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29 Polynesian Celebrities Who Are Taking Over Hollywood

Watch these Pacific Islanders run the show.

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1. Jason Momoa

Momoa was born in Hawaii and is Hawaiian on his father's side. He is known as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones and will play Aquaman in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He's also going to star in a 2018 Aquaman film.

2. Nicole Scherzinger

Scherzinger was born in Hawaii and is Hawaiian, Russian, and Filipino. She first rose to international fame as the lead singer for the Pussycat Dolls. After the girl group disbanded, she won the 2010 season of Dancing With the Stars.


3. Dwayne Johnson

Johnson was born in California and his mother's side is Samoan. Johnson, also known by his wrestling name The Rock, earned superstar status after appearing in The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, and the Fast & Furious franchise.

5. Kelly Hu

Hu was born in Honolulu and is of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian descent. Her first big break was as Kirk Cameron's love interest on the hit Growing Pains. She's had numerous roles since then, including in The Scorpion King and in X-Men 2.


8. Keisha Castle-Hughes

An Australian-born actress, Castle-Hughes' mother is Maori. She starred in Whale Rider, which earned her a Best Actress Academy Awards nomination. She now plays Obara Sand on HBO's Game of Thrones.


11. Shannyn Sossamon

Born in Honolulu, Sossamon is Hawaiian, Filipino, English, German, French, and Irish. In 2001, she played Lady Jocelyn opposite Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale. More recently, she appeared in ABC's Mistresses and HBO's How to Make It in America.

12. Taylor Wily

Born in Honolulu, Wily is of Samoan descent. Wily aka Teila Tuli was originally a sumo wrestler, but showed off his acting skills as Kemo in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He's now known for his role as shrimp truck owner Kamekona on Hawaii Five-0.

13. David Strathairn

Born in San Francisco, Strathairn is part Hawaiian and Scottish. He starred as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck and was nominated for an Academy Award.


15. Temuera Morrison

Born in New Zealand, Morrison is part Maori. He's known for his role in the 1994 drama Once Were Warriors. He also played Jango Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and is set to play Boba Fett in the Star Wars anthology film.

17. Vaitiaré Hirshon

Hirshon (aka Bandera) was born in French Polynesia, and is of Tahitian, Cook Island, German, English, and French descent. Vaitiaré is a Tahitian name meaning "Water Flower." She is best known for her role as Sha're in Stargate SG-1.


19. Jay Laga'aia

Laga'aia was born in New Zealand and is of Samoan descent. He is known internationally for his role as Captain Typho in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

21. Rena Owen

Born in New Zealand, Owen is of Maori, Welsh, and European descent. Owen is best known for her leading role in Once Were Warriors. She also portrayed Nee Alavar in Star Wars: Episode III and voiced Taun We in Star Wars: Episode II.

22. Jason Scott Lee

Lee has Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry and grew up in Hawaii. He starred in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, played Mowgli in The Jungle Book, and Caine 607 in Soldier. He also voiced David Kawena in Disney's Lilo & Stitch movies.


23. Tuki Brando

Tuki is a Tahitian name meaning "heartbeat." He is the grandson of Marlon Brando and Tarita Teriipaia, who met while filming Mutiny on the Bounty on Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Brando has modeled for Versace, TechnoMarine, and Mr. Porter.

24. Sanoe Lake

Lake is Japanese, Hawaiian, and English and was born on Kauai. She was allowed to do her own surfing in Blue Crush, unlike her co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Kate Bosworth, who only had two weeks of surf lessons before filming started.

26. Hoku Ho

Hoku means "star" in Hawaiian. The singer had her greatest success with two hits in the early 2000s, "Another Dumb Blonde" and "Perfect Day." She is the daughter of Don Ho, the iconic Hawaiian pop musician, who has Hawaiian and Chinese heritage.


29. Taika Waititi

Waititi, who is Maori and Jewish, is a New Zealand director and actor. His short film Two Cars, One Night was nominated for an Academy Award. He also co-directed and acted in the vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows with Clement.