Emma Watson is one of the most famous British celebrities, but actually, she was born in Paris, France. (Photo: Instagram)
Keanu Reeves is known for being a proud Canadian, but not many people know he was born in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: Instagram)
Although Isla Fisher was raised in the land down under. and began her acting career in Australian television, her birthplace is Muscat, Oman. (Photo: Instagram)
Lupita Nyong’o was raised in Kenya. She then attended college in the United States. But Lupita was actually born in Mexico City, México. (Photo: Instagram)
Lena Headey (a.k.a. Cersei Lanister) is a worldwide known English actress. However, her birthplace is Hamilton, Bermuda. (Photo: Instagram)
Nicole Kidman is a proud Australian, and she even starred in a movie titled “Australia”. But the actress and film producers, in fact, is… Hawaiian! She was born in the Honolulu. (Photo: Instagram)
Amy Adams (left) is a widely popular American actress. But the “American Hustle” actress was born in Vicenza, Italy. (Photo: Instagram)
Joaquin Phoenix (right), the popular American actor, was actually born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Instagram)
Natalia Portman gained mainstream success when she was cast as Padme Amidala in the very American saga, Star Wars. But in fact, Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and she’s a practicing Jewish. (Photo: Instagram)
Although Russell Crowe identifies himself as an Australian, as he lived most of his life there, he actually was born in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo: Instagram)
The beautiful Charlize Theron may be considered an American actress, but in fact, she was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province, in South Africa. (Photo: Instagram)
Although many think Nina Dobrev was born in Canada, she actually is from Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo: Instagram)
While Queen the band has become a British icon for the entire world, his lead singer, Freddie Mercury, was actually born in Stone Town, Zanzibar, now known as Tanzania. (Photo: Instagram)
While Nicki Minaj was raise in the iconic American state, New York, she was actually born in Saint James, in Trinidad and Tobago. (Photo: Instagram)
Mischa Barton became a naturalized U.S. citizen until her 20th birthday. Although she was raise in New York, she was born in Hammersmith, London. (Photo: Instagram)
Many think Portia de Rossi is an American actress. And while she’s lived in the U.S. for a long time, Rossi was born and grew up in Victoria, Australia. (Photo: Instagram)
Mila Kunis has starred in many American films. And while she’s lived in the United States since the age of seven, Mrs. Kutcher was born in Chernivsti, Ukraine—formerly part of the USSR. (Photo: Instagram)
Bruce Willis has to be one of the most popular American actors, but his birthplace is Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. (Photo: Instagram)
Few things are as satisfying as proudly representing your country outside of that piece of land you call home. And thanks to their talent, many celebrities have become national icons of countries like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States overseas.
But did you know that many of your favorite stars do aren’t really from where you think there are?
Whether it is because they identify more with the country in which they were raised, because they adopted other nationalities, or because they are big stars of the American entertainment industry, these celebs have surprising and rather unknown origins.
Click through our photo gallery above to learn about the unexpected birthplaces of these 18 celebrities.