Coming To America: American Celebs Born Abroad
In case you didn’t know, some of your favorite celebrities were born outside the United States. They may have grown up here most of their lives, but many were born abroad in countries like Nigeria, Germany, England and other cities around the world. Find out who was born where in our list of celebs born abroad.
Actress Mila Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seven. Her mother was a school teacher and her father was a mechanical engineer, but left Ukraine because they didn’t see a future for Mila and her brother. There was also antisemitism in the country at the time, so the family moved. She had a difficult transition since her parents arrived in New York on a Wednesday and she was enrolled in school by Friday morning without knowing any English.
Famke Janssen is best known as Jean Grey from the X-Men film series. She was born in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands and moved to the US in 1984 to pursue a modeling career where she found success. She secured contracts with Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, and Yves Saint Laurent. She’s also multilingual, speaking Dutch, English and French.
Tia and Tamera Mowry
Everyone’s favorite twins, Tia Mowry-Housely and Tamera Mowry, were born in Gelnhausen, West Germany. Both of their parents served in the US Army at the time of their births.
Kat Graham was born Katerina Alexandre Graham in Geneva, Switzerland to an Americo-Liberian descent father and Jewish mother. Her parents divorced at the age of five and she was raised in Los Angeles, California in her mother’s Jewish religion. She attended Hebrew school and speaks English, Spanish, French and some Hebrew and Portuguese.
Before she was Marissa Cooper on The O.C. Mischa Barton was born in Hammersmith, London. At the age of six her family moved to New York City and she became a naturalised US citizen at 20 years old. She graduated from the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan in 2004.
The very handsome Boris Kodjoe was born Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe in Vienna, Austria. His mother is of Jewish descent and his father is Ghanaian. He was raised in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. At the age of 19 he moved to the US and attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1996.
Funny man Martin Lawrence was born in Frankfurt, Germany while his father served in the US military. He later moved to Maryland where he was raised.
Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. In 1991 she moved to Los Angeles to study acting and later became a naturalized US citizen.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, aka J. Cole, was born in Frankfurt, Germany on a United States Army base. His father served in the military at the time of his birth. At 8-months-old J. Cole moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina where he grew up.
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag in Jerusalem, Israel. Her father is an Israeli citizen and her mother is American. At the age of three they moved to the United States and she currently has dual citizenship in both countries.