They say that one’s acting chops runs in the blood and that being a celebrity is “all in the family.”
This could very well be true.
In Hollywood, there have been generations of actors and actresses who come from the same brood. Some of them were probably trained by their parents to follow their footsteps. Others were not immediately encouraged to give acting and show business a try but were very observant anyway.
This list gives you ten interesting celebrities and their equally interesting celebrity parents. How many of these do you already know?
10. Kate Hudson
Hudson gained popularity in her films such as Skeleton Key, How to Lose A Guy in Ten Days, and Almost Famous – for which she almost won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hudson’s mother is Oscar winner Goldie Hawn while his biological father was singer and actor William Louis “Bill” Hudson. She was raised by her step-dad and Goldie Hawn’s partner – actor Kurt Russell. She had repeatedly admitted in interviews that she was influenced by her mother and stepdad to give acting a serious try.
9. Ben Stiller
This Jewish American actor became famous for his slapstick comedies like There’s Something About Mary, and Zoolander 1 and 2. Stiller’s dad is Jerry Stiller, who starred in The Kings of Queens. Ben and Jerry have starred alongside each other in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Heavyweights, and Hot Pursuit. On the other hand, Ben’s sister Amy, is also in showbiz and is known prominently as a stand-up comedian.
8. Liza Minnelli
Everybody knows Liza Minnelli. She is an Academy Award winner for Best Actress in Cabaret, an accomplished recording artist, and a gay icon. But not very many people know that her mother was also the equally famous yet very tragic Judy Garland and that her father was the Italian filmmaking legend Vincente Minnelli. Indeed, she comes from a family of thespians.
7. Jennifer Aniston
Not too many people know that Aniston, who starred in the sitcom icon Friends from 1994-2004, has celebrity parents. And she surely does! Soap opera fans would clearly recall the character of Victor Kiriakas in Days of Our Lives. That villainous character was plain by her father – John Aniston. Her mother was also a retired soap opera actress. Aniston is very attached to her father and claims to have inherited her love for acting from John Aniston.
6. Kristen Stewart
Twilight lead actress Stewart is probably one of the most polarizing actresses working in Hollywood today. Some people adore her, others hate her to the fore. In real life, she could not care less. Not when her father is mega-producer John Stewart and her mother is script supervisor Jules Man Stewart.
5. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Siblings Jake and Maggie come from showbiz royalty. Their mother is actress and Oscar nominee Naomi Foner while their father is acclaimed film director Stephen Gyllenhaal. Both Jake and Maggie have starred in notable films through the years. Maggie’s most memorable role so far was a supporting turn in Mona Lisa Smile while Jake has been nominated for an Oscar for what critics say was his best role to date – that of Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain.
4. Angelina Jolie
Everybody knows Angelina Jolie – but for different reasons. Some know her for her Academy Award winning role in Girl, Interrupted. Some know her for her beautiful face and those luscious lips. Some know her for being the woman who stole Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston. Yet, some know her for being the daughter of Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight. Alas, their relationship is sadly not an ideal one.
3. Miley Cyrus
Good girl gone wild Miley Cyrus has stirred controversy and even (bad) publicity over the years. This certainly does not stand well with his conservative Christian father Billy Ray Cyrus – who is also known as a country music royalty.
2. Chris Pine
Long before he got to romance Hollywood’s controversial actresses and musical divas, Pine was simply known as the son of bankable actor Robert Pine. While Pine has starred in recent Star Trek films, his father Robert also made memorable sci-fi films like Independence Day, which was a big hit.
1. Keira Knightley
This elegant British actress has British acting royalty in her bloodline. Her mother is playwright, screenwriter, and actress Sharman Macdonald. On the other hand, her father is acclaimed British actor Will Knightley. Truly, for Keira, acting is one that has been written in the stars.