Did you know these Latino celebrities have Latin roots?
Check out the top 10 most surprising!
Latino Celebrities that will shock you
Thanks to his mother, yes Ryan Lochte is Latino! Ryan’s mom, Ileana, was born in Cuba and moved to the states as a child. Although he admitted to eating about 6,000 calories per day, the Olympic swimmer told USA Today that he’s pretty much done with beans.
“I can’t eat beans — all beans,” stated Lochte. “I think because I’m half Cuban. So growing up we were always eating black beans and rice, and I think I just said, ‘Enough with it,’ and I can’t even stand to taste it anymore.”
The “Gilmore Girls” star may have been born in Texas, but her background is very diverse. Her grandfather was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and her father was born and raised in Argentina. Her mother, Nanette, was born in Arizona but grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“It’s the only culture my mom knows from life, and my father as well, and they made the decision to raise their children within the context they had been raised in, so we speak Spanish in my parents’ house, and my mom cooks amazing Mexican food,” stated the 31-year-old.
Kid Cudi’s mother is African-American, and he was born in Cleveland, Ohio. But the successful rapper is surprisingly Latino thanks to his Mexican-Native American father. The 26-year-old was born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, hence Kid “Cudi.”
Bruno Mars, whose real name is actually Peter Hernandez, was born in Hawaii to a Puerto Rican father. How did he end up with the name Bruno Mars? Apparently, when he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17, people were trying to force him to do Latin music, a big part of that coming from the obvious Latin roots of his name. So he changed it to his childhood nickname, Bruno and added Mars to take care of any stereotypical issues.
Jake T. Austin
Although his real full name, Jake Austin Szymanski, may be a little misleading, Jake is in fact Latino. From his mother’s side he inherited Puerto Rican, Argentinean and Spanish roots. His father, on the other hand, is from English, Polish and Irish descent.
The “Fast and The Furious” movie franchise star is Brazilian.
“My mom is Brazilian and I lived in Brazil from the age of six to 10. I consider it a huge part of myself, because those were formative years growing up. And as a kid, it was funny, because when I came to New York at the age of 10, I always felt very Brazilian, and then in Brazil, I always felt very American — so I always felt a little bit out of place,” stated Jordana.
Jersey Shore Cast
Believe it or not, three people from the “Jersey Shore” cast that everyone probably thought were full Italian are actually Latino’s. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was actually born in Chile and later adopted by Italian-American parents. Jenni “JWoww” Farley is of Spanish and Irish descent. Although half Italian, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro better known as Ronnie from “Jersey Shore,” is the son of a Puerto Rican mother. When asked about whether his friends are aware of his Latino side Ronnie responded:
“I’ve always let it be known that I’m half Puerto Rican, half Italian. A lot of people in the house aren’t even full Italian, I always let it be known. It’s why I get such a good tan.”
Harry Shum Jr.
Yes, Harry Shum Jr. who plays the role of Mike Chang on the hit TV series “Glee” is indeed Costa Rican. He was born to Chinese parents and couldn’t be prouder of his roots.
“I feel I have the best of so many worlds,” says Shum. “I speak Chinese and Spanish.”
The actress is best known for her roles as the Indian character, Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel series, “Cory in the House,” and for her role on “Desperate Housewives” as Eva Longoria Parker’s Mexican niece, Ana. Aside from playing roles with such diverse ethnicities, Maiara Walsh is actually Brazilian. She was born in Seattle, Washington to a Brazilian mother and lived in Brazil for most of her childhood.
The Disney channel star is only 15-years-old but emits loads of confidence and maturity. The “Shake it Up” actress is part Italian, Irish and Cuban, too! She even admitted to wanting a quinceañera in honor of her roots, which she got from her father’s side.