Since the odds of becoming famous are slim-to-none for a majority of the population, the odds of havingtwofamous people in the same family are practically non-existent. That didn’t stop these celebrities from sharing the same blood line with their also-famous relatives, though. I bet you didn’t know the follow celebrities were related!
Bryce Dallas Howard is the gorgeous girl fromHereafterwho temporarily fell in lust with Matt Damon’s character after they met at a cooking class for singles. Who’s her super famous dad? Ron Howard’s – hence the giveaway last name.
Rashida Jones is quickly becoming America’s sweetheart, since she’s had big roles in TV shows likeThe OfficeandParks and Recreationand movies includingThe Social NetworkandI Love You, Man.If Rashida wasn’t so talented all on her own, she’d still be super rich, since her father is music mogul Quincy Jones.
Melissa McCarthy is today’s Queen of Funny, just like her gorgeous, blonde cousin, Jenny (McCarthy that is). While Melissa is a more recent household name, Jenny’s been a mainstay since she was onSingled Outin the 90s.
One look at Emma Roberts and you don’t even need the last name to figure out who her famous relative is. Emma’s aunt is none other than Julia Roberts, but both ladies are incredibly good actresses.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a classically trained actor, just like her mother, Blythe Danner. Both women are also charismatic, beautiful and, of course, blonde.
Colin Hanks was a bad boy on a past season ofDexter, which is funny since his dad, Tom, has always played the good guy.
If Tom Cruise kept his real last name, there’d be no mistaking that he’s related to actor William Mapother (Cruise’s real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother). William’s not nearly as famous as his cousin, but he has had roles in popular TV shows likeThe MentalistandLost.
If you didn’t know James Franco well enough, it’d be easy to confuse him with his younger brother, Dave. Both are handsome, hilarious and mysteriously cool. It must run in the family.
Okay, so they’re nottechnicallyrelated, but Jake Gyllenhaal is the brother-in-law of Peter Sarsgaard, who married Jake’s sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. As a reminder, Jake’s the heartthrob fromLove and Other Drugs,Maggie’s a hilarious hippie inAway We Goand Sarsgaard played the stoner friend of Zach Braff inGarden State.
Girls lust after Alexander Skarsgard on the television showTrue Blood, but they probably don’t realize that if their dreams came true, their father-in-law would be Stellan Skarsgard from Good Will Hunting.
We already know that two stars in one family is rare – what aboutfour– or more – famous people in one family, though? Francis Ford Coppola directedThe Godfatherand his daughter, Sofia Coppola, directedLost In Translation. Sofia is the cousin of both Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. It doesn’t end there – Sofia’s big brother, Roman, is a director, and her grandfather was a famous composer. Bringing the family full circle, the composer grandfather scored a few of Francis’ films.