You may guess that many country stars and Southern actors have grown up on farms and ranches, but they aren’t the only ones that can claim farm roots. From pop stars to supermodels, we’ve collected eight celebrities you’d be surprised grew up on farms.
8. Garrett Hedlund
Actor Garrett Hedlund was raised on a beef cattle farm near the small town of Wannaska, Minn.
7. Eva Longoria
“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria grew up with her three sisters on their family’s Santa Rita Ranch in Texas. She was even an executive producer of the documentary “The Harvest” about child farm workers in the United States.
The singer/songwriter and poet Jewel spent her childhood living on a farm in Alaska that lacked indoor plumbing. She keeps the tradition alive with her rodeo cowboy husband Ty Murray, and their son Kase on a ranch in Texas.
5. Jennie Garth
This former “90210” star grew up on a 25-acre horse farm in Arcola, Ill. Today, she lives with her family on a ranch in Los Olivos, Calif.
4. Matthew Fox
“Lost” actor Matthew Fox calls Crowheart, Wyo., home. Fox grew up learning to ride horses at a young age on his parents ranch where they raised longhorn cattle and grew hops for Coors beer.
3. Miranda Kerr
Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr “grew up on a farm, climbing trees,” meaning her grandmother’s farm in Gunnedah, NSW, Australia, to be exact.
2. Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter grew up on a beef farm near Shickshinny, Penn., until she was discovered at a mall by a scouting agent at age 15.”There were cattle and chickens, vegetables—it was a 100-acre fifth-generation family-run farm. Just adorable, the kind you draw in kindergarten with the barn and the tractor,” she told Bon Appetit magazine.
1. Melissa McCarthy
The “Bridesmaids” and “Gilmore Girls” star was raised on a farm in Plainfield, Ill. “I grew up on a farm, so it was weird, running around looking for animals we didn’t own,” she said in an interview.