Hollywood is a pretty small town when you think about it. From the Barrymores to the Afflecks, we know a lot of celebrity family trees by heart. In fact, you’re probably familiar with every celeb on this list. However, their famous family ties are rarely up in lights.
Ready to fantasize about crashing a family reunion or two? Here are 25 celebrities with equally famous relatives.
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus
So they’re not related by blood, but Dolly Parton is actually Miley Cyrus’s godmother. Billy Ray Cyrus was the one who asked the larger-than-life star to take on the big role. She’s been an active part of Miley’s life ever since.
“I’ve always loved her, since she was little, and I knew she was special,” Parton told Marie Claire. “She just had a light about her. Her sparkle, and her smile, and her eyes were always full of wonder.”
Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein
As it turns out, Jonah Hill is the big brother of Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein. While they’re both in the spotlight, they’re less like rivals and more like a support system. In honor of Feldstein’s Broadway debut, Hill even got his sister’s name tattooed on his arm and shared his ink on social media. From there, they showered each other with sweet shoutouts and sibling throwbacks.
On Instagram, the Superbad star wrote, “@beaniefeldstein just posted this. As always, I’m copying her because she’s cooler and the leader of us two even tho she’s ten years younger. My hero and my best friend. And now she’s going to make fun of how earnest my Instagram posts are. But too bad Beanie, you taught me to be myself. And I’m sappy AF. Whatever.”
Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker
I wouldn’t have predicted this one, but TODAY Show anchor Al Roker is the first cousin of Kravitz’s mother, Roxie Roker.
The famous weatherman once said his family tie to the rocker increased his cool factor with a key demographic. “All I know is I’m going with it. [My] kids think it’s cool,” per Us Weekly.
Conan O’Brien and Denis Leary
It seems red hair and good comedic timing run in the family. Late-night host Conan O’Brien and comedian Denis Leary are reportedly third cousins. However, Conan has always played it coy when it comes to their connection.
“Dennis always says after about a few drinks, ‘Hey buddy, you and me, we’re cousins right?’ So let’s… yeah, sure. We’re related,” O’Brien said.
Alfie Allen and Lily Allen
The Game of Thrones actor is the baby brother of English singer-songwriter, Lily Allen. She even wrote a song about him and once revealed that it “has been the subject of many family arguments” ever since.
Alfie said he liked the track that dubbed him a slacker but added that was an inaccurate depiction of him at the time. “When Lily wrote the song, I was in Canada teaching kids how to snowboard.” What a sweet sibling rivalry.
Denzel Washington and John David Washington
It’s doesn’t come as a huge surprise that John David Washington is Denzel Washington’s son. The award-winning actors have a lot in common, from their unmatched good looks to their awe-inspiring talents. They also attend award shows together on the reg and sing each others’ praises in interviews.
After being dubbed the greatest actor of the 21st century, Denzel teared up when he heard his son’s reaction. “It’s about time,” he told Access Hollywood. “I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it, so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”
Phil Collins and Lily Collins
Did you know Phil Collins is the father of Lily Collins? This one’s news to me. However, those who’ve read the Emily in Paris star’s 2017 collection of personal essays likely know a lot about their relationship already, including the more painful parts of their familial journey.
“I forgive you for not always being there when I needed you and for not being the dad I expected. I forgive the mistakes you made. And although it may seem like it’s too late, it’s not. There’s still so much time to move forward,” Lily wrote.
Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts
Kindred spirits and also kin, Emma Roberts is the niece of Julia Roberts. Emma’s father, Eric Roberts, is Julia’s brother. According to both A-listers, they’ve always been close.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Pretty Woman star opened up about the deepening bond she has with her niece. “When Emma comes to stay with us, I always think, ‘Please let her be the same,’ and she is still the same magical girl she used to be.”
Shirley McClaine and Warren Beatty
Now here’s a family full of pizazz! Warren Beatty is Shirley MacLaine’s younger brother. They were both born with the last name ‘Beaty’ but changed it as they ascended into stardom.
During an acceptance speech for the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, MacLaine gave a special shoutout to her baby bro, calling him the person she’d known and loved “the longest on this planet.”
Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy
For the McCarthys, funny undeniably runs in the family. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy happen to be cousins. In and out of the spotlight, these Illinois natives have always had each other’s back, but they rarely make public appearances together.
According to Melissa, there are a lot of reasons for that. The Bridesmaids star says they’re “living in two different worlds,” but notes that their differing professional and personal paths can’t disrupt the lifelong bond between them.
Kate Middleton and The Fanning Sisters
Dakota and Elle Fanning aren’t just celebrity royalty; their family tree proves they’re actual royalty. Well, sort of. Per People, a family historian from Ancestry.com confirmed Dakota and Elle are loosely related to King Edward III.
Kate Middleton’s mum, Carole Middleton, is a descendant of King Edward III as well. So the Fannings and the Duchess of Cambridge are kin, no matter how distant. To be clear, I’m talking like, 21st cousins.
Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci
Their movie The Devil Wears Prada is not the only connection these two share! Related by marriage, Stanley Tucci is the hubby of Emily Blunt’s older sister, Felicity Blunt.
Obviously, Tucci’s link to Blunt makes John Krasinski his brother-in-law. Per USA Today, Tucci is quite proud of that fact and has let it be known via Instagram on occasion.
Barbra Streisand and Josh Brolin
Guess what!? Barbra Streisand is Josh Brolin’s stepmother. Babs has been married to Brolin’s father, James Brolin, since 1998.
Josh was already an adult when he gained the iconic songstress as a step-parent, but Streisand has said she’s always thought of him as one of her own.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh
It’s a family full of scream queens! Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of the iconic actress Janet Leigh, and they share a love for the horror film genre as well as good genes.
The Halloween franchise star once honored her late mother by playfully recreating Leigh’s legendary Psycho look. “Honoring my mother in ALL her gory…I meant glory!,” she wrote on Instagram.
Tom Cruise and William Mapother
Don’t let this one confuse you. Tom Cruise’s birth name is actually Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Yes, that’s right. He shares the same last name as William Mapother. So what’s the relation, you ask?
Snoop Dogg and Brandy Norwood
The legendary rapper and singer Brandy are first cousins. Snoop Dogg was the one who first confirmed their link on MTV back in 2006.
“We never really told the world because we weren’t trippin’ off of that, but that’s my family,” he revealed. A few years later, the Moesha star later joined her older cousin on the track “Special.”
Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson
Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson comes from a long line of silver screen stars. But her immediate family is packed with major Hollywood punch.
Melanie Griffith is Johnson’s mother and her father is actor Don Johnson. Tippi Hedren is her grandmother. In other words, she’s fifty shades of famous!
Madonna and Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton was just as surprised as you are to find out she’s cousins with both Madonna and Angelina Jolie. The DNA shared between these leading ladies is notably distant, but all-around interesting.
Clinton is the 10th cousin with the “Express Yourself” singer and the 9th cousin once removed with the Tomb Raider star. Now that’s what I call girl power!
Kerry Washington and Colin Powell
When Kerry Washington paid tribute to the late Colin Powell on Twitter, it wasn’t just a patriotic message; it was personal. The former secretary of state and award-winning actress were cousins.
“Growing up, you were a phenomenal source of inspiration. Your accomplishments were tremendous,” she wrote. “Your spirit was gloriously generous. From my family, our family, from my neighborhood, our neighborhood. Your legacy will continue to live on, in all of us. Rest In Peace.”
Prince Charles and Ralph Fiennes
Ready for a royal awakening? Ralph Fiennes and his brother, Joseph, are eighth cousins of Prince Charles. They’re descendants of King James II of Scotland.
Ralph even performed for the Royal Family and company during the 200th-anniversary celebration of Charles Dickens.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Katherine Moennig
Katherine Moennig’s aunt is actress Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom), making Moennig and Paltrow first cousins. Moennig has even called herself the “alt-Gwen.”
“We’re totally different people. We look very different, too. No one’s judging me solely on the fact that I am her cousin,” the L Word star once said.
Steven Spielberg and Jessica Capshaw
The Grey’s Anatomy actress is the stepdaughter of the globally celebrated director. Spielberg married Jessica’s mother, Kate Capshaw, in 1991.
Capshaw was in her teens when Spielberg became a family member and already pursuing acting. But she prides herself on the fact that she never name-dropped her famous stepdad to build her acting career.
Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt
Jason Sudeikis is George Wendt’s nephew. Sudeikis once told Playboy his famous uncle inspired him to pursue a career in show business by “taking the road less traveled.” He went on to say he was an all-around positive influence during his upbringing.
“He’s always been very encouraging, but there was no Tuesdays With Morrie kind of relationship between him and I. He didn’t take me to the park to explain comic timing. There was nothing like that. He was just a good example that being an actor was a viable option,” explained the SNL comedian.
Yara Shahidi and Nasir (a.k.a Nas) Jones
Yara Shahidi and Nas are actually second cousins. The Grown-ish star and the Illmatic rapper have always had a solid bond, but growing up, Yara didn’t always realize she was related to someone famous. And now she’s arguably becoming just as famous in her own right.
“I think what was always weird to me is realizing that he was famous,” Shahidi says. “In my head, I was like, ‘He’s a great rapper, and he’s pretty good if I say so myself.’ I would [talk to] people and whenever it would come up in a conversation I was like, ‘Oh yeah, you might have heard of him. Um, my cousin’s Nasir, um, Nas.’ And they’d be like, ‘Oh, I have.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s so cool,'” per bck.
Macaulay Culkin and Paris Jackson
Macaulay Culkin is Paris Jackon’s godfather. The Home Alone star remains an ever-present figure in her life to this day. They even have matching tattoos in honor of their special relationship. Describing his godfatherly duties, Culkin has said he’s “very protective” over his goddaughter. He’s also incredibly supportive of her career.
Jackson has said that Culkin has always been there for her. He even provided one-of-a-kind acting advice that helped her land a role in American Horror Story; “He said overdo it at certain points. Kind of like, overact and kind of make it theatrical.”