We are sure that you know this music industry icon! The Queen front man was a great producer, singer, and songwriter with an amazing vocal range and unique personality. He has been called one of the best rock ‘n’ roll artists in history. However, you might not know that Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He came from a British-Indian family and spent his childhood years in India. Thanks to his dad’s job, they ended up going back to Zanzibar. Due to the revolution, they left and moved to Middlesex, England in 1964. It was there that he launched his very successful music career.
Sofia Villani Scicolone, better known as Sophia Loren, was born in Rome. She did not have it easy early in life, but she has come a long way from her modest beginnings. After going to Hollywood, she made it big and met the man who became her husband. With Carlo Ponti, she went through hard times. Italy and the Vatican refused to accept their union since they did not recognize his earlier divorce. On top of that, they went as far as to accuse him of bigamy and called the actress his concubine! This is why they left the country and lost their Italian citizenship. The couple went to France and earned citizenship there. He was eventually able to get a divorce lawyer to handle the paperwork so they could finally marry.
Born in South Africa, Elon Reeve Musk is a businessman-engineer who is now a household name. At the age of 17, he went to Canada to study at Queen’s University. After some time, he made it to the United States. Fun fact: he is a citizen of all three countries! When it comes to his resume, he is best known as a high-ranking executive at companies such as PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, OpenAI, and Neuralink. According to Forbes, he is the 21st most powerful person in the world. With his $19.4 billion net worth, he is also among the richest. He is currently in a romantic relationship with singer Grimes.
In 1965, this ‘90s TV personality was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Martin Lawrence made it big by working as an actor, producer, comedian, TV writer, and talk show host. At the height of his career, he had been one of the most famous people working at Fox. He was in a number of movies and TV shows like House Party, Boomerang, Wild Hogs, Blue Streak, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and Nothing to Lose. Aside from that, he was also in Life, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and Martin. With so many things on his resume, we are not surprised to hear that he is both rich and famous.
This game show host is best known as the face of a popular game show called Jeopardy! The show might be a hit in the United States, but Alex Trebek was actually Canadian. He grew up in Ontario and started his career by hosting local game shows. In the ‘60s, he hosted Reach for the Top before he moved to the United States in the hopes of making it big south of the border. Over the years, he hosted shows such as The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers, The $128,000 Question, and Pitfall. However, his true claim to fame happened when he was selected to host the reboot of Jeopardy in 1984. Fourteen years after that, he became an American citizen. The game show host recently passed away, which broke the hearts of his fans!
We admire just how talented Joaquin Phoenix is. The actor did not have a regular childhood. Even though he was born to American parents, he entered the world in Puerto Rico. At the time, his family had been part of a religious cult known as Children of God and went all over Latin America. He spent his early years with the cult, but this came to an end when the family left the group to settle in Los Angeles in 1978. Some of his siblings entered the entertainment industry when they were still young. Did you know that he chose another name for himself? During his youth, he chose the name “Leaf Phoenix.” You probably remember him from The Master, Her, and Joker.
How can you not be impressed by Anthony Hopkins? The actor has given us some of the most amazing performances in Hollywood in the past! Did you know that he is Welsh and has been dubbed a knight? He ended up moving to California in the ‘90s and decided to stay there. He became an American citizen in 2000, which nearly cost him the title thanks to the renouncement clause in the pledge of allegiance. It was a good thing that he got to keep both of them in the end. In an interview, he said that the decision to get American citizenship had been a “decision of the heart” since the US had been so good to him.
You might be surprised to hear that Milena Markovna Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine! When she was 7 years old, her Jewish family left for the United States after the collapse of the Soviet Union. They went to Los Angeles, where she grew up. The family had a hard time at first, which is something that other immigrants can tell you all about. She started to go to after-school acting workshops. An agent later discovered her and gave her TV show and commercial gigs. At the age of 14, she finally got her big break when she was cast to star in That ‘70s Show. When it comes to film, the credit goes to Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She was also in Ted and Black Swan.
In reality, this actress was born with a different last name: Hershlag. Portman, her screen name, was actually the maiden name of her grandmother. She was born to an American mother and an Israeli father, so she is a citizen of both countries. As a toddler, the family relocated to Washington, DC and then to Long Island, New York. Did you know that she holds a degree in psychology from Harvard University? This is an amazing feat on its own, but she did this while launching an acting career! At the moment, she has two Golden Globes and an Academy Award under her belt. It turns out that she still travels to her home country whenever she could. She said that she feels most at home over there.
This Cuban-Mexican singer was born in Cojimar, Cuba to a Mexican father and a Cuban mother. She was just 6 years old when the family left for the United States. When she talked to Marie Claire, the singer shared that her mom just told her that they were just visiting Disney World during the big move. At the time, her parents found it hard to make a living and raise a family. She is a supporter of the Grammy’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program since she knew what it was like on a personal level. She did not have it easy growing up. In fact, she had to work very hard to become the star that she now is.
Did you know that Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa? She spent her childhood and the majority of her teenage years in the African country. In case you were wondering, her first language happens to be Afrikaans. At the age of 16, she had the opportunity to relocate to Milan and then the United States thanks to her modeling career. She was 19 years old when she moved to Los Angeles. It was not easy for her since she had to apply for a Visa everywhere due to her South African citizenship. In 2007, this was no longer the case since she finally received citizenship in the United States. She has not shown any sign of stopping. As a matter of fact, she was one of the top-paid actresses in 2019.
You probably know Liam Neeson as the talented actor with the Irish accent! It has helped him land certain roles, but he has been rejected for it as well. He was born in Ireland but moved to Great Britain to pursue an acting career in the ‘80s. After some time, he made it to the United States but found it hard to snag roles thanks to his heavy accent. In order to make it, he had to figure out how to turn it on and off. In 2009, the actor finally received his U.S. citizenship. While it made it hard for him to launch his acting career, he has said that he would not be the same person if it were not for his Irish heritage.
We all love her, but not everyone knows that the talented pop star was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty! Her mother is Guyanese, while her father is Barbadian. She was born in Barbados, but the family eventually moved to the United States. Rihanna has never shied away from talking about the challenges that they went through in the past. She sympathizes with Latinos who continue to be discriminated against in the country even to this day. Not only that, but she is also familiar with the experiences and policies of people who go through these. Aside from her music career, she has also started a cosmetic line called Fenty beauty. We are not surprised to hear that she has been appointed as ambassador of her home country!
Who would have guessed that Glenn Howerton was born outside of the United States? This funny man was born in Japan and has lived in different parts of the world in his childhood. You see, his dad was a fighter pilot! On top of that, he is fluent in a number of languages as well. Most people know him best for his portrayal of Dennis Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Did you know that aside from starring in it, he was also an executive producer and writer on the show? Aside from that, he also worked on Crank, The Cleveland Show, The Strangers, That ‘80s Show, A.P. Bio, and Serenity. He is truly one talented guy!
She might be known as “the ultimate Californian girl,” but Pamela Anderson was not really born in the Golden State! Thanks to her tan complexion and blonde hair, people have always assumed that she is an all-American girl. In reality, she was raised in British Columbia, Canada. In 1989, she relocated to California. In 2004, she could finally call herself an American. Barbra Federman, her lawyer, once said that the Baywatch star took a citizenship test and underwent an interview to become a citizen. Luckily, she got to keep her original citizenship through this. Aside from acting, she is also known for her work in animal rights. She became more vocal and active about it after becoming a US citizen!
Before she made it big in Hollywood, Salma Hayek was born in Mexico and has Lebanese heritage through her father. She started her career by appearing in local telenovelas but eventually made her way north of the border. In the ‘90s, she continued to build her portfolio. She only got her citizenship in 2013, however. Despite this, she makes sure to stay in touch with her roots. Once, she explained that she never forgets to acknowledge her origins and teachers her daughter about her culture. We are glad to hear that she has made the effort to teach the child how to speak Spanish, her mother tongue. If you ask us, we think that it is very said how a lot of parents do not do the same thing with their kids.
You probably did not know that his parents gave him the name Chaim Witz. Who would have ever guessed that a rock star was raised on the Israeli coast? In the ‘50s, he started using the name Eugene Klein when the family relocated to New York. After some time, he started using the name Gene Simmons. He is not only a musician but also an actor, composer, TV personality, and record producer. His early life was not easy since the majority of his family from his mom’s side died in concentration camps during the Second World War. He saw a lot of success with his career in the United States as a member of the band KISS. Not everyone gets to be one of the most famous musicians in the world!
This musician was born to a Greek mother and a Welsh father in Athens in 1962. Fun fact: she held the title of Miss Greece in 1957! He spent the first four years of his life there, but they eventually moved. His dad had been working in the United States, so it made sense for the rest of the family to come with him to Los Angeles. Tommy Lee went on to found bands called Methods of Mayhem and the Mötley Crüe, but he has worked on solo pursuits in the past as well. We are sure that it is difficult to make it in the world of rock, so he deserves all the good things that have since come his way!
MICHAEL J. FOX
Did you know that Michael J. Fox is Canadian? He has been working in Hollywood for quite some time now, so we can understand if you are surprised to hear this. In 1999, he got his American citizenship at long last! Yes, this meant that he spent an entire decade before he obtained it. He has talked a lot about his love for Canada too. In an interview, he said that he has a strong connection to his home country and credits it for his “reference for everything.” Thanks to the difference between the cultures, he does not look at things in the same way that a regular American does. It must have helped his career in the past.
We can’t deny just how much Seth Rogen has been killing it in the world of comedy. But not a lot of fans know that he is from Vancouver, Canada! In reality, he has never hidden the fact that he is Canadian. On top of that, he has been inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame together with Evan Goldberg. The two of them teamed up to recreate an iconic local show called The Red Green Show. Rogen was asked to serve as the announcer of the local transit system called TransLink, which might be why the voice on the bus and train stations sound familiar to you. He was happy to share the news on Twitter upon finding out that he was doing it. He has been seen with the Canadian flag in the past as well!
Where have you been if you do not know who Keanu Charles Reeves is? Born in Beirut, he is the son of a Chinese-Hawaiian father and a British mother. They had been living in Lebanon at the time of his birth, although they ended up moving to Australia for some time. Sadly, his parents got a divorce in the end. When things did not work out, his mother took him and his sister to Toronto, Canada. In 1986, he went to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. He has since appeared in a lot of films like The Matrix, Little Buddha, My Own Private Idaho, The Devil’s Advocate, Speed, Dangerous Liasons, and Constantine.
Get ready because this is a little complicated. In 1956, Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York. He spent his early years there but moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. His mother had Irish blood, which explains why he also holds Irish citizenship. For some time, he was actually called an Australian actor since that was where he launched his career. He only received attention on a more global stage when he appeared in Mad Max, which was taped in Australia! After that, it was easier for him to land more gigs in Hollywood projects. As we all know, he eventually started making films of his own. In the ‘80s, he started his very own production company: Icon Entertainment.
People often think that the capital of Turkey is Istanbul, but it is actually Ankara. This was the birthplace of Joe Strummer of Clash. Born John Graham Mellor, the singer-songwriter earned a special spot in the music industry. After all, the rock band was part of what people call the beginning of British punk rock. Give ‘Em Enough Rope, their second album, became the second best-selling album in the UK billboard charts. The band soon became popular in the United States after that, reaching the top spots across the pond as well. People loved the angst and audacity that went into their songs. They were truly iconic. Joe Strummer passed away in December 2002, but we are sure that his legacy will live on forever.
Fun fact: Mischa Barton of The O.C. fame was born and spent the first few years of her life in London! She had a British father and an Irish mother to thank for her good genes. In 1991, the family relocated to New York City when she was no more than five years old. She lived there and started to appear on the stage in Twelve Dreams and Slavs! Her TV debut was a guest role in the hit show, All My Children. She went on to voice a character in a Nickelodeon show called KaBlam. After that, she bagged bigger roles in both TV shows and movies. You probably saw her in Notting Hill< The Sixth Sense, and Lawn Dogs.
Most people simply use Kiefer Sutherland to refer to Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. Did you know that he has a twin sister called Rachel? They were born in London to Canadian parents. At the time, their father had been working in the UK capital. After their parents called it quits, the siblings returned to Toronto and grew up there. Things changed for the actor when he landed a role in Stand by Me. It is clear that he has since come a long way. As evidence of his success, he now has two Satellite Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy to his name. His most famous role is probably Jack Bauer in 24.
PORTIA DE ROSSI
Did you know that the real name of Portia de Rossi is Amanda Lee Rogers? She was born in Victoria, Australia in 1973 and lived there until she was in her twenties. After that, she relocated to the United States. At the age of 15, she decided to legally change her name to come to terms with her sexuality. When it comes to her career, she has seen a lot of success as a model and actress. You might have seen her in Cursed, Arrested Development, Stigmata, Better Off Ted, Ally McBeal, and Scandal. A lot of people, however, know her name since she is married to Ellen DeGeneres. They make up one of the most popular unions in Hollywood!
Even though her dad was Irish and her mom was American, Rose Arianna McGowan was somehow born in Florence, Italy. The story is pretty different from the other ones on the list. Her father had been the head of the Italian chapter of a religious cult called Children of God back then. She was ten years old when her parents reached the decision to get a divorce. She ended up staying with her dad, and they traveled across the European continent and then Canada. For a time, she also lived with her mom in Oregon. How did she launch her career? Well, she delivered such a strong performance in The Doom Generation and bagged the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. Aside from that, she was also in Charmed, Scream, and Jawbreaker.
In 1980, Samaire Armstrong was born to a Scottish father and an Italian mother in Tokyo, Japan. She lived there for the first couple of years of her life. However, they had to travel all over Asia thanks to the nature of her dad’s job. She went to the University of Arizona but later went to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming an actress. During the course of her career, she worked on projects such as It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Stay Alive, Not Another Teen Movie, The O.C., Dirty Sexy Money, and Just My Luck. She has been in music videos in the past as well! Do you remember that girl in Bad Day by Daniel Powter and Penny & My by Hanson? That was her!
Best known for playing Batman, Christian Bale was born in Wales. If you ever watch an interview with him, you might be surprised to hear his accent! We would have thought that he was totally American if it weren’t for that. He found it hard to land jobs in the United Kingdom and decided to try his luck across the pond. As we all know, he has already perfected his American accent. This was a huge advantage since it helped him snag more parts when he was just starting out. He is known for his dedication to his roles, so we are glad that he has been recognized for his talent. Other movies in his discography include The Fighter, The Big Short, and American Hustle.
In 1967, his parents welcomed him into the world in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dave Matthews had to divide their time among the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. When he was a teenager, he earned his U.S. citizenship while living in Virginia. You probably already know that he made it big as the lead of the self-named band that was formed in Charlottesville: Dave Matthews Band. Aside from singing, he is also known for how talented he is at guitar playing and songwriting. It is clear that he still feels a deep connection to South Africa since he supports marches and rallies that happen in his home country. In fact, he has used these experiences as inspiration for some of his musical pieces.
Born James Eugene Carrey in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada in 1962, actor Jim Carrey credits his upbringing for shaping him into the person that he is today. A proud Canadian, the actor grew up in Toronto. He had a tough childhood. He had to stop going to school in order to help with his family’s finances. Before the comedy, he had to work as a janitor. When he finally made a living in acting, he was remarkable. He made people laugh and cry in his appearances in Finders Keepers, Once Bitten, Earth Girls Are Easy, Jim Carrey: Unnatural Act, In Living Color, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb And Dumber. In 2004, he got his American citizenship but he still kept his Canadian citizenship.