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You'll Never Believe That These 10 Celebrities Were Born Or Raised In Ottawa

Just thinking about it, Ottawa doesn't have the amount of born celebrities that Toronto has. That is, until you do your research. We sometimes get so caught up in what Ottawa doesn't have, we forget what it does. I mean, in my opinion, Chandler Bing is one of the greatest characters on any TV show. And even though Matthew Perry technically isn't a born Ottawian (did I just make that up?), knowing he walked around these streets just like any normal person makes me feel pretty damn cool.

Some of these people you may not know, nor care about. However, it's always cool to see which celebrities were born in your own hometown, or even lived here for a short period of time. I mean, who knew Tom Cruise was strutting around Ottawa at one point? I definitely didn't! So here are 10 celebrities you didn't know were born or raised in Ottawa, or maybe you did know. But here's a refresher anyways.

1. Kelly Rowan

Known for: The O.C.

Kelly Rowan was born and raised in Ottawa before moving to Toronto. She studied at the University of Western Ontario before leaving to pursue acting. She is best known for playing Kirsten Cohen in the TV drama The O.C..

2. Matthew Perry

Known for: Friends

Although Matthew Perry was born in Massachusetts, he was raised in Ottawa by his mom and studied at Ashbury College. He is best known for portraying Chandler Bing n the T.V. comedy Friends. He is also known to be a huge Ottawa Senators fan, and can be spotted at some of the games.

3. Tom Cruise

Known for: Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky

Tom Cruise lived in Ottawa from grades 4 - 6 when his father took a job here. He found his love for acting while improvising at a Carleton Elementary School drama festival. I could tell you what Tom Cruise is famous for, but I think we're all pretty much aware of that.

4. Sandra Oh

Known for: Grey's Anatomy

Sandra Oh was born and raised in Nepean and studied ballet and acting growing up. She had her high school experience at Sir Robert Borden, where she discovered her true love for acting. She turned down a 4-year scholarship to Carleton, and decided to study at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is best known for her sarcastic character, Cristina Yang, on Grey's Anatomy.

5. Alanis Morrisette

Known for: You Oughta Know, Thank U, Hand In My Pocket (Songs)

Alanis Morrisette was born and raised in Ottawa. She started playing the piano at age six, and studied at Immaculata High School for grade 7 and 8. She's known for her real and raw alternative rock music.

6. Tom Green

Known for: Road Trip, and the MTV show 'The Tom Green Show'

Tom Green was born in Pembroke, but later moved to Gloucester. He studied television broadcasting at Algonquin College. He's best known for being a comedian, as well as an actor.

7. Sarah Chalke

Known for: Roseanne, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother

Sarah Chalke was born in Ottawa, but was raised in Vancouver. She began acting at age 8 and was a TV host for a Canadian kids show called KidZone at age 12. She's best known for playing Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs and Stella on How I Met Your Mother.

8. Melinda Shankar

Known for: Degrassi

Melinda Shankar was born in Ottawa and raised in Orleans until moving to Toronto in grade 11. She then booked the role of Alli Bhandari on Degrassi, which she played for 6 seasons.

9. Jay Baruchel

Known for: Knocked Up, This Is The End, How To Train Your Dragon

Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa before being raised in Montreal. He co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with fellow Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert. He's best known for his comedic acting in This Is The End and Knocked Up.

10. Simon Huck

Known for: Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Simon Huck was born in Ottawa, and moved to New York City in 2003 to start up a PR company. He is best known for being a family friend to the Kardashians, and is frequently shown on Kim's Instagram as well as Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

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