Non-Americans were once considered as outsiders, but now with their individual genetics and creative capabilities, they have come to conquer Hollywood scene. Singers and actors born outside America help us better understand the countries they come from, and they give a special touch to Hollywood. Here is a list of celebrities born outside America that we love and appreciate so much for being so unique as they are.
Gal Gadot comes from Israel, as she was born in Rosh Ha’ayin. She was 18 when she was crowned as Miss Israel in 2004. Her time as a combat instructor at the Israel Defense Force came in handy for the actress when she portrayed Wonder Woman.
Mila Kunis comes from Ukraine. When she was 7 years old, her family moved to America, and she started going to acting classes. She gained fame after playing Jackie Burkhart in That 70’s Show.
Rihanna was born in Barbados. While still in school, Evan Rodgers listened to one of her songs and soon convinced her to come to New York, where she signed a contract with Def Jam Records.
The mother of dragons was born in the UK, and after portraying our beloved Khaleesi in Game of Thrones, she gained worldwide success. She is even voted as “Most Desirable Woman”.
Priyanka Chopra comes from India, as she was born in Jamshedpur. After being crowned Miss India, and Miss World in 2000, she decided to pursue an acting career despite wanting to become an aeronautical engineer. After Quantico, she made an appearance in Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic, and she is now a very successful actress.
Did you know that Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon? His mother was English, and his father was Hawaiian. After his role in Dangerous Liaisons, Reeves became famous and later appeared in successful movies like The Matrix and Constantine.
Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and her real name is Natalie Hershlag. Her family moved to America when she was 3 years old. At 11 years old, she was discovered by an agent, and soon her role as Princess Amidala in Star Wars movies brought her fame and recognition.
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, South Africa. She had a desire to became a ballet dancer, but after injuring her knee, she had to give up on her dream. She moved to America, and after she had a fight at a bank, an agent approached her and the rest is history.
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, but when she was only one-year-old, she went back to Nairobi. She went to America to go to Yale School for Drama, and after her role in 12 Years a Slave, she became famous.
Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, and she was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She and her family moved to New York when she was 5 years old. After finishing school, she appeared in The Come Up series after CEO of Young Money discovered her. She became a singer after her mixtape Playtime Is Over.
NikolinaKonstantinovaDobreva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. When she was 2 years old, she and her family moved to Toronto, Canada. She started modeling but later went on to pursue her acting career. Her most successful role was in The Vampire Diaries.
Wagner Moura was born in Brazil, and despite the fact that he studied journalism, he decided that he want to pursue acting. He became worldwide famous after his portrayal as Pablo Escobar in Netflix’s Narcos.
Sofia Vergara was born in Columbia, and after a photographer approached her at a beach when she was a teenager she began her modeling career. She landed the role of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family in 2009, and she has got 4 Emmy nominations so far for her role.
Djimon Hounsou is from Benin, but he moved to France when he as 13 years old. Thierry Mugler, a French designer encouraged him to become a model. He later moved to the United States where he landed a role in Amistad. That helped him achieve some major roles in moves like Gladiator, Blood Diamond and Aquaman.
James McAvoy was born in Glasgow, and he wanted to be a priest. However, after David Hayman came to his school, he offered McAvoy a role in The Near Room. He became famous after portraying Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia.