Sure, there is a fact that is just plain obvious about William Levy - he is a heartthrob. Telenovela fans have had the Cuban actor on their radar for several years now, but some mainstream English-speaking audiences are just starting to jump on board since it was announced that Levy will hit the dance floor for the 14th season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars. While he prepares to strap on his dancing shoes, we are highlighting 5 facts you may not know about Levy.
- He got his start on reality television:
Levy was signed on with the modeling agency Next Models, but got his big television break on Telemundo’s reality show Isla de la Tentación (Temptation Island) and the competition Protagonistas de Novela 2 (Like an American Idol for telenovela actors). The shows proved Levy was ready for stardom. Shortly after he was signed on for his first telenovela titled Olvidarte Jamas on Univision.
- He is from Cojimar, Cuba:
The 31-year-old actor was born in the small fishing village east of Havana. He exiled from Cuba at the age of 14 and moved to Miami, Florida. During his early years, he attended St. Thomas University and studied business on a baseball scholarship.
- He is a single father-of-two:
Levy and Mexican-American actress Elizabeth Gutiérrez finally ended their on-again-off-again relationship last year after rumors hit that the Cuban star was unfaithful. The couple has two children, Kailey Alexandra and Christopher Alexander.
- He was J.Lo's love interest:
The heartthrob was featured as Jennifer Lopez's boy toy in her music video "I'm Into You." Rumors hit the web claiming that the two hooked up while filming the video in Mexico. Some also speculated that Levy may have been the reason J.Lo and estranged husband Marc Anthony split. Both J.Lo and Levy denied all the reports.
- He has a Jewish last name:
Although his paternal last name is Gutiérrez, the Cuban actor explains that his uncommon last name is Jewish. He told ET, "Levy is because that's my mom's last name. And my grandfather, he was Jewish. So that's where it comes from. It's a Jewish last name. I have some Jewish in my family."