13 Celebrities You Had No Idea Were Related
THESE STARS AREN'T JUST SHOW BUSINESS COLLEAGUES—THEY'RE FAMILY.
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 on 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.
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Christian Bale and Gloria Steinem
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 wedding 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."
Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
Not only is Jenny McCarthy the older cousin of 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.
Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt
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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. The SNL vet told Playboy in 2011 (via HuffPost) that Wendt "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," Sudeikis continued. "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
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. And for more surprising brothers and sisters, check out 17 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Siblings.
Brandy Norwood and Snoop Dogg
Brandy Norwood and brother Ray J call Snoop Dogg their older 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."
Beanie Feldstein and Jonah Hill
They may work under two different surnames, but 21 Jump Street actor 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.
Yara Shahidi and Nas
Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi counts hip-hop artist Nas among her cousins. She was even a flower girl in his 2005 wedding to Kelis.
Jessica Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
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.
Blake Lively and Robyn Lively
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 her older half-sister Robyn Lively, who 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."
Elle King and Rob Schneider
Being that Elle King doesn't perform under her dad's name, it's easy to miss that the rocker is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider. Though the two have a solid relationship (she called him "my friend Dad" in a 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.
"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." And for more stars with famous moms and dads, check out 25 Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Famous Parents.
Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker
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.
Kyle Richards and Paris Hilton
Given their high-status circles, it's no surprise that Paris Hilton is related to a Real Housewife. Long-time Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards is her aunt, and she's a very proud one at that. Last year, in Hilton's documentary This Is Paris, she recounted the abuse she allegedly endured at boarding school. When the movie came out, Richards voiced her 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. And if you can't get enough Bravo, check out The Most Famous Real Housewives, Then and Now.
Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci
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. For famous relatives who don't want fame, check out Celebrity Siblings Who Avoid the Spotlight.