The Name Before the Fame
Ever wondered about your favorite Latino celebrity's real name? Find out what these Latino stars were known as before making it big. 


Chayanne a.k.a. Enrique Martín Morales Elmer Figueroa Arce

This sensual singer, actor, and dancer knows how to drive the ladies wild!

The Puertorriqueño hunk has been in the spotlight since the tender age of 10, when he has was part of "Los Chicos" boy band.


Bibí Gaytán a.k.a. Silvia Gaytán Barragán 

Mexican beauty Gaytán is an actress and singer. She starred in the telenovela “Alcanzar una Estrella II,” side by side with big names like Ricky Martin.
Gaytán has also worked with multi-award-winning singer and new mom Paulina Rubio in the telenovela “Baila conmigo,” and also starred in the popular soap opera “Dos mujeres, un camino.”

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Daddy Yankee a.k.a. Ramón "Raymond" Luis Ayala Rodríguez

Known to many as "The Big Boss," Daddy Yankee along with Don Omar popularized reggaetón through Latin America and Spain, as well as non-Spanish-speaking countries. 

Besides his music, this Boricua has various fragrances and made his debut as an actor in Paramount Pictures, "Talento de barrio" in 2005. 



La Mala a.k.a. María Rodríguez

The Spanish hip hop singer took home the Latin Grammy for best urban song "No Pidas Perdon" at the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.

The MC has collaborated with popular artists such as Akon, Nelly furtado, Calle 13, and Julieta Venegas. 

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Pablo Montero a.k.a. Óscar Daniel Hernández Rodríguez

Pablo, known as "The Ranchera Hunk," began his acting debut in the telenovela "Vivo por Elena," in which he played a struggling singer. 

This "Hunk" also had roles in other telenovelas such as "Nunca té olvidare," "Abrazame fuerte," and "Entre el amor y el odio." 





Chenoa a.k.a. María Laura Corradini Falomir

After appearing in the television contest Operación Triunfo, Chenoa became an instant sensation. 

The Argentine-Spanish pop singer is widely known throughout Latin America and Spain and has sold over 1,000,000 records since 2002. 

Her first American single will be a debut with controversial veteran pop star Gloria Trevi. 


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Aleks Syntek a.k.a. Raúl Alejandro Escajadillo Peña

Singer, composer, and producer Aleks Syntek has collaborated with entertainers such as Luis Fonsi and David Bisbal. 

Syntek also participated in the "Somos el mundo" collaboration of multiple Latin American artists who paired up to raise funds and awareness for the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. 


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Erika Buenfil a.k.a. Teresa de Jesús Lopez 

This Mexican veteran actress is known for her roles in multiple telenovelas such as Cristina Junco in "El derecho de nacer," and more recent productions "Duelo de pasiones" and "Tormento en el paraíso." 

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Charlie Zaa a.k.a. Carlos Alberto Sánchez

This Colombian singer won the award for Artist of the Year at the 1998 Billboard Latin music ceremony for his album "Sentimientos." 

A few years later in 2002, Zaa was nominated for a Latin Grammy for his album "Un solo sentimiento."




Daniela Romo a.k.a. Teresita Presmanes Corona

Romo is a television host, singer and actress based in México. Throughout her career, she has been in over 12 telenovelas and released over 20 albums.

The veteran actress also starred in Lance Hool's 1999 movie "One Man's Hero," and appeared in many other productions. 

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Juanes a.k.a. Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez

This Colombian native is a pop/rock singer and songwriter who's sold over 12 million copies worldwide of his six albums.

Juanes has won 19 Latin Grammys and was named ambassador of happiness by the Ecuadorian government.

The Name Before the Fame

Ever wondered about your favorite Latino celebrity's real name? Find out what these Latino stars were known as before making it big. 

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