How Aboot That?: Stars that You Didn’t Know are Canadian
Nathan Fillion, like many Canadian actors transplanted to the United States, has an incredible gift for comedy. He got his start doing improv in his home city of Edmonton, Alberta, then moved to New York City in 1994 to try and make it as a TV or film actor. He ended up getting a memorable part in the soap opera One Life to Live, which earned him a Daytime Emmy nomination. Then, he moved to Los Angeles, where he took on minor TV and film roles until he landed his most well-known role to date — Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s Firefly.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ellen Page started her career with roles in some B-list Canadian films, plus a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in the cult TV show Trailer Park Boys. Her first big role was in the 2005 movie Hard Candy, where she played a 14-year-old vigilante, before snagging the title role in Juno in 2007.
Page is married to a fellow Canadian. Her wife is dancer Emma Portner, who grew up in Ottawa. Currently, the couple lives in Los Angeles, where Page remains active as an actor, doing both films and video games on a regular basis.
It might not surprise you that unassuming comedy writer and actor Seth Rogen also hails from Canada. He was still living in his hometown of Vancouver and performing as a stand-up comedian when he was cast in Judd Apatow’s TV show Freaks and Geeks. Although the show only lasted one season, he successfully parlayed his brief Hollywood experience into a role on the TV show Undeclared. His huge break came when Apatow cast him as the lead in Knocked Up. Apatow then helped produce his major writing debut, and Superbad came out in 2007, which was based on his experiences as a high school kid in Vancouver.