20 Celebrities that you had no idea are actually of Asian origin

Not all Asians look alike because Asia is a diverse continent! Boasting different cultures, topography and different ethnic groups, Asia is a home to many mixed races. Add to this the fact that people across the globe mingle and get married and have babies! You never know, if you’re not too familiar with your ancestry, you may be part Asian. You may want to take a test for asian heritage to discover more about your past. We decided to have a bit of fun and bring you 20 celebrities that you didn’t know were Asian because they don’t look-it!


1 Keanu Reeves

This matrix star who has wooed us with his debonair looks and remarkable acting skills is actually part Asian and a quarter Chinese!

Keanu Reeves

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2 Rob Schneider

Revered for his stand-up comedy acts and a veteran of the Saturday night live series, Rob Schneider is quarter Filipino.

Rob Schneider

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3 Kristin Kreuk

Known for her roles in Smallville and teen drama Edgemont, the Canadian actress and celebrity, Kristin Kreuk is half Chinese.

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4 The Rock

The Rock or Dwayne Douglas Johnson is half Samoan.He is most notable know with his ring name!

The Rock

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5 Ne-Yo

Believe it or not but the famous American R & B singer and celebrity Shaffer Chimere Smith known by his stage name Ne-Yo is one of those celebrities who are Asian. Ne-Yo is a quarter Chinese!


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6 Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Most noted for his role as Zack in ‘Saved By TheBell,’ the American actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is a quarter Indonesian.

 Mark-Paul Gosselaar

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7 Enrique Iglesias

The King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias has ruled the hearts of many women across the globe for his soulful voice and billboard hit numbers! This best-selling Latin artist in the UK is half Filipino.

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8 Karen O

The Lead singer of the Yeah YeahYeahs, Karen Lee Orzolek or Karen-O is a South Korean born musician. Another of those celebrities who are Asian, she was born in Seoul, Korea to a Korean mother and Polish Father.

Karen O

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9 Sharon Leal

Sharon Leaf is an American actress and singer who was born to a Filipino mother and African-American father, making her half Filipino. She was later legally adopted by her step father Jesse Leal.

Sharon Leal

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10 Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen is the lead guitarist and co-founder of the Hard Rock band- Van Halen! He is considered as one of the best rock guitarists in the world! He was born to a Chinese-Malaysian mother.

Eddie Van Halen

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11 Dean Cain

Next in the list of celebrities who are of Asian origin is the superman of the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He is a quarter Japanese.

Dean Cain

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12 Vanessa Hudgens

Rising to fame with her role in High School Musical series, Vanessa boasts of Irish and Native American ancestry. She was born to a mother of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese descent.

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13 Chad Michael Murray

The American actor and former model, Chad Michael Murray is widely known for his role of Lucas in the hit television series One Tree Kill. Popular among teens as the smouldering guy, Chad is a quarter Japanese.

Chad Michael Murray

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14 Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole rose to fame as the lead singer of Pussycat dolls, one of the highest best-selling girl band but her singles did not do much for her career! She was born to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian-Russian mother.

Nicole Scherzinger

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15 Kirk Hamette

The lead guitarist and songwriter of the eminent heavy metal band Metallica, Kirk Hamette is half Filipino.

Kirk Hamette

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16 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury was a British songwriter, singer and record producer. The lead vocalist of the band Queen, Freddie was born as Farrokh Bulsara and was a Parsi.

Freddie Mercury

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17 Bruno Mars

The widely known singer is half Filipino.

Bruno Mars

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18 K T Tunstall

K T Tunstall is a Scottish songwriter and singer and is a quarter Chinese.

K T Tunstall

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19 Norah Jones

Born to American concert producer Sue Jones and Indian Bengali sitar maestro Pundit Ravi Shankar, this lead singer and artist is half Indian.

Norah Jones

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20 Naomi Campbell

This super model’s paternal grandmother is Chinese.

Naomi Campbell

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There are many more celebrities out there who are of Asian descent or have a little Asian ancestry in their family tree but these are some of the names that truly deserve a mention.


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