15 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Foreign
The American film industry is one of the most lucrative industries to be in. Fame and money are the results of knowing the right people and making the right moves. That’s why many people who are not American come to make it as an actor, producer or director. Many of the television and movie star that we adore were born outside of the United States borders. The fact that these celebrities had everyone fool is a testament to how good at acting they are.
Christian Bale If you were to ask anyone, Where Christian Bale is from, they would probably say he is from America. He seems to be totally American, but he is actually from Haverfordwest in the United Kingdom. Bale has mastered the American accent and knows how to turn it on and off like a switch. He puts it on for movies and interviews.
Hugh Laurie Most people known Hugh Laurie as a the obnoxious, pill popping, can wielding Dr. House from the television show House. You may be shocked to learn that Laurie sounds nothing like his character. It’s clear from Hugh Laurie’s interviews that he is English and that he is a master at hiding his accent. That’s a trait of a good actor.
Charlize Theron Charlize Theron is one of the most gorgeous actresses in Hollywood. She has starred in many major films like Mighty Joe Young, The Devil’s Advocate, The Italian Job, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Theron started out as a model landing her first modeling contract at the age of 16 when she still lived in her native home of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mila Kunis Mila Kunis is one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. She has starred in the films The Book of Eli, Max Payne, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Ted. She also has an impressive rap sheet for TV work as the voice of Meg Griffin on the animated series, Family Guy and as Jackie Burkhart on That 70’s Show. She seems to be an all American girl, but Kunis moved with her family to America from Ukraine when she was only seven years old.
Natalie Portman Natalie Portman is an accomplished actress. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional. She later became a house hold name with major roles in movies like the Star Wars prequel trilogy, V is for Vendetta, and Black Swan. Portman enjoys the dual citizenship of America and her native land Jerusalem, Israel due to her father being Isreali and mother being American.
Jim Carrey I bet you couldn’t have figured this one out in a million years. Jim Carrey is one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, starring in classic films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, The Truman Show and Batman Forever as the Riddler. Everyone knows Jim Carrey is a funny guy, but many people do not know that he is Canadian. Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario.
Sienna Miller Sienna Miller made her film debut in a film in called South Kensington in 2001. From there, she progressed to bigger productions like, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Foxcatcher and American Sniper. Miller has played villians to American heroes and the wife of an American hero, but most of her childhood took place in London.
Penelope Cruz Penelope Cruz is one of the more famous actresses on this list. She started her career as a model at the age of 15. She achieved major recognition for appearing in films such as Blow and Vanilla Sky. Her first film ever, Jamon Jamon was a hit in her native country of Spain.
Rachel McAdams Rachel McAdams has made a great career appearing in films such as, The Hot Chick, The Notebook, and The Wedding Crashers. One of her most famous roles appearances is as a spoiled, materialistic teenage girl named Regina George in the film Mean Girls. Though she had the American teenage girl character mastered, McAdams can credit that to her four years studying theater at York University in her native Canada. Rachel McAdams was born in London, but is not English. That’s because Canada also has a city named London.
Salma Hayek Salma Hayek has racked up on awards and nominations from the Emmy’s, Oscar’s, Golden Globe’s and Screen Actors Guild, through out her career. Although she began making a name for her self as an actress in the 90’s, her breakout role came in 2002 when she played Frida Kahlo in the biopic Frida. It was fitting that she played that role considering the Frida Kahlo and Salma Hayek are both from Mexico.
Kate Beckinsale Kate Beckinsale is a familiar name in the film industry. Many people believe she is American, but she is actually English. She made her film debut as student at Oxford University in the ’93 release of Much Ado About Nothing. Later she starred in more familiar movies like Underworld, Pearl Harbor, and Total Recall.
Kate Winslet Kate Winslet has an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award. That shows just how talented she is. Winslet is known for her performances in movies like Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and the first two films in the Divergent series. She began studying drama at the age of 11 in England, where she is from.
Keira Knightley Keira Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She played Sabe in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace four years after her debut. Her first major role came in 2001 in the film The Hole. She co-starred in the film Bend It Like Beckham, which was shot in England where Knightley was born.
Rose Byrne Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia. She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll, when she was 15 years old. She appeared in numerous Australian television shows like Heartbreak High. Her acting career has grown since then, with her starring in many films including Troy, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, and Insidious.
Isla Fisher Isla Fisher started her acting career as a child on the children’s adventure series Bay Cove and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach. As an adult she has played roles in many films including Wedding Crashers, I Heart Huckabee, and the remake of The Great Gasby. Isla was born to Scottish parents, but spent most of her childhood in Australia.