Canadians don’t like to be mistaken for Americans, but they often are. The accents are similar, for one thing. When they want to make a career in the movies, Canadians often head for Los Angeles.
New York exerts a strong pull as well. So Canadians working in the States, side by side with their US colleagues, will often be assumed to be American. When they grow into big names, few people wonder if they are actually from the US.
Which stars of stage and screen are really from Canada?
Some of the answers are surprising, though there are common threads. For example, Canadian actors are often known for their humor, whether it’s the barely suppressed hysteria of Jim Carrey or the quiet irony of Matthew Perry.
Which of the following well-known actors did you know were Canadian?
1. Seth Rogen
The 31-year-old got his start in the short-lived television show, “Freaks and Geeks”, where he met up with Judd Apatow, who ended up helping launch Rogen to film superstardom in “The 40 Year Old Virgin.”
Rogen was a comedian and a writer before his success as a film actor, having showed very early leanings towards a comic vocation.
He made the discovery that money could be made from laughter, and immediately set his sights on a career in comedy.
At the tender age of 13, he and a class-mate had the idea which would later become the film, “Super Bad”, and they spent both spare time and school hours working on a draft script.
As a teenager, Rogen performed comic routines at small social gatherings like Bar Mitzvahs, and earned pocket money writing gags for a mohel. With all this going on, he didn’t graduate from High School.
Encouraged by his mother, although neither of his parents had show business connections, he enrolled in a comedy workshop and ended up winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at the age of 16.
He was spotted at a casting call, given a part in “Freaks and Geeks”, and thereafter moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at scriptwriting and performing, with increasing success, building up to his current undeniable fame and popularity as a comedy star, writer and director.
Rogen is also an eloquent advocate for sufferers from Alzheimer’s disease.