17 celebrities to spot in Vancouver this January

Jan 3 2023, 7:26 pm

New year, new celebrity faces!

If you love spotting a celebrity just as much as we do, then you know that finding out who’s in town is half the battle. Running into your favourite actor or actress in your hometown may seem like pure luck, but with our help, it’s easier than you think!

At any given moment, one of these celebrities is wandering the streets of Metro Vancouver just waiting to be spotted. Here are 17 celebrities to try and spot in Vancouver this January.

Christina Ricci


Christina Ricci may be spotted in the Vancouver area this winter. Ricci is in town for her role as Misty in the second season of Yellowjackets. Ricci is a long-time actress who rose to fame as a child star back in the ’90s. She has played a variety of roles over the years and has been in movies like The Addams Family, Casper, Black Snake Moan, Now and Then, Sleepy Hollow, Monster, and Distorted.

Juliette Lewis


Joining Christina Ricci on the set of Yellowjackets is actress Juliette Lewis. Lewis is the daughter of actor Geoffery Lewis and has also been acting for decades — you may remember her as a young Audrey Griswold in the classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Some of her other notable roles include Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Whip It, Catch and Release, Conviction, and who could forget her role in the movie Enough alongside Jennifer Lopez?

Joel McHale

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Actor and comedian Joel McHale may be spotted around the city. McHale is currently in town filming for the new series Animal Control in which he plays the lead role. Most remember him from the NBC sitcom Community, and he has also appeared in movies like Ted, Spiderman 2, and Open Season 2.

Freddie Highmore

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Best known for his creepy portrayal of Norman Bates in the TV series Bates Motel, Freddie Highmore is in Metro Vancouver filming for another season of The Good Doctor. Highmore has been acting since he was a child and has starred in films like Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryFinding Neverland, and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Hilary Swank

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Be on the lookout for Hilary Swank in the city this month! Swank is in town for her latest role in the new series Alaska Daily, which is currently filming its first season.

Swank needs no introduction, really — she has played a variety of different roles over her career and won numerous awards. Some of her most popular movies include Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry, P.S. I Love You, Freedom Writers, Conviction, and Amelia.

Nicolas Cage

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The one and only Nicolas Cage will be in Vancouver this January. Cage will be in town for his latest role in the horror-thriller movie Longlegs. Cage is a long-time actor that has starred in many feature films including Leaving Las VegasCon Air, Moonstruck, The Family Man, and Gone in Sixty Seconds.

More recently he has been in movies like Running with the Devil, Willy’s Wonderland, Pig, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, to name a few.

KJ Apa

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KJ Apa is in the Vancouver area filming for the seventh and final season of Riverdale. With all seasons filmed in the Metro Vancouver area, Apa is no stranger to the city and has spent lots of time here over the years. He is typically spotted out and about in the city — so be on the lookout!

Apa is an up-and-coming actor and musician from New Zealand who landed the lead role of Archie in Riverdale back in 2017. He has also starred in feature films like A Dog’s Purpose, The Last Summer, and Songbird.

Lili Reinhart

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Lili Reinhart joins KJ Apa on location in Vancouver this month for Riverdale’s seventh season. Reinhart plays the lead role of Betty in the series and has also starred in films like Chemical Hearts, Galveston, and Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez, and she even made a cameo in the 2019 Charlie’s Angels movie.

Camila Mendes

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Of course, there is no Betty without Veronica!

Camila Mendes will also be in Vancouver filming for Riverdale. Rumour has it that Mendes got her first acting job in an Ikea commercial before going on to star in Riverdale as main character Veronica. Since then she has gone on to star in movies like The Perfect Date, Coyote Lake, and Dangerous Lies.

Cole Sprouse

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Rounding out this foursome is Cole Sprouse, known as Jughead Jones in the Riverdale series. Sprouse will also be in Vancouver filming for the show’s final season.

Sprouse has been acting since he was a young boy and rose to fame at an early age starring alongside his twin brother, Dylan, in Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He also starred in Big Daddy alongside Adam Sandler and was even in a few Friends episodes back in the day – remember Ross’s adorable son Ben?!

Grant Gustin

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Back in action for the ninth season of The Flash, Grant Gustin is in Vancouver this month. Gustin has also had roles in shows like 90210 and Glee along with making appearances in Legends of TomorrowSupergirl, and Arrow. Keep an eye out for the actor in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood, where he’s been known to stay during production, according to pictures on his Instagram.

Marcia Gay Harden

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Marcia Gay Harden is in Vancouver filming for the first season of CBS’s So Help Me Todd, which started production this past August. Harden is an award-winning actress who got her start on television shows back in the ’80s, before moving on to movies. Some of her films include The First Wives Club, Flubber, Mystic River, Mona Lisa Smile, Whip It, and the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Skylar Astin

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Joining Marcia Gay Harden on the set of So Help Me Todd is Skylar Astin, who plays Harden’s son in the new series.

Astin is probably best remembered as Jesse from the Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 movies in which he played Anna Kendrick’s love interest. His other notable roles include the series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, 21 and Over, and Ghosts of War.

Max Thieriot

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Another celebrity to be on the lookout for is Max Thieriot. Thieriot arrived in Vancouver back in July to film for a brand-new CBS series called Fire Country, in which he has the lead role as a young convict named Bode Donovan.

Thieriot has starred in quite a few movies and television shows over the years, from a longtime role on Bates Motel to SEAL Team to movies like Jumper, The House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence, and one of his earliest roles in The Pacifier alongside Vin Diesel.

Billy Burke

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Joining Max Thieriot on the set of Fire Country is Billy Burke. Burke is typically recognized as Charlie Swan from Twilight, aka Bella’s dad, or maybe you remember him in the movie Red Riding Hood, or in the CBS series Zoo. Most recently he played Alex’s dad in the Netflix mini-series Maid, which was filmed in Victoria, BC.

Kevin Alejandro

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Also joining these two actors in Fire Country is Kevin Alejandro. Alejandro has been acting for a while and has been in hit shows like Lucifer, Southland, Arrow, True Blood, and Parenthood.

Walker Scobell

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Child actor Walker Scobell is in the Metro Vancouver area filming for Disney+’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians, also going by its working title of “Mink Golden.”

Known for playing the younger version of Ryan Reynolds in the recent film The Adam Project, Scobell is only 13 years old and just starting his career in acting. We have to say that starring alongside actors like Jennifer Garner and Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds is a great place to start!

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