12 Celebrities with Surprising Hispanic Roots

Which of your favorite celebrities have Hispanic roots? Here we tell you! Meet actresses, actors, singers, and entertainment personalities.

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The United States is a country rich in culture and traditions, thanks, in part, to the fact that it is home to a multitude of different kinds of people who have shared their history and customs. You may know more Hispanics than you think! Who are the celebrities you didn’t know were Hispanic? Here we tell you! Meet actresses, actors, singers, and celebs of Hispanic descent that may surprise you.

Bruno Mars

The world knows him as Bruno Mars but, to his friends and family, the singer (one of the most famous of the decade) is simply Pete Gene Hernandez, a talented young man of Hispanic descent. Bruno was born in Hawaii, into a family of musicians. His father, Pete, is of Puerto Rican descent, while his mother, Bernadette, was a Filipino immigrant of Spanish descent.

Charlie Sheen

12 celebrities with Hispanic roots you didn't know about

Before becoming one of the most controversial actors of his generation, Charlie Sheen grew up in a celebrity family headed by father, Ramón Estévez, better known as Martin Sheen. Charlie was born Carlos Estévez, in 1965, and is the grandson of a Spanish immigrant from Salceda de Caselas, Galicia, who settled in Dayton, Ohio.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

The world knows her as Snooki, but this celebrities story begins in Chile, in 1987. There, her biological parents named her Nicole Elizabeth Lavalle, although years later she was adopted by an American couple of Italian descent. Snooki’s life been filled with controversy, ever since her first television appearance, when she starred in the hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore.

Nicole Richie


Nicole Camille Richie was born on September 21, 1981 in Berkeley, California. Her biological father, Peter Michael Escovedo, was a musician of Mexican descent who worked with singer Lionel Richie for a long time. Nicole’s biological parents decided to relinquish custody to Richie and his then wife, but the star wasn’t adopted until years later.

James Roday

James Roday, whose given name is James David Rodríguez, is one of the most surprising on this list of celebrities you didn’t know were Hispanic. He is best known for his starring role in the series ‘Psych’, in which he played a detective posing as a psychic. What many don’t know is that Roday, who was born in San Antonio Texas, comes from a family of Mexican descent. His father, Jaime Rodríguez, is a veteran of the US armed forces.

Bella Thorne

12 celebrities with Hispanic roots you didn't know about

Annabella Avery Thorne was born on October 8, 1997 in Pembroke Pines, Florida, into a family of Caribbean descent. Her father, Reinaldo, is half Cuban. The actress has declared to various media that from a very young age she learned to speak Spanish thanks to her father. She also suffers from dyslexia.

Sara Paxton

Sara Paxton began her career at a very young age, appearing in films such as ‘Liar, liar’, with Jim Carrey, and Lizzie McGuire, with Hillary Duff. Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, on April 25, 1988, to parents Steve and Lucia Paxton. Lucia Paxton is originally from the state of Monterrey in Mexico.

Bobby Cannavale

12 celebrities with Hispanic roots you didn't know about

Film, theater and television actor Bobby Cannavale was born on May 3, 1970 in Union City, New Jersey. His mother, Isabel, was an immigrant from Cuba who came to the United States in 1960. When he was 13 years old, after his parents’ divorce, Cannavale moved to Puerto Rico with his mother, where he lived for two years before settling in the state of Florida.

Fred Armisen

Did you know that Fred Armisen is half Venezuelan? The actor, whose real name is Fereydun Robert Armisen, found fame as a cast member on the hit series Saturday Night Live from 2002 to 2013. Armisen’s Venezuelan ancestry comes from his mother, who was born in San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela, where she lived before meeting Fred’s father, in Mississippi.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter

Actress Helana Bonham Carter

One of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood is Helena Bonham Carter, a British actress who has participated in successful films and series. What very few know about her is that she has Spanish ancestry. This comes from her mother’s side, as her grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón, was an important Spanish diplomat who helped with the liberation of thousands of Jews during World War II.

Christy Turlington

Famous model Christy Turlington, was born in California, but has South American ancestry on her mother’s side. María Elizabeth Parker Infante, born in San Salvador. Chrissy’s mother immigrated to Los Angeles when she was very young, and Chrissy always stayed in contact with her relatives in El Salvador, whom she visited very often as a teenager.

Lynda Carter

Actress Lynda Carter

Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her real name is Linda Jean Cordova Carter, and she is the daughter of Juana Córdova, a woman originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to her role as Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter has appeared in numerous productions and has her own star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

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