29 Celebs That Grew Up In Random Small Towns, Had No Connections, And Are Literally The Opposite Of Nepo-Babies

In my recent browsing of random stuff on the web, I came across a fact that New York produces the most amount of celebrities. It makes sense because it's a crowded city with a lot of people that want to be famous.

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But not everyone is born in New York.

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So here are a bunch of celebs that grew up in small cities across America — with no nepotism in sight — and still became famous. They will be hometown heroes forever.

1.January Jones is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and grew up in Hecla. Hecla's population is 193 people.

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Her mom was a store manager, and her dad was a physiologist.

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2.Matthew Fox grew up in Crowheart, Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation. It has a population of 141 people.

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His mom was a teacher, and his dad raised cattle and grew barley.

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3.Viola Davis grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina. It has a population of 2,400.

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Her mom was a maid and factory worker, and her dad was a horse trainer.

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4.Michelle Monaghan is from Winthrop, Iowa. It has a population of 1,025.

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Her dad was a factory worker.

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5.Patrick Dempsey is from Turner, Maine. It has a population of 5,816.

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His mom was a school secretary, and his dad was an insurance salesman.

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6.Kristen Wiig grew up in Canandaigua, New York. It has a population of 10,241.

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Her mom was an artist, and her dad ran a marina at a lake.

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7.John Corbett was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. It has a population of 27,046.

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His mom was a waitress, and his dad worked the door at a local music club his uncle owned.

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8.John Legend is from Springfield, Ohio. It has a population of 58,957.

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His mom was a seamstress, and his dad was a factory worker.

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9.Megan Fox grew up in Rockwood, Tennessee. It has a population of 5,446.

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Her dad was a parole officer.

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10.Pink is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It has a population of 8,282.

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Her dad was an insurance salesman, and her mom was an ER nurse.

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11.Halle Berry grew up in Oakwood, Ohio. It has a population of 8,958.

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She was raised by a single mother since she was 4.

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12.Josh Duhamel is from Minot, North Dakota. It has a population of 47,834.

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His mom was a teacher, and his dad was a salesman.

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13.Octavia Spencer is from Montgomery, Alabama. It has a population of 200,603.

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Her mom was a maid.

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14.Mary Steenburgen is from Newport, Arkansas. It has a population of 7,552.

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Her mom was a school-board secretary, and her dad was a freight-train conductor.

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15.Jessica Lange is from Cloquet, Minnesota. It has a population of 11,994.

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Her dad was a traveling salesman.

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16.Hilary Swank was born in Nebraska but grew up in Bellingham, Washington. It has a population of 90,821.

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She lived in a trailer park with her mom, who was a secretary, and her dad, who was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard.

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17.Chrissy Teigan was born in Delta, Utah but grew up in Snohomish, Washington. It has a population of 10,141.

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Her parents owned a bar/tavern called Porky's.

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18.Charles Melton was born in Alaska, but grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (after some time in South Korea). Manhattan has a population of 55,045.

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His dad worked for the military.

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19.Gabrielle Union is from Omaha, Nebraska. It is large by Nebraska standards with a population of 486,051.

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Her mom was a social worker, and her dad a sergeant in the military.

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20.Brad Pitt grew up in Springfield, Missouri. It has a population of 167,601.

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His mom was a school counselor, and his dad owned a trucking company.

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21.Jennifer Lawrence grew up Indian Hills, Kentucky. It has a population of 3,011.

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Her mom was a summer camp manager, and her dad owed a construction company.

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22.Chris Pratt grew up in Virginia, Minnesota. It has a population of 8,421.

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His mom worked at the supermarket, and his dad remodeled homes.

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23.Leighton Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas while her mom was serving time in prison. She then grew up in Marco Island, Florida. It has a population of 17,930.

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Her parents served their time, but there have been legal battles since.

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24.Channing Tatum was born in Alabama, but grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It has a population of 21,732.

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His mom was an airline worker, and his dad was a construction worker.

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25.Matthew McConaughey grew up in Uvalde, Texas. It has a population of 16,122.

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His dad ran an oil pipe supply business, and his mom was a kindergarten teacher.

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26.Sarah Silverman grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire. It has a population of 21,203.

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Her mom was a campaign photographer, and her dad ran a clothing store.

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27.Mark Ruffalo grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin and as a teen lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Kenosha has a population of 99,767.

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His dad was a construction painter, and his mom was a hairdresser.

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28.Jennifer Garner grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. It has a population of 47,273.

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Her dad was a chemical engineer, and her mom was an English teacher.

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29.And finally, Oprah. She grew up in Kosciusko, Mississippi. It has a population of 6,778.

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Her mother was a housekeeper who had her at 18 years old. The rest is history.

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So to everyone in any city that's not New York, LA, or Chicago: YOU HAVE A CHANCE.