Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Related


You love these celebrities on their own — because of their attractiveness, talent or a combination of both. But wait until you learn in this gallery who that actor or actress is related to! Most of us don’t expect or have the slightest idea that this certain celebrity is related to another famous person, and you will be really shocked to learn here! But next time you’re watching a movie or a TV show of that actor/actress with your friends or family members, you can surprise and impress all of them with this interesting piece of trivia!

Being related to each other in the showbiz industry, gives us proof that talent really runs in the blood!

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard of The Village and As You Like It fame, is actually the daughter of actor-director Ron Howard. Among her first appearances was a film directed by her own dad entitled Parenthood. Not only that, Ms. Howard is also the niece of another actor Clint Howard.

Models  and TV personalities Brody Jenner and Kim Kardashian are, of course, step-siblings if you have seen their popular reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Jenner is the son of former Olympic star-turned transgender woman Bruce — or now Caitlyn — Jenner, and actress Linda Thompson. Kardashian on the other hand is the daughter of Kris Jenner (nee Houghton) and the late lawyer Robert Kardashian, who represented his friend and (in)famous client OJ Simpson during the latter’s much-publicized murder trial in 1995.

After Caitlyn and Kris’ respective divorces from their spouses, they married in 1991, and through this marriage Brody became a step-sibling to Kim, as well as to her own full-blooded siblings Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob.

Actors Tom Cruise and William Mapother are actually first cousins. Tom Cruise’s birth name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. They kind of look alike in some angles, huh?

Do you know that comedian and actor Rip Torn and Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek are actually related? Yup — they’re cousins.

Singer-songwriter and actor Ray J and singer/actress Brandy are full-blooded siblings in real life, with Brandy being Ray J’s older sister. Ray J’s real name is William Ray Norwood while Brandy’s birth name is Brandy Rayana Norwood. Brandy of course shot to fame through her hit UPN sitcom Moesha during the 1990s.

Brandy and Ray J actually appeared together on the VH1 reality series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business.

It may be unlikely at first, but actress Rashida Jones and renowned producer Quincy Jones are actually daughter and father by blood. Rashida’s mother is actress Peggy Lipton, who was married to Quincy Jones from 1974 to 1990. The union also produced another daughter, Kidada Jones, Rashida’s full-blooded elder sister who is also an actress.

Oscar-winning composer Philip Glass and radio and TV host Ira Glass actually share a kinship, apart from the same last names (and they kind of look alike too). Ira is actually Philip’s first cousin once removed; Ira’s father, Barry Glass, is Philip’s first cousin.

Both sharing last names and innate acting talents, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson also share affinity by blood. They are actually full-blooded brothers, with Luke as Owen’s younger bro. Their much older brother (also full-blooded) Andrew, is also an actor.

Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn are famous in their own right, and in their own time. They are also blonde beauties and wonderful actresses. No wonder, as Kate Hudson is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress/comedian Goldie Hawn, through her actor/musician father Bill Hudson. She also has a full-blooded brother Oliver, who is also an actor.

However, Kate considers her mother’s long-time partner, actor Kurt Russell, as the only father she has ever known since she was young.

Ever noticed why Joan Cusack and John Cusack look so much similar to each other? It’s because they’re siblings! Joan is the elder sister of John, who is the youngest in the brood of five. Their other siblings Ann (the oldest), Bill, and Susie are or have been in the acting profession as well, as they’ve all followed the footsteps of their late dad Dick Cusack, who was also an actor.

Actress Jessica Capshaw (of The Practice and Grey’s Anatomy) was born in 1976 daughter of actress Kate Capshaw and businessnman Robert Capshaw. Kate’s subsequent marriage to famous director Steven Spielberg in 1991 (and they remain together up to this day) gained Jessica a stepfather. She is also the half-sister of actress Sasha Spielberg, and sister of musician Theo Spielberg. Theo was adopted by Kate before her marriage to Mr. Spielberg, who also later adopted him.

Actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard starred together in the 2007 movie Rendition. Not only that, Sarsgaard is also Gyllenhaal’s brother-in-law, as the former is the current husband of the latter’s older sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Also, both Jake and Maggie are children of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Noami Foner. Little wonder that both siblings wanted to enter the showbiz industry too!

Both Emma Roberts and Julia Roberts are beautiful, wonderful actresses, and flash those megawatt smiles! Well, don’t wonder further because Emma is the real-life niece of Julia, who is also the sister of actor Eric Roberts, Emma’s dad.

Emma’s aunt, actress Lisa Roberts Gillan, is the sister of Julia and Eric. Wow! It seems acting is really the passion of the Roberts clan.

You may have known Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as the famous twins who practically grew up together under the spotlight, from adorable child stars to fashion mavens. Their “lesser-known” younger sister Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) is also an actress; she has starred in many films including Avengers: Age of Ultron and the latest celluloid version of Godzilla.

James Franco has been a long-time actor who most famous works is the TV biopic James Dean as well as films Rise of the Planet Apes and The Interview. His younger brother Dave is also an actor, who has starred in films (21 Jump Street, Charlie St. Cloud, Fright Night) and television (Scrubs).

English fashion model Daisy Lowe is the daughter of rock musician Gavin Rossdale (now ex-husband of No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani) and fashion designer Pearl Lowe. Pearl and Gavin had a brief relationship and Daisy was the offspring of that “fling.” In 2004 a paternity test gave the truth that Daisy Lowe is indeed Rossdale’s daughter. Fortunately, both father and daughter have been on good and friendly terms so far.

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