They came to Texas for the big houses and barbecue. They also got new laws on abortion, guns and voting.
The celebrities have also flocked to Austin in droves: ‘Westworld’ star James Marsden, ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ author and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis, controversial podcaster Joe Rogan, who recently fell ill with covid-19. “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek, his wife and five children posed for a spread in Austin Life magazine at their new ranch (“I felt an energy for Austin,said the star). Actresses Haylie Duff, Becca Tobin and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who had formed a pandemic pod together, moved their families to Austin as a unit. (“You don’t pay for parking anywhere‘, Tobin stunned the New York Times.) ‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness was filming a season of his show in Austin, and he loved it so much that he and his husband decided to stay. (“I had my four cats and was on this lake at an Airbnb, and I was like, do I like Austin? Is this a liberal bastion in Texas? And it is,” he told Self Magazine.)