5 Joss Whedon Actors You Never Knew Were Latino!

Actors on Joss Whedon television shows and movies all have something in common: They're AWESOME! But a handful of Whedonverse actors also share something else in common: They're Latino! (Which, let's face it, is the same thing as being awesome)! 

From Firefly to Angel, to Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, check out 5 Whedon actors you never knew were Latino! (Sidenote: We really hope Joss casts a few Latinos on his new ABC pilot, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Viva, Joss!

1. Vivo: Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin, 33

The Homeland star played Inara Serra on Whedon's hit sci-fi show, Firefly and reprised her role for the feature film Serenity (2005), a space Western film written and directed by Whedon. But in real life, Morena isn’t from another planet—she’s from Brazil! Born in Rio de Janeiro, her mother is Brazilian TV actress Vera Setta, and her father is the Brazilian Record TV News Coordinator, Fernando Baccarin.


2. Even More Stars: J. August Richards

J. August Richards, 39

J. August Richards (whose first name is Jaime) is of Panamanian descent. The actor, best known for his role as vampire hunter Charles Gunn on the WB’s hit show, Angel, explained the etymology of his name: My parents are from Panama, and so there's a primary AND a secondary stress on my first name, Jaime, so it sounds like HIGH-MAY,” Richards explained. “And my middle name is actually Augusto [Ah-GOOS-toe], so that's tough too.” How cool is that?!


3. Vivo: Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter, 42

She's best known for playing Cordelia Chase—a conceited and popular teenager who reluctantly joins “The Scooby Gang” in Whedon’s hit TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But we’re betting you didn’t know that this talented beauty—who also starred on Whedon's Buffy spinoff, Angel—is Latina! Charisma’s dad might be French and German, but her mom is a mix of Cherokee and Spanish. The actress lived in Rosarito City, Mexico during her teen years.


4. Liza Lapira

Liza Lapira, 31

You know (and love) her as the brainy neuroscientist Ivy in Joss Whedon's series Dollhouse, but did you know this Filipino and Chinese actress is also Spanish? Que cool!


5. Gina Torres, Joss Whedon

Gina Torres, 44

You know her for her scene-stealing work on not one (but three!) hit Joss Whedon shows and movies, including Firefly (as series regular Zoe Washburne), Angel (as Jasmine), and Serenity, (as Zoë). But we're betting you didn't know that that his gorgeous actress is Latina! "I'm Cuban American, both my parents are Cuban--one was a little browner than the other one," Torres told us in a recent interview. "That’s who I am. I feel sorry that it’s taken so long for the film industry to figure it out and to catch up," she said.