Americans of Mexican descent

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Sara Paxton
Sara Paxton was born in Woodland Hills, California. At a young age she began acting in television commercials. She was cast in her first film at the age of 8 as a child at school and at the party in Liar Liar. Her first major television series role was on the WB's Greetings from Tucson. She filmed Sleepover in fall 2003 (released July 9...
 
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Selena Gomez
Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck"...
 
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Fergie
Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby
Stacy Ann Ferguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, to Theresa Ann (Gore) and Jon Patrick Ferguson, both schoolteachers. Her ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, German, Swedish, and Luxembourgian. When she was a teenager, her parents divorced, which was a big challenge for a girl who wanted to be a star...
 
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Jessica Alba
Actress, Sin City
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican and distant Sephardic Jewish...
 
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Alexis Bledel
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas, to Nanette (Dozier) and Martin Bledel. Her parents are both Spanish-speakers (her mother was born in Arizona and raised in Mexico, and her father was born in Argentina), and Alexis's ancestry includes Danish, German, English, Scottish, Irish, and French...
 
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Demi Lovato
Born in 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Demi Lovato started out as a child actor on Barney & Friends. In 2007, Demi Lovato got a part on a short Disney Channel show called As the Bell Rings, and then she landed the starring role of the movie Camp Rock. While filming Camp Rock, Demi Lovato began also recording three songs for the film's soundtrack and has had several solo releases since...
 
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Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ella Eva (Mireles) and Enrique Longoria, Jr. The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch near Corpus Christi, Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college...
 
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James Roday
Actor, Psych
James David Rodríguez was born on April 4, 1976. He is the son of Jim Rodríguez, who worked for Boardwalk Auto Group. Roday was born in San Antonio. He attended Taft High School. He studied theater at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing, where he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He has acted in several theatrical productions...
 
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Daniela Bobadilla
Daniela Bobadilla is most renowned for her role as Sam Goodson in the FX series "Anger Management" where she starred opposite Charlie Sheen as his high octane daughter. She also portrayed the role of Emma in the NBC series "Awake" alongside Jason Isaacs. Most recently she played Riley Taft "Perfect High" opposite Bella Thorne...
 
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Nicole Richie
Producer, The Simple Life
The outspoken, wise-cracking comedic socialite and star of The Simple Life, Nicole Camille Escovedo was born in Berkeley, California on September 21, 1981. She is the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey, and socialite Paris Hilton's former best friend. Richie...
 
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Courtney Ford
Actress, Dexter
As an actress on the rise, Courtney Ford shines equally bright in both comedic and dramatic roles. Her ability to take on diverse projects has set her career in motion. Currently appearing in one of television's most critically acclaimed dramas, True Blood, Ford has been named one of the "Top Ten Faces to Watch on Television" by Variety...
 
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Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
 
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Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music...
 
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Danny Trejo
Actor, Machete
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses...
 
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Michael Peña
Peña was born and raised in Chicago, to Nicolasa, a social worker, and Eleuterio Peña, who worked at a button factory. His parents were originally from Mexico, his mother from Charcas in San Luis Potosí and his father from Villa Purificación in Jalisco. After graduating from high school, he went to an open casting call for the Peter Bogdanovich feature To Sir, with Love II...
 
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Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
 
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Becky G.
Soundtrack, Hotel Transylvania
Becky G was born as Rebecca Marie Gomez on March 2, 1997 in California, to Mexican-American parents Alejandra and Frank Gomez. She is the oldest of four children. In 2007, her family lost their home due to financial problems. They moved to the converted garage of their grandparents' home in Los Angeles...
 
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Mario Lopez
Self, Extra
Born in San Diego, California, on October 10th, 1973, to Mario Sr. and Elvira, Mario Lopez's first professional role was on the series, a.k.a. Pablo. Mario is probably best known to youngsters, however, as A.C. Slater from NBC's popular 1980s teen comedy series Saved by the Bell. Among Mario's other credits are several other popular television series...
 
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Christian Serratos
Actress, Twilight
Born and raised in Southern California, Christian knew from an early age that she wanted to be an actress. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer. She would entertain her family nightly by re-enacting television shows. Christian put all that passion into dance and studied ballet along with ice-skating...
 
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Scout Taylor-Compton
Actress, Halloween II
Scout Taylor-Compton began acting with a featured role in the A.F.I. film A.W.O.L starring David Morse. Since then, her performances in seven independent films, over fifteen student films, and three music videos formed a firm foundation that led to her leading role in MGM's Sleepover...
 
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Edward Furlong
Edward Walter Furlong was born in Glendale, California. His mother, Eleanor (Tafoya), is from a Mexican family, and worked at a youth center. Furlong had no acting ambitions until he was approached by casting agent Mali Finn, who was looking for a young actor to play the role of John Connor in what turned out to be one of the the biggest box-office hits of the 1990s...
 
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Seychelle Gabriel
As though being tapped to portray the young Eva Mendes in Frank Miller's The Spirit wasn't enough to jump start her career, Seychelle Gabriel has gone on to several great roles in many high-profile projects. Born in Burbank, Calif., Gabriel embarked upon a performing arts career at a very early age...
 
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Clifton Collins Jr.
Actor, Star Trek
An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, Clifton Collins Jr. is a native Angeleno who grew up destined to become a part of the Latino entertainment industry. His great-grandparents on his mother's side were a Mexican trumpet player and Spanish dancer who formed a traveling family act...
 
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Francia Raisa
Francia Raisa is a Gracie Award and La Femme Film Festival Rising Star Award recipient and a 2012 Teen Choice, IMAGEN and an ALMA award nominee for her portrayal of Adrian Lee on ABC Family's critically acclaimed series The Secret Life of the American Teenager and she continues to prove herself as a star on the rise. She was...
 
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Tyler Posey
Actor, Teen Wolf
Tyler was born in Santa Monica, California and lives in the Los Angeles area. He is the son of Cyndi Garcia and actor John Posey. His heritage is Irish, English (on his father's side) & Mexican (on his mother's side). He developed an early interest in the art and began his acting career performing on stage with his actor/writer dad...
 
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Hayley Orrantia
Actress, The Goldbergs
Hayley Orrantia plays the role of Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy The Goldbergs. Originally from Highland Village, Texas, she is an actress, singer and songwriter. Hayley began singing professionally at the age of 13 and acting at the age of 14. Prior to The Goldbergs, she performed in national commercials...
 
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Jay Hernandez
Actor, Hostel
With talent, the requisite good looks, and plenty of on-screen charisma, Jay Hernandez was born in Montebello, California, to Isis (Maldonado), an accountant and secretary, and Javier Hernandez, Sr., a mechanic. He is of Mexican descent. Jay had a serendipitous experience that led to his career. While riding an elevator in a high-rise in his native Los Angeles...
 
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Michael Trevino
Michael Trevino (born January 25, 1985) plays Tyler Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries. Recently, he has appeared on the TV series 90210, The Riches, and The Originals. Michael Trevino was born on January 25, 1985 in Montebello, California and raised in Valencia, California. He was born to Mexican parents who were raised in East Los Angeles...
 
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Stacey Dash
Actress, Clueless
Stacey Dash was born in the Bronx, New York. Stacy knew that she wanted to act, and from an early age began to act professionally. She made regular appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and also St. Elsewhere. At 21 she made her feature film debut in Enemy Territory, which was quickly followed by Moving...
 
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Rebecca Black
Rebecca Black is best known for her song "Friday" which became an Internet sensation in March 2011. According to Billboard.com, she is just one of the pop stars coming from a production company called Ark Music Factory.
 
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Ryan Guzman
Ryan Anthony Guzman is an American actor, model, and mixed martial arts fighter. He was born September 21, 1987 in Abilene, Texas, to Lisa (Hudson) and Ray Guzman. After his fathers' service in the Air Force ended, the family moved to Sacramento, CA to raise Ryan and later on his younger brother Steven...
 
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Alana De La Garza
Actress, Law & Order
Alana De La Garza was born in Columbus, Ohio and later relocated to Texas, ultimately attending the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). After college, she moved to Orlando, Florida, landing roles in a number of independent films as well as commercials. Her work took her to New York, where she studied extensively under renowned acting instructor JoAnna Beckson...
 
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Griffin Dunne
Griffin Dunne was born on June 8, 1955 in New York City, the oldest child of Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer, and Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne, an activist. He grew up mainly in Los Angeles, California and attended school in Colorado before moving back to New York in the late 1970s. As an actor...