20 Stars Who You Think Might Speak Spanish — But Don't!

Many Latino celebrities in the U.S. struggle to speak Spanish and are often frustrated by the reaction of others when they say they don't speak the language. But not being able to speak Español does not make them any less Latino than those who speak it fluently.

In honor of non-Spanish speaking Latinos everywhere, we've rounded up 20 celebrities who don't speak the language either:

1. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

In an exclusive interview with us in 2008, Alba shared what it was like to be a Latina actress in Hollywood who doesn’t speak Spanish. The Mexican American beauty admitted that she was never taught how to speak the language, but has taken steps to learn, such as hiring a tutor, buying Rosetta Stone and tuning into Spanish TV shows and films.

2. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

The soon-to-be 21-year-old says she can understand Spanish much better than she can speak it. “I really want to get Rosetta Stone because I really need to learn my language," said Gomez.

3. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Carlos Pena Jr.

Carlos Pena, Jr

Big Time Rush’s Latino counterpart recently told us he’s been trying to get back to his roots by picking up Rosetta Stone and learning Spanish.

4. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Lovato was asked if she spoke Spanish. Her response? "Not at all!" she said. "I've memorized songs in Spanish before. I had a song called 'Lo Que Soy' which is 'This Is Me' in Spanish. I decided to sing the song half in English, half in Spanish. But my brain like would not memorize it, the day before, I was like I might need a teleprompter!"

5. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

The Cuban American blonde bombshell once admitted to Jessica Alba that she didn’t speak the language. She jokingly said that not only was she unable to speak Spanish, but she could barely speak English.

6. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne

Although Spanish was Thorne’s first language, the Cubanita no longer speaks it, but told us she’d be taking classes in school to learn again.

7. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Melissa de Sousa

Melissa de Sousa

De Sousa, who is Panamanian, said she wasn’t raised speaking Spanish. During a visit to Panama, she became "frustrated" when people would speak to her and she couldn’t piece together what they were saying.

8. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez

Estevez may be of Spanish descent, but the actor doesn’t exactly speak español. “I understand more than I speak,” said Estevez.

9. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Heather Hemmens

Heather Hemmens

The former Hellcats star says she plans to head over to Costa Rica (where her family is from) in order to really learn the language. “I think I need to go to Costa Rica two or three more times and just immerse myself,” she said.

10. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Lana Parrilla

Lana Parrilla

The Once Upon a Time villain told us that once upon a time she knew how to speak Spanish, but doesn’t anymore. “I’ve lost a lot because I’ve been away from my family on a regular basis for so long,” she explained.

11. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Jake T. Austin

Jake T. Austin

We spoke with The Fosters star earlier this month about his character Jesus, and hearing him throw out little Spanish phrases here and there. But Austin says he doesn’t speak Spanish fluently or very well.

12. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Although the Ecuadorian American songstress has an entire Spanish-language album, the 32-year-old does not actually speak español.

13. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Like many singers, Carey has sung songs in Spanish before. But does the diva actually speak the language? Nope!

14. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

The California born Puerto Rican might be Latina on and off screen, but the Glee starlet is not a Spanish speaker.

15. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos

It’s hard to believe that Consuelos, who was born in Spain and is of Mexican descent, does not speak Spanish. But alas, it’s true.

16. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: America Ferrera

America Ferrera

The Honduran American star, who has been regarded as a role model for young Hispanics, had us thinking she was actually fluent in Spanish. We were fooled!

17. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Miguel


Born to a Mexican father and African American mother, Miguel’s parents divorced when he was only eight-years-old. Living with his mami, he was never really presented with the opportunity to learn Spanish.

18. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Evelyn Lozada

Evelyn Lozada

Our July cover girl is Puerto Rican and grew up in two heavily Hispanic populated states, but even with this influence, Lozada does not speak Spanish.

19. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil

The Mexican American chica doesn’t speak Spanish, but she has attempted in the past to communicate in the language, so we definitely give her credit for trying.

20. Celebs Who Don't Speak Spanish: Ryan Guzman

Ryan Guzman

The Texas born hottie always represents his Mexican side, but the 25-year-old doesn't speak Spanish.