Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Canadian

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Hollywood can blur the lines between fantasy and reality, the present and the future, American and Canadian…

Yes, there are a LOT of celebrities you may be surprised to find out are Canadian.


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Early in her career the Killing Eve actress starred in Canadian films such as The Diary of Evelyn Lau and Double Happiness.

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Keanu Reeves grew up in Toronto.


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The The Matrix actor was born in Lebanon, but when he was a child, his mother moved their family to Sydney then New York City before finally settling Toronto. He holds Canadian citizenship.


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The “My Heart Will Go On” singer began her career by recording albums in French.


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The “In My Blood” singer even did a campaign with Canada’s favorite coffee chain, Tim Hortons.

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Drake was also born in Toronto.


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The “Hotline Bling” singer was on the Canadian show Degrasssi: The Next Generation.


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The Friends actor has said that he bullied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when they were classmates.


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The Deadpool actor has starred in Canadian productions such as The Odyssey and Foolproof.


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The Juno actor attended Vaughan Road Academy’s Interact program, where he was classmates with Drake.

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Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, and grew up in Napanee.


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When the “Complicated” singer was 14, she won a contest to sing a duet with Shania Twain, a fellow Canadian icon.


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The actor and comedian became a dual citizen of both the US and Canada in 2004.

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Rachel McAdams was born in London, Ontario.


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The Notebook actor was a competitive figure skater.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became a Canadian citizen when he was 37.


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The Jumanji actor became a Canadian citizen in 2009 due to a change in law. The new law stated that anyone who was born abroad to a Canadian citizen after 1947 would automatically be granted Canadian citizenship of their own. His father was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

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Seth Rogen was born in Vancouver.


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The actor and comedian has dual citizenship in the US and Canada.


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The Tesla founder is the son of Canadian model Maye Musk. He moved from South Africa to Canada in order to attend Queen’s University. He holds citizenship in three countries — South Africa, Canada, and the US.

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Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver and grew up in Markham, Ontario.


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Nina Dobrev grew up in Toronto.


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The Vampire Diaries actor was two when her family moved from Bulgaria to Canada.


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The La La Land actor told CBC News that his Canadian roots feel like a safety net.


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The Pretty Little Liars actor has her friends bring her Canadian snacks like Smarties and Lay’s ketchup chips when they visit her in Los Angeles.


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The singer’s big break came when he performed at the wedding of former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s daughter. Mulroney introduced him to David Foster, the Grammy-winning producer who signed him to a record label.


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The “Stay” singer is the first Canadian to win the Best New Artist award at the Grammys.


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Avan Jogia was born in Vancouver.


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The actor dropped out of high school at 17 to move to Los Angeles, where he landed his breakout role on Victorious.


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The Lost actor took acting classes while she was studying international relations at the University of British Columbia.


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Her family moved back to the UK when she was 11, but the Sex and the City actor returned to Vancouver for high school.

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Cobie Smulders was born in Vancouver.


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The How I Met Your Mother actor said that the network decided to make her character Robin Scherbatsky Canadian because they thought it “would be exotic.”

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Neil Young was born in Toronto.


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The singer wrote “Long May You Run” as a tribute to his first car, which was a hearse he drove around Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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And finally, Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario.


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The Superbad actor’s onscreen debut was a Tim Hortons commercial.

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