11 Celebrities With Surprisingly Southern Roots

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Most people know Matthew McConaughey was born in Texas. Most people know Reese Witherspoon was born somewhere in the south (Louisiana). And just about everyone knows Tennessee has been trying to disown Miley Cyrus since she took the stage with Robin Thicke.

But what about the celebrities with ties to the South you didn’t know about?

Here are 11 celebrities with surprisingly-southern roots:

1. Josh Hutcherson

Before he was the short kid in “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and before he was the short guy in the “The Hunger Games,” Josh Hutcherson was a short baby born in Union, Kentucky.

2. Lance Bass

After making teenage girls fall in love with him as a member of the boy band N*Sync, the Mississippi-born Lance Bass went on to a successful solo career. He’s even had modest success as an actor, appearing in “Trouble with the Curve” with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, as well as the critically acclaimed “The Social Network.”

I’m sorry, I’m confusing Lance Bass with Justin Timberlake, who was born in Tennessee. Lance Bass has done stuff, too. I’m assuming.

3. Steve Martin

Besides being an incredibly gifted musician and writer, the Texas-born Steve Martin is one of my mom’s favorite actors. So, I have been strictly forbidden from making fun of him in any way. As such, I will not be mentioning his roles in questionable films like “St. Bilko,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” “Bringing Down the House” and “The Big Year.”

4. David Cross

As Tobias Fünke of the heralded TV show “Arrested Development,” David Cross perfected the art of making audiences both laugh and groan. Just like the Hawks, the NBA team located in David’s city of birth: Atlanta.

5. Ian Somerhalder

Long before he needlessly died on TV’s “LOST” after assisting John Locke on one of his many “don’t tell me what I can’t do” crusades, the “Vampire Diaries” star called the state of Louisiana home.

Also: Spoiler alert above.

6. Jennifer Garner

Wife of Ben Affleck and star of “Alias,” the Texas-born Jennifer Garner is best known for her role in “Draft Day,” the football-themed movie starring legendary actor Kevin Costner, whose film credits include “Dances With Wolves,” “The Bodyguard,” “Field of Dreams” and many other gems in which Jennifer Garner wishes she was his co-star.

7. Morgan Freeman

Best known for his roles in virtually every movie released in the last twenty-five years (including Kevin Costner’s “Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves”), veteran actor Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

8. Rob Lowe

Alas, Rob Lowe has never appeared in a movie with Kevin Costner. However, the Virginia-born actor hasn’t let this disappointment get him down. Lowe has starred in “Wayne’s World,” the “Austin Powers” films, and the wonderful “Parks and Recreation.”

9. Ed Helms

Though he has a few movies to his credit, the Georgia-born Ed Helms is best known for his role as Andy Bernard, the worst boss in a series of questionable bosses on TV’s “The Office.” And yes, this includes Dwight Schrute.

10. Channing Tatum

The star of “Step Up” and “Step Up 2: The Streets,” the Alabama-born Channing Tatum hopes his recent string of movie successes will continue so he doesn’t have to someday appear in “Step Up 3: Electric Boogaloo.”

11. Hulk Hogan

Besides being the father of Brooke, the Georgia-born Hulk Hogan is best known for his wrestling career and “Pastamania,” the restaurant he opened in the Mall of America in 1995. Featured dishes at the restaurant included “Hulk-U’s” and the far superior “Hulk-A-Roos.”

What are some other celebrities with surprisingly-southern roots? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #COStyleCelebs.

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