We’ve all had moments in our lives that we would rather forget, but for celebrities, mistakes are often immortalized in film or pictures. Jennifer Connelly might be an Oscar-winning actress, but as a teen, she was a superstar in Japan! Her international look was a hit with local Japanese audiences, and her famous commercial is still spoken about today.
Jennifer not only filmed some truly cringe-worthy commercials in the country but her voice was used to create a chart-topping pop song. Though she probably would like to forget about the time she pranced around in some high-waisted jeans from Shiseido’s “Perky Jeans” line, her Japanese fans haven’t forgotten!
Beth Ditto - UK
If you ask most Americans about the band The Gossip or its former-lead singer Beth Ditto, you might be met with a blank look. That’s because, despite the band’s American roots, they have found the most success in Europe, specifically the U.K. This love and appreciation haven't gone unnoticed by Beth.
The “Heavy Cross” singer has joked that she wished she could live in Britain, saying that she feels like it's really easy to become big over there. She says that they would take any old "one-trick pony" off the street! A little harsh to both herself and the good people of Britain, but an interesting take nonetheless.
John Malkovich - France
There are times when a love affair between a foreign celebrity and a country’s fans goes both ways. In the case of Francophile actor John Malkovich, embracing France (and his legions of fans there) has been a part of his life for decades.
Contrary to the stereotype of the snobby Frenchman, the French have been so receptive to him that he actually moved there for close to a decade and worked in the theater scene of southern France. A dispute over taxes led to Malkovich and his family moving back to the States. While he was in France, he even bought a vineyard in the village of Lacoste, which has produced some award-winning wines!
Jessica Sanchez - Philippines
It's always nice to see someone from your country make it big in Hollywood. Perhaps that’s why Filipina-American singer Jessica Sanchez has such a huge following in the Philippines. While Jessica was a runner-up in the 11th season of “American Idol,” her talent and pride in her Filipino descent have made her a star in that part of the world.
Jessica frequently tours the Philippines, performing in sold-out concerts and singing songs in Tagalog - the national language of the Philippines! With such an amazing voice, it’s not that hard to see why they would be so proud of Jessica!
Kylie Minogue - UK
Before she was “Spinning Around,” Kylie Minogue was a fan favorite on the Aussie soap opera “Neighbours.” It was on this show that Brits fell in love with the petite star - a love affair that would continue for decades.
After leaving the world of acting, Kylie has become a massive pop star often called the “Princess of Pop” by the European media. Kylie has lived in the U.K. for most of her life and was recently voted one of the region’s most-played female artists thanks to her many No.1 hits and bubbly persona. Not bad for an Aussie soap star.