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Some Non-Latino Celebrities Are So In Love With Our Culture And People That They’ve Started To Learn Spanish

No wonder so many non-Latino celebs love our idioma. Our good old Spanish, español or castellano (as it is actually known in Spain) is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, only behind linguistic powerhouses like Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin. Spanish is the product of overlapping processes of colonization, war and migratory flows. The roots of its words are as diverse as Arabic (after all, the Moorish conquest of the Iberian Peninsula lasted eight centuries) and Latin, as the Roman expansion in the area left deep, expanding roots. Spanish is spoken in almost every continent: yes, Africa (Morocco) and Asia (The Phillippines) included. In the United States, Spanish is an unstoppable cultural force that now permeates all aspects of social and cultural life on both coasts. 

Today, Spanish is as diverse as our people. Argentinian Spanish, for example, has adopted many words from Italian and is known as lunfardo (beer in Argentina is not cerveza but birra, the Italian word; work is not trabajo but laburo). In Mexican-American communities in the United States Spanglish is taking a hold. No wonder many celebrities have fallen in love with our language, or have met a media naranja that teaches them la lengua de Cervantes. Here is a list of celebs that se pueden defender solitos speaking español. Some of them learnt it from birth, while others have challenged themselves. One thing is for certain, querido lector, if you speak Spanish and English you should hold your head up high. Not many people are bilingual in this blue world, so it should be a source of pride and NUNCA PERO NUNCA a source of shame. Con la cabeza en altoporfavorcito. 

Viggo Mortensen, el gaucho

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The famous actor and poet has lived in Argentina, so he speaks an almost perfect Buenos Aires Spanish. We mean, could he even be cooler than this? He is a big big big fan of the Argentinian soccer team San Lorenzo, so he often travels to Argentina. 

Matt Damon, la media naranja

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This action hero found love in the most unexpected place. It is common for Hollywood celebrities to date each other (often marrying and divorcing in the space of a few months or years), but our Jason Bourne met an Argentinian bartender in Miami by the name of Luciana Barroso y fue tocado por Cupido. Matt has done everything he can to be fluent in Spanishpues pero claro, es un caballero. 

Natalie Portman, la cerebrito y mujer poderosa

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This woman is amazing. She is talented, smart, gorgeous and true to her beliefs. On top of all of that, she is truly multilingual. Apart from English and her native Hebrew, she speaks conversational French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Ay, no manches. Truly, she is one in a million. And now that we are speaking of Miss Portman, we gotta say this: Moby, no manches, te pasaste de lanza, viejo cochino mentiroso

Chris Hemsworth, el Thor australiano

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Our cinematic Thor is married to Elsa Pataky, an amazing Spanish actress. Even though the couple and their kids live in the beach paradise of Byron Bay, Australia, they speak as much Spanish at home as possible. He often talks about this publicly, like in this segment with Ellen DeGeneres. 

Alexis Bledel, la chica Gilmore 

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This young actress, who was made famous for her role in the super amazing female power role Gilmore Girls, was born in Houston, but her parents were an Argentinian and a Mexican-American, so she grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and didn’t actually learnt English until she tuvo que ir a la escuelita. OMG, so cute and amazing. 

Gwyneth Paltrow, la madre superpoderosa 

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The ganadora del Oscar turned health guru is super fluent in Spanish. It is so uncanny to see her roll her Rs perfectly. Wanna see? When she was 15 she went to Toledo and fell in love with the language. She has an excellent Spanish accent…. wow… Look at this. It is a bit uncanny to be honest, but in the best possible way. 

Matthew McConaughey, el gringo texano con alma de mexicano

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The Oscar winner, who most recently gave us nightmares in his career-defining role in the HBO show True Detective, is a true Texan, and as such knows that Spanish is here to stay. As he says here, his hometown has a population of 82% Mexicans, and is just 90 minutes North of the Mexican border. He often tells the story of his siblings having mostly Spanish-speaking friends. If only all gringos who grow up alongside the border were like this… El mundo seria un lugar mejor. 

David Beckham, el rey de los merengues

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Cue in Spanish accent (yes, from actual Spain): pues pero claro, macho, si este inglesito jugaba pa nosotros. Yes, David built a career and an international following playing for the Real Madrid, one of the elite soccer teams in the Iberian Peninsula and all of Europe. he of course picked up the language while having a jet setter life in Madrid with his wife Victoria and kids. His language skills must have come in handy when he was playing in the US soccer league for the Los Angeles Galaxy. 

Ben Affleck, el Batman con alma latina

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Ben and his younger brother Casey (puaj, we can’t stop to throw up a little when mentioning his name, given the #metoo allegations against him), lived in Mexico for a while. When Ben was 13-years-old he filmed a children’s show South of the Border, and he picked up the language. Here, you can see him conduct a WHOLE INTERVIEW in Spanish. He has worked with Mexican talent like cinematographer Chivo Lubezki and has filmed in Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. His favorite Spanish word? SACAPUNTAS!

Tom Hiddleston, el ex de la Taylor

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The famous British actor, who plays Loki in the Marvel Universe film series, learnt Spanish in his university years and truly makes an effort to conduct interviews in our mother tongue when dealing with Spanish-speaking networks, as you can witness hereGracias, hermano Loki. Inclusivity and diversity are strengthen with everyday acts like this! 

Jeb Bush, el hermano que no fue presidente

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Jeb Bush was the chosen one, George Sr’s son and part of the political elite. But as luck would have it, it was his brother George W., and not him, who would walk into the Oval Office as the most powerful man on Earth. Jeb speaks fluent Spanish, and he is married to Colomba Bush, a Mexican-American. As Florida’s governor and later as a presidential hopeful Bush often spoke Spanish during events. 

Will Smith, el genio que concede deseos

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The man in black and newfound Aladdin genie is fluent in Spanish. By the way, Will was extra famous in Latin America since his early years, when he starred in the show known in the region as El príncipe del rap.

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