With all the controversy going on in the United States, it is not a surprise that many Americans have been making jokes about moving to Canada. This comes as an extra fun surprise when you consider that Americans have been making fun of Canada for years and although most jokes are funny (and some true), Canada is not given enough credit for the talent we have given the world. Although geographically speaking, Canada is close to America, the two are entirely different counties. We all know America is great, but we also know that the neighbors up north are just as awesome. Canada is an extremely peaceful place, with a lot of nature, good food, and even better-looking people. It is about time that we start giving Canada some credit for all the good it does for the world.
However, this article is not about how awesome Canada is as a country, but about the awesome people that come from there. Okay, so everyone knows Justin Bieber, Drake and The Weeknd are Canadian, however there are many other celebrities born in Canada that may surprise you. Not only did we find 15 awesome Canadian celebrities, they are also some of the coolest and most talented people in the business. Can you guess which major city ended up giving us the top two candidates? Do you also know which famous celebrity has said before that being Canadian is the most important thing to her? As a fun twist, we also have quotes from celebrities that prove they don’t care where they came from. There was even an actor that got his first big break as an unpaid actor in a Tim Horton’s commercial – you couldn’t get more Canadian if you tried.
Take a minute and check out the fifteen celebrities you had no idea were Canadian, and trust us, there are a few that will for sure surprise you!
15. Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams is an actress that is almost impossible to hate (at least unless she is acting like her character in Mean Girls). Her talent, cheeky personality, and incredible beauty are all features that have made her so popular. McAdams has starred in classic movies such as The Vow, Wedding Crashers and of course The Notebook. With a net worth of about $14 million, Rachel McAdams is clearly doing something right. Although she has that American girl next door thing going on, McAdams is actually Canadian. Born and raised in London Ontario, McAdams is proud of her Canadian roots. Rachel McAdams is still a Canadian resident and is currently living in Toronto. She is not only talented and rich, but she also uses that platform to inspire others. In 2015, Rachel McAdams donated $75,000 to children’s charities across Canada.
14. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling is without a doubt one of the sexiest men the world has to offer. He also just happens to be born and raised in the great nation of Canada. Just like his co-star from The Notebook, Gosling is from London, Ontario. Perhaps that was how the two got along because Gosling and McAdams did in fact date for a little while. Something tells me that they probably had all kinds of cute dates in Canada. Gosling, who is now married to Eva Mendes, has had quite an impressive career so far and is currently filming an untitled reboot of the classic film, Blade Runner. Gosling is now 35 years old and has a net worth of approximately $30 million. You can understand he is often traveling around for work, meaning the actor splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles. While he no longer lives in the country, he is one of Canada’s most cherished actors. It also helps that Gosling is clearly proud of his Canadian roots, once saying “I love being Canadian. I think growing up in Canada gives you a world perspective that I certainly enjoy.”
13. Ellen Page
Ellen Page made her big impact on the world when she starred in Juno as a teen who had to face the realities of a teen pregnancy. Since then, Page has continued to impress us with not only her acting skills but also with the positive impact she has had on the world (and in particular, the LGBTQ community). What many do not know about this actress is that she started her career in Canada, where she is born and raised. The Halifax native appeared in numerous Canadian television shows like Trailer Park Boys, Pit Pony, and ReGenesis. She is a self-proclaimed pro-choice feminist and believes in the Buddhist lifestyle and mentality. As a result, Page is often practicing meditation and yoga whenever she can. Page is also extremely brave, as in 2014 she came out of the closet during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference. Ellen Page is a very successful young lady, and with a net worth of about $14 million it is clear she has the means to make a real difference. She is currently filming the movie Flatliners, which is being directed by the talented Niels Arden Oplev who also directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
12. Céline Dion
Céline Dion is a world famous superstar. Known as one of the best singers to ever live, it is clear that Dion has a loyal fanbase all over the world. Dion, who is from Québec, Canada, is also known as Canada’s sweetheart. Although many people know she is Canadian, we at TheRichest could not make this list without including her in it. With a net worth of $400 million, she is more than successful in her career. The small town girl is now playing in the big leagues and she is more than deserving of it. Dion, who has had a rough few years, recently lost her husband and only love to cancer which he had been battling for quite some time. Dion is proud to be from where she is, saying “I’ll be a Québecker Canadian. I’m from Québec and every time I go to a country, I say that. It’s my roots, my origins, it’s the most important thing to me.”
11. Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy is one of those actors everyone loves. The beloved dad on American Pie has had a pretty epic career and at 69 years old, he is still incredibly recognizable. The actor has a net worth of about $15 million and recently appeared on the show alongside his son, Schitt’s Creek, in which he is also a producer for. Eugene Levy is also the only actor to have appeared in all 8 American Pie movies (though is that really an accomplishment? Some of those are awful!). He also was in the film Best in Show, and even appeared in Finding Dory. However, we are not here to talk about his impressive resume. Not many people know that Eugene Levy was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Levy has never shied away from his heritage, but in the past, has said “I consider New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas my second home.” The actor now lives in Toronto with his family, and while he does not have any movies that he is working on, we can only hope that is going to change in the very near future.
10. Michael Cera
Michael Cera is one talented young man. His first big role was as a child when he played a young Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Cera is now 28 years old and has appeared in some more incredible projects such as Juno, SuperBad, Arrested Development and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Not a lot of people realize that Cera is from Brampton, Ontario. His first role ever was an unpaid role in a Tim Horton’s commercial, and you don’t get more Canadian than that! Cera is a very talented young man who has already earned himself a net worth of $20 million. Micheal Cera doesn’t identify himself so much with Canada, but to be fair, he doesn’t really identify himself with anything or anywhere, preferring to just live in the moment. In an interview, Cera said “I’m not stereotypically Canadian. I don’t really follow hockey. I don’t feel like anything other than myself, basically.” Cera has a lot coming out in the near future and is currently filming The Lego Batman Movie which will be released in 2017.
9. Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland has one of the most impressive careers in Hollywood. The actor has been working for a span of over fifty years, so you can understand why he commands respect. As a result of his lengthy career, Sutherland is also one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. Donald is also Kiefer Sutherland‘s father, something not many people realize. Another thing people do not realize is that Mr. Donald Sutherland is actually Canadian. Born in St Johns, New Brunswick, Sutherland studied at a university in Toronto. With a net worth of about $40 million, you can understand that his successes are both career and financially focused. Sutherland has also worked on over 150 films and for despite being the oldest person on this list, he is working harder than most actors who are younger than him. If you think retirement is just around the corner for Sutherland, you may have to think again. He once said “I’m going to be working until I am helping them with the shovel,” and it’s clear he is talented enough to keep landing roles. Just don’t expect him to play a heartthrob anytime soon.
8. Pamela Anderson
To many people, Pamela Anderson is known as America’s sex icon of this generation. One thing that would probably alter that perception, is the fact that Pamela Anderson is actually Canadian. With a net worth of $5 million, Anderson lives a very comfortable life. She first made her mark on the world when she starred in the iconic television show Baywatch. Since then she is best known for her intense on-again, off-again relationship with Tommy Lee, with who she has two sons. Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, and you can understand how she is definitely the biggest celebrity to come out of that town. Anderson loves Canada and actually still keeps a home there because she believes it to be a great escape from America. We can only hope that she may make an appearance in the upcoming movie version of Baywatch. If she does we also hope that she is looking more like the Anderson from when she was in her early twenties, and not the version that has had just way too much plastic surgery done.
7. Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox is an incredible actor who made his mark in the United States through his talent, charisma, and charm. When you look at the amount of iconic roles he’s taken on, it should be easy to see why his net worth is over $65 million. Although in the past few years his health has gotten the best of him, Fox is one of the strongest characters in the industry as evident by his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He did not let his disease turn him into someone who is negative, instead, he has channeled his illness into some amazing positive moments. Fox has written books, as well as openly spoken numerous times about the impact of Parkinson’s disease. Not only has he raised money for research, but he continues to be a beacon of inspiration for all those who suffer from the disease. Even if you don’t, you need to admire someone as passionate as Fox. Not many people realize this, but Fox is actually a Canadian and was born in Edmonton, Alberta. Fox’s last big project was appearing in 26 episodes of the hit television series, The Good Wife.
6. Mike Myers
Mike Myers first got his big break on Saturday Night Live and has since put together one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood. While he has several great roles, he is probably known best for his role of Austin Powers in the Austin Powers movies. For those unaware, Myers plays a British “sexy” spy trying to save the world from Dr. Evil, who is also played by Myers. Myers is hilarious and whether he is performing or just giving an interview, his larger than life presence often takes over. Myers, who has a net worth of over $135 million, clearly found a way to channel that energy into some lucrative paydays. Many people do not realize that he is born in Toronto. Myers is proud of his Canadian roots, however he can’t help but put humor in everything he does once saying “Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavour- we’re more like celery as a flavour.”
Myers may have fallen off the radar as of late, but there are heavy rumors that a 4th Austin Powers will be coming our way in the near future.
5. William Shatner
Shatner is one of the most recognizable stars on the planet. The actor, singer, author, and director has been part of countless Hollywood productions, but he is best known for his roles on Star Trek and Boston Legal. With such an impressive track record, Shatner is definitely a legendary performer. Shatner has a net worth of approximately $100 million, proving that it pays well to have a lengthy acting career. However, not many people know that he is from Québec, making Shatner one of Canada’s most cherished celebrities. Shatner is now 85 years old has lived a spectacular life, but it has not all been positive. In 1999, Shatner’s wife, Nerine Shatner was found dead in their pool. Shatner took the loss of his wife very hard but found love again. In 2001, he married Elizabeth Shatner, making her his 4th wife. With multiple marriages, at least you know the actor is also able to be pretty charming (at least at first!). While his career is starting to wind down now, Shatner will forever be one of the most successful Canadian actors of all time.
4. Will Arnett
Will Arnett is an adorable and talented actor who was born and raised in Toronto, making him another Canadian celebrity. Arnett has appeared in countless films and television shows, his most popular being his iconic role on Arrested Development. Currently, you can watch him on the Netflix original series titled Flaked, which allows Arnett to take on a much more serious role. Arnett, who has a net worth of about $12 million, is one of Canada’s biggest success stories when it comes to Hollywood. Arnett was married to fellow comedian Amy Poehler, but the two called it quits in 2012. Thankfully they have been able to remain amicable for their children. In Poehler’s book titled Yes Please, the actress does not go into detail about the divorce stating that it is too personal and sad to try and get into.
Will Arnett is much wiser than most of us think, and when talking about his motivations for acting, said “If you get into it because you want to be famous, then you’ve got a long row to hoe. But if you really feel like it’s a labour of love and it’s something you’re actually legitimately good at, then it’s not that hard to keep plugging away.” We are sure Hollywood is full of people that thought they wanted to be an actor but gave up when it got too hard, but we’re just glad that Arnett was able to make a name for himself.
3. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is one of the most popular actors of our generation. He has starred in some legendary films such as Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show, The Mask, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty. His net worth which is somewhere around $150 million is impressive, especially from a small town boy from Newmarket, Ontario. Carrey is one of Canada’s prized possessions, however many people assume he is American. Jim Carrey is almost always working on a project, and just finished filming The Bad Batch with Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa. Off-screen, Carrey is a proud father and also a great grandfather to two children. Carey is continuing to inspire many comedians to continuously pursue their dreams. Although many people don’t realize Carrey is Canadian, he never forgets where he comes from and has said “My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian.”
2. Ryan Reynolds
Yes, that is right ladies, Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian boy. The actor, who is best known for his roles in films like Just Friends, The Proposal and The Change Up, is also known for being married to the gorgeous Blake Lively. His first wife was the sexy and stunning Scarlett Johansson; some guys just have all the luck! While him and Johansson were not able to make it work, something tells us that him and Lively are much better matched. At least you hope so when you consider that Lively and Reynolds have a beautiful daughter together and another child on the way. Reynolds who has a net worth of about $45 million is one of Canada’s biggest success stories. This Canadian native is living the “American dream,” and you better believe he must have loved getting to film Deadpool in his hometown of Vancouver. Reynolds makes a lot of jokes about his Canadian roots, and once said “I’m not a fan of hockey, which is why I probably had to leave Canada.” Not only is he gorgeous and talented, but Ryan Reynolds has an incredible sense of humor that helps make him all the sexier.
1. Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen is one of the funniest actors of our generation. Rogen got his first big break on the television show Freaks and Geeks and has been unstoppable ever since. While the show only lasted 18 episodes, it helped introduce Rogen to several prominent Hollywood members including, James Franco, Jason Segel and Judd Apatow.
Rogen may not have ventured back to television in any large capacity, but he has found success with films like Superbad, This is the End, The Interview, and Pineapple Express. Rogen grew up in Vancouver, which may explain why he is such a stoner! Rogen is proud of his Canadian roots and tries to bring it up in conversation as much as possible, including talking in an interview about how he once bought marijuana on the famous nude beach (Wreck beach) that is located in Vancouver.
Although Rogen now lives in America, he is not letting go of his Canadian manners. With a net worth of over $45 million, he has certainly given Canada a lot to be proud of. Be on the lookout for Rogen’s upcoming animated film, Sausage Party, that also stars Franco, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, and Jonah Hill joining the cast (and that’s just the start).