“Manchester by the Sea” actress, Michelle Ingrid Williams started her journey in Kalispell, Montana. Her mom stayed at home, and her dad worked as an author and commodities trader. When she was nine, her family moved to San Diego, California, though that didn’t change her love for Montana.
The actress mentions her home state often, explaining how she loved growing up in the vast open landscape of the state. “I grew up in Montana, and I most closely associate with being from Montana,” Williams said when explaining her transition to San Diego as a child.
John Legend - Ohio
One of the greatest voices of our time, John Legend, was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. His mother homeschooled him, and, at four years old, Legend was already performing in his church choir.
Thanks to his homeschooling, Legend began high school at only 12 years of age. After graduating high school, he left Ohio to attend the University of Pennsylvania, but to this day remains Ohio's most exceptional pride.
Josh Duhamel - North Dakota
Josh Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota, and is very faithful to his home state. The actor played football for the Minot State University football team and eventually attended dental school before dropping out, only one and a half credits shy of his degree.
Though he's found success in modeling and acting, Duhamel has become the face of North Dakota Tourism's advertising campaign. He's always been vocal about the pride he has for the state, which is something to be admired!
Ty Burrell - Oregon
Ty Burrell has taken TV by a storm as he portrays Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family." Before he was television's favorite dad, he was just your average kid from Grants Pass, Oregon.
He grew up in a southern Oregon town called Applegate, where he played high school football. He stayed in the state for college as he attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland, but his career took him to California.
Blake Shelton - Oklahoma
It's no secret that the country music star is an Oklahoma native! Blake Shelton was born and raised in Ada, Oklahoma. At age 17, he moved to Nashville to pursue a singing career, and as soon as his career took off, he made sure to return to his home state.
Despite his fame, he is an active member of the Tishomingo community in which he owns a ranch. He is very vocal about his Oklahoma pride, “I like California, but I’m dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoma," he once said.