From James Van Der Beek to Hayley Duff: A look at the stars who left Hollywood for Texas

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Los Angeles was not what it used to be for some celebrities as they continued to trade in the glamor of nature and open space.

Celebrities from James Van Der Beek to Hayley Duff They made the decision to move their families from California to areas near Texas.

The stars have talked about naturalness, feeling normal, and detached, and they have more space when discussing the reasons for these movements.

This is what they have to say:

James Van Der Beek

James van der Beek and his family moved to Texas in 2020.

James van der Beek and his family moved to Texas in 2020.
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James van der Beek moves to Texas It allowed the actor to prioritize spending time with his family and connecting with nature.

“We love it. We have a lot more space,” van der Beek told Fox News Digital. “We all need a more direct connection to nature. It was a really great move, and the kids are really happy.”

Van der Beek and his wife Kimberly made the decision to move to Texas from Los Angeles in 2020. The “Rules of Attraction” star explained that life has been “very different” so far.

“The gardens were fantastic,” he told Fox News Digital. “We’d go to state parks and national parks. One of the advantages of getting out of the big city was getting to a place where we could have more space right outside our door. It’s a very nice, very different life.”

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“We’re watching the sunset,” van der Beek said. “We know what phase the moon is in. We can already see the stars and that’s something new.”

Hayley Duff

Hayley Duff, who grew up in Texas, moved her family to Austin, Texas, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hayley Duff, who grew up in Texas, moved her family to Austin, Texas, during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hayley Duff, who grew up in Texasmade the decision to return to Lone Star State during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think a lot of my fear of Leaving Los Angeles “You know, I think all of this taught us that Zoom can definitely be a very powerful tool,” she told Fox News Digital. And we can, you know, fortunately for me, keep working from here, and I’ll live near my father, who I haven’t lived here (near) my father in a really long time.

“So there’s a lot of family here that I can spend time with now that I haven’t done before. And we love it. We’ve made great friends here, and we’ve really come to a great place here.”

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Duff has opened up about how much less traffic and the increase outside has changed the “quality of life” for her family, including her children. She has also been able to balance a Hollywood career while living outside Los Angeles.

“I’m so grateful the job opportunities still exist for me,” she told Fox News Digital. “And I’m also a big believer that God is with you. So you make the right decision for your family, and he’s got it.”

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Elvis McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey of Texas and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey moved to Austin, Texas, in 2012.

Matthew McConaughey of Texas and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey moved to Austin, Texas, in 2012.
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Matthew McConaughey of Texas and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey moved to Austin, Texas, in 2012.

in April, Elvis told Fox News Digital She and her family don’t mind living outside of Hollywood. They prefer it.

“It was amazing,” she said at the time. β€œIt really embodies our belief system, especially the ones I grew up with, like going to church every Sunday and saying ‘yes ma’am’ or ‘no, sir.’ I grew up saying these things coming from a family of farmers. For me, being from Brazil and then coming to Texas, I discovered a lot of similarities in terms of what families do here, especially going to church on Sundays and getting involved in the outdoors. It was a great transition.”

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Alves, whose mother-in-law moved into his residence during the coronavirus pandemic, added, “We’ve lived in Malibu for many years and the paparazzi are outside our door every day – every day – when that becomes normal, you don’t realize how much it actually affects the things you do. So leave it and get out of it.

“Kids get a special way of growing up. So from that perspective, that was very important.”

The McConaughey family recently visited Washington, D.C., where he was The 51-year-old actor claimed responsibility for gun ownership In an emotional press conference at the White House. Matthew McConaughey was born in Ovaldi, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos during a shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24.

Sandra Bullock

While Sandra Bullock does not live permanently in Austin, Texas, she still owns a lakefront property that she purchased in 1997.

While Sandra Bullock does not live permanently in Austin, Texas, she still owns a lakefront property that she purchased in 1997.
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While Sandra Bullock has not permanently moved away from Los Angeles, she does own a home in Texas. In December 2021, Bullock shared Kelly Clarkson that she had returned to Los Angeles where her children were in school, but noted that she “loves” Austin.

“Austin has the vibe of everything she does, it’s okay,” she told Clarkson at the time.

Bullock still owns a lakefront property on Lake Austin that she purchased in 1997. In addition, the actress once owned a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home near Barton Creek.

“A lot of people in the industry are confused that I’m going to pick up and leave Los Angeles,” Bullock previously told Texas Monthly.

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“But I feel light when I’m here. It’s the kind of place where I can feel normal again.”

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“I was making decisions based on fear, based on others telling me what to do,” she told the outlet. “I was trying to please everyone. I was trying to be all those playful qualities people were associating with me. I didn’t trust my instincts. I needed to get away.

“I needed to find a place where I could go to the store and get a Slurpee whenever I wanted and not have to talk about the movie industry.”

Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier moved to a farm outside of Austin, Texas, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Adrian Grenier moved to a farm outside of Austin, Texas, during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Made by Adrian Grenier Official move to a farm outside Austin, Texas, In 2020. He originally bought a property in Austin five years ago.

“I’ve had friends here, run a business here and love speed. Austin is cosmopolitan without being arrogant; it’s earthly,” Grenier told Austin Life. “People are smart and successful, but they don’t brag about it. There’s nothing to prove, people accept you and feel good right away.”

Grenier worked on environmental initiatives for years but felt disconnected from the cause.

He told an exit.

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β€œI was still living everywhere, in the process of accumulating, acquiring things and things, imagining myself a little pole of anything and everything. I had reached the height of that promise – if you worked hard, become famous, then made a lot of money … But it was lackluster at the top.”

The ‘Entourage’ actor admitted that he doesn’t miss out on much from his previous life in Los Angeles.

“I don’t miss anything about this world,” he said. “Listen, if you go on Instagram long enough, you’ll find some FOMO somewhere, but everyone is just pretending they’re living their best life.” “Ultimately, I know I am, so I don’t tell anyone that.”

Jamie Lynn Siegler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jamie Lynn Siegler has also moved to Texas amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Sky actress moved from Los Angeles to Austin.

“I feel detached, in the best way I’ve ever known,” Siegler told People magazine after her move.

“It’s all about the outdoors and nature, which I really appreciate because I didn’t grow up in New York or Los Angeles,” she added.

Actress “Soprano” She revealed that she and her children decided to “fully embrace lake life”. Her “booming” children, which she shares with husband Cutter Dykstra, “are not hiding on screens anymore.”

James Marsden

Earlier this year, James Marsden became famous for his roles in

Earlier this year, James Marsden, known for his roles in “X-Men” and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” bought a house in Austin, Texas.
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Earlier this year, James Marsden, known for his roles in “X-Men” and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” bought a home in Austin, Texas, for $1.8 million, according to the San Antonio Express News.

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“I love it. I’ve been here 20 years ago,” Marsden previously said on Live With Kelly & Ryan. “It still feels like that small town, but it’s definitely thriving right now.”

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report