If you think you are going to go through some complicated procedure to find out if you are actually related to your favorite celeb, think again. Services as simple as the We’re Related app allow you to cross-reference your own genes against a database of known celebrity ancestors. So, if you’ve ever wondered if you just might be related to Brad Pitt, there’s no reason to wait to find out. You never know what your genes are going to reveal about you, something these celebrities that received their own shocking DNA test results know all too well:
Oprah Is Part Native American
When Oprah used a DNA test kit in conjunction with the 2006 PBS series “African American Lives”, she wasn’t surprised to learn the majority of her lineage could be traced back to the modern day African nations of Liberia and Guinea. However, there was one major surprise – 8% of her ancestry is actually Native American.
Mario Lopez a Brit?
It was easy to see how the former teen sensation turned celebrity news host had large amounts of Native American and Spanish DNA in his blood. More surprising was the discovery that he also has significant British ancestry as well. While Lopez is on the record as saying he is a “child of immigrants” he was still surprised to learn that includes people from the British Isles.
Eva Longoria Is Mostly European
One of the most well-known Latina celebrities in the world, Eva Longoria is known for championing her Mexican and Native American heritages. That’s why she was completely shocked to learn that the majority of her DNA is actually European – 70% of it to be exact. Only 27% of her ancestry is of Asian/Indigenous origin, but that comes with one really cool caveat – she is actually distantly related to famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Tyra Banks’ British Past
Another non-Caucasian celebrity whose DNA test kit produced unexpected results is Tyra Banks. Although it was no surprise that 85% of her ancestry is African or Native American, she is also 14% British as well.
Snooki’s Romani Ancestry
The reality TV star is aware of her adoption from Chilean parents at an early age, and has always held a strong affinity towards that part of her identity. However, the results of her DNA test were much less straightforward. Snooki comes from a very diverse genetic background, including traces of Middle Eastern Jewish and Asian ancestry. But perhaps the most shocking of all is her large Romani – commonly known as “Gypsy” – heritage.
Larry David Not Jewish?
The creator of the wildly popular “Seinfeld” television show is both Jewish and Caucasian, which led him to assume he was of a majority Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. That would explain why he was shocked when his DNA heritage test showed him to be only 55% European and 32% Native American. While this is still technically a “majority” it was much less than he had expected. It just goes to show you how valuable DNA testing is to correcting our misconceptions about who we really are.
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