Did you know actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is Asian?
The star, whose Mixed-ish premieres next week on September 24, and who could show up for the streaming Saved By the Bell reboot, is a quarter Indonesian. His mother was born in Bali and is both Dutch and Indonesian. And while that might not sound like much, Mark has spoken proudly of his background in the past.
“Zack Morris is half-Asian. That’s why the blonde hair was dyed for all those years,” he told Jimmy Fallon a few years ago. “People think, ‘That was your natural hair color.’ It was not. That was colored by Clairol. That is not natural, guys.”
We just learned about all of this and thought it was quite intriguing, so we did some additional digging to see which stars folks see only as white are also technically Asian or Latin. We actually found quite a few recognizable names.
The former Disney Channel star who was raised in Miami is half Cuban thanks to her father. On her mother’s side, Bella is Italian. She told Glamour she actually grew up speaking Spanish before she learned English.
“I was raised in a very Latin family. My first language was Spanish, but I had to drop it when I started school because of my dyslexia,” she said in 2015. “I still understand it, though, especially since my mom uses Spanish to tell me to take out the trash or do the dishes!”