Katherine Heigl Isn’t From NJ: 12 Famous Jersey Girls for ‘One for the Money’
Katherine Heigl may not be from New Jersey, but her ‘One for the Money’ character is. So are these other fabulous, famous ladies. You can take the girl out of Jersey…
Katherine Heigl isn’t from New Jersey. But bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her character in her latest film One for the Money, is. And you know what? Jersey girls are awesome. I’m not talking about the Jersey Shore girls (Snooki and co. aren’t even from New Jersey!); I’m talking about girls—well, women—like Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum’s creator. One for the Money is based off of Evanovich’s best-selling novel of the same name, and if you haven’t read it, you definitely should, because it’s hilarious. Plum, by the way, is from Trenton; Evanovich is from South River; and you know who else is from Jersey? These 12 famous ladies. Believe you me, you can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. For real.
Be sure to catch One for the Money, in cinemas tomorrow!
1. Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga has played a Bostonian in The Departed, a German in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and a Chicagoan in Up in the Air, but surprise! She’s actually from New Jersey! Clifton, to be exact—a town about half an hour away from New York City. Interestingly, she was raised in a super insular Ukranian American community, and Ukranian is her first language. She went to a Ukranian Catholic school in Newark, and she even toured with a Ukranian folk-dancing ensemble. Who knew?
2. Jane Krakowski
Although Jane Krakowski’s 30 Rock character, Jenna Maroney, isn’t from New Jersey, sometimes it sort of seems like she is. Maybe that’s because Jane grew up in Parsippany, NJ. Another town within close proximity of New York, it made it easy for Jane to attend the Professional Children’s School—and from there to make the jump to the pro performance world. Destined for stardom? We think so—and she’s got three Emmy nominations, a Tony Award, and an Olivier Award to prove it!
3. Queen Latifah
Have I mentioned before that I sort of love Queen Latifah? Because I do. She’s just awesome. And she’s also from East Orange, New Jersey. Fun fact: Her birth name is Dana Elaine Owens. She found her stage name, “Latifah,” in an Islamic name book when she was eight. It means “delicate” and “very kind.”
4. Meryl Streep
Stage and screen great Meryl Streep was born in Summit, New Jersey and raised in Bernardsville, New Jersey—yet more towns within easy reach of New York (noticing a trend here amongst our Jersey-ite performers?). She moved out Jersey for college, heading to Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York for her BA and Yale in Connecticut for her MFA—but hey. You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. Am I right?
5. Chelsea Handler
Love her or hate her, Chelsea Handler is pure, unadulterated New Jersey. Raised in Livingston (home of the spectacular Livingston Mall), Chelsea later quit the state and moved to L.A. at the tender age of 19. Though at first she intended to become an actress, she decided to change gears to standup comedy after she managed to reduce an entire class of DUI offenders to uncontrollable laughter by telling her own DUI tale.
6. Anne Hathaway
Okay, so Anne Hathaway wasn’t technically born in New Jersey—Brooklyn, New York holds that honor—but she did spend most of her childhood in New Jersey. Her family moved to Millburn when she was six. Millburn is notable for its regional theatre, the highly respected Paper Mill Playhouse, at which Anne appeared in productions of Jane Eyre and Gigi as a teenager. She also won the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Best Performance by a High School Actress for her performance as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. Good for her!
More famous Jersey girls, including Ashley Tisdale and Mira Sorvino, up next!