26 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related

As your family tree grows, it can become complicated to keep up with everything and everyone. You have your cousins, and then you have your second cousins, and third cousins, and then some even have their fourth cousins once-removed? Do we actually even know what that means? Anyways, if you think your ancestry is getting increasingly difficult to track, you haven't seen nothing yet. Once you get a load of the crazy familial connections in Hollywood, you won't think your family is that hectic anymore. It's thanks to the use of stage names, there are plenty of famous faces you didn't realize were actually related. From incredibly weird cousins like Melissa and Jenny McCarthy, to step-relatives like Christian Bale and Gloria Steinem, here's the most surprising celebrity family ties in Hollywood!

Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz

Surprisingly enough, Roker and Kravitz's grandfathers were cousins, meaning that this rocking weatherman, and rocking rockstar, share the same great-great grandfather.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh

You probably didn't know this, or maybe you did! But, Jamie Lee Curtis from the Halloween series, is actually the daughter of horror queen, Janet Leigh who's best known for starring in Psycho.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard, best known for her role in Black Mirror and Jurassic World, is actually the daughter of Oscar winner with the same name, Ron Howard.

Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy

Way back in the 90s, Jenny starred in a very short-lived sitcom, and helped her older cousin, Melissa nail her first TV role as a guest actress on the show. From there, both their careers took off.


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Edie Sedgwick and Kyra Sedgwick

Andy Warhol's muse and The Closer star actually share the same middle name, "Minturn" and they are related through Edi's first cousin, Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, Kyra's father.

Brandy, Ray J, and Snoop Dog

It's probably no surprise that Brandy and Ray J are brother and sister, but you may be surprised to know that they're first cousins with Snoop Dogg! Their family reunions must be amazing.

Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts

They share the same last name, so it might not be hard to believe that Oscar winner Julia Roberts, is Emma Robert's, (from We're the Millers and American Horror Story) aunt. No BIG MISTAKE here!

Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez

You can kind've see the family resemblance, but this one might come as a big shock to some folks that the Two and a Half Men star is actually Estevez's brother, who's famous for The Breakfast Club, and The Mighty Ducks.


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Steven Spielberg and Jessica Capshaw

Capshaw, who is well-known for her role as Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy, became the legendary director's step-daughter when her mother, Kate Capshaw married Spielberg back in 1991.

Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's mother-in-law is Reba McEntire. Together, they've won about six Grammy Awards.

Alexander and Stellan Skarsgard

This awesome father-son duo take their acting jobs very seriously. They've starred in multiple dramas like Good Will Hunting (Stellan) and HBO's True Blood (Alexander).

Christian Bale and Gloria Steinem

This is probably a surprising duo! Yes, Batman and one of the world's leading feminists are related, or at least they used to be. Steinem married David Bale in 2000 and was Christian's stepmother for about three years until the pair got divorced in 2003.


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Elle King and Rob Schneider

This blues-rock singer is the daughter of well-known comedian Rob Schneider! We're mind-blown too. She claimed she had decided to change her last name so she wouldn't be tied anyone else in the industry. She says that she wanted to build her music career on her own.

Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight

Angelina Jolie is actually Jon Voight's daughter! Between the two, they have six Oscar nominations between them, and two wins (Jolie for Girl Interrupted and Voight for Coming Home).

Jesse Eisenberg and Hallie Eisenberg

You remember that little girl from the famous 90s Pepsi commercial? Well she is actually Jesse Eisenberg's (known for The Social Network, Now You See Me, and Zombieland) sister.

Taissa Farmiga and Vera Farmiga

Sharing the same last name, these two ladies are sisters! Taissa Farmiga is best known for her role in American Horror Story, and Vera Farmiga is known for Bates Motel, and Up in the Air.


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Hugh Grant and Thomas Brodie-Sangster

British heartthrob, Hugh Grant, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, and a plethora of other movies, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster known for The Maze Runner series, starred in Love aActually together and are actually cousins.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner

Gwyneth Paltrow, known for the Iron Man movies, and Shakespeare in Love, is actually the daughter of Blythe Danner, star of the Meet The Parents movies.

Kate Middleton and Elle, Dakota Fanning

It was revealed in May 2014 by Ancestry.com that the Duchess of Cambridge is a distant cousin of the famous sisters. They are all descendants of King Edward III, Elle told E! News, "It's so weird..it's crazy. I've always wanted to do the Ancestry.com thing because I think it would be really cool. But someone did it for me, which I think is great."

Halle Berry and Sarah Palin

The actress actually revealed in October 2012 that she's related to the former Alaska governor, but she didn't quite elaborate how. She told EXTRA, "You want to know who I'm related to? Sarah Palin! In some twisted way. Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant relative."


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Dakota Johnson and Tippi Hedren

Dakota Johnson, well known for her starring role in the Fifty Shades series, is the granddaughter of Tippi Hedren, who was best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones

The Parks and Recreation alum is actually the famed music producer's daughter. In April 2013, she opened up about her dad in an interview with Larry Kind, "He's pretty endless in the love that he has to give. He has that wonderful ability of making everybody feel like the most special person he's ever met.

Prince Charles and Ralph Fiennes

Could it be that he who should not be named is actually a royal? Well, yes! Prince Charles and the Harry Potter star are eighth cousins, as they are both linked to James II of Scotland, who reigned in the 1400s. To be honest, we kind've see the resemblance!

Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer

Sharing the same last name, the comedian and New York senator are distant cousins. In 2015, the two teamed up to push for stricter gun-control laws following a shooting at a screening of the actress' movie, Trainwreck, in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt

The Saturday Night Live alum is actually Wendt's nephew. "He 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 said during a 2011 Playboy interview. "The advice he gave me, and I say this jokingly, is 'Get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out."

Kate Spade and David Spade

Actor David Spade is actually the brother in law of fashion icon Kate Spade. Kate was married to David's brother Andy Spade. Unfortunately, the world lost Kate Spade in June of 2018 in an apparent suicide, leaving many asking for answers.

Madonna and Hillary Clinton

The Democratic presidential candidate shocked the audience with this announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she and the Queen of Pop are 10th cousins. Clinton and Madonna actually share the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents.