11 Surprising Celebrities from Down Under
Chances are you can name a few celebs who grew up loving Vegemite and shrimp on the barbie. But have you been fooled by the American accent skills of these Australian-bred stars? Here, 11 surprising celebrities from Down Under.
Byrne was born in the Australian suburb of Balmain (like the fancy couture brand). She began acting at the age of eight when she joined the Australian Theatre for Young People. Today, she’s known for portraying Helen in Bridesmaids and the best ugly cry in the Western Hemisphere.
Bet you didn’t know Hannah Baker was skillfully masking an Australian accent underneath those cassette tapes.
Get this: Fellow Australian Nicole Kidman is the godmother to Baker’s youngest son (Claude Baker). So much Aussie love.
Before she appeared as the neurotic New York socialite Jasmine in Blue Jasmine, Blanchett studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Kensington.
The Hemsworth Brothers
Liam and Chris’s immaculate genes hail all the way from Melbourne, where they spent most of their childhood exploring the outdoors, learning to surf and being handsome.
Robbie not only grew up on a farm in Queensland, Australia, but she also worked three jobs (simultaneously) before moving to Melbourne to pursue acting. Get it, girl.
Watts spent her awkward teenage years (if you can even call them awkward) in Sydney and appeared in numerous local Australian productions—including the romance gem Flirting, starring none other than Nicole Kidman—before moving to Los Angeles in 1994.
Portia de Rossi
Before she began living her best life as Ellen DeGeneres’s arm candy, de Rossi grew up in Victoria, Australia, and went by a completely different name: Amanda Lee Rogers. Our mouths are still open too.
Not only is Urban married to an Australian goddess (Nicole Kidman), but he, too, comes from the land down under.
The Victoria’s Secret model turned future Mrs. Billionaire Spiegel spent her childhood racing motorbikes, riding horses and strutting down the Australian countryside.
Long before she portrayed stiletto-obsessed Rebecca Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic, Fisher lived in Perth and appeared as Shannon Reed on the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away.