Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are From Georgia

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North Carolina and South Carolina had some surprising natives, so we thought we’d keep heading south to see who might be from Georgia.

Jason Aldean: Getting past the “Flyover States” to “American Idol” began with a trip from Macon for Jason Aldean.

Kim Basinger: This actress and model’s southern roots run deep. She was born and raised in Athens.

Luke Bryan: That dazzling smile and planned-ahead-stubble hail from Leesburg.

Who’s watching @GMA tomorrow? 1 more day till I hit the big city. #LukeBryanOnGMA

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Kyle Chandler: Did you ever think Coach Eric Taylor’s southern accent on “Friday Night Lights” was spot on? That’s because he grew up in Loganville and later attended the University of Georgia in Athens.

Dakota and Elle Fanning: These creepily adult child stars got their start in Conyers.

Brantley Gilbert: Do you think he’s singing about his hometown of Jefferson in “Small Town Throwdown”?

Alan Jackson: Singing songs about livin’ and lovin’ on the Chattahoochee River came naturally to this Newnan native.

Wayne Knight: Remember Jerry’s nemesis on “Seinfeld,” Newman? Did you think he was probably from Cartersville when you heard him talk? Thought not, but he is, and he also graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Jack McBrayer: Like Kyle Chandler, Jack McBrayer’s Kenneth character on “30 Rock” didn’t have to imitate a southern accent. He was born in Macon and spent his high school years in Conyers.

Danny McBride: Before he was Kenny Powers, Danny McBride was born in Statesboro and then moved on to grow up in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Jennifer Nettles: Who says you can’t go home? No one in Douglas ever does to Jennifer Nettles.

Deborah Norville: This lovely journalist and news anchor is from Dalton and is also a University of Georgia grad.

R.E.M.: Athens is the birthplace of R.E.M, and of course The B-52’s, Widespread Panic, and Drive-By Truckers.

Thomas Rhett: He’ll take you home, girl … to Valdosta.

Anybody else rockin their jersey? Let’s see em! #godawgs

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Julia Roberts: Her favorite colors may have been blush and bashful as a “Steel Magnolia” in Louisiana, but Julia was born and raised in Smyrna.

Ryan Seacrest: This guy is the host and/or producer of pretty much everything on TV right now. He’s probably got a money pit he jumps into when he’s bored, which is probably not often. As he said while playing himself in “Knocked Up,” “I’ve got four jobs.” We’re betting he learned that work ethic when he was growing up in Dunwoody.

Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley: Yep, 2/3 of the super group, Lady Antebellum hail from the home of the Masters, Augusta. These two even went to middle school together.

Corey Smith: His ode to Athens is one of his most popular songs, but his hometown is nearby Jefferson.

Travis Tritt: Before he was a member of the “Country Club,” Travis Tritt was born and raised in Marietta.

Trisha Yearwood: Where do you think she learned how to whip up the yumminess on “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen”? It was surely in her hometown of Monticello.

Zac Brown Band: They were raised up beneath the shade of a Georgia Pine; that’s home, you know. In Dahlonega, to be exact.


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