claiming he was robbed at gun point. The story turned out to be false. Any way, the swimmer is a New York-born Cuban on his mother’s side.

25. Alexis Bledel

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Bledel became a household name on the set of “Gilmore Girls” and it hasn’t stopped since. Her father, by the way, was born in Argentina and her mother was born in Arizona but raised in Mexico City. She is quick to let you know that she is Latina.

26. David Blaine

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A world renowned magician, Blaine holds multiple word records. No doubt it makes is father’s Puerto Rican family very happy.

27. Ted Williams

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Former professional baseball player and later manager, Williams was born in California but had Mexican background. He was not the first Latino to play baseball. that title belongs to Luis Manuel Castro from Medellín, Colombia.

28. Vanna White

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Vanna White has spent decades as the beautiful woman that reveals the letters on “Wheel of Fortune.” She is half Puerto Rican but uses her step father’s last name because her biological father abandoned her.

29. Vanessa Marcil

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Born Sally Vanessa Ortiza and known for her role on “General Hospital,” Marcil is half Mexican on her father’s side.

30. Howie Dorough

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Howie D is one of two Latino members of the Backstreet Boys, the other being AJ McLean. It wasn’t spoken about back in the day, but now there is no denying it. Thank you, Internet.

31. Ryan Cabrera

Source: Ryan Cabrera. Digital Image. Gazette Review. January 14, 2017.


Remember Ashlee Simpson’s ex-boyfriend Ryan Cabrera? Well, he was born to a Colombian father which makes him half Latino.

32. Harry Shum Jr.

Source: Harry Schum Jr. Digital Image. Billboard. March 3, 2011.

Known for playing Mike Chang on “Glee,” Harry Shum Jr. was actually born in Costa Rica.

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.

Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.

And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!

1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

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Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

2. Pedro Pascal as Mando

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Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.

3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.

4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

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Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.

5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ

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Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.

7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

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Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol

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Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.

9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh

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Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.

10. Robert Rodriguez

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As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.

11. Adria Arjona

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Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.

12. Pablo Hidalgo

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Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.

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