5 Celebrities Who Call Rhode Island Home

It’s no wonder that many celebrities choose to maintain homes in gorgeous Rhode Island as retreats away from the bustle of life in NYC and LA. Several actors, musicians, directors, athletes and even famous chefs have called “The Ocean State” home at some point in their lives. Celebrities Taylor Swift and Conan O’Brien have no familial ties to the state, but still opted to purchase second homes there, clearly drawn by the beauty of America’s tiniest province.

Taylor Swift

Country and pop crossover sensation, Taylor Swift purchased a $17.75 million mansion in Westerly, Rhode Island in 2013. Although she has no ties to the Ocean State, she, like so many others, was taken in by the quiet beauty of this seaside retreat. Westerly is a bit less quiet when Swift is around! She has been known to throw some epic beach bashes with her celebrity pals, including a star-studded 2014 4th of July celebration.


Conan O’Brien

The late-night funny man grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, so it’s not such a stretch that he also chose lovely Westerly, RI as his home away from the city. O’Brien’s home is a bit more modest than Swift’s estate – worth a reported $723,000.

After a long break from Instagram, I have decided to return. #SuperConan

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 Richard Jenkins

You may remember this vastly underrated actor from his roles in Step Brothers, Dear John, The Cabin in the Woods and Eat Pray Love. He has been a consistently working actor since the 80’s and has a huge filmography to his name. Jenkins has starred in several films created by Rhode Island darlings, the Farrelly Brothers. Although born and raised in Dekalb, Illinois, he has long resided in Cumberland, Rhode Island with his family.

– La stanza della meditazione è dentro di te, devi arredare quella. – Devi sempre parlare per slogan autodesivi? – Certo! Ed eccotene un altro: devi imparare a scegliere i pensieri allo stesso modo in cui scegli i vestiti ogni giorno. Ecco, questo è un potere che puoi coltivare, se ci tieni tanto a venire qui a controllare la tua vita lavora sulla tua mente, è l'unica cosa che devi controllare. Se non riesci a dominare i tuoi pensieri, sarai nei guai per sempre. – Io ci sto provando! – É questo il problema: smettila di provarci, e arrenditi. Vai fuori in giardino e siediti lì…ferma la tua mente, guarda quello che succede. Ma perchè non lasci che succeda e basta? #mangiapregaama #eatpraylove #juliaroberts #richardjenkins #meditazione

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Debra Messing

Best known for her role as Grace Adler in Will & Grace, Messing is a New York city gal through and through. At the age of three, her family moved from Brooklyn, New York, to the prestigious East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where she grew up. After attending East Greenwich High School, Messing headed back to NYC to attend Brandeis University. Although Messing remains in New York, she is active and outspoken on issues facing her home state, and frequently returns to RI to attend events.



Pauly D

Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, is a reality star and professional disc jockey best known for his time on MTV’s Jersey Shore. He was raised in Providence and Johnston, Rhode Island, which earned him plenty of flack from fans of the show who claimed he wasn’t a true Jersey Boy. He still has a home in Rhode Island, and his roots there were featured on his own reality show, The Pauly D Project.

U Know It's Gonna Be A Good Day When You Have The Red Joints On !!!! #paulyd #djpaulyd

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James Woods, Seth McFarlane, Elizabeth Banks, the Farrelly Brothers, and Viola Davis all have Rhode Island connections, but no longer call the Ocean State home.



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