Tennessee March 23, 2015
12 Awesome Famous People You Didn’t Know Were From Tennessee
When you think of the glitz and glamour of celebrity, you most likely conjure up images of sunny California and the Hollywood sign perched high atop the Los Angeles Hills. Before you assume too much, though, take a look at these radically talented individuals that hail from anywhere but the west coast.
1) You may remember Justin Timberlake as the kid on “Mickey Mouse Club” or the musician bringing sexy back, but he’s actually put his name on over twenty films. Don’t be too quick to slough off this Memphis native – he’s credited with comedies such as, “Friends With Benefits” and the Oscar-winning film, “Trouble with the Curve.”
2) Before making sweet music on the hit TV show, “Glee,” Chord Overstreet was born and raised in good ol’ Nashville, Tennessee. The rugged blonde has since gone on to foster a solid career in television.
3) This southern beauty was born to a homemaker and small business owner in Memphis. The young Cybill Shepherd won “Miss Teenage Memphis” in 1966, which only proved to be the first notch in her award-winning belt. Shepherd has since modeled for major magazines and been credited as an actress both in movies and on television.
4) Known for her adorably pixied brunette mop and spin as Cinderella on the magical television show, “Once Upon a Time,” Ginnifer Goodwin found her start in west Tennessee. The Memphis darling paid her dues to her home state when she starred in the Oscar-winning film, “Walk the Line,” about country music star Johnny Cash.
5) If you’ve ever hummed along to that incredibly catchy, “Pirates of the Caribbean” score or hidden under your covers after a screening of, “The Ring,” then you have Gore Verbinski to thank. The quirky and adventurous director is a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
6) James Denton is a huge advocate for his hometown, as after his stint on, “Desperate Housewives” the Nashville boy moved right back home. He still works extensively in television and appeared in the religious based film, “Grace Unplugged” in 2013.
7) Christina Hendricks didn’t spend a large amount of time in Tennessee, but her birth certificate reads, “Knoxville.” Her work as the character of Joan on “Mad Men” has given the east Tennessee beauty a whopping five Emmy nominations.
8) Academy Award winner Kathy Bates is most famous for her portrayal of Misery in the horror film by the same name, but the “Titanic” star breathed her first in Memphis. Her role in, “Fried Green Tomatoes” and in the more recent cult-hit, “American Horror Story” has garnered Bates a solid spot in the nation’s heart.
9) Memphis born Lucy Hale is a budding country music star and petite actress who is best known for her portrayal of goth-princess Aria on, “Pretty Little Liars.” Her tiny frame and girlish looks have solidified her reign as a tween queen.
10) Better known for her modelesque figure than her acting, Megan Fox was born and spent the first half of her childhood in Rockwood, Tennessee. Although she continued her creative training in Florida, you can be sure this southern beauty has a special place in her heart for the homeland.
11) Before the success of television show, “Hannah Montana,” and the infamous 2013 VMA’s, young Miley Cyrus spent her days on the family ranch outside of Nashville. She can still be spotted from time to time, visiting the place that her family still calls home.
12) Before making a name for himself with films such as, “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” Quentin Tarantino was born to a nurse and actor in the east Tennessee city of Knoxville. The award winning director has made quite a name for himself since his days spent in the south.
We’d like to thank the academy for Tennessee – it seems Hollywood owes quite a bit to this little state with big talent.