Emma Stone, a Scottsdale native, is probably Arizona's biggest star currently. You know this Valley Youth Theatre alum from movies like The Help, Easy A, and Birdman.EXPAND
Emma Stone, a Scottsdale native, is probably Arizona's biggest star currently. You know this Valley Youth Theatre alum from movies like The Help, Easy A, and Birdman.
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15 Actors and Actresses You Might Not Know Are From Arizona

Arizona is known for plenty of things: the Grand Canyon, a, um, lively political climate, and, of course, our infamous "dry" heat.

One thing it's not exactly renowned for is producing actors and actresses, but maybe it should be. We've found 15 film celebs  — from one of the hottest A-listers in Hollywood right now to a beloved star from a '90s classic — who call good ol' Arizona their home state.

Emma Stone
If you didn't fall head over heels for Emma Stone in La La Land, you clearly haven't seen La La Land yet. This charming Phoenix native has basically taken Hollywood by storm but hasn't forgotten what city raised her. She even gave Xavier College Preparatory, where she attended (briefly) with Aidy Bryant, a little shoutout when she recently hosted Saturday Night Live.

Aidy Bryant
Another XCP alum, Aidy Bryant was born to Frances owner Georganne and Tom Bryant. She made a name for herself in Chicago's Second City before being selected for SNL in 2012. Beyond making you laugh every week by playing Adele, Tonker Bell, a flirty, pushy teen, and other characters, Bryant also appeared in Girls and Darby Forever.

Orange Is The New Black's Kimiko Glenn was born and raised in Phoenix and also honed her craft at Valley Youth Theatre.EXPAND
Orange Is The New Black's Kimiko Glenn was born and raised in Phoenix and also honed her craft at Valley Youth Theatre.
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Kimiko Glenn
You'll recognize this Phoenix-born actress from Orange Is The New Black, in which she plays the spunky Brook Soso. Or, if you're a Broadway fan, you'll also recognize Glenn (and her voice) from the new musical Waitress. She's also a Valley Youth Theatre alum.

Born in Phoenix, Matt Dallas went on to play the lead in ABC Family's Kyle XY.EXPAND
Born in Phoenix, Matt Dallas went on to play the lead in ABC Family's Kyle XY.
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Max Dallas
Before melting hearts on the now-defunct ABC Family's teen drama Kyle XY, Matt Dallas was earning his acting chops at Arizona School for the Arts. He's also graced the screen in a number of music videos, including Katy Perry's "Thinking of You."

Alexandra Shipp was Storm in the recent X-Men: Apocalypse and also Kim in Straight Outta Compton.EXPAND
Alexandra Shipp was Storm in the recent X-Men: Apocalypse and also Kim in Straight Outta Compton.
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Alexandra Shipp
You might not recognize this Phoenix-born actress without her white hair, but yes, that is Alexandra Shipp. She played Storm in the recent X-Men: Apocalypse and also Kim in Straight Outta Compton. Something tells us this actress is just getting started.

Wonder Woman was born in Phoenix!
Wonder Woman was born in Phoenix!
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Lynda Carter
Sure, Wonder Woman is said to have been raised on the Amazonian Paradise Island, but in reality, she's from right here in Phoenix. Or, at least, Lynda Carter, who famously played the character in 1975, is.

Danielle Fishel, who you probably know best as Topanga from Boy Meets World, was born in Mesa.EXPAND
Danielle Fishel, who you probably know best as Topanga from Boy Meets World, was born in Mesa.
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Danielle Fishel
Before Topanga Lawrence met Cory Matthews in Boy Meets World, Danielle Fishel was growing up in Mesa. Fishel went on to appear in a number of other shows and movies, but she ultimately returned to the role of Topanga in Disney's Girl Meets World.

Joe Jonas
The Jonas Brothers traveled the world during their heyday of Disney teen stardom, but the middle Jo Bro was the only one born in Casa Grande. Jonas went on to act with his brothers in Camp Rock and the short-lived Jonas show.

Read on for more celebs from Arizona — including a Jeannie, a 90210 star, and a Walking Dead alum.

We wonder if Barbara Eden still dreams of Tucson.EXPAND
We wonder if Barbara Eden still dreams of Tucson.
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Barbara Eden
Before she charmed audiences with that adorable blink, I Dream of Jeannie's Barbara Eden was a resident of her hometown of Tucson. It seems like she's pretty much thrown in the acting towel, but Eden has been known to break out that trademark blink on the red carpet.

Phoenix's Amber Valletta traded modeling for acting.EXPAND
Phoenix's Amber Valletta traded modeling for acting.
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Amber Valletta
Phoenix's Amber Valletta began her career as a model, but soon switched over to acting. If you're trying to think of where you know her from, it's probably Hitch, Revenge, and Blood & Oil.

That voice, Andy Devine. That voice.EXPAND
That voice, Andy Devine. That voice.
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Andy Devine
Born in Flagstaff and raised in Kingman, Andy Devine went on to lend his signature, comedic voice to American classics, including The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. Fun fact: Frank Zappa's song "Andy" is referring to this guy.

Beverly Hills, 90210's Gabrielle Carteris was originally from Scottsdale.EXPAND
Beverly Hills, 90210's Gabrielle Carteris was originally from Scottsdale.
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Gabrielle Carteris
She may be most well-known for her role in Beverly Hills, 90210, she's actually from 85250 ... or something close to that. This Scottsdale-born actress has been in a smattering of minor roles since her '90s hit, but nothing quite as iconic as Andrea Zuckerman.

Josh McDermitt, known for his portrayal of Dr. Eugene Porter in The Walking Dead, was born in Phoenix.EXPAND
Josh McDermitt, known for his portrayal of Dr. Eugene Porter in The Walking Dead, was born in Phoenix.
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Josh McDermitt
Before he had Negan yelling in his face or led his comrades on a wild, zombie-filled goose chase, The Walking Dead's Josh McDermitt was born in Phoenix. He's also said to be in the new Twin Peaks, but we'll just have to wait (eagerly) and see.

Phoenix-born Jenny Mollen can be spotted in myriad TV shows and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Phoenix-born Jenny Mollen can be spotted in myriad TV shows and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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Jenny Mollen
Born in Phoenix to a family of doctors, Jenny Mollen decided to break the mold and train as an actress in California. She went on to play roles in Crazy, Stupid, Love, Crash, Girls, and Chicago Fire.

Lorenzo James Henrie, who was born in Phoenix, can be seen in Fear The Walking Dead.EXPAND
Lorenzo James Henrie, who was born in Phoenix, can be seen in Fear The Walking Dead.
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Lorenzo James Henri
Though you may be quicker to recognize his brother David (from Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place), it was Lorenzo James Henrie who was born in Phoenix. You've seen him in Fear The Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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