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This List Of 17 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Were Latino Will Leave You Wondering How You Didn’t Know

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We’ve all done it. You meet someone new, take one good look at them and ask (almost rhetorically): “So, where are you from?” Often we expect faces to match exotic countries around the world, but frequently the response, complemented with a puzzled expression, is something like: “Oh, umm Michigan…”

But Latinos come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, We can be white and blonde gueros, we can be black, and every color in between. We are gay, Muslim, Asian, Jewish, Indigenous, and so much more.

Here are 32 Latino celebrities that you probably didn’t know are, in fact, Latino.

1. Nicole Richie

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

I mean people really didn’t know…

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Like it was a serious shock apparently to many across social media.

2. Aubrey Plaza

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The Parks and Recreation star is boricua pa’que lo sepas, but in several interviews, she said that people never think she’s Puerto Rican. “I’m very fair-skinned, but I feel really connected to that side of my family.”

3. Alexis Bedel

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Yep, it’s true! The actress, best known for her role as Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, was born to Argentinian parents (her mom grew up in Mexico) and raised in a Spanish-speaking household. She’s told Latina that she’s often assumed to be Irish.

4. Bruno Mars

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Born Peter Hernandez to Puerto Rican and Filipino parents, Mars changed his name to avoid being stereotyped in the music industry, he told GQ.com. “People would say, ‘Your last name’s Hernandez, maybe you should do Latin music … Enrique Iglesias is so hot right now!'”

5. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made a name for herself as the (very tan) of New Jersey’s Italian-Americans. But she was actually born in Chile and adopted by an Italian-American family when she was just six months old.

6. Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz’s father is of Cuban descent, born and raised in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City. The bubbly blonde actress told Vogue magazine she spent part of her summers as a child in Tampa with her over-protective grandmother, “playing cards, eating steak and rice and beans and drinking RC Cola and watching soap operas.”

7. Jessica Alba

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Actress Jessica Alba’s father is Mexican-American, and she says she takes pride in being Latina, despite rumors to the contrary.

8. Sara Paxton

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WIth roles on “Good Girls” and “Last House on the Left”, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sara says people are often surprised to learn she’s half Mexican.

“People never believe me,”she told The Huffington Post. “I think it’s because they have this stereotype of what a Latina’s supposed to look like, and I don’t fit that typical look.”

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. 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.

12. Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch’s apellido 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.

13. 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.

14. Vanna White

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You know her as the legendary hostess of Wheel of Fortune, but White – whose very last name hints that she’s Caucasian— is actually part-Latina!

You see, “White” is not Vanna’s real apellido—it’s the name she took from her stepfather Herbert Stackley WhiteJr., a former real estate agent in North Myrtle Beach.  Not much is known about Vanna’s real father whose name is Miguel Angel Rosich, except that he was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and abandoned the family when she was a child.

15. Mark Ballas

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Professional ballroom dancer Mark Ballas (Dancing With the Stars) is half-Greek, and half-Mexican. Ballas’ paternal grandmother was named Maria Luisa Marulanda Ballas — and while she is not Latina herself — Ballas’ mother, Shirley Ballas is an award-winning dancer who won the 1995 International Latin American Dance Championship, earning the nickname “The Queen of Latin.” 

16. James Roday

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The last name trips people up, James says, but the Psych star, who’s half Mexican, changed it from Rodriguez to Roday when he launched his career for two reasons: There was already another James Rodriguez registered in the Screen Actors Guild, and an agent at the network where he landed his first job worried that they would look like they were skirting around issues of diversity by casting a white Latino.

17. 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.

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Latino Celebrities Before And After: These Photos Will Leave You Wondering What’s Real In Life

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Latino Celebrities Before And After: These Photos Will Leave You Wondering What’s Real In Life

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Yes, at some point or another celebrities were like us ‘normal’ people. It’s always nice to see celebrities sharing their photos from the past on the internet because it proves that we all have to start somewhere. Here’s a couple of celebrity throwbacks that will make you look twice. 

Bad Bunny 

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Ba-Ba-Ba-Baby Bad Bunny! The Latin trap star shared a picture of himself as a child on Instagram and it’s absolutely precious! His curly hair is totally non-existent now as he shaves his hair into that recognizable v-shape we all know and love. 

Becky G

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At a young age, Becky G knew she was going to be a star! If you dive into the depths of YouTube, you’ll stumble across Becky G’s videos from eight years ago. From teenager to mujer, we saw Becky G grow up in to one of the most popular artists. Before entering the Latin music scene, Becky G’s greatest hit was “Shower,” which was released 5 years ago. 

Maluma

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Maluma BABY! The Colombian singer recently shared a picture of himself as a kid that will make you say ‘awww, que lindo.’ There are people that look nothing like their younger selves, but there are others who still have that same baby face⁠—Maluma is one of them. Despite the beard and dyed hair, the youthful expression on his face remains. 

Cardi B 

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Ah yes, the picture of Cardi B as a young girl that went viral as a meme for all the right reasons! First, Cardi B was a super cute kid. Second, the picture of her, hand on her hip and forcing a smile, is relatable. We’ve all been in that kind of situation as a kid. On top of all of this, Cardi B still looks the same and the sass she served when she was 5-years-old has only magnified. 

J Balvin 

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J Balvin is almost unrecognizable in this picture! However, his nose really gives it away. Throughout the years, J Balvin’s hair has seen an evolution of its own. From afro, to short, and even a bright pink, we have seen his hair change drastically. 

Karol G

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This a a double before and after, can you guess why? J Balvin is also in this picture. Before they both became the stars that they are now, the two sang together at a party hosted by Karol G’s family. What a small world, right? Although Karol G looks noticeably younger in the photo, a lot of her features have remained the same. 

Jaime Camil

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Look at that hair! Before becoming Rogelio De La Vega on the popular show, “Jane the Virgin,” Jaime Camil was a big celebrity on Mexican television; he starred in the well-known telenovela “La Fea más Bella.” 

America Ferrera


The movies that come to mind when I think of America Ferrera are a “Real Women have Curves” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Since then, Ferrera has come a long way in her career. She is also into activism and in 2007, she was named as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People. 

Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara recently shared this throwback picture of herself in Miami Beach, Florida. The now 47-year-old has aged gracefully, not looking that different compared to when she was 18. 

Diane Guerrero 

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Looks familiar? “Orange is the New Black” star, Diane Guerrero, mirrored her childhood photograph for the cover of her memoir, “In the Country we Love.” The two images, side-by-side, are a reminder of the youth Guerrero lost due to the deportation of her family. Guerrero has become a well-known actress that advocates for the rights of immigrants. 

Shakira

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These hips don’t lie and Shakira does not look a day over 40. In this picture, Shakira is 21 years old and she still has the same care-free and youthful look. Kind of hoping we see the red hair make a come back one day. 

Natti Natasha

Natti Natasha looks unrecognizable in this picture! If she wouldn’t have posted this, I would have never guessed that this was a throwback of the Dominican singer. 

Jennifer Lopez

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It goes without saying, Jennifer Lopez has aged like the finest wine ever existed. J.Lo recently turned 50 and went all out to celebrate in style. 

Pitbull

Mr. Worldwide, took to Instagram to share a super cute photo of himself with his mother. 

Zoe Saldana

Can you spot Zoe Saldana? She’s the little girl on the far left. Saldana looks a lot like her mother, proving that it’s all the genes. 

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o had bangs way before they became popular. In the Instagram caption, Nyong’o gives a shout-out to her fuller eyebrows. #ThickBrowsForTheWin!

We all went through our awkward stages (some more so than others) ⁠— it’s a fact of life. Also, transformations don’t happen over night! It takes time to find the right style for you. 

Alejandro Sanz Launched A Project To Help Support Dreamers And These Latino Celebrities Came Out To Help

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Alejandro Sanz Launched A Project To Help Support Dreamers And These Latino Celebrities Came Out To Help

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Alejandro Sanz has landed in the U.S. to kick of his La Gira tour and with that he is creating a new movement in support of Dreamers – undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at a young age and have lived their entire lives stateside. Many A-listers are getting behind La Tortura singer’s Dreamers initiative which can easily be supported by means of a t-shirt. Ricky Martin, Camila Cabello and J Balvin are a few of the Latino celebs who have shared selfies wearing the charitable and comfy-looking tops.

The all-black shirts come in an array of styles including the classic t-shirt style, long sleeves, sleeveless and racerback tank tops and are available to purchase for the budget-friendly price of $26.99. Each of the shirts features #Dreamers written across the front with the letter A written upside down and encircled.

Funds from the shirts will help the Ascend Educational Fund which provides funds for their education, the Dream Big Nevada DACA renewal fund and the Immigrants Rising’s that provides subsidies to undocumented entrepreneurs who work to create positive social change.

Luis Fonsi

The Puerto Rican singer shared a photo wearing the classic style tee. Next to it he wrote, “Every great dream begins with a DREAMER. Don’t let anyone threaten your dreams or make you feel like you don’t belong.”

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin supported the Spanish singer by posting a selfie where he looks completely chill and relaxed. He wrote, “I’m joining my friend Alejandro on this great initiative to support the Dreamers in the US. Because #WeAllDream. We all belong. We are all one. And EVERYONE matters.”

Camila Cabello

The Señorita singer didn’t fall behind as she also supported Dreamers. On her stories Camila shared a selfie and wrote, “I’m joining my friend @alejandrosanz on the initiative to support the #Dreamers in the US!!!” She continued, “Because they are kids just like us just trying to do the best they can in this world.”

Ricardo Montaner

The Venezuelan-Argentine singer did his part and supported the cause with a snap that he captioned with, “Alejandro asked me to call your attention, in his name and those of #dreamers… I also join this beautiful campaign.”

J Balvin

Colombiano J Balvin didn’t hesitate in purchasing a t-shirt and a coffee to go. The Con Altura singer shared a stylish pic wearing an all-black ensemble and standing next to a food truck. “A good coffee and a good cause CharityStars.com/Alejandro #WeallDream.”

India Martinez

The Spanish singer took part in the movement with a pic showcasing her support (and her flawless skin!).

Paty Cantu

The Mexican singer shared a radiant, fresh-faced selfie simulating a polaroid. “I think, then exist. I dream, then live. All dreams are important. And we can do more than by supporting with words. We can support with actions,” she wrote.

Ana Lorena

The Mexican-American actress proudly supports Alejandro with a stunning photo she captioned with, “I like people that don’t just stand still in moments of unease or discomfort. I like the kind of people who actually do something for change. That’s why I’ve joined @alejandrosanz, the #DreamerTeam and the Dreamers in standing together to fight for this cause.” 

Alejandro Sanz

Of course, Alejandro himself also took to social media to share how he wears the charitable shirt by posting his own smiling pic. “I wear the t-shirt of dreams fulfilled, and you? #DREAMERS #DreamerTeam #WeAllDream”