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celebrities Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't US Citizens  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Which celebrity were you most surprised to learn is not a US citizen?

With the world growing smaller every day, it's no wonder that many of our favorite stars come from other countries. It used to be that every once in awhile a secretly Canadian actor like Michael J. Fox or Anna Paquin would pop up on a TV show and no one would be the wiser, but now there are so many famous celebrities who aren't Americans that we feel like we should educate our audience as to who’s who in the fame game. These are the celebs that you didn’t know are not US citizens.

These foreign-born celebrities each come from a different place, and they all landed in America for different reasons. Some of them emigrated with their parents, while others didn’t wash up on our shores until well into their career. Whatever it was that brought them here, the one thing that they all have in common is that we love watching them perform. On this list we’ll look at what each celebrity without US citizenship thinks of both America and their home country. And maybe even find out if they plan on becoming a US citizen any time soon.
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't US Citizens
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Thanks to films like Garden State and the Thor series, Natalie Portman is a fundamentally American actress. But she was actually born in Jerusalem! Even though she wasn't technically born an American, she spoke to People about how living in Paris makes her feel fundamentally American

Age: 35

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director

Credits: V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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#20 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#77 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#32 on The Best Living American Actresses

#11 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't US Citizens
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Mila Kunis

It kind of makes sense that Mila Kunis is from the Ukraine. Eyebrows don't get that fleek without a strong Eastern Bloc bloodline. After arriving in America at the age of seven, Kunis said that she "cried every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people." We're assuming she's over that now. 

Age: 33

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted, Friends with Benefits

Also Ranked

#38 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#38 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#22 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#54 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't US Citizens
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Tina Turner

In 2013, TIna Turner formally relinquished her US citizenship after accepting a Swiss citizenship. According to the Washington Post, Turner had been living in Switzerland for two decades before making the decision. In the relinquishment she said that she had no strong ties to the US “except for family, and has no plans to reside in the United States in the future.”

Age: 77

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Choreographer, Author, Actor, Singer, + more

Credits: GoldenEye, Tina Turner: Live in Amsterdam, What's Love Got to Do with It, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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#75 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#30 on The Best Singers of All Time

#10 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#91 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't US Citizens
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Hold on. Jack Bauer isn't from America? Fine, he's Canadian, we can live with that. What's that? HE WAS BORN IN ENGLAND?! Pack it up, turn the lights off, we're going home. 

Age: 50

Birthplace: Middlesex, Eurasia, Paddington, Westminster, United Kingdom, + more

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Lost Boys, 24, Phone Booth, Mirrors

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#41 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#41 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#19 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

#3 on The Weirdest Celebrity Middle Names

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