Even 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. Even More Stars: Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster, 30

This brunette bombshell’s first role was as all-American teen queen, Delilah Profitt in Robert Rodriguez’s cult film, The Faculty (1998). But Jordana was actually born in Panama City, Panama and her mother, Maria João, is a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model from Brazil. Jordana lived in Brazil for several years and speaks fluent Portuguese.

 

2. Even More Stars: J. August Richards

J. August Richards, 39

J. August Richards (whose first name is Jaime) is of Panamanian descent. The actor, best known for his role as vampire hunter Charles Gunn on the WB’s hit show, Angel, explained the etymology of his name: My parents are from Panama, and so there's a primary AND a secondary stress on my first name, Jaime, so it sounds like HIGH-MAY,” Richards explained. “And my middle name is actually Augusto [Ah-GOOS-toe], so that's tough too.” How cool is that?!

3. Even More Stars: James Roday

James Roday, 34

In an exclusive interview with Latina.com, Psych star James Roday (born James David Rodriguez), explained why he changed his name for Hollywood. "Well, it was two-fold," said the Mexican-American actor, who plays fake psychic Shawn Spencer on the hit USA Network series. "There was a James Rodriguez in SAG—I believe he was a dancer. So I would've had to throw in a middle initial or something—which I didn't think was awesome. And then what really took it home was that the first job I got—which was a sitcom pilot for ABC—one of the execs strongly suggested to me that I consider changing my name, because it was the late 90s and the NAACP was really cracking down on the networks for lack of diversity. They had it in their heads that they were going to catch all kinds of fire for casting a white guy with a Latino name and trying to say, 'look at us, we're being diverse.' This is actually something that they were concerned about," he added. 

4. Even More Stars: Joanna Kerns

Joanna Kerns, 57

From 1985-1992, Joanna Kerns played the quintessential American mom Maggie Seaver in the family comedy classic, Growing Pains. Kerns was born Joanna Crussie DeVarona and is of mixed Mexican/Irish descent (her father David is Mexican American and her mother Martha is Irish-American).

5. Even More Stars: Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper, 43

Emmy-winning TV personality Anderson Cooper comes from English, Irish and Dutch ancestry—but rumor has it AC also has some Spanish heritage in his family. Cooper’s great-great-grandmother Luisa Fernández de Valdivieso settled in Chile in the 17th century.

 

6. 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.

7. Even More Stars: Wade Dominguez

Wade Domínguez (1966-1998)

Wade’s breakout role was as badass Emilio Ramirez in the Michelle Pfeiffer drama, Dangerous Minds (1995). Dominguez died suddenly on August 26, 1998 of respiratory failure at the age of 32.

8. Even More Stars: Faison Love

Faizon Love, 42

With a name like Faizon Love, it’s easy to understand why people wouldn’t peg Faizon as Latino. But the actor, who recently starred in the comedy, Couples Retreat is of Afro-Cuban descent. His real name is Langston Faizon Santisima and he was born in Santiago de Cuba in the southeastern area of Cuba.

9. Even More Stars: Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch, 70

International sex symbol and golden globe winning actress, Raquel Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada. While her mother Josephine Sarah came from English ancestry, her father Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo is of Bolivian and Spanish descent.

10. Even More Stars: Marlin Thomas Santana

Merlin Thomas Santana (1976 – 2002)

Although he starred on two shows with almost entirely African American casts (The Cosby Show & The Steve Harvey Show), Santana’s parents are both Dominican. Santana died on November 9, 2002 at the age of 26 when he was shot six times in the head in South Los Angeles.

11. 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!

12. Even More Stars: Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter, 59

The Marvel character Wonder Woman isn’t Latina, but Lynda Carter, the woman who first portrayed her on the 1970 TV series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, is. Carter’s father is of Irish American descent while her mother Juana Cordova is of Mexican heritage.

13. 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.

14. Even More Stars: Reagan Gomez-Preston

Reagan Gomez-Preston, 30

Though she’s the daughter of an African American father, Reagan Gomez-Preston is part-Latina (her mother Cheryl Gomez is Puerto Rican). From her first role as Zarla Peterson on The Parent ‘Hood, to her roles on shows One on One and the UPN sitcom, Love Inc, Gomez-Preston always plays African American characters. She is currently starring as Roberta Tubbs, an African American, on FOX’s animated Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show.

15. Even More Stars: Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford, 32

Courtney Ford never plays Latina characters, but that doesn’t make her any less Latin or any less proud of her Hispanic roots: “On my mom’s side, my grandparents were born in New Mexico and their parents were born in New Mexico and their parents were born in New Mexico,” Ford explained to us. “And I think New Mexico was admitted into the Union in 1912. My great grandparents were born in 1916. So their parents were born in New Mexico before New Mexico was even part of the United States. Isn’t that crazy?”

 

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