Favorite Imported Movie Stars
By Emily Feimster
Even when Hollywood was a specific community along the Los Angeles foothills, it always benefited from foreign flavors in its acting ranks -- Garbo, Dietrich, Valentino. Today, with Hollywood stretching far beyond its physical borders as an international entity, faces from around the globe enrich our movie-going experience in a much more everyday kind of way. Who are the top personalities among the not-home-grown? We've ranked them; see if you agree!
|1. Nicole Kidman|
This famous Australian actress not only can command up to $17.5 million a picture but her tall frame, delicate features, and red hair have also made her a goddess among the fashion elite.
Quotable Quote: On receiving her star on the Walk of Fame, "I've never been so excited to have people walk all over me for the rest of my life."
|2. Jude Law|
The London native stops women in their tracks with his natural charm, Bohemian style, and gentle personality. Plus, he's just hot!
Inside Info: When joining the National Youth Music Theatre, he was placed in the wrong dormitory because they mistook his name to be a girl's. He never told anyone but was soon caught and moved.
|3. Hugh Jackman |
He has been on People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list for the last five years. This Aussie once again proved his talent by winning a Tony Award for "The Boy From Oz."
|4. Charlize Theron|
This South African actress is always turning heads with her flawless beauty but it wasn't until she packed on 30 pounds for "Monster" that the Academy took notice. Finally it pays to be ugly!
Inside Info: When she was 15, her mother shot and killed her father when he attacked the mother in a drunken rage but she was not charged in the incident.
|5. Orlando Bloom|
Ok, so he looked a little sissy in "Troy" but there's nothing hotter than seeing this British actor with long, blonde hair and elf ears in "Lord of the Rings."
Inside Scoop: He broke his back after falling three floors from the roof terrace of a friend's apartment. He was told he might never walk again but after an operation, he walked out of the hospital twelve days later.
|6. Colin Farrell|
This Irish bad boy could charm the pants off of anyone he wanted and we're quite confident that he has.
|7. Keira Knightley|
Not only is she naturally beautiful but she has no fear when it comes to competing with the boys.
Quotable Quote: On wearing a corset, "For five minutes it's fantastic - you have this tiny waist and fantastic cleavage, but oxygen deprivation is a big problem!"
|8. Heath Ledger|
All we have to say is thank God for Australia!
Quotable Quote: On living with his mom and three sisters, "I learned respect for women, and patience. You grow up with all those women around you...you learn to wait your turn."
|9. Djimon Hounsou|
The West African actor has shown he's here to stay with his Oscar nominated performance from "In America."
Inside Info: At the age of 13, he moved to Paris but couldn't find a job so he ended up sleeping under bridges and rummaging in trash cans for food. Things changed when fashion designer Thierry Mugler discovered him and made him a fashion model.
|10. Kate Winslet|
What girl didn't want to be Kate in "Titanic?" Although this British actress is undeniably gorgeous, she has earned much respect with her desire to eschew from the typical pretty girl parts.
|11. Salma Hayek|
This sultry Mexican actress has been breaking down barriers for Latin actresses since she was 24-years-old.
Inside Info: She was sent to a boarding school in New Orleans when she was 12 but was soon expelled for pulling pranks on the nuns by setting their clocks back three hours.
|12. Naomi Watts|
This Australian actress spent much of her early career living in the shadow of her best friend Nicole Kidman, but she's more than proved her spot among today's best actors.
|13. Ewan McGregor We're sorry, did somebody say something? We couldn't stop thinking about Ewan singing in "Moulin Rouge." Gotta love those Scottish men!|
Quotable Quote: "I'm doing my bit for the women's movement. The women have always been naked in movies and now I'm just desperate to take my clothes off as much as possible."
|14. Jet Li|
This Chinese actor and champion martial artist will cut you in half if you don't think he's as hot as we do!
|15. Paul Bettany|
You can't help but love his sense of humor and as the British would say, he's brilliant when it comes to acting.
Inside Info: When he was 16, his younger brother Matthew, who was eight, died in a fall. Consequently, he claims to be obsessed with having lots of children.
|16. Kate Beckinsale|
What can you say about this British beauty? She's talented, sexy, and has starred alongside some of Hollywood's hunkiest men.
|17. Eric Bana|
Nothing puts us in a better mood than picturing this Australian actor, armor and all, fighting Brad Pitt in "Troy."
|18. Diego Luna|
So he's a little skinny - we still predict that we'll be seeing a lot more of this charming "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" star in the future.
Quotable Quote: "I thought I danced really well and everyone in Mexico did, but then we got here to Puerto Rico and I started to see everyone dancing and I got so depressed.... I've been living a huge lie!"
|19. Julian McMahon |
Again, a big thank you to Australia! Watching "Nip/Tuck" has become a guilty pleasure thanks Julian
|20. Parminder Nagra|
She kicked some serious butt in "Bend It Like Beckham" and now she's making quite a name for herself on "ER."
Inside Info: She speaks fluent Punjabi. Now that's something you don't hear every day!
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