ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at Creators.co
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How good are you at doing accents? Six out of seven of the following actors had to put on American accents for their roles on hit TV shows, and one one of them even swapped her birth name for a more Americanized stage name. Keep scrolling to find out which of your favorite stars are actually from far away lands.

1. Ryan Kwanten (True Blood)

Jason Stackhouse, True Blood
Jason Stackhouse, True Blood

Kwanten might have had you all convinced he was from Louisiana with his portrayal of Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, but the 39-year-old actor actually hails from Sydney, Australia.

Can you hear it now?

2. Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)

Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl
Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl

Chuck Bass is already a smooth talker, but did you know he's actually British? Born in London, the actor and musician grew up in Hertfordshire, England.

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3. Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals)

Hayley Marshall, The Originals
Hayley Marshall, The Originals

Unlike her costars Joseph Morgan and Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin puts on an American accent for her role as Hayley Marshall in The Originals. The 26-year-old model and actress is actually from Sydney Australia.

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4. Eliza Taylor (The 100)

Clarke Griffin, The 100
Clarke Griffin, The 100

Eliza Taylor might have perfected her American accent for her role as Clarke Griffin on The 100, but this 26-year-old stunner is from Melbourne, Australia.

5. Damian Lewis (Homeland)

Nicholas Brody, Homeland
Nicholas Brody, Homeland

Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody might be an American hero, but the actor behind the role was actually born and raised in London.

6. Kim Cattrall (Sex And The City)

Samantha Jones, Sex And The City
Samantha Jones, Sex And The City

It's hard to imagine Samantha Jones existing anywhere other than Manhattan, actress Kim Cattrall was actually born in Liverpool. Her family moved to Canada when she was a baby, and moved back to England when she was 11.

7. Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)

Elena Gilbert, The Vampire Diaries
Elena Gilbert, The Vampire Diaries

Born Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev moved to Canada with her family when she was just two years old. The Vampire Diaries star now holds duel Canadian and Bulgarian citizenship.

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Which foreign actor surprised you the most?

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