Your Home State Has More Celebrities Than You Think

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Going home for the holidays is a mixed bag. On the one hand, you get to see your family members and (hopefully) take a break from work. On the other, you might run into someone from high school at the grocery store.

Either way, the experience of returning home around the holidays is something most of us can relate to — even celebrities. It's true: Before our favorite American stars were in the spotlight, most of them were just regular people, growing up in small town U.S.A. It got us wondering what it must be like for them to go home for the holidays. Do they stay in their childhood bedrooms or book a suite at the nearest five-star hotel? It also reminded us that no matter what state you're from, there are at least a few celebrities who grew up there, too.
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Of course, we can't speak to what most of our favorite celebs will actually be doing for the holidays this year. But when you're standing in the produce aisle this Thanksgiving, trying to avoid bumping into anyone you know, just remember that at the very same moment, Channing Tatum might be trying to go incognito at a Winn-Dixie in Alabama; Aubrey Plaza might be slinking behind the canned soup display at a Delaware Wegmans; and in Boston, Mark Wahlberg might be chatting up someone's mom in the checkout aisle at Shaw's.
Click through to see which stars hail from your home state — and who knows, maybe you'll run into one of them on your flight.
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Alabama

Laverne Cox was born in Mobile and attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Channing Tatum was born in Cullman before moving to Mississippi as a child. He's still an Alabama fan, though. He was heard saying, "Roll tide," in a 2014 video.

Octavia Spencer graduated from Auburn University and is proud of her Alabama roots. "I'm grateful to Alabama," Spencer told Garden & Gun in 2012, after thanking the state in her Oscar acceptance speech.

Courteney Cox was born in Birmingham and is still an Alabama fan.

Walton Goggins played a Kentucky resident on Justified, but he was born in Birmingham.
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Alaska

Darby Stanchfield was born in Kodiak and later attended the University of Puget Sound in Washington state before starring on Scandal.

Jewel grew up in Homer and her family stars in the TV series Alaska: The Last Frontier.

Holly Madison grew up in Alaska before becoming a Playboy model and actress.

Sarah Palin is no longer the state's governor, but she's become a celebrity in her own right.
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Arizona

Emma Stone grew up in Scottsdale and attended high school in Phoenix before moving to Los Angeles.

Kimiko Glenn grew up in Arizona and acted in the Phoenix-based Valley Youth Theatre before rising to fame as Brook Soso on Orange Is the New Black.

Savannah Guthrie was born in Australia but grew up in Tucson, and she graduated from the University of Arizona before becoming a co-host of The Today Show.

Aidy Bryant went to the same high school as Emma Stone: Xavier College Preparatory.

Kellan Lutz, like Emma Stone, grew up in Scottsdale, and modeled for a local agency before starring in Twilight.
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Arkansas

Billy Bob Thornton was born in Hot Springs and grew up in Arkansas before moving to Los Angeles.

Wes Bentley was born in Jonesboro and grew up in Little Rock before starring in American Beauty and The Hunger Games.

Mary Steenburgen was born in Newport and was raised in North Little Rock. Now, you might see her and Ted Danson at the Arkansas restaurant they're co-owners of, South on Main.

Clark Duke, a.k.a. your favorite actor on Greek, was born in Glenwood.
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California

Blake Lively was born in Los Angeles, but she and husband Ryan Reynolds now live in New York.

Gwyneth Paltrow was born in Los Angeles and recently bought a new home in Santa Barbara.

The Kardashian sisters (Khloé, Kourtney, and Kim, as well as Kylie and Kendall Jenner) were all born in Los Angeles. The Kardashians are jet setters, but they're still California girls at heart.

Leonardo DiCaprio grew up in Los Angeles — if you're hoping to spot him around the city, check out Racked's handy guide to some of his favorite neighborhood spots.

Lauren Conrad, was raised in Laguna Beach, of course, hence her starring role on the TV show.
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Colorado

Amy Adams
grew up in Castle Rock, though she was born in Italy.

Kelly Bishop may play a Connecticut resident on Gilmore Girls, but she was born in Colorado Springs.

T.J. Miller grew up in Denver and has since returned to his home state to film multiple comedy specials.

Tim Allen is from Denver and he married his wife, Jane Hajduk, in his home state, too.
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Connecticut

James Van Der Beek
is from Cheshire and graduated from Cheshire Academy in 1995.

Seth MacFarlane grew up in Kent.

Paul Giamatti was born in New Haven and attended school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford.
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Delaware

Aubrey Plaza
was born in Wilmington and performed with the Wilmington Drama League before starring on Parks and Recreation.

Ryan Phillippe, who was born in Delaware, still loves the beaches of his home state.
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Florida

Pitbull
may be Mr. Worldwide, but he was raised in Miami. He supported the opening of a local charter school for Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM), and the rapper has started a second SLAM charter school in Nevada, too.

Flo Rida
takes his stage name from his home state.

Ashley Greene grew up in Jacksonville before moving to California to pursue an acting career.
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Georgia

Julia Roberts
was born in Smyrna, but eventually moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

Ryan Seacrest grew up in Dunwoody and studied broadcast journalism at the University of Georgia. He only went to UGA for two semesters, but the university later gave him an honorary degree when he delivered the school's 2016 commencement speech.

2 Chainz grew up in College Park, where he lived through high school. He later went to college at Alabama State University. He reportedly considered running for mayor of his hometown in 2015.
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Hawaii

Bette Midler
was born in Honolulu in 1945, before moving to New York City 20 years later.

Maggie Q grew up in Hawaii, where most people knew her as Margaret Denise Quigley.

And, of course, Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu, is the biggest celebrity to call Hawaii home.
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Idaho

Aaron Paul
was born in Emmett and went to high school in Boise before moving to Los Angeles when he was 17.

Dree Hemingway was born in Sun Valley and her film, Starlet, was shown at the Sun Valley film festival.


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Illinois

Kanye West
was born in Atlanta, but he famously grew up in Chicago.

Harrison Ford grew up in Chicago and still reflects fondly on his time in Illinois.

Bill Murray
was born in Evanston and grew up in Wilmette. He performed with The Second City's comedy troupe in Chicago.
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Indiana

Adam Driver
was raised in Mishawaka and starred in various theater productions at Mishawaka High School.

Shelley Long was born in Fort Wayne.

Jenna Fischer
also grew up in Fort Wayne.

David Letterman lived in Indiana for 27 years — and he's not a fan of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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Iowa

Ashton Kutcher
was born in Cedar Rapids. He recently returned to his hometown to endorse Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.

Ben Foster was born in Boston, but he grew up in Fairfield before moving to Los Angeles.

Lost and Person of Interest star Michael Emerson was born in Cedar Rapids and grew up in Toledo.
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Kansas

Paul Rudd
was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Overland Park.

Kirstie Alley grew up in Wichita.

Melissa Etheridge grew up in Leavenworth.

Rob Riggle was born in Kentucky, but like Rudd, he was raised in Overland Park.

Eric Stonestreet
grew up in Kansas City and proudly calls it his hometown.
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Kentucky

George Clooney
was born in Lexington. His family moved to Ohio, but then moved back to Kentucky. He went to high school in Augusta.

Jennifer Lawrence grew up in Louisville and she's paying it forward for her hometown. The Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund is donating more than $200,000 to local arts groups.

Like his Hunger Games co-star, Josh Hutcherson grew up in Kentucky, though he also lived in Los Angeles to pursue his career as a child actor. When Hutcherson attended a Kentucky Wildcats game earlier this year, his home state honored him with a Hunger Games-style salute.

Maggie Lawson grew up in Louisville and acted in local theater productions, as well as hosting a local children's show, before starring on Psych.
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Louisiana

Ellen DeGeneres was born in Metairie. She also studied at the University of New Orleans, but left the university before graduating.

Patricia Clarkson was born in New Orleans. She started college at Louisiana State University, but she later transferred to Fordham University in New York.

Carl Weathers was also born in New Orleans and attended the city's St. Augustine High School.
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Maine

Anna Kendrick
grew up in Portland, Maine — if you're hoping to see her around the city, check out her favorite local spots, here.

Patrick Dempsey was born in Lewiston. Following his mom's struggle with cancer, he helped found the Patrick Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center in his home city.

Katie Aselton was born in Milbridge and won the title of Miss Maine Teen USA in 1995, years before she went on to star in The League.
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Maryland

Julie Bowen was born in Baltimore and grew up there, too. In 2010, she told the Baltimore Sun that she'd love to shoot a movie in her home city.

J.C. Chasez, of *NSYNC fame, grew up in Bowie.

Edward Norton was born in Boston, but he grew up in Columbia, Maryland.
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Massachusetts

Mark Wahlberg
is pretty much the face of Boston. He's starring in Patriots Day, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, this December.

Matt Damon grew up in Cambridge, a fitting background for his role in Good Will Hunting.

Chris Evans was born in Boston and grew up in Sudbury.
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Michigan

Kristen Bell grew up in Huntington Woods.

Dax Shepard shares a home state with his wife — he was born in Milford.

Jeff Daniels
was born in Georgia, but he grew up in Chelsea.
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Minnesota

Jessica Lange
was born in Cloquet. In 2013, she spoke out against wolf hunting in her home state.

John Hawkes was born and raised in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Josh Hartnett was born in Saint Paul. He later moved back to his home state, but sold his Minneapolis home last year.
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Mississippi

Oprah
was born in Kosciusko and later started a Boys & Girls Club in her hometown.

Sela Ward grew up in Meridian, though she admitted to Parade that she was eager to get out of her small Mississippi town.

Diane Ladd was also born in Meridian.
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Missouri

Jon Hamm
calls St. Louis his hometown — and he's not afraid to support the St. Louis Cardinals, even at Wrigley Field.

Kathleen Turner was born in Springfield and she studied at Missouri State University until transferring to the University of Maryland.

Ellie Kemper calls St. Louis home — and she was once one of Jon Hamm's students when he taught her high school drama class.
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Montana

Michelle Williams
was born in Kalispell, and she grew up in the small town, too.
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Nebraska

Gabrielle Union
was born in Omaha. Though her family moved to California when she was 8, Union returned to the state to attend school at the University of Nebraska, though she eventually transferred to Cuesta College and UCLA.

Nick Nolte, like Union, was born in Omaha. He studied at the city's Westside High School.

Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, so it's no surprise he directed 2013's Nebraska.
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Nevada

Jena Malone
was born in Sparks and also lived in Las Vegas for part of her childhood.

Toni Basil
was born in Philadelphia, but attended high school in Las Vegas — the cheerleading uniform from "Mickey" is actually from Las Vegas High.

Brandon Flowers is from Henderson and The Killers was formed in Las Vegas.
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New Hampshire

Sarah Silverman
was born in Bedford and went to high school in Manchester.

Adam Sandler was born in Brooklyn, but he grew up in Manchester.

Seth Meyers grew up in Bedford and worked at a local pizza restaurant.
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New Jersey

Meryl Streep was born in Summit.

Jon Bon Jovi was born in Perth Amboy, and Bon Jovi (the band) was formed in Sayreville.

Bruce Springsteen grew up in New Jersey and calls Freehold his hometown.
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New Mexico

Neil Patrick Harris
lives in New York City now, but he calls Albuquerque his hometown.

Anna Gunn was raised in Santa Fe.

Freddie Prinze Jr. grew up in Albuquerque.
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New York

Jay Z loves New York so much, he took his stage name from two of the subway lines that run through his native Brooklyn.

Lady Gaga grew up in Manhattan and attended high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart on the Upper East Side.

Robert De Niro was born in Manhattan and is still one of the city's most beloved residents. He also cofounded New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
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North Carolina

Zach Galifianakis was born in Wilkesboro and studied at North Carolina State University.

Amy Sedaris was born in New York state, but she calls Raleigh her hometown.

Ken Jeong was born in Detroit, but he grew up in Greensboro. He also studied at Duke University for his undergraduate degree and earned his MD from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jim Rash was born in Charlotte and attended college at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Bellamy Young
doesn't have to look too far to play Southern belle Mellie Grant on Scandal — she was born in Asheville.
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North Dakota

Josh Duhamel
proudly calls Minot his hometown.

Ronda Rousey lived in Jamestown for part of her childhood.

Leslie Bibb
was born in Bismarck, though her family moved to Virginia when she was a child.
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Ohio

Katie Holmes
is from Toledo.

Halle Berry hails from Cleveland and was Miss Ohio in 1986.

Woody Harrelson was born in Texas, but he grew up in Lebanon, Ohio.
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Oklahoma

Carrie Underwood is from Checotah, and she recently returned to her hometown to encourage young women to play sports. She also donated $1 million to the Red Cross in 2013 after a tornado hit her home state.

Megan Mullally was born in Los Angeles, but she grew up in Oklahoma City.

Alfre Woodard grew up in Tulsa.
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Oregon

Lisa Rinna
brought her children to her hometown of Medford on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Ty Burrell grew up in Ashland, and he was born in Grants Pass. He stayed in the state to attend school at Southern Oregon University, too.

Jon Heder grew up in Salem.
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Pennsylvania

Amber Rose grew up in Philadelphia and proudly calls herself a "Philly girl."

Will Smith grew up in Philadelphia, too. (Duh.)

Jeff Goldblum grew up in Pittsburgh and West Homestead.

Zachary Quinto calls Pittsburgh home.
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Rhode Island

Viola Davis
was born in South Carolina but grew up in Central Falls.

Mena Suvari was born in Newport and lived in Rhode Island before moving to South Carolina and, later, California.

James Woods was born in Utah, but he grew up in Warwick.
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South Carolina

Aziz Ansari'
s Parks and Recreation character, Tom Haverford, was from South Carolina, as is Ansari himself.

Chadwick Boseman grew up in Anderson.

Stephen Colbert grew up in Charleston.
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South Dakota

January Jones
grew up in Sioux Falls.

Cheryl Ladd grew up in Huron.
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Tennessee

Taylor Swift calls Nashville her hometown — she even showed up for jury duty there earlier this year.

Miley Cyrus grew up on a family farm in Tennessee.

Lucy Hale grew up in Memphis.
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Texas

Beyoncé calls Houston her hometown. "I rep Houston everywhere I go," she recently said at a Houston concert. "You can't take the Houston out of me."

Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde and went to high school in Longview.

Wes Anderson also grew up in Houston.
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Utah

Julianne Hough
was born in Orem and lived in Utah until she was 10. She later moved back to Utah for high school.

Roseanne Barr grew up in Salt Lake City.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead was born in North Carolina, but she grew up in Sandy, Utah.
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Vermont

Zosia Mamet was born in Randolph.

Orson Bean was born in Burlington.
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Virginia

Sandra Bullock
was born in Arlington.

Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville.

Beth Behrs was born in Pennsylvania, but she grew up in Lynchburg until her family moved to San Francisco.
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Washington

Rainn Wilson
grew up in Seattle.

Chris Pratt grew up in Lake Stevens. He recently helped raise $485,000 for a local Boys & Girls club by raffling off a chance to visit him on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Kyle MacLachlan
plays the mayor of Portland on Portlandia, but he's originally from Yakima, Washington.
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Washington, D.C.

Whitney Cummings grew up in Georgetown.

Justin Theroux grew up in Washington, D.C.
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West Virginia

Jennifer Garner
grew up in Charleston and has taken her children to visit her hometown, too.

Brad Paisley contributed $100,000 to help his home state after a flood earlier this year.

John Corbett is from Wheeling.
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Wisconsin

Mark Ruffalo
calls Kenosha his hometown.

Tony Shalhoub is from Green Bay.

Willem Dafoe is from Appleton, though he hasn't always spoken fondly of his hometown.
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Wyoming

Lost star Matthew Fox grew up in Crowheart.

Actor Jesse Garcia was born in Rawlins and grew up in Hanna.
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