48 Famous Actresses From California

Anyone who wants to admire and envy the world's biggest stars needs only to look on Instagram. From A-list movie stars and major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who landed their own sitcoms, there's no shortage of evidence of just how good the good life is. They post pictures of themselves with other big shots on rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can't get a reservation.

But the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, finding their way to the bright lights and big money of superstardom from obscure beginnings in regular small towns and cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actresses that were born in California from IMDb's most popular list. Keep reading to see which of your favorite actresses are from your home state.

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Alanna Ubach
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Alanna Ubach

- Born: Downey, California (10/3/1975)
- Known for:
--- Mamá Imelda in "Coco" (2017)
--- Serena in "Legally Blonde" (2001)
--- Mesquita in "Freeway" (1996)

Alicia Silverstone

- Born: San Francisco, California (10/4/1976)
- Known for:
--- Cher in "Clueless" (1995)
--- Batgirl in "Batman & Robin" (1997)
--- Eve in "Blast from the Past" (1999)

Alison Brie

- Born: Hollywood, California (12/29/1982)
- Known for:
--- Ruth Wilder in "GLOW" (2017-2019)
--- Annie Edison in "Community" (2009-2015)
--- Lainey in "Sleeping with Other People" (2015)

Angelina Jolie

- Born: Los Angeles, California (6/4/1975)
- Known for:
--- Maleficent in "Maleficent" (2014)
--- Lisa in "Girl, Interrupted" (1999)
--- Christine Collins in "Changeling" (2008)

April Bowlby

- Born: Vallejo, California (7/30/1980)
- Known for:
--- Stacy Barrett in "Drop Dead Diva" (2009-2014)
--- Elasti-Girl in "Doom Patrol" (2019-2021)
--- Mia in "The Slammin' Salmon" (2009)

Ariel Winter
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Ariel Winter

- Born: Los Angeles, California (1/28/1998)
- Known for:
--- Sofia in "Sofia the First" (2012-2018)
--- Penny Peterson in "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (2014)
--- Harmony Faith Lane - Age 7 in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005)

Ashley Johnson

- Born: Camarillo, California (8/9/1983)
- Known for:
--- Waitress in "The Avengers" (2012)
--- Patterson in "Blindspot" (2015-2020)
--- Ellie in "The Last of Us" (2013)

Blake Lively

- Born: Los Angeles, California (8/25/1987)
- Known for:
--- Serena van der Woodsen in "Gossip Girl" (2007-2012)
--- Adaline Bowman in "The Age of Adaline" (2015)
--- Nancy in "The Shallows" (2016)

Brie Larson

- Born: Sacramento, California (10/1/1989)
- Known for:
--- Ma in "Room" (2015)
--- Carol Danvers in "Captain Marvel" (2019)
--- Grace in "Short Term 12" (2013)

Bryce Dallas Howard

- Born: Los Angeles, California (3/2/1981)
- Known for:
--- Claire in "Jurassic World" (2015)
--- Hilly Holbrook in "The Help" (2011)
--- Kay in "Gold" (2016)

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Christina Ricci
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Christina Ricci

- Born: Santa Monica, California (2/12/1980)
- Known for:
--- Kat in "Casper" (1995)
--- Rae in "Black Snake Moan" (2006)
--- Layla in "Buffalo '66" (1998)

Elisabeth Moss

- Born: Los Angeles, California (7/24/1982)
- Known for:
--- Cecilia Kass in "The Invisible Man" (2020)
--- Sophie in "The One I Love" (2014)
--- June Osborne in "The Handmaid's Tale" (2017-2021)

Elizabeth Olsen

- Born: Los Angeles, California (2/16/1989)
- Known for:
--- Martha in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (2011)
--- Jane Banner in "Wind River" (2017)
--- Wanda Maximoff in "Captain America: Civil War" (2016)

Ever Anderson

- Born: Los Angeles, California (11/3/2007)
- Known for:
--- Young Alicia in "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" (2016)
--- Young Natasha in "Black Widow" (2021)
--- Wendy in "Peter Pan & Wendy" (2022)

Hailee Steinfeld

- Born: Tarzana, California (12/11/1996)
- Known for:
--- Mattie Ross in "True Grit" (2010)
--- Nadine in "The Edge of Seventeen" (2016)
--- Charlie in "Bumblebee" (2018)

Jacqueline Obradors
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Jacqueline Obradors

- Born: San Fernando Valley, California (10/6/1966)
- Known for:
--- Angelica in "Six Days Seven Nights" (1998)
--- Audrey in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001)
--- Carmen Naranjo in "Tortilla Soup" (2001)

Jane Levy

- Born: Los Angeles, California (12/29/1989)
- Known for:
--- Zoey in "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2020-2021)
--- Rocky in "Don't Breathe" (2016)
--- Mia in "Evil Dead" (2013)

Janet Leigh

- Born: Merced, California (7/6/1927)
- Died: 10/3/2004
- Known for:
--- Marion Crane in "Psycho" (1960)
--- Eugenie Rose Chaney in "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)
--- Kathy Williams in "The Fog" (1980)

Jen Landon

- Born: Malibu, California (8/29/1983)
- Known for:
--- Teeter in "Yellowstone" (2020)
--- Amy in "Animal Kingdom" (2017-2018)
--- Lilith Bode in "Banshee" (2016)

Jennifer Aniston

- Born: Sherman Oaks, California (2/11/1969)
- Known for:
--- Rachel Green in "Friends" (1994-2004)
--- Claire Bennett in "Cake" (2014)
--- Rose O'Reilly in "We're the Millers" (2013)

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Jennifer Jason Leigh
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Jennifer Jason Leigh

- Born: Hollywood, California (2/5/1962)
- Known for:
--- Daisy Domergue in "The Hateful Eight" (2015)
--- Selena St. George in "Dolores Claiborne" (1995)
--- Lisa Hesselman in "Anomalisa" (2015)

Jennifer Tilly

- Born: Harbor City, California (9/16/1958)
- Known for:
--- Tiffany in "Bride of Chucky" (1998)
--- Violet in "Bound" (1996)
--- Tiffany in "Seed of Chucky" (2004)

Jessica Alba

- Born: Pomona, California (4/28/1981)
- Known for:
--- Sue Storm in "Fantastic Four" (2005)
--- Nancy in "Sin City" (2005)
--- Invisible Woman in "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007)

Jessica Chastain

- Born: Sacramento, California (3/24/1977)
- Known for:
--- Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012)
--- Molly Bloom in "Molly's Game" (2017)
--- Mrs. O'Brien in "The Tree of Life" (2011)

Jodie Foster

- Born: Los Angeles, California (11/19/1962)
- Known for:
--- Clarice Starling in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
--- Eleanor Arroway in "Contact" (1997)
--- Erica Bain in "The Brave One" (2007)

Kaley Cuoco
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Kaley Cuoco

- Born: Camarillo, California (11/30/1985)
- Known for:
--- Penny in "The Big Bang Theory" (2007-2019)
--- Gretchen Palmer in "The Wedding Ringer" (2015)
--- Bridget Hennessy in "8 Simple Rules" (2002-2005)

Kelly Marie Tran

- Born: San Diego, California (1/17/1989)
- Known for:
--- Raya in "Raya and the Last Dragon" (2021)
--- Rose Tico in "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi" (2017)
--- Rose Tico in "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" (2019)

Kelly McGillis

- Born: Newport Beach, California (7/9/1957)
- Known for:
--- Rachel in "Witness" (1985)
--- Charlie in "Top Gun" (1986)
--- Kathryn Murphy in "The Accused" (1988)

Kristen Stewart

- Born: Los Angeles, California (4/9/1990)
- Known for:
--- Snow White in "Snow White and the Huntsman" (2012)
--- Bella Swan in "Twilight" (2008)
--- Bella Swan in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010)

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Lauren German

- Born: Huntington Beach, California (11/29/1978)
- Known for:
--- Beth in "Hostel: Part II" (2007)
--- Eva in "The Divide" (2011)
--- Teenage Girl in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (2003)

 Linda Cardellini
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Linda Cardellini

- Born: Redwood City, California (6/25/1975)
- Known for:
--- Velma in "Scooby-Doo" (2002)
--- Cassie in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
--- Laura Barton in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015)

Luna Blaise

- Born: Los Angeles, California (10/1/2001)
- Known for:
--- Olive Stone in "Manifest" (2018-2021)
--- Nicole in "Fresh Off the Boat" (2015-2018)
--- Nina ( Age 13 ) in "Memoria" (2015)

Mae Whitman

- Born: Los Angeles, California (6/9/1988)
- Known for:
--- Mary Elizabeth in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012)
--- Maggie Taylor in "One Fine Day" (1996)
--- Bianca Piper in "The DUFF" (2015)

Maika Monroe

- Born: Santa Barbara, California (5/29/1993)
- Known for:
--- Jay Height in "It Follows" (2014)
--- Patricia Whitmore in "Independence Day: Resurgence" (2016)
--- Anna Peterson in "The Guest" (2014)

Marley Shelton

- Born: Los Angeles, California (4/12/1974)
- Known for:
--- Dr. Dakota Block in "Planet Terror" (2007)
--- Dr. Dakota Block - McGraw in "Death Proof" (2007)
--- Kristin in "Never Been Kissed" (1999)

Michelle Pfeiffer
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Michelle Pfeiffer

- Born: Santa Ana, California (4/29/1958)
- Known for:
--- Claire Spencer in "What Lies Beneath" (2000)
--- Velma Von Tussle in "Hairspray" (2007)
--- Melanie Parker in "One Fine Day" (1996)

Minka Kelly

- Born: Los Angeles, California (6/24/1980)
- Known for:
--- Sara Matthews in "The Roommate" (2011)
--- Autumn - Girl at Interview in "500 Days of Summer" (2009)
--- Joanna Damon in "Just Go with It" (2011)

Paula Patton

- Born: Los Angeles, California (12/5/1975)
- Known for:
--- Ms. Rain in "Precious" (2009)
--- Jane in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (2011)
--- Claire Kuchever in "Deja Vu" (2006)

Riley Keough

- Born: Santa Monica, California (5/29/1989)
- Known for:
--- Capable in "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015)
--- Krystal in "American Honey" (2016)
--- Kim in "It Comes at Night" (2017)

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Sarah Roemer

- Born: San Diego, California (8/28/1984)
- Known for:
--- Ashley in "Disturbia" (2007)
--- Andy in "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" (2009)
--- Carly in "Fired Up!" (2009)

Seychelle Gabriel
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Seychelle Gabriel

- Born: Burbank, California (3/25/1991)
- Known for:
--- Princess Yue in "The Last Airbender" (2010)
--- Asami Sato in "The Legend of Korra" (2012-2014)
--- Young Sand in "The Spirit" (2008)

Shailene Woodley

- Born: Simi Valley, California (11/15/1991)
- Known for:
--- Tris in "Divergent" (2014)
--- Alexandra King in "The Descendants" (2011)
--- Hazel in "The Fault in Our Stars" (2014)

Spencer Grammer

- Born: Los Angeles, California (10/9/1983)
- Known for:
--- Summer Smith in "Rick and Morty" (2013-2021)
--- Katie in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2006)
--- Lucy Montgomery in "As the World Turns" (2006-2009)

Tessa Thompson
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Tessa Thompson

- Born: Los Angeles, California (10/3/1983)
- Known for:
--- Bianca in "Creed" (2015)
--- Valkyrie in "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017)
--- Josie Radek in "Annihilation" (2018)

Yvette Monreal

- Born: Los Angeles, California (7/9/1992)
- Known for:
--- Gabriela in "Rambo: Last Blood" (2019)
--- Yolanda Montez in "Stargirl" (2020-2021)
--- Reagan in "Faking It" (2014-2015)

Zendaya

- Born: Oakland, California (9/1/1996)
- Known for:
--- Michelle in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017)
--- Anne Wheeler in "The Greatest Showman" (2017)
--- MJ in "Spider-Man: Far from Home" (2019)

Zoey Deutch

- Born: Los Angeles, California (11/10/1994)
- Known for:
--- Harper in "Set It Up" (2018)
--- Infinity Jackson in "The Politician" (2019-2020)
--- Samantha Kingston in "Before I Fall" (2017)

 Zooey Deschanel
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Zooey Deschanel

- Born: Los Angeles, California (1/17/1980)
- Known for:
--- Jess Day in "New Girl" (2011-2018)
--- Summer in "500 Days of Summer" (2009)
--- Alma Moore in "The Happening" (2008)