The famous celebrities from all over America come from all different walks of life. These stars come from different locations, both big cities, and small towns. While most celebs relocate to The Big Apple or L.A, many of them are still true to their roots. Who knows, maybe they were once your neighbors? Which leads us to the next question, ever wondered, which famous star is a native to your home state? Well, wonder no more, we have all the answers for you! Keep browsing to see which state these famous stars originate from. You may be left completely surprised…
Iowa – Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher has been in the spotlight for many years and just because of his amazing good looks. He was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to a relatively conservative Catholic family. Now you may be surprised to read this, because yes it is true, not too many people live in Cedar Rapids so for a celeb to come out of there is pretty awesome.
A Lot Like Love
Ashton’s mother worked at a multinational consumer goods corporation called, Proctor & Gamble. While his father was a factory worker. As a young boy, Kutcher and his family weren’t able to live a comfortable life due to money struggles. But fortunately, Ashton was able to provide for the family when he began his modeling career at 18 years old. He went on to win ‘Fresh Faces Of Iowa’ modeling competition, which eventually snowballed into him following an acting career.
Hawaii – Jason Mamoa
Mamoa had quite a peculiar life before beginning his acting and modeling career. This Hawaiian native lived the majority of his life with both his parents in Honolulu. However, when his parents got divorced, he landed up moving to Iowa with his mom. So yes, no matter how you look at it Mamoa is definitely Hawaiian.
Returning To Great Island
Mamoa attended Colorado State University, before moving back to Hawaii where he continued to live with his father. He tried working on odd-jobs here and there for roughly six months before he was spotted by a modeling agency. Fortunately for him, he was instantly offered a contract, and from then on his career skyrocketed.
Florida – Ariana Grande
27 years old, Ariana Grande was born in Boca Raton, Florida. As a child, she performed at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater until she was given an amazing opportunity to work with the Disney Channel. Currently, she is without a doubt the most famous pop-star in the world. She started her career at a young age and was definitely a huge advantage for her.
Onwards & Upwards
Grande was just 13 years old when she left Boca Raton and made the big move to Los Angeles. Luckily, her career pretty much kicked off instantaneously. It was as if all the possibilites and opportunities had been laid out and were waiting for her arrival, Ariana Grande has done exceptionally well for herself, and hasn’t even reached 30 yet!
Georgia – Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts grew up in the Empire State of The South. Her parents Betty and Walter co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop. This not only prompted Robert’s inspiration but many other famous people to get involved in the industry. Believe it or not, but when Julias was growing up she really wanted to become a veterinarian.
From A-Town To New York City
Roberts enrolled in Georgia State University but did not graduate. For the beginning part of her career, she spent it living in Atlanta but eventually headed off to NYC in order to chase her dream of being the star of the big screen. At the time, both her brother and sister were living in The Big Apple, they obviously helped set her up and assisted Julia with getting her first role as an extra in “Blood Red”. From that point on, career took off and she has been a massive successful actress
Colorado – Tim Allen
Tim Allen was born on June 13th, 1953 in Denver, Colorado. Allen was just 11 years old when his father passed away. Two years following that, his mother and his 5 siblings packed up their belongings and moved to Michigan. During his high school years, he attended many there and piano classes.
Allen actually began his career as a comedian, it was only a few years after that was he able to land some big roles on television and on the movie screens. Allen has often said that Colorado is a very dear and special place to him, as all of his memories from childhood with his father are there. Tim Allen is certainly the most famous person from Colorado, however, Kristin Davis, M. Scott Carpenter, and Lon Chaney are pretty close competitors.
Alabama – Channing Tatum
40 year old, Channing Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama. He lived in Cullman until the age of six, and then he and his family moved to Mississippi where grew up in the countryside. Regardless of the fact that Tatum left the Cotton State at a very young age, he proudly wears the Alabama badge when discussing his childhood.
Besides the fact that Tatum attended Glenville State College on a football scholarship, he is still very much a fan of the University of Alabama’s sports teams. Whenever he gets the chance, he travels back and forth to Alabama, even though it is quite a distance from Beverly Hills. Some of the other famous celebrities from Alabama are, Courtney Cox, Lionel Richie, and Octavia Spencer
Indiana – David Letterman
David Letterman isn’t really so popular amongst the younger generation, compared to the older generations. The former talk show host was born and raised in Indianapolis, which is the capital of Indiana. His father, Harry was a florist while his mother, Dorothy was a church secretary.
From The Corn State To The City Of Angels
Letterman was enrolled at Ball State University, however, he was hardly able to attain a pass. Following that chapter in his life, Letterman headed west, where he moved to LA. This was all because he wanted to pursue his career in television, which obviously worked out well for him. Some of the other famous stars to come out of Indiana are, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Colonel Sanders, and James Dean.
Alaska – Jewel
To be fair, not that many people actually live in Alaska, so naturally, it would make sense that not many famous celebrities are born there. However, 46-year-old sing- songwriter is one of the very few representatives. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska with her father, their lives were quite simple. Jewel’s family were even featured on an episode of Alaska: The Last Frontier.
A Stronger Woman
Jewel recalls her childhood and explains it to be quite an amazing experience in which she was exposed to the most beautiful nature that not everyone gets to experience in their lives. She remembers riding horses, fishing, and picking berries with her siblings. Jewel considers herself lucky as not many people get to live in a place that has been untouched by humans.
Delaware: Ryan Phillippe
Phillippe was born and raised in New Castle, Delaware. His mother, Susan owned a daycare center that she operated from the family’s home, while his dad, Richard was a chemist and worked in a laboratory. After graduating from college at 18, he decided to move from Delaware and head off to pursue his acting career.
Best Thing To Come Out Of The Diamond State
Even though Phillippe was prominently famous during the late 90s and the early 2000s, there aren’t really many other celebrities to come out of Delaware. So Phillipe may not be as famous as many of the other stars on our list, but he is the most famous individual that comes from Delaware.
Arkansas – Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob spent a large part of his childhood moving around, most of which were located in Arkansas. But he was born in Hot Springs. He was mostly raised by his grandmother, in her small two-bedroom shed that had no electricity or any indoor plumbing. During high school, he was a very good baseball player.
Keeping His Head Above Water
Due to his circumstances, Thornton did not have a lot of money while he was growing up, however, this never stopped him from pursuing a career at 37- years old. At this point in his life, he was able to co-write and star in the 1992 thriller One False Move. Following this, he went on to win numerous awards which gave him some terrific opportunities. One of these included marrying the stunning Angelina Jolie.
Maryland – Anna Faris
Anna Faris was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of a sociology professor and a special dedication teacher. Around the time that Faris was six years old, her family relocated to Washington. Not long after the big move, her parents encouraged her to act, and so they enrolled her into drama classes for children.
Louisiana – Reese Witherspoon
Usually, when people think about New Orleans, they tend to think of Caujin food, dancing, drinking, hurricanes, and utter chaos. They don’t exactly think that the gorgeous Reese Witherspoon comes straight out of Louisiana. So of course, she is the most popular star, however, she does have some tough competition. Some other famous stars from Lousiana include Lil Wayne, Ellen Degeneres, and Frank Ocean.
Massachusetts – Mark Wahlberg
If you take a closer look at this photo, good ol’ Marky Mark hasn’t been eating as many burgers as he used to. For those who aren’t caught up with the latest happenings, Wahlberg is one of Boston’s finest stars. He is the youngest of nine children and grew up in a poverty-stricken family. From the age of 13, he had developed an addiction to drugs and had served time in jail. It took him some time before he was able to turn over a new leaf and make it big on the big screen.
Maine – Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey or as many may know him as “McDreamy”, was born and born and raised in the state of Maine. He was born in Lewiston and grew up in the nearby towns of Buckfield and Turner, and only moved onto greener pastures when he landed a leading role. Here’s a fun fact, not many people know about, Dempsey is an award-winning juggler. While competing in an international juggling competition, he placed second. Of course, this was all before his career blasted off.
New Jersey – Paul Rudd
51-year-old Paul Rudd is from Passaic, New Jersey. When he was about 10 years old, Rudd’s family packed up and moved to Overland Park, Kansas. While attending the University of Kansas, he majored in theatre. During his time at acting school, he also worked as a DJ at Bar Mitzvahs. Paul Rudd isn’t the only famous celeb to come straight out of The Garden State, his rivals include, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, and Danny DeVito.
Kentucky – Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is the youngest of four siblings from a family that frequently moved during his childhood. He and his siblings lived in more than 20 different places. However, Kentucky is where Depp spent most of his youth. His first film role was in a horror movie, it was after this big break that he was offered many opportunities that made him the star he is today. Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, and Muhammad Ali are also famous stars from Kentucky.
Minnesota – Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt who is everyone’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy is originally from Minnesota. When Pratt was seven years old, the family moved to Washington. After dropping out of community college, he landed up in Maui, Hawaii. It was here where he was discovered by an actress and director, where he was actually a waiter. There was no going back after that, his acting career was on a role.
Mississippi – Oprah Winfrey
Without a doubt, Oprah Winfrey is the most successful woman in the entertainment industry. She was in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to a young mother who was a housemaid. Oprah spent the first 6 years of her life in rural poverty and was also forced to move around a lot, however she has managed to overcome, racism, poverty, and maltreatment. She has done exceptionally well, compared to where she came from. Winfrey has a net worth of approximately, 2.5 billion dollars.
North Carolina – Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born in 1960 at the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina. Due to her father’s occupation, she had moved around 23 times before she was 16 years old. After graduating from Boston University, Moore moved to The Big Apple, when she began taking on small acting roles, which eventually lead her to become the star she is today.
Kansas – Kirstie Alley
69 years old, Kirste Alley was born and raised in Witchita, Kansas. She was enrolled at Kansas State University, but dropped out and moved to Los Angeles. Before she became an actress, Alley was an interior designer. It was only in 1982, where she made her film debut in Star Trek II. In the years following she landed some smaller roles before she became big on the television scene.
Montana – Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams was born in Kalispell, Montana in 1980. Her father, Larry was an author, and her mother, Carla was a homemaker and homeschooled Michelle. Even though, when Michelle was just nine years old and moved to San Diego, she still is very true to her roots and the beautiful memories she has from her childhood in Montana.
Nebraska – Gabrielle Union
Unlike what most people believe, Nebraska isn’t just filled with farms and cornfields…trust us there are actually people that live there too. And of the more famous ones is Gabrielle Union. She was born in Omaha, however, when she was 8 years old her family moved to California. Union was brought up Roman Catholic and taught to be an independent woman. She began her acting career with a few minor roles, her first audition was for the hit sitcom, Saved By The Bell.
New Hampshire – Mandy Moore
The stunning American singer, Mandy Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. When she was only 2 months old, the family moved to Florida. She became interested in singing and acting from a very young age, Moore had an amazing stage presence which is why she was hired as an actress several times. Despite the fact that Mandy Moore was just a baby when she moved out of New Hampshire, she still considers it her home state.
Ohio – John Legend
John Legend was born in Springfield, Ohio. Although he was homeschooled, he then attended high school when he was 12 years old and finished his school career when he was just 16 years old. Even though Legend went to the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, he was offered admission to Harvard University. Following his graduation, he moved to California when he was 17 years old. During his time in college, John Legend took the role of president and musical director for jazz and a Capella group.
Arizona – Emma Stone
Arizona appears to be a hot spot for so many famous people. Over the past few decades, there have been many celebrities come out of Arizona long before Emma Stone. However, we chose the gorgeous, red-haired actress. Stone was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and lived there for the majority of life.
From Start To Finish
Emma began her acting career when she was just four years old, and today is one of the highest-paid American actresses. At the beginning of 2004, when Stone was roughly 16 years old, she and her mother moved to Los Angeles. However, she still often goes back to her native state to visit. As we mentioned earlier, she is not the only celeb to come from The Grand Canyon State. In fact, Aidy Bryant, Jordin Sparks, and Hailey Bieber are Arizona natives too.
Illinois – Harrison Ford
Commonly known as Indiana Jones or Han Solo, Harrison Ford was born and grew up in Chicago. He completed his high school education in the Windy City, before moving to Wisconsin to further his studies. Believe it or not but he didn’t study acting, he actually did his majors in Philosophy and English.
A Man Of Many Talents
As strange as it may seem, before becoming an actor, Ford was actually a carpenter. Well, it was more or less just a job that he did in between taking on some small roles before he made it big. That all came to an end when he landed an impressive role as Han Solo. Today, Ford is probably the most famous celebrity to ever come out of Illinois, however, his current contenders are Walt Disney and Betty White.
California – Meghan Markle
Before Meghan Marke became the Duchess Of Sussex, she actually lived quite a sensible life. She grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended private schools until she enrolled at Northwestern University and earned her Bachelors’s degree in Communications. During this time she grabbed any opportunity she could to act, even the small roles on TV shows and movies. This was all long before she met her royal, Prince Harry.
An Exciting New Chapter
Markle landed herself a role on Suits in 2011, it was from this moment on there she became quite recognizable and famous. Luckily for her, she caught the eye of Prince Harry. When the two began dating and eventually tie the knot, she instantly became a royal star. Without a doubt, there are plenty of other celebrities that came from California, but on a global level, Meghan is by far the most famous.
Connecticut – Seth MacFarlane
For those who paid attention to the intro-credits on the iconic TV shows, American Dad and Family Guy you will instantly know the name, Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane grew up in Kent Connecticut. He attended a private school that his parents both worked for his entire childhood. He then he went to study film where he earned a degree in Fine Arts.
A Bid Farewell To CT
MacFarlane eventually decided to leave Connecticut and pursued his acting career. However, he also went down the voice acting path, from there he became an instant star. There are many other celebrities from Connecticut like, Katharine Hepburn, Meryle Streep, and Mel Gibson.
Idaho – Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul is probably more well known by the name, Jesse Pinkeman from the incredible television show Breaking Bad. Paul’s early years began in the small town of Emmett, Ohio. He concluded his high school career there before packing up his car and driving to Los Angekes to further his career in acting.
No Shortcuts To Success
While Aaron Paul was in high school, he had a part-time job which then allowed him to open up a savings account. At the time, his mother wasn’t able to work and provide so much and he was certain he wasn’t going to leave her behind, so he took her along with him to LA. No questions asked Aaron Paul, is definitely the most successful actor to come out of Idaho.
Michigan – Kristen Bell
There are actually quite a number of celebrities to come out of Michigan, however, Kristen Bell is certainly the most popular one at the moment. Bell was born and raised in a suburb just outside of Detroit, but shortly after graduating from high school, she moved to New York City to attend university. Some of the other famous stars to come from Michigan are Danny Brown, Stevie Wonder, Madona, Eminem, and Diana Ross.
Missouri – Brad Pitt
Although he was born in Oklahoma, Brad Pitt’s family moved to Missouri soon after his birth. Which explains why he considered all of the family roots back to Missouri. Pitt attended the University of Missouri studying in journalism and advertising, but before his graduation, he left university and moved to Los Angeles. Before becoming an actor he was a journalist, but lucky for us he opted out of that profession.
Nevada – Matthew Gray Gubler
Let’s be fair, Nevada is quite an unusual state, and it’s evident that Matthew Gray Gubler got a hold of as much of its strangeness as he could. Gubler is a high school graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and a college graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in film directing. It was always a dream of Gubler’s to becomes a filmmaker. Which is why he grabbed the opportunity to work in Hollywood on Crimal Minds. Gubler was born and raised in Las Vegas but certainly has some tough competition with some other stars from the Silver State.
Virginia – Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia. However, due to the fact that her father was a military employee she and her family moved around a lot, which is why she has never really found a place to call “home”. She even spent 12 years living in Germany and Austria, and naturally grew up speaking German. Bullock eventually moved back to the USA, where she landed up in New York auditioning for acting roles.
New York – Robert Downey Jr.
While there are tons of famous people that come out of New York, how many of them are actually born and raised in the Empire State. Well, one of them is Robert Downey Jr. Robert was born and raised in New York and was fortunate enough to have a father in the entertainment industry. This is what helped Robert land some minor roles before he really got his name out there. Today, he is one of the world’s wealthiest actors. He certainly is extremely successful and it doesn’t look like he’ll be stopping anytime soon.
Wyoming – Jim Beaver
They say the Cowboy State is beautiful, costly, and truly bare with no human beings in sight. Before Jim Beaver starred in Supernatral, he honestly lived quite the simple life in Wyoming. He was born in Laramie, Wyoming but also spent some of his youth in Texas. Beaver is proud of his roots and says that he lived a very happy life in one of the most magnificent places on Earth.
West Virginia – Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley was born and raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He is an only child of Douglas, his father who worked for the Department of Transportation, and Sandra his mother was a teacher at an elementary school. Paisley stated that his love for country music definitely comes from his maternal grandfather. He got his career started when he was still a youngster and is the youngest person to ever be recruited into the Jamboree USA Hall of Fame.
New Mexico – Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her mother, Diana was a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. After her parents divorce, Demi moved to Dallas, Texas where she was then raised. Lovato is not the only famous person from the Land of Enchantment, believe it or not but Neil Patrick Harris and Freddy Prince Jnr, are from New Mexico as well. e famous
North Dakota – Josh Duhamel
There’s not too much for people to know about North Dakota, however, we do know the brilliant Josh Duhamel was born there. Duhamel attended Minot State University and played as the quarterback for the university’s football team, and still today he cares very much about his former squad. Although he moved out of Roughrider State and headed off to Hollywood, Josh Duhamel is still greatly fond of his home state.
Oklahoma – Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton has a major soft spot for the Sooner State. He was born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma but after graduating high school at 17, he decided to move to Nashville, Tennesse to pursue his country music career. Shelton still owns a property in Oklahoma and even owns a bar back in his home state.
Vermont – Damon Wayans Jr.
For many people, when they think of Vermont, the first thing that comes to mind is Ben and Jerry’s maple syrup and Bernie Sanders. It’s not too often that people associate New Girl star, Damon Wayans Jr with The Green Mountain State. The American actor and comedian recently landed a major role in the film, Let’s Be Cops, but has been racking up numerous TV and big-screen roles since 1994.
Wisconsin – Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo was born in Wisconsin but spent his teenage years in Virginia. Regardless of the fact that he is a massive football fan of his team back in the Cheesehead State, Ruffalo was actually more into wrestling during his younger years. Although he only spent 14 years of living in Wisconsin and then lived in other places, Mark Ruffalo still very much considers himself a Wisconson lad.
Pennsylvania – Taylor Swift
30 year old, Taylor Swift was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, where her family owned a Christmas tree farm. Eventually, the Swifts’ packed up and moved to Nashville, when Taylor was just 14. This was in hope of trying to help boost Taylor’s music career. Without a doubt, this was one of the best decisions her parents made because look at this star now! Other famous stars to come out of The State Of Inddpendce are Joe Biden, Tina Fey, and Bradley Cooper are all from the Quaker State.
South Carolina – Chadwick Boseman
The magnificent star of Marvel’s Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, was born in the small town of Anderson in South Carolina. From a very young age, he was very fixated on the idea of acting. During high school, he even wrote and directed his own two-act play. He attended Howard University, in Washinton graduating with a degree in Fine Arts. He lived in Brrolkuly for the start of his career. People of South Carolina truly admire their former citizen for his remarkable achievements.
South Dakota – Bob Barker
For people who have watched any of the re-runs of The Price is Right, perhaps with someone from an older generation and who is familiar with Bob Barker, then you’ll know just how brilliant this man really is. The 96-year-old was raised on a reserve in South Dakota, where he very much enjoyed playing sports and loved attending school. Some other notable celebs that come from South Dakota are, January Jones, and Amy Hill.
Oregon – Ty Burrell
Not a lot of actors are who they are when on the big screen, however, Ty Burrel is exactly how he appears when on TV. He is pretty much like the average Joe, he was born and raised in Oregon, played football, earned a degree in theatre arts, and tried his best to make the Beaver State home. However, things seemed to be more exciting in California, so he made the big move, and well, the rest is pretty much history!
Utah – Julianne and Derek Hough
There aren’t that many famous stars to come out of Utah. Julianne and Derek Hough were lucky enough to have gotten a boost from their politician father who was the closest thing Mormon Utah residents had to a community celebrity. These siblings grew up Mormon, but they ultimately decided to change their lifestyle to become big-time celebrities. Some other stars to come out of the Beehive State, include Marie Osmand and Rosanne Barr.
Rhode Island- Debra Messing
Rhode Island is the smallest state in America, however beautiful Debra Messing made her home state seem much bigger than it is- all thanks to her tremendous personality. Back in 1986, she was crowned Miss Junior Rhode Island, which was her initial launching pad towards in her brilliant acting career, as we know it today. Messing was just 18 years old when she headed off to Hollywood.
Texas – Beyonce
Beyonce Knowles was born and raised in Houston, Texas, which is also where she first began dancing and singing. Her mother, Tina is originally from Louisiana, and her father, Matthew was from Alabama. There’s no doubt that Beyonce embraces both of their fiery spirits into one Texas-sized personality package. From a young girl, Beyonce was an entertainer, which is why her friends and teachers back home are not surprised that today she is one of the most iconic singers in the world.
Tennessee – Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake was born and raised in Memphis, Tennesee. This explains why he has so much soul in his music and was mainly inspired by blues and black gospel musicians. At some point, Timberlake moved to California, but his time there soaking up the Los Angeles sun didn’t last too long as he recently moved back to his home state of Tennessee with his wife and children.
Washington – Jeffery Dean Morgan
Jeffery Dean Morgan was born in Seattle, Washington, and makes sure everyone knows about it. Back in high school, he was the captain of the football team, and even though he has a very successful career today, he never lets people forget his former achievement. Did you know that Morgan was actually on route to becoming a professional basketball player? However, due to a torn ACL, his dreams were completely crushed. This eventually lead him to become the great actor he is today.