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15 People Whose Real Nationality Will SHOCK You!

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  • 15 People Whose Real Nationality Will SHOCK You!
  • #15.
  • “Mel Gibson”-The now controversial Mel Gibson was once one of the biggest the stars
  • in all of Hollywood.
  • When he burst on the scene as the lead role in Mad Max the world fell in love with the
  • Aussie.
  • But though he grew up in Australia and has an Australian accent he was actually born
  • in the United States.
  • Gibson was born on January 3rd, 1956 in Peekskill, New York to an Irish mother and American father.
  • In order for his older brother to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam war, the family moved
  • to Ireland for a short period of time and then settled in Australia, where Mel would
  • grow up and develop his acting skills.
  • After starring in several Australian films he moved to Los Angeles and became an award
  • winning actor and director.
  • #14.
  • “Hugo Weaving”- Hugo Weaving is best known for his roles of Agent Smith in The Matrix
  • Trilogy and as Elrond in The Lord of the Rings saga.
  • If you hear him talk in interviews he has a distinct Australian accent, so it may surprise
  • you that he was actually born in the city of Ibadan in Nigeria.
  • Both of his parents were English and because of his father’s career as a seismologist
  • they moved around the world frequently living in England, South Africa and Australia, throughout
  • his childhood.
  • Eventually they settled in Australia, where Weaving studied drama and broke into television
  • in the Australian TV show Bodyline.
  • He went on to star in several Australian films before moving on to big budget Hollywood roles
  • and though he frequently has to travel to Los Angeles for work, he still calls Sydney,
  • Australia home.
  • #13.
  • “Emma Watson”- Emma Watson is famous for her roles as Belle in the live action remake
  • of Beauty and the Beast and as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.
  • Because of being known as Hermione, most people think she was born and raised in England but
  • she actually was born in Paris, France.
  • Her parents are both English lawyers who were working in Paris during the time of her birth.
  • Watson lived in France until she was five years old but when her parents divorced she
  • moved with her mother to England.
  • There she developed her love of acting, performing in several plays until being discovered at
  • the age of ten and earning her role in the Harry Potter movies.
  • #12.
  • “Bruce Willis”-Bruce Willis is probably best known for his role as John McClane in
  • the Die Hard movies and portraying all types of gritty American heroes.
  • Because of this you would think that he hails from some tough working town on the East Coast,
  • but he actually was born in the town of Kassel which at the time was part of West Germany.
  • His father was an American soldier stationed in Germany while his mother was a German native.
  • Two years after his birth they moved back to his father’s home state of New Jersey
  • where he was raised and developed his tough-guy style of acting.
  • After years of scraping-by working odd jobs such as being a private investigator in New
  • York and Los Angeles, he got his big break when he was cast in the lead role of the television
  • show Moonlighting, which would earn him several awards.
  • Using this success he launched his long film career with Die Hard in 1988.
  • #11.
  • “Natalie Portman”- Natalie Portman has been acting since she was 11 and became an
  • instant screen-darling with her role as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
  • You may not realize it from her American accent in interviews but she was actually born in
  • Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Her father is a native Israeli while her mother is an American and the two met while living
  • in the United States.
  • Eventually, her mother moved to Israel to be with her father, they were married and
  • Natalie was born in 1981.
  • They lived in Israel until she was three years old, then moved to the United States living
  • in Washington D.C., Connecticut and Long Island, New York respectively.
  • While in New York she broke into film with the movie ‘Leon:The Professional’ and
  • she has since skyrocketed to one of the most famous women in Hollywood.
  • Portman still maintains dual citizenship in Israel and the U.S. and though she says she
  • loves America, she feels that Israel is her true home.
  • #10.
  • “Tommy Lee”- As the eccentric drummer for Motley Crue, one of the biggest Hair Metal
  • bands of the 80s, Tommy Lee was a central figure in The Sunset Strip’s rock’n’roll
  • party scene.
  • Tommy Lee on the surface seems about as Californian as one can get, but he actually was born in
  • Athens, Greece, a city steeped in ancient history.
  • Lee’s mother is native to Greece and met his father while he was stationed there with
  • the U.S. Army.
  • Although his upbringing assuredly had a large dose of Greek culture, he only lived there
  • until he was one year old.
  • That’s when his family moved to California, where he formed his first band in his late
  • teens.
  • He met the guitarist Nikki Sixx around this time and they would eventually form Motley
  • Crue taking the scene by storm with songs like ‘Dr. Feelgood’ and ‘Shout at the
  • Devil’.
  • #9.
  • “Mila Kunis”-American sweetheart Mila Kunis, famous for her role as Jackie in ‘That
  • 70s Show’ and as the voice of Meg in ‘Family Guy’ is not-so American.
  • Her birth name was Milena Markovna Kunis and she was born in Chernivtsi, USSR (which is
  • now part of Ukraine) in 1983.
  • Both of her parents were Russian natives but ended up emigrating to the United States when
  • she was seven years old in order to allow their children to have more opportunities
  • and to freely practice Judaism, as the religion was subject to persecution in their home country.
  • Not knowing any English upon the move, Mila struggled at first and then started to flourish
  • with the language, taking acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studio where she met her
  • manager.
  • She moved from parts in commercials and bit roles in soap-operas to the sitcom ‘That
  • 70s Show’ in 1998.
  • The role would set her up for a successful career in television and film for the foreseeable
  • future.
  • Kunis and her family all use Russian as their main language at home.
  • #8.
  • “Glenn Howerton”-The star of the deviously funny ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’
  • seems as American as they come, but he had an extremely worldly upbringing as his father
  • was a fighter pilot.
  • He was born in Japan when his father was stationed there and spend most of his childhood bouncing
  • back and forth between Alabama, England and South Korea.
  • Because of his father’s career Howerton almost studied Aerospace Engineering at Auburn
  • University but went with his true passion of acting.
  • He studied at the highly-esteemed Juilliard School of the Arts in New York City and after
  • playing the main role in the failed sitcom ‘That 80s Show’ found success in ‘It’s
  • Always Sunny in Philadelphia’.
  • #7.
  • ‘Vivien Leigh’--Legendary actress Vivien Leigh is best known for her role as the southern
  • belle Scarlett O’Hara in the classic ‘Gone With The Wind’, so might not believe that
  • some of the producer’s originally had doubts about whether or not she could play the role
  • as she was too British.
  • Despite her having an English upbringing she was actually born in Darjeeling, India and
  • lived their until she was six years old.
  • Her mother was of Irish-stock but born in India and her father was born in Scotland,
  • they met when he was working in India, which was then a colony of the United Kingdom.
  • Leigh went on to be raised in various boarding schools and study acting in England where
  • she honed her craft in the theatre.
  • Through her successes on the stage she transitioned to film where she made a lasting impact on
  • Hollywood.
  • #6.
  • “Keanu Reeves”- It’s easy to picture Keanu Reeves as having been a California surfer
  • dude like he portrayed in ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ his whole life, but
  • his background is diverse to say the least.
  • Keanu was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1964 to an English mother and father who is of
  • Chinese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Irish and English ancestry.
  • When his mother and father divorced, he first began his extensive world travels, living
  • in Australia, New York and settling in Toronto, Canada where he spent most of his upbringing.
  • He studied acting, played music and helped out on sets throughout his young life inevitably
  • dropping out of school when he was 17, to move to Los Angeles and work in the film industry.
  • He would go on to star in huge blockbuster movies like ‘The Matrix’, ‘Speed’
  • and ‘Point Break’.
  • #5.
  • “Isla Fisher”-The loveable Isla Fisher became known for her comedic roles in movies
  • like ‘Wedding Crashers’ and ‘Hot Rod’ and though she may play an American very well
  • her cultural background is complex.
  • She was born in 1976 to Scottish parents in Muscat the capital city of the middle eastern
  • country of Oman, where her father worked for the United Nations.
  • Shortly after her birth the Fisher family moved back to Scotland for a short period
  • and then settled in the Australian city of Perth.
  • She lived in Australia, picking up the accent, from the time she was 6 until she was 21 appearing
  • in several television shows there.
  • After spending her young adult life training and performing in Paris and London she was
  • cast in the live-action film version of ‘Scooby-Doo’ which led to her breakout role in ‘Wedding
  • Crashers’.
  • #4.
  • ‘Nicole Kidman’-Audiences around the world know of Academy-Award winner Nicole Kidman
  • as a strong female lead who hails from Down Under, so it might surprise you to know that
  • she was actually born in the United States.
  • Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii while her parents, both Australian natives, were
  • living there as her father attended grad school.
  • They moved to Washington D.C. for a short period of time after her birth and returned
  • to their homeland when Kidman was four, living in Sydney.
  • Growing up she studied various performing arts but fell in love with acting.
  • She was cast in several Australian films and television shows until making her American
  • screen debut in ‘Days of Thunder’.
  • #3.
  • ‘Joaquin Phoenix’-The enigmatic Joaquin Phoenix won over critics with his complex
  • characterizations of riveting figures such as Johnny Cash in ‘Walk the Line’.
  • If you hear him speak in interviews you’d think he, like Cash, was a soft spoken American
  • man, so it is crazy when you find out that he was actually born in Puerto Rico.
  • Technically a territory of the United States, the small caribbean island has its own unique
  • latin culture so one could guess being from there has added unique depth to his personality.
  • Though his parents were originally from the United States, the Phoenix family traveled
  • for nearly a decade as part of a religious cult called Children of God, throughout South
  • and Central America.
  • They left the cult and returned to the American mainland when Joaquin was four years old.
  • Upon their return, in order to help make money for their family, Joaquin and his brothers
  • and sisters turned to street-performing.
  • While performing they were discovered by an agent and all five of them broke into Hollywood,
  • doing commercials and television at first, then Joaquin and his brother River got roles
  • starring in feature films.
  • Because of his family’s time in South America, Joaquin still feels attached to it and frequently
  • takes hiatuses from acting to travel there.
  • #2.
  • “Gene Simmons”--As the devilish bass player from one of the biggest rock bands of all
  • time, Kiss, Gene Simmons epitomizes the idea of selling your soul for Rock’n’Roll so
  • you might be surprised that Simmons was born and spent a large part of his childhood in
  • the holy land of Israel.
  • He was born to Hungarian parents who were part of the mass exodus of Jews who left Europe
  • after World War II.
  • When he was 8 years old his father and mother split up and he left Israel with his mother
  • to live in New York City.
  • In New York he discovered Rock and Roll through The Beatles and became fixated on becoming
  • just like them.
  • After stints with several bands he broke through with Kiss and began his life of stardom.
  • #1.
  • “Freddie Mercury”-Freddie Mercury is known for having one of, if not the best singing
  • voices of all time.
  • As the frontman for the band Queen he achieved legend status with songs like ‘Bohemian
  • Rhapsody’ and ‘We Will Rock You’.
  • Everything about the band was steeped in English culture but Mercury’s songwriting and vocals
  • always seemed like they were from another planet.
  • So it’s not surprising to find out that he was born in the African country of Zanzibar
  • (now known as Tanzania) which compared to England might as well be another planet, though
  • it was a protectorate of the United Kingdom at the time.
  • His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara, his parents were of Persian descent and practicing Zoroastrians.
  • Until moving to England at the age of 17, Mercury spent different periods living in
  • Zanzibar and India.
  • He loved music from an early age, forming several bands that incorporated the musical
  • traditions of his unique upbringing, his classical training and love of rock’n’roll.
  • When he moved to England he attended Art school and after graduating formed the band that
  • would become Queen.
  • The band would go on to be one of the most successful rock bands of the 70s and 80s.
  • Which country outside of the U.S. produces the most talented actors?

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Celebrities whose birthplaces will surprise you! From Mila Kunis to Freddie Mercury, these famous people aren't the nationality you think they are.

#15. “Mel Gibson”-The now controversial Mel Gibson was once one of the biggest the stars in all of Hollywood. When he burst on the scene as the lead role in Mad Max the world fell in love with the Aussie. But though he grew up in Australia and has an Australian accent he was actually born in the United States. Gibson was born on January 3rd, 1956 in Peekskill, New York to an Irish mother and American father. In order for his older brother to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam war, the family moved to Ireland for a short period of time and then settled in Australia, where Mel would grow up and develop his acting skills. After starring in several Australian films he moved to Los Angeles and became an award winning actor and director.

#14. “Hugo Weaving”- Hugo Weaving is best known for his roles of Agent Smith in The Matrix Trilogy and as Elrond in The Lord of the Rings saga. If you hear him talk in interviews he has a distinct Australian accent, so it may surprise you that he was actually born in the city of Ibadan in Nigeria. Both of his parents were English and because of his father’s career as a seismologist they moved around the world frequently living in England, South Africa and Australia, throughout his childhood. Eventually they settled in Australia, where Weaving studied drama and broke into television in the Australian TV show Bodyline. He went on to star in several Australian films before moving on to big budget Hollywood roles and though he frequently has to travel to Los Angeles for work, he still calls Sydney, Australia home.

#13. “Emma Watson”- Emma Watson is famous for her roles as Belle in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast and as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Because of being known as Hermione, most people think she was born and raised in England but she actually was born in Paris, France. Her parents are both English lawyers who were working in Paris during the time of her birth. Watson lived in France until she was five years old but when her parents divorced she moved with her mother to England. There she developed her love of acting, performing in several plays until being discovered at the age of ten and earning her role in the Harry Potter movies.