20 Celebrities Who You Probably Didn’t Know Had Such a Diverse Genetic Background

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Thanks to technology and accessible DNA tests, it’s now easier to learn more about our ethnicity and our ancestors’ origins. And genetic diversity can be a beautiful thing, as proven by these celebrities who have roots from different races and cultures.

1. Madonna

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Madonna’s father’s parents were Italian, and her mother’s parents were French Canadian.

2. Keanu Reeves

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The actor was born in Lebanon. His mother is English, originating from Essex. His father is from Hawaii, and is of Native Hawaiian, Chinese, English, Irish, and Portuguese descent.

3. Mariah Carey

This beautiful singer is the daughter of American citizens, Alfred and Patricia. Although both her father and mother were born in the United States, her father is of African-American and Venezuelan-American descent, while her mother is of Irish descent.

4. Naomi Campbell

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Campbell is of Afro-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese-Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, whose surname was Ming.

5. Anne Hathaway

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Anne Hathaway was born to a lawyer and an actress. Her mother is Irish and her father has French, German, English, and Irish roots.

6. Charles Melton

This handsome actor was born in Alaska. In addition to being an American, he also has European and Asian blood running through his veins. His father is of English descent, while his mother is Korean by birth.

7. Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger is a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Nicole’s mother, a native of Hawaii, is half Russian, her father is Filipino, making her half Asian.

8. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez was born in 1992 in Texas. Her father is Mexican and her mother is Italian.

9. Jason Momoa

Momoa has a fascinating ethnic mix. His father is of Native Hawaiian descent, while his mother is of German and Irish descent. He has also stated in interviews that his mother is also a descendant of the Native American Pawnee tribe, hence his strong connection and activism in defense of native peoples.

10. Nicole Kidman

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The actress was born in Hawaii, and was given the Hawaiian name “Hōkūlani,” meaning “heavenly star.” Kidman is of Irish and Scottish descent.

11. Robert Downey Jr.

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The father of the actor is half-Lithuanian-Jewish, 1/4 Hungarian-Jewish, and 1/4 Irish. His mother has German, Swiss, and Scottish roots.

12. Jessica Alba

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Jessica’s mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her paternal grandparents were both the children of Mexican immigrants.

13. Chrissy Teigen

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This beautiful woman is a sought-after model, influencer, and entrepreneur. She has a truly exotic and unique beauty thanks to the magic of genetics. While her father is an American of Norwegian descent, her mother is from Thailand.

14. Cher

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Cherilyn Sarkisian has an Armenian American father and a mother whose predecessors are Irish, English, German, and Cherokee.

15. Timothée Chalamet

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The actor’s mother is of Jewish descent, and his father is French, whose grandmother was originally Canadian of British descent.

16. Olivia Munn

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Lisa Olivia Munn is an American actress and a model. She is best known for her role as Mily Acuna on the series Beyond the Break. Her father, is an American of English, Irish, and German descent. Her mother was born and raised in Vietnam and is of Chinese descent.

17. Dwayne Johnson

Known as “The Rock,” Dwayne began his career as a wrestler, later allowing him to star in action movies. His passion for wrestling also runs in his family. His father, an African-Canadian of Irish descent, was not just a wrestler, he was the first world champion of color in the tag team wrestling category. At the same time, this sport was also important on his mother’s Samoan side: both his grandfather and grandmother had a strong presence in the wrestling world.

18. Kristin Kreuk


The star of the Smallville TV series who played Lana Lang has Chinese heritage from her mother and Dutch roots from her father.

19. Zendaya

Zendaya’s father is African-American, with roots in Arkansas, while her mother has German and Scottish ancestry.

20. Vanessa Hudgens

On her father’s side, Vanessa has Irish, French, and Native American ancestry. On her mother’s side, she has Asian ancestry. Vanessa’s mother is a native of the Philippines.

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