You know that Luke and Owen Wilson are brothers, that Julia Roberts is Emma Roberts‘ aunt, and that Jaden Smith‘s dad is Will Smith, but some family ties between celebrities fly under the radar. A morning anchor with a rock star cousin, a Grey’s Anatomy star with a blockbuster director stepdad, and a feminist trailblazer with an Oscar-winning stepson are just some of the famous pairs of relatives you’ll see in this list. So keep clicking to learn about the links between celebrities you had no idea were related. And for more fascinating relationships, here are 27 Celebrity Couples With Huge Age Gaps.
In 2000, Gloria Steinem married a businessman named David Bale—who also happened to be the father of Batman Begins star, Christian Bale, making the feminist icon the actor’s stepmom. The younger Bale wasn’t at the ceremony, however. When The Guardian asked him about the wedding in 2018, he said, “It was news to me; I was in Germany. I found out about it afterwards.” For more famed thespians, here are 13 Great Oscar-Winning Performances That Still Hold Up.
They may work under two different surnames, but 21 Jump Street star Jonah Hill and Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein are brother and sister. The two funny actors have stayed close as they’ve found individual fame, too. In 2019, Hill interviewed and photographed Feldstein for Interview magazine—a chat that included a lot of mutual gushing and admiration. “Any day we get to talk about each other to someone else is the best day ever,” Feldstein said at one point.
Jason Sudeikis may have been destined for comedy greatness. His uncle on his mother’s side is none other than George Wendt, of Cheers fame. Of his uncle, the SNL vet told Playboy in 2011 (via HuffPost), “He was just a good example that being an actor was a viable option. Here’s a guy from the Midwest, in my family, who took the road less traveled and it worked out for him. The advice he gave me, and I say this jokingly, ‘Get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out.'” For more celebrity trivia sent right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty are showbiz royalty that come from the same family. The Terms of Endearment star is Beatty’s older sister by three years. Yet, the stars have never worked together at any point in their decades in Hollywood. And it seems that they never will. “Oh, I don’t think we’d be a good team,” MacLaine told Closer Weekly in 2016 when asked about a potential collaboration.
Given their high-status circles, it’s no surprise that Paris Hilton is related to a Real Housewife. Long-time RHOBH star Kyle Richards is her aunt, and she’s a very proud one at that. Last year, when the documentary This Is Paris, in which the star recounts abuse she allegedly endured at boarding school, was released, Richards shared a note of support on Instagram. “I am happy people will finally see the real Paris. The kind, thoughtful, childlike, artsy, eccentric, intelligent, driven, not always happy Paris,” the Bravo personality wrote. For friends who’ve fallen out, check out Former Celebrity Best Friends Who Barely Speak Anymore.
When the future Grey’s Anatomy star was 15 years old, Jessica Capshaw‘s mom, actor Kate Capshaw, married her Indiana Jones director, Steven Spielberg. Jessica and her legendary step-dad have attended many industry events together with the rest of the family, and were even spotted taking a socially distanced walk last year. For some serious Grey’s gossip, check out This Former “Grey’s Anatomy” Star Just Reignited a 15-Year-Old Feud.
When Blake Lively became a teen idol for the ’00s set, thanks to Gossip Girl and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, she was following in the footsteps of big half-sister, Robyn Lively. Robyn paved the way with her starring role in 1989’s Teen Witch. As both actors have continued on in the business, it appears that their bond has only gotten stronger. On a 2017 red carpet, Blake told Access that Robyn is her “best friend.”
Not only is Jenny McCarthy older cousin to Melissa McCarthy, she also helped the Oscar nominee get a leg up in the business in the form of a guest role on her ’90s sitcom, Jenny. For famous relatives who don’t want fame, check out Celebrity Siblings Who Avoid the Spotlight.
Being that Elle King doesn’t perform under her dad’s name, it’s easy to miss that the rocker is daughter to comedian Rob Schneider. Though the two have a solid relationship (she calls him “my friend Dad” in this Instagram post), King chose to use her mother’s name when she was starting out so she could make her own way in the business.
“And, yeah, people know who my dad is,” she told ABC News. “But I think that my voice and my music speaks for itself: that I am my own person.
Yep, one of the coolest guys in music is related to one of the friendliest guys on daytime TV: Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker are second cousins.
“Many people get Lenny Kravitz and I confused, especially when his shirt is off,” Roker joked the last time the musician visited TODAY.
When Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt co-starred in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada, they couldn’t possibly have known that, just a few years later, they’d become in-laws. Tucci met Emily’s sister Felicity Blunt at Emily’s wedding to John Krasinski and sparks flew. The other couple tied the knot in 2012, and we’re officially jealous of those double dates.
Brandy Norwood and brother Ray J call Snoop Dogg their big cousin, which had to make them the envy of their classmates when they were kids. (It’s still pretty cool now, tbh!) So it was a family affair when Norwood did a featured vocal on the rapper’s 2009 song, “Special.”
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