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Many celebrities weren’t actually born in the United States, but you may be surprised by the exotic locations in which they hold citizenship through birth. These ten famous people were not born where you think. Don’t let their accents fool you. Did you know Nicole Kidman is technically American? Read through and tell us which story surprised you most.

1. Natalie Portman

The Academy award-winning actress was born an only child in Jerusalem, Israel. Portman and her family relocated to the United States when she was only three, so that her father could pursue medical training. Portman, a dual citizen of Israel and the US, has said that although she “really loves the States… my heart’s in Jerusalem. That’s where I feel at home.” Aside from being an accomplished actress, Natalie is a graduate of Harvard University, but she also took graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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2. Mila Kunis

The Jupiter Ascending actress was born in in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian USSR (now Ukraine). She and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was seven years old because her parents saw no future for her and her brother in the USSR. Kunis recounts not knowing a word of English and finding elementary school in the US very difficult. However, she must be a fast learner because she landed her first major role on That 70’s Show at age 14. Kunis successfully graduated from high school and went on to attend UCLA for a year before concentrating on her acting career full time.

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