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10 Hollywood stars you never knew they were of Arab descent

Apart from Rami Malek and Mena Massoud that are well known among the Arabs for their Middle Eastern roots, there are plenty of actors and celebrities out there that will shock you to learn that they belong to this list.

Check out these megastars that are part Arab:

Jenna Dewan

The American Actress/Dancer who is well known for her role in Step Up movie is of Arab descent as her father is part Lebanese.

Salma Hayek 

A Mexican- American film actress and producer, Hayek is a versatile star with Arab roots.
Her paternal family is from Baabdat, Lebanon, which is fairly obvious giving the last name Hayek.

Teri Hatcher

The Desperate Housewives actress was born in Palo Alto, California, and aside from having Irish, English and Czech heritage running through her blood, she also has Syrian ancestry.


Shakira was born in Columbia, but she has Lebanese, Italian and Spanish lineage.
As her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to America, then her father moved to Columbia where she was born.

Zoe Saldana

The Guardians of the Galaxy star have a mix of Lebanese and Haitian roots even though she was born in New Jersey.

Gigi & Bella Hadid

This one might be a piece of common knowledge because the models have been very lyrical about their Palestinian origins.

Wentworth Miller

The Prison Break star has Arab ancestry as his mother is part Syrian, Part Lebanese.

Tony Shalhoub

The American star mostly known for his role in the TV show Monk has Lebanese parents.

Catherine Keener

The Oscar-nominated actress’s mother was from Lebanon.

Paula Abdul

The 1980s pop star was born to a Syrian father that spent a part of his childhood in Brazil before migrating to the US.

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