You may have noticed that Hollywood traffics in illusion. What you think you're seeing is more important than what you're actually seeing, where “reality” is often... well, scripted. Actresses who in one film play demure girlfriends, in another rule as intergalactic princesses. Actors play an Italian cop in one movie, then turn around as an Irish barkeep in the next. People and cities are rarely as glamorous or drama-filled as they seem on screen. And celebrities you thought were like you? Not always.
Remember, many people were unaware that U.S. Olympic golden boy Ryan Lochte is half-Cuban, or that Louis C.K.'s dad is Mexican. But now they know (you're welcome) that these 27 celebrities are indeed Hispanic.
And so it's now time to flip the script and take a look at stars you probably thought were Latino, but aren't.
Some of these actors have portrayed Hispanic heartthrobs, others simply fooled us with their Mediterranean good looks, but the truth is none of them are actually Latino.
But wait -- before you enter the existential crisis that’s sure to ensue -- consider this a lesson learned. Once again, celebs prove that not all Latinos look the same. But they're still lovely to look at none the less!
This television correspondent (Today, Access Hollywood) is 100% Greek, but she<a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/buzz/30-stars-you-thought-were-latino-arent?slide=3" target="_hplink"> tells Latina Magazine that people think she's Latina.</a> "Magazines and stars always thought I was Latina," she said. "Everyone has thought this," she adds.
She played a Latina detective in Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning film "Crash," but <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0261170/bio" target="_hplink">Jennifer Esposito is actually Italian American.</a>
Your favorite Latino on AMC's critically acclaimed series, "Breaking Bad" is actually not Hispanic at all. Esposito was <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002064/bio" target="_hplink">born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father and an African-American mother.</a>
Antonio Sabato Jr.
The former Calvin Klein underwear model was <a href="http://www.antoniosabatojronline.com/bio/" target="_hplink">born in Rome to an Italian father and a Czechoslovakian mother</a>, and he doesn't have Hispanic 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).
"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," <a href="http://www.shineon-media.com/2011/11/22/joe-jonas-latino/" target="_hplink">Joe Jonas said in a skit for mun2.</a> But the teen pop star is actually a mix of Italian, German, Irish, Cherokee, and French-Canadian descent.
He's best known for his role as the smoking hot Latino firefighter Franco Rivera on the hit FX series "Rescue Me" (2004-2010), but multi-racial actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839326/bio" target="_hplink">Daniel Sunjata is African-American, Irish and German.</a>
Jesse Metcalfe starred as <em>Mexicano</em> Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the daytime soap, "Passions," but the "Dallas" star isn't Hispanic. <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0582462/bio" target="_hplink">His father Scott Metcalfe is of French and Italian descent and his mother (Nancy DeMaio) is of Italian and Portugese descent. </a>
Lindsay Hartley has played a Latina on three different soap operas: Passions (1999-2008), "Days of Our Lives" (2009-2010), and "All My Children" (2010-2011). But despite what many think, Lindsay is not Hispanic -- <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005102/bio" target="_hplink">she's part-Greek and part-Italian.</a>
Remember the beautiful Latina from that Doritos commercial during the 1998 Super Bowl? Well, Ali is actually of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005118/bio" target="_hplink">French (Cajun) descent.</a>
Best known for playing the super powered psychopathic serial killer, Sylar on the NBC show, "Heroes," Zachary Quinto's Latino-sounding last name, combined with his tan skin, might make some think he's Latino -- but the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0704270/bio" target="_hplink">actor is actually part-Italian and part-Irish. </a>
The talented "Project Runway" designer is <a href="http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-businessmen/richest-designers/christian-siriano-net-worth/" target="_hplink">half-German and half-Italian.</a>
Glee's Blaine may be able to sing some sweet Spanish lullabies, but Criss is actually <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023050/bio" target="_hplink">half Filipino and half-Irish. </a>
Her father is of Irish and Native American descent and her mother, a native of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1227814/bio" target="_hplink">Manila, is of Chinese, and Filipino descent.</a>
For years, people thought "American Idol" alum Diana DeGarmo was part-Latina. But last year the singer told Latina.com she is only Hispanic by marriage. <a href="http://www.tr3s.com/music/artists/vanessa-hudgens/photos/not-latina-diana-degarmo/?flipbook=not-latina" target="_hplink">"The "part-Mexicana" side of me is actually by marriage!" she said.</a> "I'm honestly a "little bit of everything," explained DeGarmo, who is reportedly of Italian, French and Native American descent.
She played Roxanna -- Freddy Rodriguez's high-maintenance sister in the Latino family movie, "Nothing Like the Holidays" (2008) -- and had a recurring role as Claudia Hernandez (Jack Bauer's love interest) on the third season of FOX's hit show, "24." <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1089685/bio" target="_hplink">But Ferlito is 100% Italian</a>.
He spends most of his free time at his house in the Dominican Republic and he's a close friend of the country's former President Leonel Fernandez. But Vin, who calls himself "definitely a person of color," <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004874/bio" target="_hplink">if of Italian and black ancestry.</a>
Salling may woo Glee's girls with his dark, smoldering looks, and the actor may even sing in Spanish, but a rep for the actor <a href="http://www.latina.com/arent-latino-mark-salling" target="_hplink">told Latina.com that the actor isn't Latino. </a>
He played a proud Latino named Felix Taggaro, Brooke's (Sofia Bush) love interest on the second season of the CW's "One Tree Hill," but <a href="http://www.tv.com/people/michael-copon/" target="_hplink">Copon is the son of a Filipino father and a German-American mother.</a>
The "Vampire Diaries" star is <a href="http://thats-all-folks.com/hollywoods-top-20-celebrities-of-russian-descent/" target="_hplink">African-American, Jewish (half Russian and half Polish)</a> and she was born in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mrs. Nick Lachey <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0591373/" target="_hplink">is part-Italian, part-Irish and part-Filipina. </a>
Watch Joe Jonas' "Latino side" in this mun2 skit:
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