5 Reasons We're Crowning Vin Diesel an Honorary Latino

Ready or not, it’s time to hit the streets and head back to the races. Furious 7 hits theaters on April 3, and we can’t wait to see all of our favorites back in action — especially the king of the streets, Dominic Toretto, aka Vin Diesel!

Aside from the Furious franchise, we’ve gotten used to seeing Diesel dip into the Latino scene, and that’s why we’re crowning him an honorary Latino! Ahead, check out the five reasons Vin Diesel is un hombre we can kick it with like any other:

PLUS: Catch the Insane Trailer for Furious 7!

1. Vin Diesel and Paloma Jimenez

First and foremost, Diesel can’t resist a Latina when he sees one. He and his model girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez, recently announced the birth of their third child together. Diesel has been with the Mexican beauty since 2007.


2. Fast & Furious Cast

Diesel is a major part of the movie franchise that ranks highest among the Latino demographic. The actor has worked alongside Latino actors including Roberto Sanchez, Michelle Rodriguez, and Don Omar, and their Latino flavor has definitely rubbed off onto him. 

3. Billboards

Diesel can’t stay away from his Latino friends on stage, either. He and co-star love interest Michelle Rodriguez used their opportunity at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards to promote the Fast & the Furious 6. He couldn’t help but show off some of his Spanish skills, as he blurted out “Coño!” after an awkward introduction. 

4. racially ambiguous

Diesel says he has an  “ambiguous ethnicity” — so, we too, are on board. He identifies as a person of color due to his unique, somewhat mysterious background. His Caucasian mother and African-American stepfather raised him. However, he doesn't know his biological father, and has often said he embraces “many different cultures." 

5. Breakdance

Diesel can also break it down. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last year, Vin Diesel revealed that he used to break dance with his brother to make some extra cash. Fallon, of course, got Diesel to show some moves on the show, too. If this doesn’t make Diesel an honorary Latino, we don’t know what does.