The heart of the South is alive in Hollywood. These famous celebrities had humble beginnings in the southern United States before they made their big break.
Although many have relocated (and gotten rid of their accents), there’s no erasing where they’ve come from.
Take a look at 15 celebrities who you may not have realized are actually from the South!
1. George Clooney
People’s 1997’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” may have gotten his acting start on ER, but before that he was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He spent most of his childhood in Kentucky and Ohio before turning to acting. Today, Clooney’s primary home is in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, lawyer and activist Amal Clooney.
2. Steve Martin
Comedian, actor, and banjo player Steve Martin was born in Waco, Texas. Although he was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove, California, the influences of the South can be heard in his musical tastes. He now lives in Beverly Hills.
3. Sandra Bullock
America’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock — who spent most of her childhood in Nuremberg, Germany — was actually born in Arlington, Virginia. The While You Were Sleeping actress also attended East Carolina University in North Carolina. She now lives in Beverly Hills.
4. Jimmy Buffett
The “Margaritaville” singer is a country boy through and through. Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Buffett also lived in Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama. He also graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. Now, he lives between two houses in Palm Beach Florida and the Hamptons on Long Island.
5. Britney Spears
Many people don’t realize this, but the “… Baby One More Time” singer is actually a southern belle. She was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. Now, she lives in Las Vegas with her two sons, where she has been performing at the Park Theater.
6. Morgan Freeman
With the movies Driving Miss Daisy and Shawshank Redemption, Freeman’s talent and voice has gained notoriety. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman now splits time between New York City and Charleston, Mississippi.
7. Brad Pitt
Versatile actor Brad Pitt spent his fair share of time in the South. Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Pitt was also raised in Springfield, Missouri. He got his big break appearing on soap operas Another World and Dallas before breaking into film. Pitt now lives in Los Feliz, California.
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