Looking beyond gorgeous and uber luminous, the politically active Latina, whom we named as our favorite starlet of 2008, last appeared on the magazine’s cover in February 2007.
Here is the second installment of Blindie’s on-going quest to uncover the racial identity of some of Hollywood’s multi-racial celebrities.
Wentworth Miller: The Prison Break star played a young Anthony Hopkins trying to hide his African American heritage in 2003’s The Human Stain and in real life, Miller’s racial make-up reads like a laundry list of races and includes African American, Jamaican, German, Jewish, Lebanese, and Syrian, just to name a few.
Rosario Dawson: the Seven Pounds star has a mother of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban background and a father of Irish and Native American heritage.
Taylor Lautner: the teen star plays Quileute tribe member Jacob Black in the vampire flick Twilight and lays claim to French, Dutch and German as well as Native American ancestry in real life.
Zoe Saldana: the Star Trek beauty was born in New Jersey and has a Puerto Rican mother and a Dominican father.
Corbin Bleu: the High School Musical triple threat has a mother of Italian heritage and a father of Jamaican ancestry.
Cash Warren: the Yale University grad is married to Jessica Alba and is the son of the African American actor of the 1980s hit series Hill Street Blues Michael Warren.
Australian hardbody Hugh Jackman has nabbed PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title while a bevy of diverse actors, athletes and musicians show up in some pretty sexy categories.
Among PEOPLE magazine’s Sexy men of color are Seven Pound’s Will Smith and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in the “20 Sexy Superstars” category
Rapper turned actor Bow Wow tops the sexy “21 Club,” while Tyson Beckford shows up on the “Sexy Bearded Guys” list and former L.A. Law man and current star of Dirty Sexy Money Blair Underwood is crowned “Sexiest TV Veteran.”
Private Practice star Taye Diggs lands in the new category “Sexy Scents,” which comes with a scratch and sniff feature on the page.
On the international front, China-born concert pianist Lang Lang, British singer Seal and his compatriot Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton also make the Sexy list.
The sexy surprises are U.S. Treasury Department’s Neel Kashkari, and Olympian decathlete Bryan Clay.
Rosario Dawson, who is back in the movie business after taking time off for the election, sobbed the first time she read the script for her upcoming film, Seven Pounds, on a flight to Los Angeles.
Playing a woman with a heart condition who falls for Smith’s character, Dawson said, “I loved it so much… I’m not a public crier per se, and I’m just sitting on this plane with people… I was a weepy mess.”
After seeing the drama (due out this Christmas) at a screening with her costar, Dawson added, “I was sitting there… crying, with a tissue, trying to be cool about it. Will walked out crying and I was like, ‘Oh, thank God – not just me.'”
Summer was all about the blockbuster, but now it’s time for Oscar…and Will Smith returns from ruling the box office via Hancock with his December release of Seven Pounds.
Directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), the drama, which refers to the weight of the human heart, stars Smith as an IRS agent who tries to redeem himself by helping seven strangers–and one of them is the beautiful Rosario Dawson, whom he falls for.