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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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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

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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.

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

Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Latino Celebrities In 40 Years Thanks To FaceApp

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Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Latino Celebrities In 40 Years Thanks To FaceApp

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By now you’re probably fully aware of FaceApp and their whole “we own your photos and do whatever we want with them forever” terms of use, but that certainly doesn’t make the novelty of the aging-app any less fun. Plus, for those of us who’ve already used it, the damage is done — so, uh, YOLO we guess. In truth, FaceApp’s terms of use are very similar to most of the apps we frequently use on a daily basis like SnapChat or Instagram, so you’ve probably already given up a significant portion of your privacy anyway.

We’re all doomed and this won’t be the death stroke. Just relax and settle into looking old now, while you can, before the apocalypse precludes that.

And the icing on the cake are these 13 LAtino celebrities who either took the FaceApp challenge or we did it for them.

1. J Balvin

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Well this is just unfortunate. Sure the photo being in black and white probably doesn’t help much but OMG this is probably the worst of the FaceApp photos I’ve seen so far. Thankfully, he’s still an amazing musician and though his looks may fade he’ll always have that.

2. Maluma

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Ok…#swoon. Maluma baby is giving me full on zaddy vibes and I don’t care if he’s sixty years old I want this man now and forever.

3. Becky G

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Looking fierce as ever.

4. Luis Fonsi

Right…so here’s the thing. Luis is already a good looking guy. I mean look at that hunk of a man. Goergeous. Those arms. And if Luis Fonsi has those same arms at 50 or 60 then I’m totally on-board with old Luis.

5. Shakira

Shakira looks like a timeless beauty in this photo and we know that age will be good to her as she gets older.

6. Cardi B

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In a since-deleted Instagram post, Cardi B predicted this is how she’ll probably look at 80. I mean if that’s Cardi at 80…science must have found a fix for aging.

7. Daddy Yankee

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Maybe we need to start calling him Daddy Yankee the Sugar Daddy…?

8. Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez proves he’ll never be too old for those AC Slater vibes.

9. Camila Cabello

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I feel like Camila will definitely have a future in telenovelas as the villain.

10. Natti Natasha

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Natti is kind of giving me Demi Moore vibes and I’m totally her for it.

11. Don Omar

Ayyyñ Don Omar…pobrecito. Ageing does not look like it will be kind to you.

12. Ricky Martin

Again, absolute pure zaddy vibes. 100%. Ricky Martin is already a total DILF but this FaceApp takes it to the next level.

13. Demi Lovato

Ok…so Demi Lovato just doesn’t age at all? What gives? Fierce and as beautiful as ever.

Some Of Hollywood’s Biggest Celebrities Weren’t Even Born In The U.S.

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Some Of Hollywood’s Biggest Celebrities Weren’t Even Born In The U.S.

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There’s no denying the fact that the entertainment industry has vastly become an amalgamation of artists from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. After all, it was largely built, in great part, by migrants who either fled war-torn countries or arrived in the U.S. with nothing to build a better future. Since the early days of Hollywood, when European migrants fled the two world wars and then the Cold War, showbiz has been accommodating to creative minds searching for a conduit to tell their stories through song, words or film. In these days in which many question the value of cultural diversity, it is important to remember how much migrants have contributed to the social, cultural and political foundations of the United States and other Western countries.

Here are 17 individuals who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and we thank them for it!

1. Gloria Estefan

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Country origin: Cuba
Now lives in: the United States

One of the most influential personalities among the Cuban community in Miami was born in 1957, right in the middle of the Cold War, in Havana. Her father was a soldier and motor escort for Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, so the the family moved to Miami when the Revolution struck. Estefan’s dad later fought in Vietnam. Gloria Estefan is a famous opposer to the revolutionary regime in Cuba. Her dad suffered from the effects of Agent Orange after Vietnam, so Gloria’s mom was her source of support. She has said: “My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all”.

2. Kumail Nanjiani

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Country origin: Pakistan
Now lives in: the United States

The star of The Big Sick was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in a religious Muslim family. He moved to the United States when he was just 18-years-old and he completed a major in computer science and philosophy, a combination that later led him to his iconic role in the HBO hit comedy “Silicon Valley.” Being a Muslim in America in this day and age is not easy, and Kumail has found a way to sublimate these struggles through his art.

3. Salma Hayek

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Country origin: Mexico
Now lives in: France, previously in the United States

Salma Hayek has generated hundreds of jobs in the United States through her movies and her production house, as well as millions of dollars in revenue. She arrived to the United States and initially overstayed her visa before getting a green card. She is open about this, and she has become a citizen of the United States. She lives in France for most of the year with her husband, billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault.

4. Jim Carrey

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Country origin: Canada
Now lives in: the United States

If we think of politically engaged actors in Hollywood, we have to think about Jim Carrey. He was born in Ontario, Canada, but has lived in the United States for decades. He is often outspoken when it comes to politics and he became a citizen in 2004 to be able to vote in the presidential elections. He is as funny as he is intelligent: his political stances are humanitarian in nature and fierce in practice. His philosophy is encapsulated by this awesome phrase: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer”. Just wow.

5. Natalie Portman

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Country origin: Israel
Now lives in: the United States

The Oscar-winning actress holds both an Israeli and an American passport. Besides being an actress, Portman is a consummate scientist and has authored academic papers. She graduated from Harvard, by the way. Todo un cerebrito la Natalia! She also serves some harsh truths: “Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women”.

6. Sofia Vergara

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Country origin: Colombia
Now lives in: the United States

The highest-paid actress in television was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and moved to Miami to find fame and fortune. She also found a home in the United States. She is outspoken about Latino rights and bragged happily when she passed her citizenship test with a perfect score. Te queremos, Sofia, te queremos.

7. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan

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Country origin: India
Now lives in: the United States

Once touted as the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan was born in Puducherry, India, in 1970. His parents migrated to the United States when he was barely six years old and he was raised in Hindu, which made his cultural adaptation harder. He is an honorable member of the American-Indian community and he always shows his ethnicity proudly on his sleeve.

8. Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer

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Country origin: Mexico lindo y querido
Now lives in: the United States

One of the greatest stars of reality television arrived illegally and with a mere $100 USD in his pocket. He chased his American Dream and he found it thanks to his amazing ability to get into the minds of dogs and into the hearts of celebrities and lay people alike. A true standout among Latino entertainers.

9. Singer Regina Spektor

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Country origin: Russia (then the Soviet Union)
Now lives in: the United States

She was born in Moscow in 1980, in the then Soviet Union. Her parents fled the communist regime when she was nine, seeking a refugee status in the United States with the help of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). Spektor is a classically trained musician that has experimented with all sorts of genres. Know that amazing opening song in “Orange is the New Black”? Well, that’s her!

10. Music legend Carlos Santana

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Country origin: Mexico
Now lives in: the United States

One of the godfathers of Chicano rock was actually born in Jalisco, Mexico. The family moved to the border town of Tijuana when Carlos was a kid, and then the young musician tested his luck in San Francisco. The rest, as they say, is musical history. Santana is a true hijo de la frontera.

11. Novelist Isabel Allende

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Country origin: Chile
Now lives in: the United States

The legendary author of The House of Spirits was born in Chile, and denounced the many atrocities of the Pinochet military regime. She did so in her books, and also in her outspoken political persona. She is a Chilean-American dual citizen and in 2014 then-president Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She often lectures on literature in US colleges. She settled in California in 1989 and was awarded her citizenship in 1992.

12. Hollywood legend Anthony Quinn

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Country origin: Mexico
Lived in: the United States

Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca was born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This legendary actor, the epitome of the rugged Hollywood type, was born during the Mexican Revolution to a Mexican mother and an Irish immigrant father. The family later relocated to Los Angeles.

13. Actor Andy Garcia

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Country origin: Cuba
Now lives in: the United States

One of the most vociferous opponents to the Castro regime and a prominent member of the Cuban-American community. He was born in Havana, but his family relocated to the United States after the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion.

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