23 Young Hollywood Stars You Never Knew Were Latino!

The 26th annual Kids' Choice Awards are coming up on Saturday (8/7c on Nickelodeon!) and what better way to celebrate this year's impressive crop of Latino nominees than with a look at 20+ young stars you never knew were Latino!

Check out our gallery of proud young stars, then tell us: Will you be watching the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday?

1. Another 15: Daniella Monet

Daniella Monet, 22

Best known for playing Katrina “Trina” Vega in the Nickelodeon sitcom, Victorious, most people don’t believe that Daniella Monet is half-Chilean.


2. Another 15: Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery, 18

Is it true that American Idol contestant Scotty McCreery, a cowboy from Garner, North Carolina whose music idols include Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, is part-Latino? All we can say to that is, “Yes ma’am!”


3. Vivo: Jeanine Mason

Jeanine Mason, 20:  When Jeanine Mason won the fifth season of FOX’s hit dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance, no one knew this brilliant dancer was Cuban. But the Miami-born Latina—whose aunt sent her pastelitos de guayaba y queso and croquetas during the competition—told Latina.com she couldn’t be prouder of her background: “My entire family is Cuban: My dad’s family and my mom’s family! I am a first-generation cubana americana!”


4. Vivo: Maiara Walsh

Maiara Walsh, 22: She is best known for her roles as the Indian character, Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel series, Cory and the House, and as Eva Longoria Parker’s Mexican niece, Ana, on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, but Maiara Walsh is 100% Brazilian.


5. Another 15: Heather Hemmens

Heather Hemmens, 21

Though some people might think she’s African American, Heather Hemmens, who played fan-favorite Alice Verdura on the CW’s hit series Hellcats is 100% Latina and proud of it! The part-Costa Rican actress—whose father is White, recently told Latina.com: "When someone says ‘Tell me about yourself,’  I wish I could answer simply, ‘I'm Latina!’ There's not much more to it. I love dancing, eating and I have sass that I make no apologies for."


6. Another 15: Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace, 31

Many know actress Noomi Rapace from her breakout role as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), but few know that Noomi—whose mother Nina Norén is Swedish—has a Spanish father, a Flamenco singer named Rogelio Durán.


7. Vivo: Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi, 26: Rapper, singer and actor Kid Cudi—who currently plays Domingo Brown on HBO’s How to Make it in America—was born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi (hence the moniker). The talented musician first blew up when his song "Day and Night" hit the airwaves last summer, but most people don't know that he is the product of an African American mother and Mexican father.


8. Vivo: Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza, 25: She plays Amy Poehler's slothful college intern, April, on NBC’s hit comedy, Parks and Recreation; but people have a hard time believing that this talented and irreverent comedienne is Latina. “I was like the only diverse kid in my high school, and I'm half-Puerto Rican,” Plaza told Latina.com. “I have a huge family and tons of cousins in Puerto Rico. We actually hung out with them last summer, and it was awesome.”


9. Vivo: Michael Trevino

Michael Trevino, 25:

You know him as Ozzy, the bad boy with a soft side on the CW’s 90210, and in his current role as Tyler Lockwood on the hit series, The Vampire Diaries, but did you know that Trevino is Mexican? “I'm a full-blooded Mexican,” Michael proudly told Latina.com: “My mother was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and my father—the son of Mexican immigrants—was born near Fresno, California.”  Michael’s favorite food? “There’s this small taco stand in L.A., and I'll go there and have this Pastor Quesadilla that's to die for! My grandmother also makes great Mexican dishes.”


10. 15 Mas: Q'Orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher, 21

With a first name like “Q’orianka,” few people think of Q’orianka Kilcher — who is best known for her role as Pocahontas in the Terrence Malick film, The New World (2005) — as a Latina. But in fact, the name Q’orianka translates to “golden eagle” in Quechua, the official language of the Inca Empire and an official language in Peru. Kilcher’s mother is of Swiss descent, but her father is a native South American artist from Madre de Dios, Peru. In 2006, the talented young actress — who speaks fluent Spanish — won an Alma Award for Best Latin Actress in a Feature Film for The New World


11. 15 Mas: Nicole Anderson

Nicole Gale Anderson, 20

Though you probably wouldn’t know it by looking at her, Nicole — who is known for her roles as Macy Misa on the Disney series, Jonas L.A., (2009-2010) and as Kelly Parker on ABC Family’s Make It or Break It (2009-2011) — is a mix of several ethnic backgrounds including Swedish on her father’s side and Filipino and Spanish on her mother’s side.  

12. 15 Mas: Stefano Langone

Stefano Langone, 22

You know him as the handsome Italian contestant who came in seventh place on American Idol season 10, but Stefano Langone — whose dad is Italian — is also half-Latino. “My mother is Mexican and Spanish," Stefano tells us. No wonder he and J.Lo were so quick to bond!

13. Another 15: Sabrina Bryan

Sabrina Bryan, 26

Most people know that Adrienne Bailon of The Cheetah Girls is Latina, but with a last name like Bryan, not everyone knows that her fellow cheetah Sabrina is also Latina. Born Reba Sabrina Hinojos, Sabrina’s father is Mexican and her mother is Caucasian. Maybe they should have been called “Las Chicas Cheetah” instead?

14. Another 15: Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls (22)

One of the newest faces of Estée Lauder is model Joan Smalls, who hails from the Puerto Rican town of Hatillo and rose to fame when she was chosen to walk exclusively for Givenchy’s Fall 2010 couture show in Paris.  Estée Lauder Global Brand President Jane Hertzmark Hudis said, “She truly reflects Estée Lauder’s modern vision of global beauty.”

15. Vivo: David Gallagher

David Gallagher, 25

For ten seasons, David played Simon Camden, a member of one of TV’s whitest families on the long-running family drama, 7th Heaven. But who would’ve guessed that this blonde haired, blue-eyed kid—who also played Mikey Ubriacco (John Travolta’s son) in 1993’s Look Who’s Talking Now—was Latino? Gallagher was born in Flushing, New York to Cubana Elena Lopez

16. Vivo: Sara Paxton

Sara Paxton, 21: Like David, Sara’s got blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, but don’t let that fool you—this is one young lady who’s very proud to be Latina! The daughter of a Scottish and Irish father, Sara’s mother, Lucia was born In Monterrey, Mexico and raised in Ciudad Acuña. Last year, when we asked Sara how people react when they find out she’s Mexican. “They don’t believe me at all," she told us. "I think its because they have this stereotype of what a Hispanic girl is supposed to look like, and I don’t fit that typical look,” We’re proud to have you as one of us, Sara!

17. 15 Mas: Alex Meraz

Alex Meraz, 26

Best known for his role as Paul, a shapeshifter who is best friends with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in Twilight: New Moon (2009) and Twilight: Eclipse (2010), Alex Meraz is half-Mexican.

 

18. 15 Musicians: Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars, 25:
You’ve seen this Hawaii native’s boyish good looks and heard his sweet vocals on hits like B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” but did you know that he’s part Puerto Rican? Yep, Bruno Mars (born Peter Hernandez), who is usually referred to as just Filipino, is a halfsie.

19. 15 More Stars: Tristan Wilds

Tristan Wilds, 20: A lot of people have a hard time believing that Tristan Wilds—the star of the CW’s hit drama, 90210—is half-Dominican. “I get offered a lot of black roles, because apparently I don’t look Latino enough,” the former Wire star told the NY Daily News in 2008. But that hasn’t stopped Tristan from wearing his Latin pride on his sleeve. Asked what it’s like to shoot in California, the New York native said, “I love L.A., don't get me wrong. But I'm a really big fan of Latin food. I want to go back home and have some good arroz con pollo.”

20. Even More Stars: Sarah Ramos

Sarah Ramos, 19

Sarah is of Hispanic and Jewish descent, but you’d never know it by watching her play all-American girl Haddie Braverman on NBC’s Parenthood.

21. Even More Stars: Frankie Muniz

Frankie Muniz, 24

The son of a Puerto Rican father and an Italian mother, Muniz is best known as the title character in the FOX sitcom, Malcolm in the Middle.

22. 15 More Stars: Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice, 17:  Victoria, who is of Puerto Rican descent on her mother’s side, represents for Latinas everywhere as the character Tori Vega, a young Latina who struggles to find her place at an elite Hollywod performing arts high school on Victorious.

23. Even More Stars: Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, 13

Bella Thorne has been a series regular on shows like HBO’s Big Love and the Disney Channel series, Dance Dance Chicago and some say she’s the next Miley Cyrus. If so, then the next Miley Cyrus is definitely Cuban!