15 Famous Americans You Didn’t Know About Their Homeland
Most of us probably think that most American celebs were born and spent their teenage years in some Hollywood lavish mansion, or at least a New York City penthouse. In fact, the reality is quite different, and many of those famous people we always thought of as an integral part of the Hollywood establishment were raised and became who they are now far away from the world’s cinematic center. Below is a list of 15 celebrities from around the United States who made their American dream come true and are now the pride of their native states.
- Chris Pratt (Minnesota)
The star of the “Jurassic World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchises was born in Minnesota. Although he has traveled extensively and lived in different states, his fondest memories are of his home. His mom worked at a Safeway supermarket while his dad renovated houses. Due to life circumstances, the family moved to Washington, D.C., when Chris was three.
- Aubrey Plaza (Delaware)
The first years of her life were spent in Wilmington, Delaware. She acted in dramatic productions but moved several times with the hope of fulfilling her dreams.
- Gabrielle Union (Nebraska)
The “Bring It On beauty” is not only a successful actress but also a writer and activist. Her story began in Omaha, but eight years later her family moved to sunny California. In spite of this, Gabrielle Union has always been considered the pride of Nebraska.
- Ty Burrell (Oregon)
The “Modern Family” star hails from Grant Pass, Oregon. Ty Burrell loves his state very much and that is why he stayed there to graduate from Southern Oregon University. If you do not know where to meet Ty in real life, visit an Oregon Ducks home match.
- Harrison Ford (Illinois)
Age does not spoil this actor who continues to show his talent in new movie premieres. Harrison Ford was born in Swedish Covenant located in Chicago, Illinois. Here he graduated from high school. Although the actor has spent his life in many other places, he speaks warmly of his home state.
- January Jones (South Dakota)
You might think her breakout role was in Mad Men, but that’s not the case. January Jones was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was the daughter of a store manager and an exercise physiologist, so she lived a humble life and dreamed of great success.
- Blake Shelton (Oklahoma)
This country singer spent his first 17 years in the small and cozy town of Ada, Oklahoma. After that, he moved to Nashville and a little later saw a few more cities. After reaching the country pinnacle, Blake Shelton returned to his hometown and purchased a large ranch in Tishomingo.
- Bruce Springsteen (New Jersey)
In many interviews, Bruce Springsteen talks about how proud he is to be from New Jersey, and it is mutual. He was born in Long Branch, but his family later moved to Freehold. In his songs, you will hear many references to his hometown and state.
- Patrick Dempsey (Maine)
The handsome Dr.Derek Shepherd and several other successful roles have made this guy from Maine a big star. His family lived in Lewiston for a long time. They later explored several other cities and eventually, Patrick Dempsey settled in Texas.
- Julia Roberts (Georgia)
This attractive and talented actress was born in Smyrna, Georgia. At school, she was into oboe and clarinet, even though not too far away, her parents were teaching acting classes. Maybe that’s why Julia is so talented.
- Johnny Depp (Kentucky)
At first glance, the actor does not look like a Southern boy. How does he hide it? However, he is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. His dad was a civil engineer and his mom worked as a waitress. Johnny was one of four children, and in fact, he became the most successful of them all. When he was successful, he gave his mother a large horse farm located in The Bluegrass State.
- Mandy Moore (New Hampshire)
The actress was born in New Hampshire. Her father was a pilot, and her mother worked as a reporter. Two months after her daughter was born, they moved and settled in Florida. Technically, New Hampshire remains her birthplace.
- Channing Tatum (Alabama)
You can find information today that this cutie grew up in Mississippi. This is partly true as Channing was born in Alabama and spent six years there. He has always claimed that this state is his birthplace, and he expresses this through his clothing.
- John Legend (Ohio)
John Legend was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. At the age of four, he joined the church choir, and it seems to have opened up a talent that fans all over the world enjoy.
- Chadwick Boseman (South Carolina)
Last on this list, we would like to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, whose life was cut short in the Summer of 2020. The Black Panther was born in South Carolina. His dad was a textile factory worker and his mom worked as a nurse at a local hospital. The death of a classmate greatly affected Chadwick, and at the age of 11, he wrote and directed his first play.