Think You Can Guess The Heritage of These Latino Stars? Think again!
Think You Can Guess The Heritage of These Latino Stars? Think again!
By Celia Fernandez | 07/26/2013 - 12:14

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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Ariel Winter at a 2012 Emmy Party
Ariel Winter and 31 MORE Stars You Thought Were Latino—But Aren't!
By Lee Hernandez | 03/15/2013 - 00:13

Ariel Winter, 14, may play Dora The Explorer for the College Humor spoof and star as Princess Sofia in the new Disney series Sofia The First, but you would be surprised to know that the Modern Family star, who plays Alex Dunphy, is not Latina!


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Nina Simone and Zoe Saldana
The Nina Simone Bio-Flick Controversy: What Does It Say About Race?
By Sugey Palomares | 09/13/2012 - 15:29

Since the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Zoe Saldana would be playing the legendary Nina Simone in her upcoming bio-flick, Nina, people have reacted, well, strongly. Social media posts, blogs, and petitions, express concern and often disdain over a light-skinned actress playing the soulful singer.


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Sheila E/Nicole Richie
EXCLUSIVE: Sheila E. On Nicole Richie: “She’s Mexican—It’s In Her Blood”
By Lee Hernandez | 11/28/2011 - 15:10

Because Nicole Richie was raised by an adoptive father (soul singer Lionel Richie), and his then-wife Brenda Harvey—but her biological parents are musician named Peter Michael Escovedo and her Aunt Sheila Escovedo's then executive assistant named Karen—people always wonder if the socialite/reality star identifies as Latina.


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EXCLUSIVE: Charisma Carpenter: "You Need To Get It Out That I'm A Proud Latina!"
By Lee Hernandez | 07/20/2011 - 20:10

Her name is Charisma Carpenter and she's best known for playing all-American cheerleader Cordelia Chase on the hit TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But there's something many people don't know about Charisma—she's Latina! "I think it’s the best kept secret ever," said the sweet actress, whose grandfather was born in Spain. "You need to get it out that I'm a proud Latina!"


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¡No Me Digas! 15 MORE Stars You Never Knew Were Latino
By Lee Hernandez | 07/07/2011 - 14:30

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!


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POLL: Do You Care That John Leguizamo Isn't Puerto Rican? Rican
POLL: Do You Care That John Leguizamo Isn't Puerto Rican?
By Mariela Rosario | 06/10/2011 - 15:26

John Leguizamo, the comedian who has built his career on his boricua and Colombian identity and who was named Global Ambassador to the Arts for Sunday's Puerto Rican Parade, is not actually part Puerto Rican, his estranged father revealed. “My intention is to clear up this situation with my son John,” Alberto Leguizamo said in a stunner of an interview with the newspaper El Diario. “We are not Puerto Rican. I was born in Colombia and don’t have any family in Puerto Rico."


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Heather Hemmens
EXCLUSIVE: Heather Hemmens: "I Have This Skin Tone That's Kind of Unidentifiable But It's Great"
By Lee Hernandez | 04/19/2011 - 17:30

Scene-stealer Heather Hemmens stars as Alice Verdura, a Latina cheerleader, on the CW’s hit series, Hellcats. But despite the fact that her character is a favorite among the show’s fans — not even Heather knows what kind of Latina Alice is.


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VIDEO: Snooki Clarifies Her Ethnicity
Watch: Snooki Clarifies Her Ethnicity
By Mariela Rosario | 09/09/2010 - 15:30

Ever since we ran our story about Jersey Shore's self-proclaimed guidettes, Jenny "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi actually having Hispanic heritage, we've wondered if their ethnicity would ever be discussed on the show.


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Video: Mariah Carey Answers the Color Question
By Mariela Rosario | 12/18/2009 - 10:00

Mariah Carey visited George Lopez on his new late night show, Lopez Tonight and he flat out asked her about her ethnic background.


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