They were once outsiders to Hollywood but managed to put a spell on things with their accents, foreign looks, and artistic talents. It’s easy for many people to link celebrities to America but these actors and singers have other countries they call home. And their origins add a unique richness and color to Hollywood that many of us love.
Bright Side wants to spice up your day by sharing with you a number of non-American celebs that arrived in Hollywood from overseas to shake things up.
1. Gal Gadot, Israel
Gal Gadot was born in 1985 in Rosh Ha’ayin and was crowned Miss Israel 2004 at age 18. Following her early modeling career, she served as a combat instructor at the Israel Defense Forces which later gave her an upper hand while portraying Wonder Woman, the role that gave her international fame.
2. Mila Kunis, Ukraine
Mila Kunis was born in 1983 in Chernivtsi, the former Soviet Union. 7 years later her family moved to the United States. She started attending after-school acting classes and was discovered there by an agent. Contracts for commercials and small parts on TV shows filled her time until she hit the Hollywood spotlight portraying Jackie Burkhart in That ’70s Show.
3. Rihanna, Barbados
Rihanna was born in 1988 in St. Michael and won several beauty contests as an adolescent. She was still in her school years when a friend introduced her to New Yorker, Evan Rodgers, a friend of her family. Rodgers listened to her sing and flew her to New York where Def Jam Records signed a contract with the singer after her voice convinced them of her inevitable success.
4. Emilia Clarke, England
Born in London but raised in Berkshire, the British Emilia Clarke knew acting was her future at the age of 3 after seeing the musical Show Boat. Clarke started attending the Drama Centre London and played small parts on TV shows, but she gained universal fame with her breakthrough role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. She’s now jumped into fame and was even voted “Most Desirable Woman”.
5. Priyanka Chopra, India
Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, India in 1982. She became Miss India and later went on to be crowned Mis World 2000. Although the actress aspired to become an aeronautical engineer, she was offered several roles in Indian films and went on to join Bollywood. She appeared on Hollywood’s radar after starring in the series Quantico and has since appeared in comedies such as Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic.
6. Keanu Reeves, Lebanon
Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut in 1964 to his English mother and Hawaiian father. Reeves is of Chinese, Irish, Portuguese, and English descent. After his appearance in the Canadian film Youngblood, the actor moved to Hollywood and landed his breakthrough role in Dangerous Liaisons which sparked his career and got him leading roles in blockbusters such as The Matrix and Constantine.
7. Natalie Portman, Israel
Born in 1981 in Jerusalem, Natalie Hershlag, which is her real name, is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. When she was 3 her family moved to the United States where the actress was discovered by an agent at 11 at a pizza restaurant. Her role as Princess Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace sparked her fame. Portman kept pursuing acting while studying Psychology at Harvard and filming Star Wars movies.
8. Charlize Theron, South Africa
Charlize Theron was born in 1975 in Benoni. When she was a kid she attended ballet classes and thought of becoming a professional ballerina but a damaged knee put an end to her dream so instead, she flew to Hollywood to become an actress. At first, Theron had no luck but after making a scene in a bank for not accepting a check, an agent gave her his card with the condition of learning American English. She then went onto wow Hollywood with her leading role in The Devil’s Advocate and won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster.
9. Lupita Nyong’o, Mexico
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico while her father was working there but then went back to Nairobi a year later. She used to act in school plays and travel with her family to attend the theater. When she grew up she moved to the United States and attended the Yale School of Drama. Soon after, she surprised Hollywood with her work in 12 Years a Slave.
10. Nicki Minaj, Trinidad and Tobago
Onika Tanya Maraj is originally from St. James where she was born on March 1982. Her family moved to New York when she was 5, where she attended an arts-oriented high school. After graduating she was discovered by the CEO of Young Money and started appearing in The Come Up series. But after the release of her mixtape Playtime Is Over, she achieved international fame as a singer.
11. Nina Dobrev, Bulgaria
Her actual name is Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva and she was born in Sofia in 1989. At the age of 2, her parents migrated to Canada. In Toronto, the actress began modeling and appeared in commercials as a teenager. Soon after, movie auditions replaced those and she landed her breakthrough role as Mia Jones in Degrassi: The Next Generation. She’s now known for her leading role in The Vampire Diaries.
12. Wagner Moura, Brazil
Wagner Moura was born in El Salvador in 1976. Early on he showed interest in acting and as a teenager joined a community of performing art students at his school. The actor studied journalism, but after a short career on TV, he decided to go after his dream of becoming an actor. He soon signed contracts to appear in many Brazilian movies but it was his role as Pablo Escobar in Netflix’s production, Narcos that pushed him to fame.
13. Sofía Vergara, Colombia
Sofía Margarita Vergara was born in Barranquilla in 1972. She was attempting to become a dentist but was discovered by a photographer at a day at the beach. This got her many jobs as a runway model and as a TV talk show host. In 2009 she landed the role of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the show Modern Family, for which she received 4 Emmy nominations.
14. Djimon Hounsou, Benin
Djimon Hounsou is originally from Cotonou where he lived until the age of 13 before moving to France. By chance, he met French designer Thierry Mugler who motivated him to become a model. He did and walked Paris runways for some years until he moved to the United States looking for new adventures. His breakthrough role was his portrayal of Joseph Cinqué in Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad and later went on to appear in award-winning blockbusters such as Gladiator, Blood Diamond, and Aquaman.
15. James McAvoy, Scotland
Born in Glasgow in 1976, James McAvoy wasn’t interested in acting but instead was focused on becoming a priest until he met the actor David Hayman who visited his school and offered McAvoy a role in the film The Near Room. After the experience, McAvoy decided to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). He became famous in Britain after his role in the show Shameless but it was his debut as Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia that Hollywood fell in love with him.
So tell us: do you think being foreign gave these talented people an upper hand? Do you believe the more diverse Hollywood is, the more interesting it is? Share your opinion in the comments!
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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