Who in the famous celebrity elite are dual citizens? Lots of our favorite celebs have an international flair and hold not one but two passports giving them dual citizenship. Did you know, for example, that Jim Carrey has dual citizenship in both America and Canada? Or that Nicole Kidman holds dual citizenship in both America and Australia?
No matter what accent they may be using, the birthplace of some of your favorite celebrities might not be America after all. And not only have they left their country of origin behind but they’ve become full citizens of the United States.
To love a country means you get to examine it because you can see what needs work as no country or institution is perfect. So what political causes do these celebs hold dear?
1. Kim Cattrall.
Believe it or not, Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall holds two citizenships, and neither one of them is American. According to Bustle, Cattrall has passports from both Britain and Canada. Politically, she lent her support to former castmate Cynthia Nixon when Nixon announced her bid to run for governor of New York but only in the politest way possible. According to Time, Cattrall said, “I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices.” Frosty.
2. Charlize Theron.
Up until 2008, Charlize Theron held just one passport for her native South Africa, but that’s the year she became a dual citizen, sharing her heart with both South Africa and America. According to CBS News, Theron told David Letterman, "Well, I've always wanted to be (a citizen) they just didn't want to take me. It's quite a process you have to work hard, you know, study up. Then finally I was approved and you have to go in and do an interview. You have to know your stuff."
3. Jim Carrey.
Funny man Jim Carrey moved to America from his birthplace of Canada back in 1979 to chase a comedy career and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, became a dual citizen of both Canada and the US in 2004. Carrey says, "My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian," adding about the United States, “This country has helped define me and make my dreams come true."
4. Michael J. Fox.
Another Canadian who moved to America in 1979 and who also now has dual citizenship with the US, Michael J. Fox. Fox decided to get his American passport in 2000 when, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he reportedly said he was “greatly bothered” by living in America without being allowed to vote in it. According to Time, Fox has used his celebrity to become a vocal advocate for government-funded medical research in the U.S., with a specific focus on stem cell research.
5. Salma Hayek.
In 1991, Salma Hayek left her native Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, México behind — where she was already a star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there was a “small period of time” when Hayek was here illegally after her visa expired. According to Mom.Me, Hayek become a US citizen in 2013, and celebrated by singing the national anthem on the Late Show with David Letterman.
6. Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban.
They’re a power couple with powerful passports. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii but to Australian parents who were living there temporarily on educational visas. Her man, Keith Urban, was born in Whangarei, New Zealand before moving to the U.S. in 1992. According to the Hill, when asked if he’d ever perform at Trump’s White House, Urban replied “First of all, I’m an American citizen, and I support supporting our country as a citizen. I would like to probably answer that question when it comes up but I’m a citizen, and I like to do what’s right.”
7. Natalie Portman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Unlike some of her contemporaries, she didn’t move to America to chase an acting career, but she came here when she was just three years old so her dad could continue his medical training. According to NBC News, Portman spurned an important prize known as the “Jewish Nobel” in 2018 because she didn’t want her attendance to look like an endorsement of the right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
8. Angelina Jolie.
Angelina Jolie was not born elsewhere before moving to the U.S. to claim a dual citizenship. Instead, according to People, Jolie was awarded Cambodian citizenship by order of royal decree from King Norodom Sihamoni. The honor was bestowed due to Jolie’s environmental and conservation activities in Cambodia.
9. Kirsten Dunst.
Kirsten Dunst was born in America but gained dual-citizenship in Germany in 2011. According to People, Dunst — whose father is German — said “I’m now a real international lady, one who can film in Europe without a problem.” Her relatives live in Hamburg, but Dunst says, “I would prefer to buy an apartment in Berlin. It’s such a young city, and right now so much is happening in Berlin.”
10. Samantha Bee & Jason Jones.
Comedian Samantha Bee hails from Toronto, Canada and moved to America in 2003 when she landed a job on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Her husband, fellow comic Jason Jones, is also from Canada and followed a similar path ... moving down to New York City when he got a job on the same show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both of them became dual U.S. citizens in 2014 — time enough for them to vote in the 2016 elections.
11. Emily Blunt.
Emily Blunt was born in London, England and got her dual citizenship in the United States in 2015. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she said "I felt quite conflicted about the whole thing. It’s better for tax. It’s cheaper being an American." Shortly after becoming a U.S. citizen, she watched a Republican debate and thought “This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?”
12. Kumail Nanjiani.
One of the stars of HBO’s Silicon Valley, Kumail Nanjiani was born in Karachi, Pakistan but moved to the U.S. at just 18. According to USA Today, Nanjiani and a friend were in a Los Angeles bar in 2016 when they were harassed by Trump supporters. He tweeted “We can't let hate/racism/bigotry/sexism be normalized. If something happens, be safe, but let it be known we won't stand for this.”
13. Sofia Vergara.
Costar of Modern Family, Sofia Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia where she initially studied dentistry while at university. Once she was ‘discovered’ all that changed, and she moved to Miami to pursue a career in acting and modeling. In 2014, Vergara became a U.S. citizen after acing the quiz, according to Us Weekly, telling Jimmy Kimmel that "I got all questions perfect. Yes, all of them … I got all the questions!"
14. Rob Delaney.
American comedian and star of Catastrophe, Rob Delaney moved to the UK in 2014 and now claims dual citizenship with both the U.S. and Britain. According to Elle, one of his favorite things about living in the UK is the National Health Service (NHS). Delaney wrote that “the NHS of this exact moment in 2017 is better that the private healthcare systems in the U.S. ... there is, sadly, no one unified 'system' in the U.S., much to the detriment of so many millions of Americans.”
15. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He’s done it all — from bodybuilding, to superstar acting and to governing an entire state (California). Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to the U.S. from his native Austria in September 1968 when he was just 21 and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, made the move to American citizenship in 1983. Schwarzenegger’s political beliefs led him to the Republican party.
16. Dave Matthews.
Dave Matthews originally hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, but you won’t hear an accent. That’s because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Matthews moved to live in America when he was just two years old, after his father got a job at ICM in Westchester County, NY. Matthews became a dual citizen here in the U.S. in 1980.
17. Michael Bublé.
Bubbly Bublé is another Canadian convert — but his dual citizenship isn’t with America. According to Axs, Bublé became a naturalized citizen of Italy. This was inspired by his Italian grandparents, who were born in Preganzoil and Carrufo. And singing wasn’t always Buble’s first career choice either, he also wanted to play professional hockey for the Vancouver Canucks.
18. Ricky Martin.
Ricky Martin was born and raised in Puerto Rico — the island that a lot of politicians seem to keep forgetting is an official part of America. But according to the Huffington Post, in 2016 Martin also became a citizen of Spain. He was awarded the honor as recognition of his artistic talents as well as for his personal and professional links to Spain.
19. Olivia Wilde.
Olivia Wilde — nee Olivia Jane Cockburn — adopted her stage name Wilde after Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet. She might have been familiar with his work because her own father is Irish — and, according to ET Online, because of that connection, Wilde has dual citizenship with Ireland. She’s also a Democrat and received a call from President Obama when he thanked her for her work on his campaign.
20. Pamela Anderson.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pamela Anderson was born in British Columbia and only moved to America after her first Playboy cover in 1989. It wasn’t until 2004 that Anderson became a dual citizen, saying “I felt it was important to become a U.S. citizen in order to vote in the United States.” Politically, she is very friendly with Julian Assange with Page Six going as far as to suggest they might have dated. Anderson told Piers Morgan that “it’s kind of difficult to have a relationship with somebody” who is a “prisoner.”