Australia Day is January 26th this year and to celebrate, we’ve come up with a slideshow of our favorite Australians in American pop culture and entertainment.
From Nicole Kidman to Elle Macpherson and even The Wiggles, Australia has proudly put their stamp on American culture and we’re not just talking about Crocodile Dundee and kangaroos here, either. Many Australian-born entertainers are prominent figures in Hollywood and the music and art scenes, too.
Check out our photos below of some of our favorite Australians and let us know what you think. And of course, don’t forget to celebrate Aussie Day by eating some shrimp on the barbie with some of your spiffy mates and rellies while watching the Australian Open and wearing your most comfortable thongs (that’s Australian for flip-flops, if you must know!). Hey, that’s what I plan on doing!
Famous Australians in Pop Culture 1 of 14
Jesse Spencer 2 of 14
Now here's a true story about Aussie Jesse Spencer: while auditioning for the role of Dr. Robert Chase on House, his character was first intended to be American, but Jesse persuaded producers to make him Australian since there were so few Australian characters on American television. And it worked and after so many seasons of the hit show, we not only fell in love with Jesse, but with his eyes, his smile and that sexy accent of his, too.
AC/DC 3 of 14
"Thunderstruck," "Back in Black," "You Shook Me All Night Long"... must I say more? This Australian band is a legend in more ways than one.
Steve Irwin’s Family 4 of 14
Sadly, Steve Irwin passed away in 2006, but his legacy with his family still lives on. His daughter Bindi Irwin is still making gossip headlines in both Australia and the United States as she is — gasp — 15 years old now and dating! Plus, I'm pretty sure Steve Irwin's legacy is going to live on with his son Robert. He's got his father's exact smile!
Gotye 5 of 14
I bet you didn't know this, but Gotye, who basically had his song "Somebody I Used To Know" stuck in my head for the better half of 2012, is from Australia as well. Unfortunately though it seems like he had a bad case of the one-hit wonder as we haven't heard from him since.
Elle Macpherson 6 of 14
Elle Machperson is one of the most gorgeous supermodels in the world who can cite hundreds of magazine covers on her resume, but if you ask me, her best role to date was as Janine LaCroix, Joey's hot Australian roommate on Friends.
Nicole Kidman 7 of 14
I know Nicole Kidman seems more like an American actress rather than an Australian one considering that she acts in most of her films with an American accent and technically she is American by birth (she was born in Hawaii), but Nicole considers herself an Aussie actress. And that is why she went back to her roots by starring opposite Hugh Jackman in the unfortunately critically-panned Australia.
Dame Edna 8 of 14
Hello, possums! Dame Edna is the queen of Australian comedy! Created by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, she's bold, she's brass, she's colorful and she's hilarious. She's also the aunt you probably wish you had to help spice up your family holiday gatherings. If you don't believe me, check out this clip here.
Kylie Minogue 9 of 14
Now, I know that Kylie Minogue has tried to break the American market several times unsuccessfully now and she might not be a household name here in the States the same way she is everywhere else around the world, but she did technically make it big back in the mid-'80s. If you were a child or teenager in 1987, I'm sure you remember dancing to "The Locomotion," which was Kylie's first hit on the American charts. And because she's so talented, gorgeous and a great entertainer, I still can't understand why America hasn't warmed up to her in recent years.
The Wiggles 10 of 14
Their fun, their colorful, and their great dancers who — ahem — help babysit my children on the television when I need to get some of my blogging done. Yes, I'm talking about The Wiggles, which are basically Australia's biggest contribution to children's television in the United States.
Paul Hogan 11 of 14
Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee was basically my first introduction to Australia and Australian pop culture while I was growing up. I can't count how many times I've watched both Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II with my parents growing up, but it sure did make me want to travel the Australian Outback and say g'day in the most authentic way possible. Dreams do come true, people!
Roo from The Adventures of WInnie the Pooh 12 of 14
Okay, Winnie the Pooh's friend Roo and his mother Kanga might not be technically holding Australian passports over at Hundred Acre Wood, but they are the most famous kangaroos in pop culture history. Does anyone want to argue with me on that one? Yeah, I didn't think so! I mean ... Kanga ... Roo ... get it?
INXS 13 of 14
I know it's probably been a long time since you've heard an INXS song, but if you were a child of the '80s or '90s, I'm sure you can recognize one right away if you heard it on the radio. "Need You Tonight" was basically everyone's theme song from 1987. Unfortunately, lead singer Michael Hutchence passed away in 1997, but the band's legacy still lives on today, with a biopic mini-series of the band scheduled on Australian television in the coming weeks.
Uggs 14 of 14
I know, the Australian Ugg really isn't a pop culture item per say, but it's made such a fashion statement here in the States that everyone from Pamela Anderson to Hilary Duff still love to wear them on a daily basis. And we can't blame them. Even after a decade of Uggness, it seems like we still can't get rid of our favorite fuzzy boots that are so comfortable to wear and also keep our toes warm on those freezing days. Thank you, Australia!
Photos via PacificCoastNews.com
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