ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Talent will get you everywhere in Hollywood, but a tiny touch of good, old-fashioned nepotism won't hurt a budding career either!

There are a surprising amount of stars who are secretly related to each other in the movie and music industries, but how many of the closet kin below did you already know about?

1. Tom Cruise and William Mapother

Relationship: Cousins

William Mapother, who is best known for playing the enigmatic Ethan Rom in Lost, is first cousins with none other than Tom Cruise (whose real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV).

Mapother has told the press in the past that Cruise is a nice guy who has assisted him in his acting career. He said:

Cruise has been kind enough a couple times to suggest to a director, if you’re looking for an actor, why don’t you audition this guy?

2. Meryl Streep and Grace Gummer

Relationship: Mother and daughter

As soon as you learn who American Horror Story star Grace Gummer's famous mother is, you'll wonder how you hadn't noticed the striking resemblance sooner!

3. Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn

Relationship: Mother and daughter

Kate Hudson might be mega-famous in her own right, but she will have trouble outshining her legendary mother, Goldie Hawn.

As if having Hawn as a mom isn't a big enough acting pedigree, Hudson also grew up with none other than Kurt Russell as a step-dad.

4. Jason Schwartzman, Sofia Coppola and Nick Cage

Relationship: Cousins

It doesn't get much more showbiz than this super-charged celebrity family tree!

Nick Cage's real name is actually Nicholas Kim Coppola and he is linked to one of the most high power directing families in the business. Cage calls Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola his cousin, and his uncle is none other than Francis Ford Coppola, the director of The Godfather.

Cage is also a cousin to Wes Anderson darling, Jason Schwartzman. If you want to muddle through this colossal Hollywood family tree, you can have a look at it in all its glory here.

5. Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith

Relationship: Mother and daughter

Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson didn't just stumble into the industry by chance. The 25-year-old rising star is the daughter of Hollywood heavyweight Melanie Griffith.

6. Macaulay Culkin and Bonnie Bedelia

Relationship: Aunt and Nephew

Who knew Macaulay Culkin was related to Bruce Willis's wife in Die Hard!

The former child actor and current pizza fanatic is a nephew to Parenthood's Bonnie Bedelia through his father, Kit Culkin.

7. Julia and Emma Roberts

Relationship: Aunt and Niece

Seeing as this pair share a face and a surname, you probably knew this one already, but Emma Roberts of American Horror Story fame has a very famous auntie in the form of Julia Roberts.

8. Glenn Close and Brooke Shields

Relationship: Second cousins, once removed

I know second cousins isn't exactly next of kin, but I found this one too surprising to leave it out!

Glenn Close and Brooke Shields are related through the fact that Shields's great-grandmother, Mary Elisie Moore, was the sister of Close's maternal Grandfather, Charles Arthur Moore, Jr.

9. Daisy Lowe and Gavin Rossdale

Relationship: Father and daughter

They might not have known it for many years, but model Daisy Lowe and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale are father and daughter.

In 2004, DNA testing revealed Daisy's true paternity (Rossdale was previously her Godfather) and she is still close to her birth father and his wife, Gwen Stefani.

10. Melissa and Jenny McCarthy

Relationship: Cousins

Funny woman Melissa McCarthey and former Playboy centerfold/current mad anti-vaccination harpy, Jenny McCarthey, are actually first cousins.

Jenny McCarthey actually helped her cousin into the business with the fame she'd garnered from her blossoming post-Playboy TV career. She told People that:

"When she [Melissa] was starting out, I was fortunate enough to be in a position to get her a job on a show I was doing, to learn the ropes and get some experience on a TV set in front of the camera and behind the scene."

11. Brandy Norwood and Snoop Dogg

Relationship: Cousins

Brandy Norwood (and her brother Ray J of Kim Kardashian sex tape fame) is first cousins with none other than rap's most lovable uncle, Snoop Dogg.

The famous pair were both born in McComb, Mississippi before moving on to pastures new and wildly successful music careers.

12. Oona and Charlie Chaplin

Relationship: Grandfather and Granddaughter

Chaplain is a fairly common surname, so you might not have known that Game of Thrones's Oona Chaplin is actually the iconic silent movie star's granddaughter.

13. Zoey Deutch and Lea Thompson

Relationship: Mother and Daughter

The star of Vampire Academy shares a mother with Marty McFly! Lea Thompson, who played Marty's mother in the Back to the Future series is actually her mom in real life.

14. Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty

Relationship: Siblings

AFI Lifetime Achievement award winner Shirley MacClaine isn't the only grade A thespian in her family. The Terms of Endearment star also has a very famous brother in 14-time Academy Award nominated Warren Beatty.


How many of these celebrities did you know were related?

(Source: Buzzfeed, Huffington Post)


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