Wanda Sykes is from Virginia, but these other actresses born in VA may surprise you – including one former soap star from Roanoke

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(STACKER) – Not every celebrity is born in Los Angeles. Plenty of big-shot stars who live it up in the Hollywood hills found their starts in small towns with humble beginnings – including in a state as far from the west coast as Virginia.

Keep reading to see what familiar actresses came from the commonwealth.

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Casey Wilson

  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia (10/24/1980)
  • Known for:
    • Noelle Hawthorne in “Gone Girl” (2014)
    • Kristen in “Killers” (2010)
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Collette Wolfe

  • Born: King George, Virginia (4/4/1980)
  • Known for:
    • Ms. Hanley in “Interstellar” (2014)
    • Sandra Freehauf in “Young Adult” (2011)
    • Kelly in “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010)
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Constance Wu

  • Born: Richmond, Virginia (3/22/1982)
  • Known for:
    • Rachel Chu in “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)
    • Destiny in “Hustlers” (2019)
    • Jessica Huang in “Fresh Off the Boat” (2015-2020)
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Diane Neal

  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia (11/17/1975)
  • Known for:
    • Peggy Sue Thomas in “Circle of Deception” (2021)
    • Casey Novak in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2001-2012)
    • CGIS Agent Abigail Borin in “NCIS: New Orleans” (2015)
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Erin Cahill

  • Born: Stafford, Virginia (1/4/1980)
  • Known for:
    • Isobel Chase in “Cut to the Chase” (2016)
    • Jennifer ‘Jen’ Scotts in “Power Rangers Time Force” (2001)
    • Rebecca Chambers in “Resident Evil: Vendetta” (2017)
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Hilarie Burton

  • Born: Sterling, Virginia (7/1/1982)
  • Known for:
    • Peyton Sawyer in “One Tree Hill” (2003-2009)
    • Deborah Owens in “The Secret Life of Bees” (2008)
    • Karen Palmer in “Lethal Weapon” (2016-2017)
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Jayma Mays

  • Born: Grundy, Virginia (7/16/1979)
  • Known for:
    • Lucy in “Epic Movie” (2007)
    • Cynthia in “Red Eye” (2005)
    • Dana Sibota in “American Made” (2017)
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Jen Lilley

  • Born: Roanoke, Virginia (8/4/1984)
  • Known for:
    • Theresa Donovan in ” Days of Our Lives” (2013-2018)
    • Onlooker in ” The Artist” (2011)
    • Molly Hoffman in ” Mingle All the Way” (2018)
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Mackenzie Phillips

  • Born: Alexandria, Virginia (11/10/1959)
  • Known for:
    • Carol in ” American Graffiti” (1973)
    • Julie Cooper in ” One Day at a Time” (1975-1983)
    • Molly Phillips in ” So Weird” (1999-2001)
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Rhea Seehorn

  • Born: Norfolk, Virginia (5/12/1972)
  • Known for:
    • Kim Wexler in “Better Call Saul” (2015-2022)
    • Michelle York in “Veep” (2019)
    • Martha in “The Twilight Zone” (2019)

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Scottie Thompson

  • Born: Richmond, Virginia (11/9/1981)
  • Known for:
    • Vivian Rutledge in “12 Monkeys” (2016-2018)
    • Claire in “Crown Vic” (2019)
    • Dr. Jeanne Benoit in “NCIS” (2006-2016)
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Shirley MacLaine

  • Born: Richmond, Virginia (4/24/1934)
  • Known for:
    • Aurora Greenway in “Terms of Endearment” (1983)
    • Fran Kubelik in “The Apartment” (1960)
    • Ouiser Boudreaux in “Steel Magnolias” (1989)
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Taryn Manning

  • Born: Falls Church, Virginia (11/6/1978)
  • Known for:
    • Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett in “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-2019)
    • Nola in “Hustle & Flow” (2005)
    • Ellen Martin in “A Lot Like Love” (2005)
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Wanda Sykes

  • Born: Portsmouth, Virginia (3/7/1964)
  • Known for:
    • Ruby in ” Monster-in-Law” (2005)
    • Granny in ” Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012)
    • Dr. Karl in ” Bad Moms” (2016)

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These actresses were pulled from IMDb’s most popular actors and actresses list. The images are taken from Getty Images.

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