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32 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Are Latino

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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

Source: Snooki. Digital Image. Hawt Celebs. September 14, 2015.


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

Source: David Gallagher. Digital Image. Ethnic Celebs. August 9, 2009.


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

Source: Bruno Mars. Digital Image. UK Mix. January 2, 2017.


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

Source: Victoria Justice. Digital Image. Famous Birthdays.


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

Source: Fergie. Digital Image. Z1035. January 26, 2016.


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

Source: Sara Paxton. Digital Image. Celeb Mafia.


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

Source: Nicole Richie. Digital Image. Hello Magazine. May 2, 2014.


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

Source: Hulk Hogan. Digital Image. Flickering Myth. July 24, 2015.


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

Source: Kid Cudi.Digital Image. Billboard. April 22, 2016.  


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

11. Andrew Keegan

Source: Andrew Keegan. Digital Image. The Huffington Post. August 18, 2014.


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

Source: Bella Thorne. Digital image. The Hollywood Gossip.


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

Source: Frankie Muniz. DIgital Image. Famous Birthdays.


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

Source: Odette Yustman. Digital Image. Ethnicelebs. June 17, 2010.


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

Source: Pedro Pascal. Digital Image. Aqui lo mire. September 10, 2017.


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

Source: Nina Garcia. Digital Image. Marie Claire. August 25, 2015.


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

Source: Aubrey Plaza. Digital Image. Advocate. July 7, 2016.


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

Source: Linda Christian. Digital Image. The Guardian. July 26, 2011.


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

Source: Q’orianka Kilcher. Digital Image. Image Event.


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

Source: Helena Christensen. Digital Image. Pop Sugar.


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

Source: Heather Hemmens. Digital image. FCBA History.


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

Source: Jordana Brewster. Digital Image. Beauty Banter.


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

Source: Ryan Lochte. Digital Image. LA Times. April 27, 2017.


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

Source: Alexis Bledel. Digital Image. Gazette Review . January 5, 2017.


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

Source: David Blaine. Digital Image. Biography.


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

27. Ted Williams

Source: Ted Williams. Digital Image. Doc Stull. September 19, 2016.


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

Source: Vanna White. Digital Image. Latin Trends. 


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

Source: Vanessa Marcil. Digital Image. Bartcop.


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

30. Howie Dorough

Source: Howie D. Digital Image. Bands In Town.


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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