With business markets becoming increasingly international, there has never been a bigger demand for second passports, and thanks to the annual increase of countries offering Citizenship by Investment programs, and websites like 2ndPassports.com simplifying a once complex process, citizenship to a second country has never been easier.
Whether you are a long-established business mogul or an ambitious up-and-comer, a second or even third passport is an essential tool, be it for freedom of movement and work, or for tax and banking purposes.
But did you know that there are many examples of dual citizenship in the entertainment world? Some have become second citizens after becoming naturalized in a new country (Arnold Schwarzenegger being a prime example), while others would seem to have acquired a second passport because they think it’s a cool thing to do.
Whatever their motives, here are just a handful of the celebrities you probably never knew had dual citizenship.
In an industry where the working life of an attractive leading actress is often criminally short in comparison to her male counterparts, Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock is that rarity in Hollywood, a beautiful leading lady who has remained that throughout her forties and now into her 50s.
Bullock, who won her Best Actress Oscar for the 2009 football drama The Blind Side has had two of her biggest hits in the last two years, the police comedy The Heat, and the multi-Oscar winning sci-fi epic Gravity.
Sandra Bullock’s father was in the US military based in Nuremburg in the early 1960s when he met his future wife Helga, a German opera singer. Although she was born in the US, the young Sandra spent her first 12 years growing up in Nuremburg and speaking German. She retained dual citizenship until the age of 18, and then maintained only her American passport.
In 2009, Sandra reapplied for her German citizenship, and she is once a again a dual passport holder.
Spiderman star Kirsten Dunst is an American citizen, born and raised. Her mother is Swedish and her father is German, but she was raised only speaking English. Nevertheless, in 2011, Dunst successfully applied for German citizenship.
Kirsten is a perfect example of a growing number of Americans who want to reconnect with the lands of their parents. I’m now a real international lady! she announced after receiving her German passport. She said that having German citizenship would make it easier for her to work in Europe, and that It would be the greatest joy for me to act in a German film, although she also admitted that while she was learning German, it was currently at a child’s level.
Oscar nominated Michael Fassbender (X-Men, 12 Years a Slave, Shame) is one of the most in-demand leading men in Hollywood. Fassbender has a German father and Irish mother, and was born in Germany. His family moved to Ireland when he was a child, but he has retained his German passport as well as becoming an Irish citizen. He speaks perfect German, as he demonstrated in the Quentin Tarantino WW2 epic Inglorious Basterds.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins is known the world over for his Oscar winning role playing serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. One of the most skilled actors of recent years, Hopkins followed fellow Welshman Richard Burton from Port Talbot to Hollywood. Hopkins was so enamored with the United States that he became an American citizen in 2000. He retained dual citizenship, and was even awarded an honorary Welsh passport in 2003.
The Oscar winning daughter of Hollywood star John Voight, Angelina – star of movies like Girl Interrupted and Mr. and Mrs. Smith and wife of Brad Pitt – chose her late mother’s maiden name for her own film career. Her mother was a French activist, but it’s not a French passport that makes Jolie a dual citizen; in 2005 the King of Cambodia awarded her with honorary Cambodian citizenship for her environmental and conservation work in that country.
Benicio Del Toro
One of the finest character actors in Hollywood today (The Usual Suspects, Che, Traffic) Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro was born in Puerto Rico, which automatically gives him US citizenship. However in 2011 he sought and was granted Spanish citizenship (Benicio’s parents are Spanish) while hanging on to his US passport.
So there you have it, just six examples of a long list of Hollywood superstars who for professional or historical reasons have chosen to claim a second passport, and in doing so have joined the ever-growing ranks of dual-citizens the world over.
Do you feel that owning a second passport would benefit your life? Why not contact 2ndPassports.com today and find out how easy it is to become a dual citizen.