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Where do you hail from? Although it may seem like every star of the screen has the Hollywood DNA running through their veins, they’re actually from every day, regular places, just like you and me! Who do you think is the biggest celebrity from your state? Do you know where your favorite celebrities were born and brought up? Let’s dive into the shiny world of famous celebs, state-wise.
Alabama – Courtney Cox
There must be very few people who’ve not heard about the legendary sitcom Friends. The series followed the journey of six friends as they navigated through life, and one of the lead characters was a clean freak, blue-eyed master chef Monica Geller, played by the stunning Courtney Cox.
Cox remains one of the most powerful celebrities in the word, thanks to this role of hers. She was born and raised in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama. After dropping out of her architecture course, she decided to pursue modeling and acting.
Alaska – Jewel Kilcher
Although Kilcher identifies herself as an Alaskan, she was actually born in Utah. Since she spent a large portion of her childhood in Homer, Alaska, and had left Utah at a very young age, which justifies why she calls herself a proud Alaskan.
This singer-songwriter, musician, actress, producer, poet, and author has received four Grammys during her career till now. She was once a part of a duo with her father who used to be a local musician in her hometown.
Arizona – Emma Stone
There must be few movie enthusiasts who don’t know about this amber-haired, talented beauty. Stone was raised in Scottsdale, in the state of Arizona, and was a part of the community theater from a very young age.
At the age of 14, she asked her parents whether she could shift to Hollywood. The actress has had an incredibly successful run in the industry, with movies like La La Land and Zombieland; they were some of her most memorable performances. She has won several awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Arkansas – Billy Bob Thornton
Thornton didn’t have the most peaceful childhood. For the first few years of his life, he had to live in his grandmother’s cabin. In the current time, he’s a world-famous writer, actor, director, and musician.
Thornton is also one of the very people who had the honor of receiving an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay Sling Blade, which was released in 1996. He’s known for having an eccentric personality and versatile concepts.
California – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
There are a ton of celebs competing for the position of most famous celebrity like the Kardashians, Zendaya, and many more from California, as it’s such a star-studded neighborhood in general. But arguably, the crown passes to the one who rang the entire WWE universe with his signature line “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?”
The 48-year-old actor, businessman, ex-wrestler has been in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years, and before moving into the film industry, he established himself as one of the icons of modern wrestling.
Colorado – Tim Allen
Timothy Alan Dick, better known as Tim Allen, was born and raised in Denver, in the state of Colorado. He is one of the most prominent figures in the comedy industry and has received many accolades for his performance.
Noteworthy involvements would be as Tim “The Toolma” Taylor on Home Improvement, an ABC sitcom, and as Mike Baxter on Last Man Standing. He won a Golden Globe for his role in the first one mentioned.
Connecticut – Seth MacFarlane
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane spent his whole childhood in a tiny city in Kent, Connecticut. He also attended a boarding school where his mother acted as a teacher. Today, he is an actor, director, producer, and singer.
His main area of focus is in the genre of comedy, which is why he’s serving as the creative director of the smash-hit animated show Family Guy. He’s also behind the creation of The Orville and co-created American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.
Delaware – Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza spent almost all her childhood in the largest city of the state of Delaware, where she was born and brought up. Right now, she’s a reputed actress, producer, and comedian.
She got fame through her role in the sitcom Parks and Recreation and continued her stardom through some powerful performances in films like Child’s Play and series like Legion. Not surprisingly, she acted as a teenager in her town’s neighborhood drama league.
Florida – Pitbull
Most people don’t know this but Pitbull’s real name is Armando Christian Pérez. He was born in the state of Florida but his parents were Cuban expatriates. He often refers to himself as “Mr. Worldwide” in his songs which roots you back to the original song with Chris Brown.
You cannot be a millennial and say you didn’t jam to his song “International Love” as a teenager! Or, what about “On the Floor?” Regardless of everything, it’s hard to say party music without Pitbull’s tracks to boom through your system.
Georgia – Julia Roberts
Not just the U.S., Julia Roberts remains one of the most famous celebrities across the world. With her golden locks, charming smile, and stellar performances, she won the hearts of people wherever she appeared.
Roberts grew up in Smyrna, and it was almost as if her career as an actor was predestined as both her parents ran a workshop for both potential writers and actors in Atlanta. Maybe we can credit her background in arts for the success she has seen.
Hawaii – Bruno Mars
Hawaii may be the most liberal use of the term “state” on this list. With tropical atmospheres, colorful cuisines, and interesting personalities, these islands have given us many wonderful talents, but very few are as iconic as Bruno Mars. His original name is Peter Gene Hernandez and he lived in Honolulu.
His father played the percussions while his mother was a Hula dancer. With people like Jason Momoa in the running for most famous celeb from Hawaii, Mars smoothly takes the spot. How? It’s 24K Magic!
Idaho – Aaron Paul
Before moving to Hollywood at the age of 17, Aaron Paul lived in Boise, Idaho. He took part in church, and played parts in plays. He’s known for his performance in the hit TV series Breaking Bad.
He’s received a number of awards for this performance, including a primetime Emmy award. His voice acting in Bojack Horseman cemented him as one of the top actors of the generation.
Illinois – Harrison Ford
Born and brought up in the state of Chicago, this American actor, environment activist, and aviator rose to fame with his portrayal of Han Solo in the famous movie Star Wars.
On top of that, his performances as Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan added to his fame. The state of Illinois is the home to big names like Betty White, Bill Murray, and Kanye West…
Indiana – David Letterman
It takes year of perseverance and hard work to reach the level that David Letterman has in the field of entertainment. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Growing up, his father acted as a great source of inspiration to him, as he was constantly funny and the life of the party.
Letterman has spent more than 33 years hosting late-night television talk shows. 1982 saw the debut of the show Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. He’s a comedian, producer, and writer.
Iowa – Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher doesn’t only belong to Iowa by roots, he’s extremely close to his hometown. Throughout the years, he’s always given back to the community by helping out local schools and students. In addition to that, he helped launch a disaster rehabilitation fund name Native Fund to Iowans.
He was born in Cedar Rapids, where he lived till he moved to Hollywood to make a name for himself. Some of his memorable performances have been on shows such as That ‘70s Show, Two and a Half Men, and The Ranch.
Kansas – Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe spent the majority of her childhood playing in the quiet neighborhoods of Kansas City. She earned a scholarship in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and moved to New York City afterward.
Today, she’s signed to Atlantic Records and became extremely popular for her music. With an impressive eight Grammy nominations, she’s risen to the peak of her career. Stars like Kirstie Alley, Scott Foley, Annette Bening, Martina McBride, Colton Haynes are also top contenders for this state.
Kentucky – George Clooney
This multi-talented actor, director, screenwriter, and producer spent almost the entirety of his childhood in Lexington, Kentucky. Clooney’s family moved to Ohio for a short time but they returned to Kentucky soon. He is one of the most successful actors of all time, and also one of the most awarded.
He bagged three Golden Globe awards as well as two Academy Awards. Not only that, but he also got a lifetime achievement award. Kentucky is home to some mega celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Stapleton, and Diane Sawyer.
Louisiana – Reese Witherspoon
One of the highest-paid actresses of 2019, Reese Witherspoon has become a quintessential beauty bubbling with talent. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and has mentioned how proud she is of her “Southern” upbringing which has made her more of a family-oriented person.
Witherspoon rose to fame with her portrayal of the character, Elle Wood in the comedy film franchise Legally Blonde. She has a ton of accolades to her name, including two Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Maine – Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick was raised up in Portland, Maine and bagged her very first Tony nomination when she was just 12, so she was kind of a child star. However, unlike many other child stars, Kendrick has built an incredible career for herself in the entertainment industry as an adult.
Pitch Perfect helped her reach the height of popularity. She also got an Academy Award nomination. Also, we are aware that Stephen King is from Maine too, but Anna just takes the cake here.
Maryland – Anna Faris
Anna Faris spent her days at Baltimore when her father was teaching at Towson University. Faris has gained recognition for being an actress, podcaster, and author. Some of her most popular film appearances include The Dictator, Brokeback Mountain, and the Scary Movie films.
Maryland has a few other popular celebs like Julie Bowen and Jada Pinkett Smith. Her performance in comedy films gave her primary reputation and she then proceeded to take up more complicated roles to prove her skills.
Massachusetts – Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is one of those people you see in every other movie. In some sorts, he’s turning into Hollywood’s Nicholas Cage, but it would be hard to give him that title when Adam Sandler literally exists.
Wahlberg was born and raised up in Boston and actually owns a restaurant chain in his hometown. He co-owns this with his brothers. There are plenty of other big stars from Massachusetts like Chris Evans, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, and Matt Damon.
Michigan – Madonna
You must’ve thought it was a breeze to pick Madonna for the Michigan state, because…well, she’s Madonna. However, with contestants like Diana Ross, Kristen Bell, and Terry Crews, the selection gets super hard. The highest-selling female musician ever, in the history of the world, Madonna has been aptly titled the “Queen of Pop”.
She is one of the most influential figures in pop culture history and has contributed to some major trends over the years. If you’ve not heard “La Isla Bonita,” are you even living?
Minnesota – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan’s real name is actually Robert Allen Zimmerman and he is Minnesota bred, specifically Duluth. Dylan attended the University of Minnesota, and he embarked on a journey toward stardom after he officially graduated. He actually won a Nobel Prize! He bagged one in Literature.
Apart from that, he received 10 Grammy awards alongside a Golden Globe Award. On top of that, he was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Chris Pratt cuts it very close, but it would be pretty hard to beat Bob Dylan.
Mississippi – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey had quite a traumatizing childhood. She was born to her teenage mother in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Since her parents weren’t married, she spent the first few years of life at her grandmother’s. Oprah is one of the richest celebrities alive with a net worth of $3 billion dollars!
She is North America’s very first black multi-billionaire. The 66-year-old has often been called the greatest black philanthropist in the history of America. Some would even say she’s the most influential black woman in the entire world.
Missouri – Don Cheadle
Cheadle in an author, actor, director, writer, and producer who has strived to build his career over the last few decades. For his role in the movie House of Lies, he won a Golden Globe Award. However, he’s probably the most recognized for his performance as Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda.
For this role, he got another Academy Award nomination. Recently, he’s well known for playing War Machine in flicks like the Iron Man franchise, as well as Avengers: Infinity War.
Montana – Michelle Williams
Michelle William grew up in Kalispell, Montana with her sister. But, their family shifted to San Diego when William was nine. She is one of the most accomplished actresses of recent times, and she’s better known for her performances in independent, small-scale productions that revolve around a hauntingly tragic theme.
Some of these movies would be My Week with Marilyn, where she played Marilyn Monroe and Manchester by the Sea. She’s gotten two Golden Globe Awards, as well as a primetime Emmy Award.
Nebraska – Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union hails from Omaha and she’s a major fan of the Cornhusker team. The actress, author, and activist started her career in the 1990s and began with smaller roles in teen flicks like 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That, but she got her big break in the 2000 film Bring It On.
After that, she’s taken up medium to big roles in films including Deliver Us from Eva, The Brothers, and Think Like A Man as well as trying her hand at producing.
Nevada – Matthew Gray Gubler
Matthew Gray Gubler was raised in Las Vegas where he attended the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies. The actor, illustrator, filmmaker, director, fashion model, and author is primarily known for playing Dr Spencer Rei in Criminal Minds, a NBC show.
He was also the voice between Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks, in all three installments of the movie series. It’s weird thinking a child didn’t voice those high-pitched, baby-faced chipmunks.
New Hampshire – Mandy Moore
Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. Later on, her family moved to Florida, but her roots still trace back to her state of birth. The singer-songwriter and actress saw instant success with the release of her debut single “Candy,” which peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her debut studio album was so incredibly successful that it earned a RIAA platinum certification. Moore appeared as the lead in the legendary romantic flick, A Walk to Remember, and some other films and TV shows.
New Jersey – Bruce Springsteen
It almost feels wrong just picking one celeb out of many who belong to New Jersey. With people like Jon Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, Danny Devito, Queen Latifah, all hailing from the same state, the competition was tough, but we had to give it to Bruce Springsteen.
Why? Well, the man sold over 150 million records worldwide, receiving 20 Grammy awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and one of each for the Academic Award and a Tony. He’s also been bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That’s a long list!
New Mexico – Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris has got to be one of those very few actors who boast an extraordinary and impeccable comedic timing. He was born in Albuquerque and spent most of his young years in Ruidoso. He’s best known for playing the shrewd womanizer Barney Stinson in the beloved sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
The actor, comedian, filmmaker, and philanthropist has received four Emmy nominations and got a Tony Award. He made it to the list of top 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.
New York – Denzel Washington
New York needed some deliberation and almost brutal sorting. Like, how is it possible to select just one celebrity from this iconic location? Would it be Jennifer Lopez, Adam Sandler, Mariah Carey, Robert Downey Jr, Jay-Z, Tom Cruise, Kerry Washington, or Robert DeNiro?
We’re sorry but we have to give this one to none other than the film icon, Denzel Washington. He received two Golden Globe award, two Academy Awards, and one Tony Award. The only thing left is perhaps a Grammy.
North Carolina – Julianne Moore
Julian Moore was born to a military household at Fort Bragg. Her father was a military official so there was a lot of moving around involved. Julia has had an amazing run, career-wise, and has been applauded for capturing the essence of emotionally troubled women in independent and blockbuster films.
She’s won an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. However, she isn’t the sole big celebrity hailing from North Carolina. There are also others like Zack Galifianakis, Britt Robertson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead from the state.
North Dakota – Wiz Khalifa
The strong rapper behind one of the most viewed songs on YouTube – “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa is also an actor, singer, and songwriter. In 2007, he signed to Warner Bros Records and has stayed in the limelight the most for his interesting personality and questionable habits.
Wiz Khalifa is held in high regard as a musician. He’s a military child so he moved around a lot, which is why he’s seen hyping Pittsburgh as opposed to Minot, North Dakota – his birth town.
Ohio – LeBron James
LeBron James is Ohio bred and appreciates his roots a lot. He’s actively giving back to the hometown in every way possible. For starters, the NBA player’s foundation is opening an education institute for at-risk kids. He’s been called the best basketball player ever, and this includes Michael Jordan in the competitor’s list.
That’s a high image to live up to it, but it seems like LeBron has been doing well. Other mentionable figures from Ohio include John Legend, Bow Wow, and Steven Spielberg on the rundown.
Oklahoma – Brad Pitt
Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt would have to make the list. He hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma, but spent most of his childhood in the quaint town of Springfield, Missouri. To say that he has enjoyed an amazing acting career would be an understatement.
Pitt was awarded two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. He rose to stardom with roles in films like Thelma and Louise, while ones like World War Z and, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood showed the depth and range of his acting.
Oregon – Ty Burrell
Burrell was born in Grants Pass, Oregon where he attended the University of Oregon. If you’ve watched the ABC sitcom Modern Family, you know and love the adorable goofball who is Phil Dunphy.
Before this role, Burrell mainly did Broadway shows including one rendition of Macbeth, but it was the character of Phil Dunphy that established him as a sold actor. He won five Screen Actors Guild Awards and a primetime Emmy Award for the same role. That’s probably the biggest you can get on the silver screen.
Pennsylvania – Taylor Swift
Choosing the most popular celeb from Pennsylvania was surprisingly difficult as it had names like Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Will Smith, and also Joe Biden. However, it would be hard to beat Taylor Swift.
The singer-songwriter remains one of the most popular artists of her generation, not to mention one of the most sold acts of all time. She bagged her first Grammy in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. With five more added to her list, Swift has constantly achieved new feats with her releases.
Rhode Island – Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle was born in Providence, Rhode Island. One thing about this state is that it doesn’t stretch very far, so there aren’t a lot of celebs to count.
This doesn’t mean Damien Chazelle isn’t famous. Anyone who directed La La Land must have a keen sense of arts and the ability to effortlessly express emotions. He’s deservedly won a Golden Globe award, as well as an Academy Award.
South Carolina – Chris Rock
Unlike the previous state, South Carolina has a rather exhausting list of famous celebrities. Few of them are the late Chadwick Bosman, Viola Davis, Aziz Ansari, and Mike Colter. However, none of them would be as influential as our pick, Chris Rock.
The comedian has established quite a reputation in the industry and starred in the Grown-Ups movie series. He’s arguably one of the most iconic faces of the comedy department and the entertainment world in general for the past two decades.
South Dakota – January Jones
January Jones was born in Sioux Falls. Her name pays homage to January Wayne, a Once Is Not Enough novel turned film character penned by Jacqueline Susann. This may be one of the primary reasons Jones showed an interest in films.
She has been immensely successful, landing two Golden Globe awards nominations while receiving a Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The Mad Men series introduced her talents to the rest of the industry and she hasn’t looked back ever since.
Tennessee – Miley Cyrus
Hannah Montana? Or Miley Cyrus? Regardless of aliases, Miley is undisputedly an incredibly popular musician, and an exceptionally talented one at that. This country girl entered the entertainment industry at a very young age with the famous kid’s series and movie franchise Hannah Montana.
Being an immensely recognized child actor didn’t stop her from getting into controversies at the bat of an eyelash. Regardless, she’s too powerful to not include. With celebs like Megan Fox, Morgan Freeman, and Justin Timberlake, the choice was anything but easy for this state.
Texas – Beyoncé Knowles
Next is none other than the legend herself, Queen Bey. Did you know she was born and raised in Houston, Texas? She climbed the flights of stardom as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child in the 1990s, one of the best-selling girl acts in history.
Apart from her massive singing career, she also dabbled in acting, with appearances in films like The Pink Panther and Obsessed. It’s quite impossible to be a part of pop culture without knowing the song “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”
Utah – Chrissy Teigen
Christine Diane Teigen, professionally known as Chrissy Teigen is an American model, author, television personality, and entrepreneur. She was born in Delta, Utah. In 2010, Teigen made her professional modeling debut strutting down the runway for the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She’s also a super popular Twitter personality, always expressing her strong (and often morally right) opinions on burning topics. Her husband, John Legend, is a mega singing sensation.
Vermont – Joanna Levesque
Contrary to some beliefs Vermont is a real state and not some imaginary place made up by the FBI. Joanna Levesque goes by her stage name JoJo and has successfully sold over millions of records, seven million to be accurate – 2.1 million album sales and the rest digital downloads.
Apart from being a singer-songwriter, she’s also dipped her toes in the film industry, appearing in a few films; namely Aquamarine and RV.
Virginia – Sandra Bullock
There were just some celebs we knew would make the list regardless of how much competition they were pitted against, and Sandra Bullock was one of them. She is certainly one of the most accomplished actresses of all time. Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, but for the most part, she grew up in Germany.
She resided there for twelve years before moving back to the States. Her roles in movies including Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, and Speed made her a total film icon.
Washington – Macklemore
Macklemore’s real name is Benjamin Hammond Haggerty and he hails from Seattle, Washington. If you’re not a devout Macklemore fan and can’t really place on the oh-so-familiar name, let us jog your memory.
For the years of 2012 and 2013, there was one song booming in literally every other street, party, or event. The song, “Thrift Shop” got so popular that it now has 1.8 billion views on YouTube. That’s where you know Macklemore from. He also holds four Grammy awards as of yet.
West Virginia – Brad Paisley
It was quite obvious that the most popular celebrity from West Virginia would be a country musician – it’s just that symbolic! Brad Paisley was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He began his career in 1999 by signing with Who Needs Pictures and has since come out with 11 albums, all of which have been certified gold by the RIAA.
He set a new record in 2010 for the most consecutive singles scoring the top of Billboard Country airplay chat – 10.
Wisconsin – Mark Ruffalo
If you don’t know him as The Incredible Hulk from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you must know him as the spine-chillingly cunning but pained magician/FBI agent Dylan Rhodes from the movie Now You See Me, or maybe obedient friend, Chuck, from Shutter Island.
He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin but moved to Virginia when he was a high-schooler. For his role in Awake and Sing, he got a Tony award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Wyoming – Scott Avett
Scott Avett was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming but actually made his name and home in Concord, North Carolina. Apart from that, his songwriting skills are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Along with his brother Seth, he has produced some musical masterpieces.
There’s no question that their work will go down on the pages of history. He’s a master of many instruments but mainly plays the banjo. If you’ve never heard anything from the Avett Brothers, get your ears blessed by giving them a listen.