Some of Hollywood’s A-listers may live in the cities of Los Angeles or New York because their busy schedules command that, but many of the stars that are so loved are not from the United States at all, but from Canada. Canada has given the world some of the most beautiful, talented and famous people in the world, from actors and actresses to world-renowned musicians, and in addition to their many talents, they are, for the most part, well-rounded and genuinely nice individuals.

It seems many of these A-listers love their homeland. Take Keanu Reeves as an example, who wanted to represent Canada at the Olympics before he discovered his love of acting, or Shay Mitchell, who believes there is a reason so many sings Canada’s praise. She also loves going home and is proud of her nationality. And why not, it’s the home of maple syrup and Tim Hortons, natural wonders (from glaciers to beautiful mountains), and some of the most polite people in the world. Plus, according to The Odyssey, Canada has five times less crime than the United States.

Below are 20 A-listers that are from Canada that many people forget are from this country.

20 Keanu Reeves' First Desire Was Actually To Be A Canadian Olympian

Keanu Reeves is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, so you’d be forgiven for thinking he was from the United States, but he is actually Canadian. Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but according to Biography, after his parents split he moved with his mother to New York City, before later settling in Toronto.

In a Reddit AMA, Reeves spoke about his Canadian childhood, and how he wanted to represent his country -- he has, but in a completely different way. He said, “I played a lot of hockey in Toronto Canada. I always thought it would be cool to play for the Canadian Olympic team. When I was 15, I decided to become an actor.”

19 Shay Mitchell Says There's A Reason Canada Has Her Heart

Shay Mitchell is beautiful, talented, and has a love for travel, plus, she’s Canadian. According to Seventeen, She was born in Mississauga, Ontario, and when she was ten her family relocated to West Vancouver, British Columbia.

She has previously spoken about her nationality, of which she is very proud of, with Flare. She said, “I’m so proud to be Canadian. You always see actors who are like, 'Canada, Canada, Canada' but there’s a reason for it. I love L.A. but I also love going home.'"

18 Not Everyone Knows Sandra Oh Is Actually From Canada

Sandra Oh became a household name thanks to her role as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but despite her face being recognized throughout the globe, not everyone knows she’s from Canada. She was raised in Ottawa, Vancouver Courier reports, and according to Washington Post, Oh’s parents are originally from South Korea and immigrated when they were in their twenties.

Before her breakthrough role, she attended the National Theatre School of Canada, although this was initially a career choice her parents were reluctant to support.

17 Nina Dobrev Even Represents Her Country In Halloween Costumes

Nina Dobrev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, but when she was two, she immigrated to Canada with her parents and older brother, Biography reports.

She is proud of her connection to both countries, and according to Novinite she said: “Everyone who knows me knows I am Bulgarian and that I am proud of it!” But she has also shown her love for Canada, and even decided to stick it to Captain America by opting to go as Captain Canada for Halloween.

16 Ryan Reynolds Feels He Has A Very Canadian Quality

Ryan Reynolds has become a big star, but he had humble beginnings and grew up in a working-class family in Vancouver, Elle reports. And he is proud of his nationality. He also believes that he has a very Canadian attribute, and revealed as much during an interview with the publication.

He said, “You may be able to dig up a lot of sources who will deny this, but I’m polite. Generally, I care for other people. I always say ‘excuse me,’ ‘thank you,’ and ‘I’m sorry.'”

15 Rachel McAdams Spends Half The Year In The Country She Was Born

Rachel McAdams has been on everyone’s radar since 2004, with her roles in Mean Girls and The Notebook, and because she’s a successful and in-demand actress, her job requires her to work in the United States a lot, but she tries to go home to Canada as often as possible.

She revealed in an interview with Cineplex that she spends roughly half the year in Canada, adding, “I make 10 or 12 trips to Canada [per year]. All my family’s there still, but my sister’s in Los Angeles so I started spending more time out there to be with her.”

14 Before The Weeknd Was 21, He'd Never Left Canada

The Weeknd (Capital Xtra notes he took the “e” out of his name to avoid copyright complications), whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, was born and raised in Toronto, and he didn’t leave the city until he was an adult. He told Complex, “From when I was born to when I was 21, I never left Toronto. That’s why I’m such a city cat…” He also revealed that while he had driven to Montreal, up until a few years prior to his interview he had not been on a plane.

13 Hayden Christensen Blended In With The Locals In A Canadian Neighborhood

Hayden Christensen was raised in Toronto, and in 2018, he even used Toronto's Little Italy neighborhood as inspiration for the character in his latest film, Little Italy. According to Durham Region, Christensen is a quarter Italian, and he went undercover and worked in a pizza shop in the neighborhood in preparation for his role as an Italian chef. He revealed, "I wasn't really working there, although they did let me make pizzas for paying customers, and I did deliver a pizza.”

12 Shenae Grimes Doesn't Want To Live Anywhere But Canada

According to Famous Birthdays, Shenae Grimes was born in Ottawa and got her first acting break on the Canadian teen show, Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Grimes is one of those celebrities who loves speaking about her heritage, and has referred to herself as a “proud Canadian.” She has also revealed that she hated leaving her homeland, and told Global News' The Morning Show (via Yahoo), "As soon as I left home I was like, 'Please bring me back!' I just realized the values you are brought up with are so different from anywhere else in the world."

11 Jim Carrey Knows Why Canadians Are So Nice

Jim Carrey may have moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy, but he was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Biography reports. Carrey has always been proud of his heritage, and Narcity notes that even in his early days, he would bring Canada into his routine, and he has complimented the country and their great healthcare.

"I just got back from Vancouver and I keep hearing this [comment]: 'Canadians are so nice, Canadians are so nice,'" Carrey said, according to Huffington Post. "They can be nice because they have health care."

10 Taylor Kitsch Has Set Up Home In Texas But Canada Is His Roots

Taylor Kitsch was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, and raised by a single mom. He lived in a trailer park and describes his younger self as “white trash,” something which he told Elle magazine he was proud of. How he came to first live in the United States? Well, he got discovered by a modeling agent on the streets of Vancouver and was signed to IMG, and shortly after moved to New York.

He’s set up house in Texas, but Kitsch spoke about Canada in an interview with Paper magazine, saying “Canada's where I grew up. It's my roots, so it's hard to turn away from that…”

9 Shania Twain Has So Much Pride In Her Homeland

Despite Shania Twain’s music being known across the world, and she's made a home for herself in Switzerland, she is a Canadian and was born in Windsor, Ontario. When she was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2011, she made her love for her homeland clear.

According to CMT, she had this to say in her acceptance speech: “I guess I have more pride in what the country has created musically than I am of my own success. Honestly, I’m just more proud to be from Canada. I feel like I should be wearing the Canadian flag tonight.”

8 Anna Paquin's Work Has Brought Her Back To Her Country Of Birth

Anna Paquin is a big Hollywood star, who hails from both Canadian and New Zealand. Paquin was born in Canada, but her family relocated to New Zealand when she was four, but despite leaving the country when she was young, Paquin has returned multiple times to film, which she revealed in an interview with Canada Living.

She said, “I've spent a lot of time in Canada because I shoot a lot of stuff here. Part of my family is French-Canadian, so it was nice to shoot this in Montreal—where people could pronounce my name…”

7 Jay Baruchel "Could Never Live" Outside Of Canada

Jay Baruchel is perhaps one of the proudest Canadians on this list, because, in an interview with Globe and Mail, he even appeared wearing Montreal Canadiens merchandise. He also stated in a 2017 interview with Sharp magazine that he really has no intention of living anywhere other than Canada -- despite his rising star in Hollywood.

He said, “I could never live outside of Canada. As I’m getting closer to realizing my actual goals of writing, directing and creating, I want to create here. It means less if I go elsewhere. Why add culture to another country?”

6 Seth Rogan's Voice Is Going To Be On The Vancouver Public System

Funnyman Seth Rogan became the new voice of Vancouver's public transit system in 2018, Entertainment Weekly reports, and he’s definitely the right man for the job having been raised in the British Columbia city. Rogan is also particularly proud of his roots, and revealed as much in his announcement for the SkyTrain campaign. He said, “I’m very proud to be from Vancouver and I grew up taking public transit my whole life and I still use public transit when I’m in the city.”

5 Kristin Kreuk Lives In Los Angeles, But Canada Is Where She Felt A Sense Of Community

Kristin Kreuk is perhaps best known for her role in Smallville, but what fans may have forgotten about her is she comes from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she grew up with her parents and younger sister.

Despite living in Los Angeles and making a name for herself in Hollywood, Kreuk feels she only fits in in Canada and struggled to find a community she identifies with elsewhere. She told Reader’s Digest, “I love this country. And on a very practical level, my friends are here. I always struggled with Los Angeles. I didn’t know how to fit there. It didn’t feel grounding...”

4 Ryan Gosling's Recommends A Canadian Childhood

Ryan Gosling is arguably Canada’s most famous export, and he has been in the limelight from a young age, but despite his fame, he is thankful for his Canadian childhood. He spoke to CBC News about why this is, and revealed, "I think it was very helpful to grow up in Canada, or in a small town. I think if you grow up here [in Los Angeles], it might be hard to remember that there's a world outside of it."

He also appreciated having somewhere else he could call home. He said, "I always felt like I had something to go back to so the stakes weren't ever that high."

3 Vanessa Morgan Is 'Riverdale's Newest Star, And One Of Canada's Finest

Vanessa Morgan joined the cast of the hit CW series Riverdale in Season 2 (she plays the Southside Serpent character named Toni Topaz) and quickly got people’s attention for her good looks and acting skills.

She was born in Ottawa, and went to school there, later graduating from Queen's University and pursuing singing and acting, CBC reports. Before her big break, she had appeared on the small screen, including on The Amazing Race Canada, but Morgan has since spread her wings and now lives in Los Angeles.

2 Emily VanCamp Is Extremely Canadian And Does Very Canadian Things

If there’s a way to describe Emily VanCamp it may be “extremely Canadian,” at least, that’s the way she described herself, or rather her maple syrup making activities, on an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

She tries to go home for visits as often as possible, which brings us to this next fact about VanCamp; she was born in the town of Port Perry, but moved to Montreal when she was aged 11 to study ballet, and this is the city which started her love of acting, Elle Canada notes.

1 Kim Cattrall Lives Just Minutes From Where She Grew Up

Kim Cattrall was born in Liverpool, England, but she also has ties to Canada because she grew up on Vancouver Island, and according to House and Home, she now owns a home just 40 minutes away. Her home is incredibly special to her, and Cattrall told the publication, “I never thought in my wildest dreams about coming back to the home I grew up in — when you’re young, you’re so busy trying to make your ripple. But when I sat here, I thought, ‘This feels right.’”

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