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7 Actresses You May Not Have Known Who Are Of Mexican Heritage


Jessica Alba

Alexis Bledel’s “Sin City” co-star gets her Mexican ancestry from her paternal grandparents who were both born to Mexican immigrants. On her mother’s side, the beauty is Danish, German and Welsh. As it’s clear now, the unique genetic fusion made the actress one of the most attractive A-listers in Hollywood.

Stacey Dash

Part-Barbadian, part-Mexican and also African American, she started appearing on TV in the mid 80’s. However, her major break was the role as the egocentric and spoiled high school popular kid named Dionne in the 1995 hit ‘Clueless’ and a television spin-off of the same name.

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Alexis Bledel

The “Gilmore Girls” and “Sin City” star was born in Houston, Texas to a Mexican mother and an Argentinean dad. Although she was born in the US, Alexis was raised in Mexico and spoke Spanish as her first language. The blue-eyed and pale-skinned beauty doesn’t look Hispanic at all due to her family having also Danish, German, Scottish and English roots. What a blend! Nevertheless, Alexis identifies herself as a Latino.

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Lupita Nyong’o

The “12 Years a Slave” star and an Oscar winner who was also ranked #1 in 2014’s World’s Most Beautiful list was actually born in Mexico City, Mexico to Kenyan parents. Her name is a diminutive form of a traditional Mexican name Guadalupe. The actress lived in Kenya for most of her childhood but returned to Mexico when she was 16. She identified herself as a Mexican-Kenyan.

Lynda Carter

The actress who portrayed iconic Wonder Woman loves to recollect her childhood memories in which her Mexican mother sings to her father of English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Her mixed heritage proved to be a genetic jackpot as Lynda won the title of Miss World in 1972 before her acting career took off.

Sara Paxton

Her blond hair might fool you, but Sara Paxton was actually born In Monterrey, Mexico. The actress is Scottish and Irish on her father’s side which explains her Anglo-Saxon looks. The horror movie star says people don’t believe she’s part-Mexican because they still have stereotypes about what a Hispanic girl should look.

Alana de la Garza

You might not know that the gorgeous actress who played Connie Rubirosa on NBC’s “Law & Order” for four seasons was born to a Mexican-American father and an Irish-American mother. The beauty was raised in El Paso, Texas, and she even won the “Miss Photogenic” title in a teen version of the Miss El Paso beauty pageant.