We here at Hollywire would like to wish you a happy Hug an Australian Day. (It's clearly a slow week in the national holiday department.)
Despite that, Australia has a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best (and hottest) actors, musicians and athletes in the world. And of course, there are a few we wouldn't mind clinging to like a koala on a tree branch. In honor of this unusual holiday, check out our roundup of 16 Aussies we desperately want to hug!
Sam has come a long way since his days as a drama school dropout. He starred as Jake Sully in the 2009 flick Avatar, which raked in a staggering $2.8 billion at the box office. He's since gone on to star in Clash of the Titans and its sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Sam even made a killing in the gaming world by playing the role as Alex Mason in the two Call of Duty video games.
If she's good enough for Ellen DeGeneres, she's good enough for us. The smoking hot Portia is best known as Ellen's wife, but she's been able to carve out her own niche in entertainment as well. Since dating the talk show host, she gained rave reviews for playing Lindsay Funke on Arrested Development and has also had recurring roles on FX drama Nip/Tuck and ABC drama Better off Ted.
3. Curtis Stone
The smoking hot Aussie chef has won a whole legion of fans that will likely never taste one of his dishes. He's jumpstarted a reality TV career through appearing on shows like Celebrity Apprentice, Top Chef Masters and Around the World in 80 Plates.
Kylie hasn't had a major hit in the US since 2001's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," but she still sold out stadiums on her 2011 Aphrodite tour throughout Europe and Australia. She's also proven to be resillient in ways that go well beyond her career by overcoming breast cancer in 2005, as well as publicly disclosing her diagnosis and treatment.
This former professional tennis player made a stunningly bad attempt to cross over into Hollywood when he starred in ABC's cougar-themed reality dating show Age of Love. Oh well. At least he's hot.
After winning the Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for her work in The Hours and becoming the highest-paid actress in the motion industry in 2006, Nicole cemented her status as the most successful Australian actress of all time. She's hardly content to rest on her laurels, though. Nicole has four movies scheduled for release in 2013 including the lead role in Grace of Monaco and a co-starring part in Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
Cate is one of a small handful of Aussies to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her portrayal of Katherine Hepburn in 2004's The Aviator won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and she was also nominated for Best Actress with 1998's Elizabeth. She's starring in several movies scheduled for release this year including The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but is also returning to her long-standing theater career by starring in a production of The Maids at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Liam is best recognized in the acting world for starring as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games and his hot body makes him extremely hug-worthy. Unfortunately for Liam, he'll be known as Miley Cyrus' man until further notice, regardless of what he does on screen.
Anyone near a radio in the late '90s heard Natalie's smash-hit "Torn", which reached No. 1 in countless countries and earned her three Grammy nominations. Her music career fizzled out soon after, but she still works as a judge on music competition shows in the UK and looks absolutely stunning at the age of 38.
10. Ryan Kwanten
In 2008, Ryan was cast as Jason Stackhouse in the HBO drama True Blood and he's been there ever since. He also easily fits the show's requirement of looking incredibly hot while covered in blood and gore. Those who have been waiting to see Ryan shirtless again won't have to wait much longer; the latest season of the show premieres in June.
11. Naomi Watts
If there's anyone who possesses the Aussie qualities of being charming and persistent, it's Naomi. Nearly a full decade after receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Actress with 2003's 21 Grams, she achieved the same feat with 2012 disaster film The Impossible. She's also been in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list more than once and it's pretty easy to see why.
12. Hugh Jackman
Not only is Hugh the sexiest man alive (at least according to People Magazine in 2008), he's also an incredibly versatile actor. He's best known for being an action hero for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, but earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor this year with Les Miserables. Hugh has some serious stage credentials after winning a Tony for his role in The Boy From Oz.
13. Poppy Montgomery
This adorable Aussie has been gracing our TV screens for well over a decade. After playing the role of FBI agent Samantha Spade from 2002-2009 on CBS drama Without a Trace, she's been starring since 2011 as Detective Carrie Wells on another CBS drama, Unforgettable.
14. Keith Urban
Keith earned his right to be on the judging panel for American Idol after racking up fourteen #1 singles on the U.S. country charts. He's also married to one of the few Aussies more A-list than him: Nicole Kidman. They wed in 2006 and welcomed their first child in 2010, a girl named Faith.
15. Cody Simpson
Australia's answer to Justin Bieber even shares the same manager as the pop star. Not surprisingly, he's gained some success stateside since then. He released his debut album Paradise last October and is slated to hit the road later this year.
16. Russell Crowe
With nearly 40 film credits to his name that have resulted in a net worth of $65 million, Russell is undoubtedly the most successful male Australian actor of all time. He earned rave reviews for his role as Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, but his biggest movie was 2000's Gladiator, which earned $457 million at the box office and won him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Who do you think is the best Aussie export?
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