Hollywood stars leave Tinseltown to start a new life in Austin, Texas.
Actors Stephen Amell, Zachary Levi and Jared Padalecki are among the stars who have been invited to the state capital, which is in the midst of an economic boom that has only accelerated during the pandemic, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s absolutely crazy,” Padalecki said of the astronomical growth, the outlet reported.
“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s growth and expansion on a turbocharger. You just go like… whoa.
Median home prices in the city have skyrocketed 43% over the past year as tech companies such as Samsung and Oracle moved into the city and dozens of other remote workers were attracted by the opportunity for a lifestyle upgrade.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has predicted the city will become a modern-day “boom town”.
“It will be the biggest boomtown America has seen in 50 years,” Musk, who is opening a Tesla factory just outside the city limits, said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. .
“Dallas Buyers Club” actor Matthew McConaughey, who is considered Austin’s unofficial brand ambassador, said he has long anticipated the influx of newcomers.
“I was just waiting for the secret to come out,” the Oscar-winning actor told the outlet.
“I’m excited for the growth. We are not going back. We don’t have landmarks like Niagara Falls or Disney World or the Eiffel Tower. They all come for the atmosphere – we have people.
McConaughey said one of the challenges will be preserving the “soul” of the city despite transplants arriving from Hollywood and elsewhere.
“What we need to watch out for in Austin is the preservation of our DNA,” McConaughey told the outlet.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few people before and since they came here and the two words I hear over and over again are ‘hospitality’ and ‘optimism’. So my line was, “Don’t turn here into why you left there.” Our challenge is going to be how to manage this large influx. If any place has an identity at heart that we need to preserve, it’s Austin.