The sexy, bad-boy frontman of The Killers got the dreamy rock star gig after replying to an ad that the band’s guitarist, Dave Keuning, placed in a local Las Vegas newspaper.
St. Louis, Missouri
Everyone’s favorite ‘50s womanizer (or at least, he plays one on TV) was quite the jock growing up—at his high school in rural Missouri, Jon played football, baseball, and competed on the swim team.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Before becoming an internationally successful model, Hilary had a slightly rougher hobby—playing competitive field hockey and lacrosse for her Maryland high school.
Before Jennifer Lawrence made her breakout performance as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone (and sent jaws dropping in that slinky red Calvin Klein dress), she was acting in church plays in her hometown of Louisville.
Kansas City, Kansas
Janelle, an exhuberant singer, songwriter, and performer, has said that another famous (if fictional) Kansan had a great influence on her musically—Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz.
Castle Rock, Colorado
Though the Julie & Julia star was actually born to military parents in Vicenza, Italy, she spent her childhood and adolescence singing in the choir and training as a ballerina in Colorado.
The Golden Globe-nominated actress started her acting career as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, before heading to Hollywood to star in films like Superbad and Easy A.
The studly model-turned-actor spent a rural childhood in Alabama and Mississippi before going on to star in films like Step Up and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.