Today the movie â€œMilkâ€ premieres in theaters here in Lisbon. Winner of 8 Oscar nominations last week, that movie stars Sean Penn, with James Franco in a major secondary role. If Franco sounds Portuguese to you, youâ€™re right. Heâ€™s just one of the now several young Hollywood faces with a Portuguese background. Of about the same age as Franco is Al Santos, a former model turned actor whoâ€™s made appearances on the â€œCSI: NYâ€ series and on movies like â€œJeepers Creepers II.â€ He was born in New York, but his last name originates in his relatives in the city of Aveiro in Portugal.
Another rising star is Lyndsy Fonseca, last seen on last seasonâ€™s â€œDesperate Housewives,â€ although she was also part of the cast of â€œThe Young and the Restless.â€
Yet another Portuguese-American actress with a start in soap operas was Vanessa Marcil (the real last name is â€œBarrigasâ€), who went from â€œGeneral Hospitalâ€ to star in â€œBeverly Hills 90210â€ and â€œLas Vegas.â€œ
Perabo is an unusual Portuguese name, but it is Portuguese. Actress Piper Perabo was born in Texas, but grew up in New Jersey, home to a large Portuguese community. Her major role was as the star of the â€œCoyote Uglyâ€ movie, and sheâ€™s also appeared in other films such as â€œCheaper by the Dozenâ€ and â€œThe Prestige.â€
You wouldnâ€™t tell by her last name, but Brooke Burke is also partially Portuguese. She was last seen as the winner of season 7 of the American series â€œDancing with the Stars,â€ but became known as the host of the â€œWild On…â€ program on the E! network.
For more famous Portuguese-American faces in the world of entertainment, see GoLisbonâ€™s Portuguese People page.