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

    They did it allll onn their own.

    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.

    But not everyone is born in New York.

    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.

    closeup of January Jones

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

    closeup of January Jones smiling

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

    closeup of Matthew Fox

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

    closeup of Matthew Fox smiling

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

    closeup of Viola Davis smiling

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

    closeup of Viola Davis

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

    closeup of Michelle Monaghan

    Her dad was a factory worker.

    closeup of Michelle Monaghan

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

    closeup of Patrick Dempsey

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

    closeup of Patrick Dempsey

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

    closeup of Kristen Wiig smiling

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

    closeup of Kristen Wiig

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

    closeup of John Corbett

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

    closeup of John Corbett

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

    closeup of John Legend

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

    closeup of John Legend

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

    closeup of Megan Fox

    Her dad was a parole officer.

    closeup of Megan Fox

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

    closeup of Pink smiling

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

    closeup of Pink

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

    Halle Berry on the red carpet

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

    closeup of Halle Berry

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

    closeup of Josh Duhamel smiling

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

    closeup of Josh Duhamel

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

    Octavia Spencer smiling

    Her mom was a maid.

    closeup of Octavia Spencer

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

    Mary Steenburgen smiling

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

    closeup of Mary Steenburgen

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

    Jessica Lange smiling

    Her dad was a traveling salesman.

    closeup of Jessica Lange

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

    Hilary Swank smiling

    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.

    Hilary Swank laughing

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

    closeup of Chrissy Teigen

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

    closeup of Chrissy Teigen

    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.

    closeup of Charles Melton

    His dad worked for the military.

    Charles Melton at an event

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

    closeup of Gabrielle Union smiling

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

    closeup of Gabrielle Union

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

    Brad Pitt smiling

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

    closeup of Brad Pitt

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

    closeup of Jennifer Lawrence

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

    closeup of Jennifer Lawrence

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

    closeup of Chris Pratt smiling

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

    Chris Pratt at Comic-Con

    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.

    closeup of Leighton Meester

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

    closeup of Leighton Meester

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

    Channing Tatum smiling

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

    closeup of Channing Tatum

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

    Matthew McConaughey smiling

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

    closeup of Matthew McConaughey

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

    Sarah Silverman at an event

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

    closeup of Sarah Silverman

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

    Mark Ruffalo smiling

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

    closeup of Mark Ruffalo

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

    closeup of Jennifer Garner smiling

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

    Jennifer Garner smiling

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

    Oprah talking into a mic

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

    Oprah smiling with her hands on her hips

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