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Top Hispanic & Latin Celebrities

top-hispanic-and-latin-celebrities-headerFind out which Hispanic and Latin Celebrities are on top!

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we're going to highlight our favorite Hispanic and Latin celebs. From movies they've starred in to nicknames, we've got a compilation of fun facts! In no particular order, here are the top 10 Hispanic celebrities. 

Hispanic and Latin Celebrities 

1. Salma Hayek

  • Born Salma Valgarma Hayek-Jiménez
  • Born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Father was a wealthy oil company exec and mother an opera singer
  • Hollywood actress and veteran
  • Actress since 1988
  • First big break by Robert Rodriguez in “Desparado”
  • Has acted opposite Antonio Banderas, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Mathew Perry
  • Leading role in “Frida”
  • Co-produced “Frida” which was nominated for over five Oscars
  • First Latin actress to be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars

eva-longoria-orig-size2. Eva Longoria

  • Best known for her role on ABC’s hit series "Desperate Housewives" and the CBS soap opera, "The Young and the Restless"
  • Notable actress
  • Golden-Globe nominee
  • Screen Actoris Guild Award and ALMA Award winner
  • Pageant winner (Miss Corpus Christi, USA)
  • Texas-born
  • Outside of acting: Longoria has authored a cookbook, opened a restaurant, appeared on the Food Network, and is the executive producer of the Lifetime Network series, "Devious Maids"
  • Mexican-American woman who sometimes calls herself a “Texican”

3. Zoe Saldaña

  • Born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario
  • Father is Dominican
  • Mother is Puerto Rican
  • 35 years old
  • Starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Star Trek,” “Drumline,” “Colombiana," “Avatar,” and many others
  • Moved from New Jersey to Queens, New York then to the Dominican Republic after her dad died when she was 9-years-old
  • Discovered the art of dance in the Dominican Republic which developed into a love for theater performance

george-lopez-orig-size4. George Lopez

  • Comedian, actor, producer and talk show host
  • Known for stand-up comedy and self-titled sitcom, George Lopez
  • His stand-up comedy and television sitcoms examines familial relationships and race and ethnicity
  • Has had many notable controversies involving other celebrities
  • Hosted the Latin Grammy Awards twice
  • Has been co-host of the Emmy Awards

5. Eva Mendes

  • Cuban-American actress
  • Parents are Cuban
  • Born in Miami and raised in Los Angeles
  • Began acting while in college
  • Acted opposite of Denzel Washington in “Training Day”
  • Acted opposite of Will Smith in “Hitch”
  • Had roles in “One Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Hitch,” and “Ghost Rider,” to name a few
  • Has been the spokesmodel for Revlon cosmetics, Calvin Klein underwear and perfume, Magnum ice cream, Reebok sneakers and others

Sofia-Vergara-Orig-Size6. Sofía Vergara

  • Born and raised in Colombia
  • Actress, comedian, host, and model popular in Latin America and the United States
  • Stars in the ABC series “Modern Family”
  • Has earned many award nominations from the Golden Globe Awards to Emmy Awards appeared in HBO and ABC series as well as made numerous television appearances
  • Cast in films including “Meet the Browns,” “Madea Goes to Jail,” “The Smurfs,” “Escape From Planet Earth,” etc.

7. Selena Gomez

  • Actress and recording artist
  • Known for being on the Disney Channel
  • Parents named her after the late Grammy-winning singer, Selena
  • First television debut was on Barney & Friends
  • Appeared in "Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," as well as other series and films on the Disney Channel
  • First top solo hit was “Come & Get It”
  • First album (Stars Dance) was released in July of 2013

demi-lovato-orig-size8. Demi Lovato

  • Singer, songwriter and actress
  • First appeared in Barney & Friends
  • Best friends with Selena Gomez
  • Starred in her own Disney Channel series
  • Appears on "Glee" and other television shows
  • Fudge on the "X Factor"
  • Very public about her personal struggles resulting in philanthropy for teen girls
  • Has opened for the Jonas Brothers and Avril Lavigne
  • Released fourth and self-titled studio album in May of 2013

9. Penélope Cruz

  • Born Penélope Cruz Sánchez
  • Born in Madrid
  • Oldest of three children
  • Studied classical ballet for 9 years at Spain’s National Conservatory
  • Beat 300 girls at a talent agency audition
  • Winning the competition landed her a contract to appear on Spanish TV
  • First acting debut was a music video
  • Has starred opposite Matt Damon and Johnny Depp
  • Nominated for numerous awards
  • Owns a clothing store in Madrid
  • Designs jewelry and handbags
  • Married to Spanish actor, Javier Bardem

marc-anthony-orig-size10. Marc Anthony

  • Born Marco Antonio Muñiz
  • Parents are Puerto Rican
  • Named after Mexican singer Marco Antonio Muñiz
  • Grew up in Spanish Harlem (East Harlem)
  • Youngest of eight
  • Singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor
  • Grammy and Latin Grammy winner
  • Top-selling salsa artist of all time
  • Worked as a songwriter and back-up vocalist for Menudo and Latin Rascals before rise to fame
  • Once married to Jennifer Lopez

If we stretched the list to 12, who would you absolutely have to add? 

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