Latino or Italian? 17 Celebs That Keep Confusing Everyone

We get it: The languages are similar, and the names often sound alike. Sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish whether a star boasts Latino heritage.... or Italian. So, Latino or Italian? We broke down the ethnicity of these 17 celebs:

1. Ariana Grande

Latino or Italian? 

Does the "Problem" singer have Italian or Latino blood flowing through her veins? 

2. Ariana Grande

Italian!

Despite the fact that she was discovered by Gloria Estefan, co-starred with Victoria Justice on Victoriousand collaborated with J. Balvin for a "Problem" remix, Ariana Grande is 100% Italian and proud. In her own words, she comes from a "stereotypical poker-playing, loud, friendly, food-shoving, loving Italian family."

3. Frankie Muniz

Latino or Italian?

Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muñiz has often been questioned about his ethnic background. 

4. Frankie Muniz

Both!

The actor was born in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican father and mother of Italian and Irish descent. 

5. Giancarlo Esposito

Latino or Italian?

We understand the confusion. The guy's name is Giancarlo, but he infamously played a Chilean-born drug kingpin on Breaking Bad. So, what is he? 

6. Giancarlo Esposito

Italian!

Despite playing a Latino character on Breaking Bad, Esposito has Danish, Italian, and African-American roots. 

7. Jai Rodriguez

Latino or Italian? 

Queen Eye For The Straight Guy's Jai Rodriguez often confused viewers. Is he Latino... or Italian? 

8. Jai Rodriguez

Both!

The singer, actor and television host is of Puerto Rican and Italian descent. 

9. Alex Meneses

Latino or Italian? 

Actress Alex Meneses tends to play Italian women on television. She played Matt LeBlanc's sister Cookie on Friends and sexy Stefania Fogagnolo on Everybody Loves Raymond. Is she Italian in real life? 

10. Alex Meneses

Latina!

Despite playing Italians on screen, Alex Meneses isn't Italian at all. The gorgeous actress is of Mexican-American descent. 

11. Jennifer Esposito

Latino or Italian? 

Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito has played a number of Latina characters during her career, most notably in the Oscar-winning film Crash. 

12. Jennifer Esposito

Italian!

Esposito was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is of Italian-American descent. 

13. Bobby Cannavale

Latino or Italian?

Bobby Cannavale won two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Italian characters on Will and Grace and Boardwalk Empire. But, he's also played Latino characters on episodes of Six Feet Under, Nurse Jackie and The Knights of Prosperity....

14. Bobby Cannavale

Both! 

Cannavale's mother is Cuban, but his father is of Italian descent. The actor grew up in Florida, but moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 13 — after his parents divorced. 

15. Lana Parrilla

Italian or Latino? 

Brooklyn-born Lana Parrilla has a name that could pass as Latino... or Italian. 

16. Lana Parrilla

Both!

The Once Upon A Time star was born to a Puerto Rican baseball player and a Sicilian painter. 

17. Quentin Tarantino

Latino or Italian? 

Director Quentin Tarantino often works alongside Mexican-American Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez is Latino, and Tarantino is... 

18. Quentin Tarantino

Italian!

The Pulp Fiction director is of Italian descent, though he often gets confused as Latino.

19. Jesse Metcalfe

Latino or Italian?

Jesse Metcalfe starred as Mexicano Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the daytime drama Passions before he joined the cast of Desperate Housewives, where he co-starred as Eva Longoria's younger lover. Metcalfe also happens to be engaged to Latina actress Cara Santana. But is he Latino? 

20. Jesse Metcalfe

Italian!

Nope, Metcalfe isn't Latino at all. The actor may love playing Latino characters (and dating Latina women!) but he's actually of French, Italian, and Portuguese descent.

21. Victoria Justice

Latino or Italian?

Victoria Justice often gets asked about her ethnicity. She starred in Victorious alongside Italian actress and singer Ariana Grade — but is she also Italian? 

22. Victoria Justice

Latina!

Victoria Justice is Puerto Rican and proud. "I'm definitely connected to being a Latina female, especially in this business," she told us

23. Marisa Tomei

Latino or Italian? 

People often wonder whether The Perez Family star Marisa Tomei is Italian or Latina.  

24. Marisa Tomei

Italian!

Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei may have played cubana Dorita Evita Perez in The Perez Family, but she is 100% Italian American. 

25. Vanessa Ferlito

Latino or Italian? 

Graceland star Vanessa Ferlito grew up in Brooklyn, NY and frequently plays Latino characters on screen. 

26. Vanessa Ferlito

Italian!

Despite being Italian-American, Ferlito has played multiple Latinas on screen: she portrayed Claudia Hernandez on 24 and played boricua Roxanna Rodriguez in the Christmas film Nothing Like The Holidays.

27. John Leguizamo

Latino or Italian? 

John Leguizamo got his Hollywood start as one of the most recognizable Italian characters of all time: Luigi in Super Mario Bros. However, Leguizamo has also played numerous Latinos on screen. Which is he? 

28. John Leguizamo

Both!

Colombian-born Leguizamo is Latino and proud. But, the South American actor also boasts Puerto Rican and Italian heritage.

29. Sara Shahi

Latina or Italian? 

Actress Sara Shahi is the first to admit that her ethnicity can be hard to guess. 

30. Sara Shahi

Latina!

Shahi, who played DJ Carmen de la Pica Morales on The L Word, is Latina and proud. The part-Spanish actress told us that she often gets mistaken as Italian. "I get everything — I've gotten everything from Latin to Italian to Polynesian." 

31. Zachary Quinto

Latino or Italian? 

Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is often asked about his ethnic background... 

32. Zachary Quinto

Italian!

The actor, who is frequently confused as Latino, is actually part-Irish and part-Italian. 

33. Vanessa Lachey

Italian or Latino? 

The Entertainment Tonight correspondent resembles Latina celebs like Eva Longoria and Daniella Alonso. 

34. Vanessa Lachey

Italian!

Lachey may look like Eva Longoria, but she's not Latina at all. The TV personality is part-Italian, part-Irish and part-Filipina.