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
14 Ryan Gosling
13 Ellen Page
12 Céline Dion
11 Eugene Levy
10 Michael Cera
9 Donald Sutherland
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
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
4 Will Arnett
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
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).