Celebrities whose birthplaces will surprise you! From Mila Kunis to Freddie Mercury, these famous people aren’t the nationality you think they are.
#15. “Mel Gibson”-The now controversial Mel Gibson was once one of the biggest the stars in all of Hollywood. When he burst on the scene as the lead role in Mad Max the world fell in love with the Aussie. But though he grew up in Australia and has an Australian accent he was actually born in the United States. Gibson was born on January 3rd, 1956 in Peekskill, New York to an Irish mother and American father. In order for his older brother to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam war, the family moved to Ireland for a short period of time and then settled in Australia, where Mel would grow up and develop his acting skills. After starring in several Australian films he moved to Los Angeles and became an award winning actor and director.
#14. “Hugo Weaving”- Hugo Weaving is best known for his roles of Agent Smith in The Matrix Trilogy and as Elrond in The Lord of the Rings saga. If you hear him talk in interviews he has a distinct Australian accent, so it may surprise you that he was actually born in the city of Ibadan in Nigeria. Both of his parents were English and because of his father’s career as a seismologist they moved around the world frequently living in England, South Africa and Australia, throughout his childhood. Eventually they settled in Australia, where Weaving studied drama and broke into television in the Australian TV show Bodyline. He went on to star in several Australian films before moving on to big budget Hollywood roles and though he frequently has to travel to Los Angeles for work, he still calls Sydney, Australia home.
#13. “Emma Watson”- Emma Watson is famous for her roles as Belle in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast and as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Because of being known as Hermione, most people think she was born and raised in England but she actually was born in Paris, France. Her parents are both English lawyers who were working in Paris during the time of her birth. Watson lived in France until she was five years old but when her parents divorced she moved with her mother to England. There she developed her love of acting, performing in several plays until being discovered at the age of ten and earning her role in the Harry Potter movies.