¡No Me Digas! 15 MORE Stars You Never Knew Were Latino

Our popular series on stars you never knew were Latino continues with a look at 15 more celebs that are challenging preconceived notions about what it means to "look" Latin, and proving yet again that Latinos don’t fit into any one mold. Check out our gallery and tell us which ones surprise you most!

1. 15 Mas: Melissa DeSousa

Melissa DeSousa, 43

Melissa DeSousa is best known for her role as Shelby, the manipulative, calculating and needy girlfriend of Harold Perrineau’s character Julian Murch in The Best Man (1999) — a movie that featured an all-Black cast. But DeSousa — who is also known for her role as outspoken Latina Lesbian Karen Krantz (“Miss New York”) in the Sandra Bullock comedy, Miss Congeniality (2000)— is an Afro-Latina of Panamanian descent. "Most people do know that I am Latina at this point," DeSousa tells Latina.com. "However, they usually ask the same questions: Are you Dominican? (Thinking most Dominicans are dark skinned), or because I'm from New York I must be Puerto Rican. Or they will ask 'are both of your parents Latino? What are you mixed with? Not realizing Latinos are all different complexions," she said. 

 

 


2. 15 Mas: Ted Williams

Ted Williams, (1918-2002)

It is widely known that baseball Hall of Famer, Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox) has Welsh and Irish roots, but his Mexican roots (his mother was Mexican), are not as well documented because Williams purposely hid them from the world. “If I had my mother’s name, there is no doubt I would have run into problems in those days, {considering} the prejudices people had in Southern Calfornia,” Williams said in his 1969 autobiography, “My Turn At Bat.” Williams' dilemma isn't something that athletes today have to go through. No one cares that athletes like Oscar De La Hoya, Eduardo Najera and Mark Sanchez are Mexican — they only care that they're great at what they do. That's how it should be!

 


3. 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


4. 15 Mas: Majandra Delfino

Majandra Delfino, 30

Actress Majandra Delfino (Roswell, State of Georgia), was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Cuban mother and Venezuelan father. She got the name Majandra because her older sister, Marieh couldn’t pronounce her birth name (Maria Alejandra) and gave her the nickname Majandra, which stuck. Majandra, who is proud of her Latin roots, tells Latina.com that people in L.A. have a hard time believing she’s Latina. “People here are very limited in their exposure to South Americans,” she says. “They say, 'But you're white!' and I say 'yes we come in pale too.' Then they go, 'but you have green eyes!' and I'm like, 'Yup we have that too.' And then they go, 'but you don't look Mexican!' and I'm like, 'Because I'm not.' it's pretty hilarious. When you have a name like Majandra, the conversation just can't help but come up!” she adds. 


5. 15 Mas: Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr., (1925-1990).

Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr, the only non-white member of Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack,” was born in New York City to an African American father (Sammy Davis, Sr., and a Puerto Rican mother named Elvera Sanchez, who was born in San Juan. Or so he said. In Black and White, a 2003 biography of Sammy Davis Jr, author Wil Haygood wrote that Davis Jr’s mother was actually Cuban, and argued that Sammy only said he was Puerto Rican because he was scared that the anti-Cuban backlash of the time would hurt his career.

 


6. 15 Mas: Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Brühl, 33

This German actor — best known for his roles as Alex Kerner in Good Bye Lenin! (2004) and German war hero Fredrick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (2009) — was actually born in Catalonia, Spain to a German father and a Spanish (Catalan) mother. Brühl, (who was born Daniel Cesar Martin Brühl Gonzalez Domingo) speaks fluent Spanish and even starred in a Spanish-language biopic about the life of Spanish anarchist, Salvador Puig. How do you say proud Latino in German? 

 

 


7. 15 Mas: Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson, 65

Reggie Jackson (born Reginald Martinez Jackson) is the legendary New York Yankee who everyone thought was Black, but who is actually Latino.  Jackson, whose father, Martinez Jackson, was half Puerto Rican and played in the Negro Leagues, has been quoted as saying he is “proud of my Latin blood.” Clara, the mother of “Mr. October” (as the right-fielder was affectionately known), was also of Hispanic descent.

 


8. 15 Mas: Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle, 42

Who says there are no Latinos on FOX News? Kimberly Guilfoyle, a regular contributor on FOX News Channel’s Geraldo at Large, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes — and the former host of the FOX one-hour crime-based program, The Lineup — was born in San Francisco to a Puerto Rican mother and an irish father. 


9. 15 Mas: Chris Weitz

Chris Weitz, 41

Chris Weitz, the guy who directed Kirsten Stewart and Rob Pattinson in Twilight: New Moon (2009) is Latino royalty! The Oscar-nominated helmer's maternal grandmother is Mexican actress and screen siren Lupita Tovar, who starred in Mexico's first talkie in 1932, as well as the Spanish-language version of Bela Lugosi's, Dracula

 

 


10. 15 Mas: Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas, 25

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 Champsionship, earning the nickname “The Queen of Latin.” 

 


11. 15 Mas: Christian Camargo

Christian Camargo/Christian Minnick, 39

When Christian Camargo — best known for his role as Brian Moser (“The Ice Truck Killer”) on Showtime's Dexter — was born, his grandfather, Mexican-American actor, Ralph Camargo convinced Christian’s mother to change her name to something Anglicized, because he felt like he had lost opportunities in acting due to his Latino background. Christian’s mother obliged and changed her name to Minnick — which was Christian’s last name for some time. But the proud Mexican-American didn't keep the name for long. He changed his name back to Camargo. 

 

 

12. 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.  

13. 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!

14. 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.

 

15. 15 Mas: Rachel Ticotin

Rachel Ticotin, 52

While a lot of people know that Rachel Ticotin kicked Sharon Stone in the stomach during their brutal fight scene in the sci-fi blockbuster Total Recall (1990), not everyone knows that Ticotin is Hispanic. Ticotin’s father, Abe Ticotin is a Russian Jewish used car salesman, but her mother, Iris Torres is a Puerto Rican educator.

 

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