WATCH: 'America's Next Top Model' Judge Jay Manuel: 'I'm Actually Not Spanish' (EXCLUSIVE)
Because of his last name, a lot of people think "America’s Next Top Model" star Jay Manuel is Latino. In the video above, the 39-year-old fashion photographer and model sets the record straight about his ethnicity.
Check out these celebrities we thought were Latino. Did they fool you, too?
Although we would love to claim her as a Latina, the former "Baywatch" actress, is in fact of Irish and German stock. Perhaps it's her stage name (her real name is Tara Leigh Patrick) -- Carmen -- a traditional Hispanic name, which has confused fans of her origins. Or perhaps it's her former marriage to <a href="http://www.tv.com/dave-navarro/person/78619/biography.html/biography/" target="_hplink">Mexican-American guitarist Dave Navarro,</a> who's played with Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sad, but Electra doesn't have much Latino blood in her.
Jesse Metcalfe was first launched into the public eye with his role as the Latino character Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the soap opera "Passions." Although Metcalfe played a convincing role as Lopez-Fitzgerald, the actor is not really Hispanic, but comes close! Metcalfe dad's is of French and Italian descent and his mother is of Italian and Portugese descent, <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/buzz/30-stars-you-thought-were-latino-arent?slide=4" target="_hplink">according to Latina.com</a>. Metcalfe also is best known for his role as Gabrielle Solis' (played by Eva Longoria) gardener and love interest on the hit series 'Desperate Housewives'.
Jennifer Esposito has tricked us multiple times. Although Esposito is not actually Latina, she's played quite a number of Latina characters during her career. And she does it oh so well. She's remembered for her role as Latina detective, Ria in the Oscar-winning film "Crash". She also played the role of the Hispanic counselor <a href="http://moviesharkdeblore.com/site/movies/movies_view.php?editid1=572" target="_hplink">Mrs. Diaz in the independent film "Mamitas." </a> Esposito was even nominated as one of <a href="http://latinasinc.com/latinatop10/?attachment_id=31" target="_hplink">the top 10 Latina models in a competition sponsored by the modeling agency Latinas inc. </a> As much as we like Esposito and would be proud to call her Latina, she is of Italian-American descent and was born in Brooklyn, New York. Esposito currently plays Detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS show <a href="http://www.aoltv.com/show/blue-bloods/8130493/latest-news" target="_hplink">"Blue Bloods". </a>
Many believed that Christian Siriano, the winner of "Project Runway's" forth season and one of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/16/christian-siriano-brad-walsh_n_966683.html" target="_hplink">show's favorite contestants ever</a>, was of Hispanic descent. Siriano's "hispanic heritage" meme, might have spun out of his final collection for Project Runway which was inspired by <a href="http://www.designrelated.com/news/post_detail/2416/christian-siriano-is-the-fierce-winner-of-project-runway-season-4" target="_hplink">18th Century paintings from Spain.</a> The designer is of Italian descent.
Shannon Elizabeth will forever be remembered as Nadia, the sexy foreign exchange student from Czechoslovakia and as the love interest of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias in his music video <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXaN5kuNcSA" target="_hplink">"Be With You." </a> But despite these characters, Elizabeth is neither Czech nor Spanish. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002436/" target="_hplink">She's from Houston, Texas and Syrian/Lebanese descent from her father's side and English, Irish and German from her mother's side.</a> Definitely no Spanish blood there.
It's easy to confuse Tony-award winning actor Daniel Sunjata, for a Latino man. After all he played the part of Hispanic firefighter, Lieutenant Franco Rivera, <a href="http://mnetseries.dstv.com/2011/11/11/daniel-sunjata/" target="_hplink">the notorious ladies man</a>, for seven seasons on the hit FX series "Rescue Me." But Sunjata is actually of Irish and German descent.
Many think Vanessa Minnillo, former Miss Teen USA, is Latina but the truth is Minnillo does not have any Latino blood in her. Despite often being cast in TV roles as a Latina -- including an episode of <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/02/30-rock-recap-hysterical-pregnancy.html" target="_hplink">"30 Rock" where she played Carmen Chao</a> -- Minnillo is part-Italian, part-Irish and part-Filipina.
"One Tree Hill" fans, brace yourself. Michael Copon, aka Felix Taggaro, who played Sofia Bush's (Brooke) love interest and Lucas' rival in the second season of the CW hit series, is not Latino. Copon <a href="http://www.tv.com/people/michael-copon/" target="_hplink">is of Filipino and German descent</a>.
Lindsay Hartley starred in "All My Children" as <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2011/03/03/soap-operas-rash-immigration-problems/" target="_hplink">doctor Cara Castillo</a>, who adopts the name Cara Finn when she travels to the U.S. in pursuit of her ex-husband. As is often the case, the ruse eventually is discovered and the good doctor has to face <em>La Migra</em>. Despite the perfectly-pitched dramatic notes Hartley brought to the role, she's not Hispanic. The actress is actually <a href="http://www.soapoperadigest.com/lindsay-hartley-bio" target="_hplink">part-Greek and part-Italian.</a> Hartley also played Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald Crane, a working-class Latina on the NBC soap "Passions" and as Arianna Hernandez in the soap opera "Day of Our Lives". Clearly there's a <em>telenovela</em> in her future, no?
For nine seasons we saw Cassie Steele play Manuella "Manny" Santos in the hit Canadian TV series "Degrassi: The Next Generation". Santos had problems with boyfriends, friends, went through abortion, an embarrassing topless photo of her surfaced the internet, etc. Drama in the best "Degrassi" style. And through all that drama Steele had us fooled that she was in fact Latina. But unlike her character "Manny", Steele is not Hispanic. She is in fact Canadian of British and Filipino descent.
In a <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/joe-jonas-brothers-latino-266757" target="_hplink">mun2 comedic short</a>, teen phenom Joe Jonas poked fun at the fact that a lot of his fans think he's Latino: "It's interesting, it seems like a lot of fans think I'm Latino for some reason. It's confusing, I really don't understand it," he said. In the short--which you can watch here--Joe talks in Spanish slang (dimelo loco!), listens to banda and orders a lunch that consists of arroz con pollo con frijoles negros (rice with chicken, black beans), dos albondigas (two meatballs) and tres chuletas (pork chops).
The "Once Upon A Time" star has a Latino last name (Esposito) and he's played Latino characters in several movies and television shows. He was the Nuyorican poet Miguel Algarin in the biopic, <strong>Piñero</strong> (2001) and starred as the Puerto Rican father of Omarion Grandberry's character in <strong>Feel the Noise</strong> (2007). But Esposito--who won rave reviews for his turn as Gustavo "Gus" Fring on AMC's critically acclaimed series <strong>Breaking Bad</strong>--has no Latin roots to speak of. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father and an African-American mother.
This television correspondent <strong>(Today, Access Hollywood)</strong> and sometimes actress <strong>(One Tree Hill, Entourage)</strong>, is 100% Greek, but she says people constantly mistake her for Latina. <strong>"Fred Berry (What's Happening!!)</strong>, said the only reason he came on to my first film -- <strong>In the Land of Merry Misfits</strong> was because he thought I was Latina," Menounos tells Latina.com. "Magazines and stars always thought I was Latina -- everyone has thought this," she adds.
Antonio Sabato Jr.
A lot of people think of former Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. as a quintessential Latin lover. Trouble is Antonio--who was born in Rome, Italy to an Italian father and a Czechoslovakian mother--doesn't have Latin roots. Still, that hasn't stopped him from taking on Latino roles, like his role as Pablo Alesandro, an Argentinean Latin lover in the independent film, Testosterone (2003).