10 Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Born in Latin America

We know that many stars were born into Latino families, but which celebs were actually born in Latin America? Whether their connection to Latin America goes only as far as place of birth or they’re Latino by blood, these well-known names all have one thing in common – they were born in Latin America! See the full list:

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Lupita Nyong’o

Breakout star Lupita Nyong’o who made her American film debut this year in 12 Years a Slave was raised primarily in Kenya, but she wasn't born there. The actress was actually born in Mexico!


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John McCain

No, Arizona Senator John McCain does not have Latino ancestors, but he was born in Latin America! The politician was born to Scots-Irish and English parents at the Coco Solo Naval air Station in the Panama Canal Zone.


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Joaquin Phoenix

Academy Award Winner Joaquin Phoenix has many different countries of ancestry, but a Latin American country isn’t one of them. Phoenix’s father is of German and French ancestry while his mother’s ancestors emigrated from Russia and Hungary. Phoenix, though, was born in a Latin American country! The talented actor was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lived there until the age of six.


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Mario Van Peebles

Though Mario Van Peebles’ parents were born in Chicago and Germany, they left their home countries for a brief time after marrying. It was during this time that the comedian and director was born in Mexico City, Mexico.


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Nina García

We love this Latina as the fashion forward, tough-as-nails judge on the long-running Project Runway and as the Creative Director at Marie Claire magazine. Nina Garcia attended schools in the United States and Paris, but did you know she was born in Latina America? García was born in Barranquilla, Colombia!


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Andy García

Andy García, an Academy Award winning actor and star of movies like The Godfather Part III, The Untouchables and The Lost City, grew up in Miami, but that’s not where he was born. The talented father of four came from Havana, Cuba!


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Morena Baccarin

Many people assume that Homeland actress Morena Baccarin is of Latino descent, but she’s actually Italian. The beauty was born south of the border, though. Baccarin calls Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her place of birth.


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John Leguizamo

Actor, comedian and producer John Leguizamo, who starred in Romeo + Juliet and Arabian Nights, has played characters of different backgrounds, and he himself is of multiple ethnicities. However, he was born in Latin America! Leguizamo hails from Bogota Colombia.


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Benicio del Toro

This Award winning actor and film producer is best known for his work on Traffic, 21 Grams and Che. But, did you know he was also born in Latin America? Benicio del Toro originally comes from San German, Puerto Rico!


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Salma Hayek

The beautiful and talented Salma Hayek isn’t just of Latino descent, she was born outside of the United States! The actress, who starred in Frida, Desperado and Dogma, was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Hayek has since become a naturalized citizen of the United States.