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Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't American  

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.
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't American
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Reeves is an international man of mystery. He was born in Lebanon, and is technically a Canadian citizen, but he lives in Los Angeles and has literally zero accent. It's weird. If you're wondering how he got his start in America, the actor said that he got a green card when he was 20 before he "drove across the border from Canada and came to LA." 

Age: 51

Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't American
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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: 37

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't American
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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: 79

Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

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Nicki Minaj is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebs You Didn't Know Aren't American
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Minaj is a fiery rapper that completely exemplifies what it means to be from New York - except she's not from New York. She's actually from Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, where she lived until she was five.

Age: 36

Birthplace: Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago

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