Written by Hershey Rosen | November 18, 2022
You probably don’t know where your favorite celebrities come from. Immigration has blurred the lines in knowing who comes from where, or if you are an American or Canadian. “When we talk of celebrities who hail from great Canada, you probably know Drake “the Rock”, Celine Dion, and Justin Bieber. But, there are still many award-winning actors, trend-setting pop star musicians, and well-renowned models, you might be surprised to come from the land of moose and enjoy the iconic poutine’ Hershey Rosen says. Hershey is a tech entrepreneur, who has successfully helped businesses navigate the digital age.
Hollywood in particular is packed with Canadians. America no doubt is a land of economic opportunities and the search for fame, the need for higher education, launching into the world of entrepreneurship. Simply chasing dreams and fulfilment of goals are reasons why many have found their way to America. And because they assimilated so well and blended easily, little wonder many assume they are Americans. Therefore, not all your well-loved celebrities are from the US even though they might live there and make a name for themselves there. Here are a few of the popular celebrities everyone tends to forget are from the neighbors- the Great white north. Read on for your greatest
His full name is Keanu Charles Reeves. Although he was born in Beirut Lebanon, he holds Canadian citizenship and hence is a Canadian. He lived with his mum after his parent’s divorce and they first moved to Sydney, then to New York City, and later to Toronto where he lives till he is 20. He is an accomplished actor who has found huge success in comedy, science-fiction, and action movies.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Canada and it’s enough reason to be a Canadian. But that’s not all. He was launched into popularity by Starring in the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He is one of the most successful and influential figures in contemporary music.
Here is another great actor of all time from Vancouver, British Columbia. His accent alone gave him away as a Canadian. He has appeared in several Canadian tv series like The Odyssey. He is well-loved across the globe but his philanthropic donations to help people in his homeland demonstrate that his country has got his heart.
The music icon was born in Charlemagne, Quebec. “She has a rich, beautiful Canadian accent, the first Canadian to be awarded a gold album in a French country- France, one the best-selling french language artist to grace our world, a notable patron for cystic fibrosis in Canada, biggest vocalist both home and abroad. I could go on and on”, Hershey Rosen says.
Also known by his ring name “The Rock”. Although he is not originally from Canada, he became technically one at age 37, thanks to his father who was born in Amherst, Canada. Canadians made certain changes to their nationality laws in 2009 to embrace anyone born abroad after 1947 with at least one Canadian-born parent as their own. Dwayne might be an actor but the wrestling profession is never complete without mentioning one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
Even the richest man on the planet has Canadian citizenship! He might be born in South Africa but he later moved to Canada at age 18 and acquired citizenship through his Canadian mother. You are probably not of this world if you don’t know Elon Musk- the “Technoking” of Tesla.
Nina was Bulgarian-born but was only two when she moved with her family to Canada. She made her acting debut in 2006 with Degrassi: The Next Generation and continues to make a mark in the acting world.
Born in London, Ontario, the world’s musical sensation seems to be a born musician. He started playing musical instruments at a young age and his talents were discovered by a manager at age 13. That marks the beginning of his greatness in music career.
A woman breaking the barrier for Asian women, Sandra Oh is born in Ottawa, Canada by South Korean immigrants parents. A strong female star in the television shows Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve. She was recently appointed to the Order of Canada as an Officer, the second-highest civilian honor in Canada.
The model was born in Toronto and is well-known as a spokesperson for the vitiligo skin condition. She found fame in 2014 as a contestant in the 21st cycle of the US television series. She expressed in an interview how honored she is to represent Canada.
Here are the lists of celebrities rocking the entertainment world you might not know are from Canada provided by Hershey Rosen. Whose nationality shocked you the most?
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