14 People Whose Real Nationality Will SURPRISE You
Celebrities who you didn’t know were born outside the U.S.! These famous celebs real nationality and ethnicity will shock you they are not from America
14. Jim Carrey- The actor and comedian have brought us tears of joy, starring in notable roles like The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Bruce Almighty. With a career spanning more than ten years, what many people might not know is the actor hails from Canada. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada; he lived in Burlington, Ontario for eight years. Before his career took off, Carrey was struggling to make a name for himself. He started off working at Toronto comedy clubs as a stand up comic before getting his big break in movies. Carrey became a naturalized American citizen back in 2004. He stated moving to America helped him make his dreams come true. However, he still maintains his Canadian citizenship as well and says his upbringing in Canada has made him the person he is today and will always be proud of being Canadian.
13. Natalie Portman- Born Natalie Hershlag, the Black Swan actress, was born in Jerusalem. Her mother is American, and her father is Israeli. From the age of three years old, she grew up in Jericho, New York. Before moving to New York, she and her family first lived in Washington D.C before moving to Connecticut in 1988 and making the final move to Long Island in 1990. Growing up, Portman learned Hebrew and even moved to Israel in 2004 to attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to take several graduate courses. The actress holds both a dual citizenship in Israel and America. She mentioned that even though she loves the United States, Portman feels most at home in Jerusalem and frequently visits Israel when she can.
12. Tommy Chong- Best known for his marijuana themed references as half of the duo Cheech and Chong; the comedian was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. His father, a Chinese truck driver, came from China to Canada in the 1920’s. He grew up in Calgary where he formed a teen club with friends until he moved his band to Vancouver. From 1964 to 1969, he ran four different nightclubs before he and friends disbanded the group a short period later. Chong eventually reached mainstream success when he teamed up with Cheech Marin where they expressed their views on free love, drugs, and counterculture movements. In the late 1980’s Chong became a naturalized citizen of the United States and his daughter Rae Dawn Chong became a naturalized citizen as well.
11. Charlize Theron- The Academy Award winning starlet was born in South Africa. Growing up, she danced and modeled and even spent a year modeling throughout Europe before she and her mother moved to the United States. In New York, she attended the Joffrey Ballet School where trained as a ballet dancer until she injured her knee. When Theron turned nineteen, she moved to Los Angeles to seek work in the entertainment industry. She skyrocketed to fame in the late 90’s before reaching mainstream success in the early 2000’s. Theron became a naturalized U.S. citizen back in 2007. She credits her motivation to travel the world as a factor stating that when you have a South African passport, it's required to get a visa for every country, making traveling a nightmare.