Think You Can Guess The Heritage of These Latino Stars? Think again!

The blonde and blue-eyed hottie Ryan Lochte is an Olympic gold medalist who knows his way around a pool but did you know he is Cuban? How about the hottie Jake T. Austin and his melting pot of Latin heritage? We are breaking down the background of these Latino stars in a game we like to call “Guess Their Heritage!” Do any of these surprise you? 

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Tristan Wilds

He was part of the CW’s hit drama, 90210, and played Dixon Wilson for five consecutive years. Guess his heritage!

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Tristan Wilds is African American on his father’s side and half-Dominican on his mother’s side.

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Jake T. Austin

He plays a Latino named Jesus in ABC Family’s new show The Fosters. Guess his heritage!

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Jake T. Austin is also a Latino in real life. His mother is Puerto Rican, Argentine and Spanish. He is a little melting pot of Latin flavor!

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Kid Cudi

This rapper was born with the name Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi. Guess his heritage!

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Kid Cudi mother was African American and his father was Mexican.

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David Gallagher

This blue-eyed blonde hair cutie played Simon Camden on the hit family drama, 7th Heaven. Guess his heritage!

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David Gallagher was born in NYC and his mother is Cuban.

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David Archuleta

He’s 22-year-old gained fame for being on the seventh season of American Idol. Guess his heritage!

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David Archuleta was born to a Honduran mother and Spanish father.

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Harry Shum Jr.

He’s referred to as “the other Asian” on the show. But is he really? Guess his heritage!

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Harry Shum Jr. was born in Costa Rica to Chinese parents. Shum has said he speaks Chinese and Spanish.

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Michael Trevino

He plays the hottie Tyler Lockwood on the hit series The Vampire Diaries. Guess his heritage!

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Michael Trevino is a full-blooded Mexican. Both of his parents emigrated from Mexico and settled in California.

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Benjamin Bratt

He’s won countless of awards for his amazing acting skills. Guess his heritage!

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Benjamin Bratt father was an American of German and New Zealand English descent and his mother is from Peru.

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro

A hotheaded Guido who starred on the hit MTV show Jersey Shore. Guess his heritage!

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro father is Italian-American and his mother, Constance Ortiz, is Puerto Rican.

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Tyler Posey

He plays Scott McCall on the MTV hit series Teen Wolf. Guess his heritage!

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Tyler Posey’s father is Irish, English and Native American while his mother was Mexican.

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Scotty McCreery

His gain to fame was when he won the 10th season of American Idol. Guess his heritage!

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Scotty McCreery’s father was born in Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother and American father.

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Ryan Lochte

He won his first Olympic gold medal at the Olympic Games in 2012. Guess his heritage! 

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Ryan Lochte was born to born to a Cuban mother and German-Irish father.

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Andrew Keegan

Keegan is most famous for his role as Joey Donner in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. Guess his heritage!

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Andrew Keegan mother is a Colombian hairdresser named Lana O’Campo. Fun fact: He is fluent in Spanish!

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Frankie Muniz

Remember when he played Malcolm in FOX’s hit show Malcolm in the Middle? Guess his heritage!

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Frankie Muniz father is Puerto Rican and his mother is of Irish and Italian descent.

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Louis CK

He’s an Emmy award winner and stand-up comedian. He is the creator, star, writer, and director of the FX’s comedy series Louie. Guess his heritage!

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Louis CK was born to a Mexican father and American mother. He lived in Mexico City until the age of seven, Spanish is his first language and he stills retains a Mexican citizenship.

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Howie Dorough

We have a Backstreet Boy in the mix. Guess his heritage!

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Howie Dorough was born in Orlando, FL to a Puerto Rican mother named Paula Flores and an Irish father named Hoke Dorough.

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Bruno Mars

This soulful singer was born with the name Peter Gene Hernandez. Guess his heritage!

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Bruno Mars was born in Hawaii to a half-Puerto Rican father and a Filipino mother.

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Freddie Prinze Jr.

He’s always been a teen heartthrob and rose to fame starring the movies I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Guess his heritage!

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Freddie Prinze Jr. father was of Puerto Rican descent. Prinze has always been open about embracing his heritage and also speaks fluent Spanish and Italian.

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Henry Ian Cusick

This sexy actor made it big after starring in ABC’s Emmy Award winning show Lost. Guess his heritage!

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Henry Ian Cusick was born in Trujillo, Peru to a Peruvian mother and Scottish father.

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Mark Ballas

He has moves for days, knows how to shake what his momma gave him and is a professional dancer on the hit shows Dancing with the Stars. Guess his heritage!

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Mark Ballas is of Mexican, Spanish and Greek descent because of his paternal grandparents.

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All the Latinas love him and it isn’t just because of his amazing voice. Guess his heritage!

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Fabolous born John David Jackson is half-Dominican on his father’s side.

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Most famous for being part of the group The Black Eyed Peas, Taboo was born with the name Jaime Luis Gómez. Guess his heritage!

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Taboo was born in Los Angeles, California to a Mexican father and Shoshone Indian mother.

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Taio Cruz

This is one singer/songwriter that is definitely dynamite and makes us want to throw our hands up in the air whenever we hear his hit song. Guess his heritage!

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Taio Cruz was born in London to a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother.

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Swizz Beatz

He has produced hit songs for the biggest stars such as Beyonce, and has even been praised as “the best rap producer of all time” by Kanye West. Guess his heritage!

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Swizz Beatz was born Kasseem Dean is of African American descent on his father’s side and Puerto Rican on his mothers.

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Edward Furlong

We all love our bad boys but maybe not to this extent. His claim to fame was in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Guess his heritage!

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Edward Furlong’s mother, Eleanor Tafoya Torres, was Mexican and is also of Russian and possibly Native American ancestry. 

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Faizon Love

He makes us laugh every time we see him on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood. Guess his heritage!

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Faizon Love was born Langston Faizon Santisma in Santiago de Cuba and grew up as a military brat.

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James Roday

We love watching him solve crimes on the hit USA show Psych. Guess his heritage!

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James Roday was born James David Rodriguez and his father is of Mexican father while his mother is of Scottish, English and Irish.

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David Blaine

He has tons of illusions up his sleeves and one of them just might surprise you. Guess his heritage!

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David Blaine is the son of a Russian Jewish mother, Patrice Maureen White, and Puerto Rican father, William Perez.

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Blake Jenner

The 20-year-old star plays Ryder Lynn on FOX’s Glee. Guess his heritage!

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Blake Jenner was born in Miami, Florida and is half Cuban on his mother’s side.

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David Lambert

He plays the older brother to fellow Latinos Cierra Ramirez and Jake T. Austin on ABC Family’s The Fosters. Guess his heritage!


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David Lambert was born to a Puerto Rican mother and speaks fluent Spanish.
The 20-year-old star plays Brandon Foster on ABC Family's The Fosters.