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15 Celebrities Who You Think Are American But Are Actually Canadian

If you've ever made the awkward mistake of asking a Canadian where in America they're from, chances are you'll be meet with a glum expression and be replied to in a tone left bruised by the all-too-common mistake. But let's be honest: both sound alike, and the same mistake could be made when conversating with Aussies and Kiwis, and many of Hollywood's stars are no different.

In fact, with the industry dominated by American accents, it can be easy to forget that many of its stars hail from across the border, so with that in mind, we've compiled a list of 15 Canadian superstars who are often mistaken for Americans.


1. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is everywhere you go in America and is very much a staple part of modern-day America's contemporary culture, but while many pop-hating Americans will gladly tell you he's from Ontario, Canada and not their beloved country, the consensus outside North America is that he is yet another American pop star.

Not that we can blame them. He sounds just like any other American heartthrob, and unless you're a die-hard Belieber who's paid homage to his childhood home, you can be forgiven for not knowing.

2. Rachel McAdams

She has the all-Amerian girl looks. Blonde hair, blue eyes, and a butter wouldn't melt in her mouth voice that even Allie from the Notebook would be proud of. But McAdams comes from Canada where she studied theater at Toronto's York University before starring in many Canadian TV shows.

In fact, the blonde beauty only moved to Hollywood 2002 after landing her first significant American role in the Tom Brady comedy, The Hot Chick.

3. Joshua Jackson

Coming to prominence in the much-loved 90s teen drama, Dawson's Creek, Joshua Jackson was a crush most girls had at one point and Jackson managed to forge a successful career from the TV show which has spanned three decades.

But Johnson wasn't your typical run-of-the-mill American stage kid, and though he lived in California in his early childhood, the family moved back to Canada when Jackson was only 8-years-old.

4. Pamela Anderson

Playboy is a global American brand and one which made Pamela Anderson a global celebrity so you'd think Pamela, whose looks were once a spitting image of a popular college sorority girl, would be American through and through.

Instead, Pamela is a native of Ladysmith, British Columbia although she has lived in California for most of her adult life.

5. Taylor Kitsch

The once homeless actor is now one of Hollywood's rising stars after gaining notoriety for his role as high school football player Tim Riggins on the NBC show Friday Night Lights.

Born in Kelowna, British Columbia, Taylor had never set foot on American soil until the age of 21. 

6. Donald Sutherland

He's been around for years, yet few of us know that one of Hollywood's finest ever actors is Canadian.

Like his famous son and star of 24, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald is very much a full-blooded Canadian having been born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick before relocating to American to pursue an acting career. 

7. Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is most people's dream guy but dreams aren't only spawned in America, and if Ryan is any example, the Canadian Dream is alive and well.

Having said that, Gosling has called America home ever since the fresh-faced 13-year-old won a part on the Disney Channel's Micky Mouse Club alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

8. Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen's stock has fallen rapidly over the last few years even though big things were expected of this young talent when cast as a young Skywalker in the second installment of the Star Wars franchise.

But for a guy who's been working steadily since the tender age of 13, we're sure Hayden won't be moving away from Los Angeles anytime soon.

9. Jim Carrey

Few- including himself- would have imagined that a gawky kid from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada would one day go on to become one of Hollywood's greatest actors. But like Carrey himself, it appears life can be just as unpredictable.

As a matter of fact, Carrey's first move to America came in his late teens when he was asked to perform in Las Vegas having impressed fellow Canadian entertainer Roger Dangerfield after doing the rounds at many of Toronto's comedy clubs. 

10. Mike Myers

Mike Myers' nationality has been confusing people for years after starring as the unashamedly British playboy Austin Powers in the film series' namesake.

Often mistaken for an American as well, Myers is Canadian although he also possesses a British passport due to his parents being born and raised in Liverpool.

11. Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert first came to the States from her native Montreal at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles following a string of television roles in Canada and was soon cast sas Kim Bauer, daughter of the federal agent Jack in the popular Fox series 24,

Cuthbert, who also starred in the popular teen comedy The Girl Next Door, has seen her film career falter lately but still finds regular work on TV and was voted by the men's magazine Maxim as "TV's Most Beautiful Woman."

12. Anna Paquin

As the second youngest recipient of an Academy Award, Anna Paquin has been living in America for most of her life, so it's quite easy to put the two together and see Paquin as an American rather than Canadian actress.

However, though born in Canada, Paquin was raised in New Zealand, and it was there that she beat 500 other child actors to the role of Flora McGrath in the romantic epic,  The Piano.

13. Ellen Page

The Juno star was widely praised for coming out to the press following an eloquent and impassioned speech- not that she needed the publicity.

Following her breakthrough performance in Juno, The New York Times described her as "frighteningly talented, " and the Halifax-born star has been working ever since.

14. Michael Cera

Starring alongside Page in the critically acclaimed movie was Micahel Cera, who practically played himself as Juno's socially awkward admirer.

Born and Raised in Brampton, Ontario, Michael Cera had a natural gift for acting and could recite the whole dialogue to Ghostbusters at an early age which led him to take acting classes at his local theater before a talent agent noticed his gift.

15. Seth Rogen

America's favorite stoner is not, contrary to popular belief,  a full-blooded American... He's Canadian, dude!

Despite his father being American, Seth Rogan was raised in Vancouver until a successful audition at the age of 16  for the Judd Apatow show Freaks And Geeks took him to Los Angeles.

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