The latest Census results released last week tell us that 1 in 6 people in the U.S. is Latino, and that Latino kids number just over 17 million, or 23 percent of the 17-and-under U.S. population — a whopping 39 percent increase in ten years!
When we shared these astonishing numbers with Cuban actress Odette Yustman, the star of FOX’s new comedy Breaking In was excited about the overwhelming Latino presence in America.“We’re taking over,” gushed the 25-year-old beauty, who is best known for her badass performance in the horror flick, The Unborn. To Odette, the numbers mean something else, too — that it's time for the U.S. to go bilingual. “I just feel like there’s no excuse to not speak Spanish,” she said. "It’s like Canada — they’ve got English and French — that’s what we need to do.”
Odette is doing her part to make Spanish one of the languages she speaks at home with her husband, Brothers and Sisters star Dave Annable, whom she married in October of last year. “In our wedding vows,” she explains, “I made Dave promise me that he'd learn Spanish.” So did he? “He’s got the Rosetta Stone and I’m trying to teach him. He knows what a tenedor is, un cuchillo, una botella de agua, but he’s got a lot of work to do,” she told us with a laugh.
Odette tells us she also plans to pass down Spanish to her kids one day. “It’s important because living in the U.S. it’s so easy for kids to forget the language because you go to school and the kids speak English,” she says. “I was so fortunate because I learned Spanish first, so that was my first language. And then when I started going to school — that’s how I learned English. I’m so glad because now I’m bilingual and it makes such a difference. You just gotta carry that on, ya know?"