It’s tough to achieve fame and become a celebrity. Everyone wants to be famous — to appear on red carpets, make millions of dollars, and be adored by fans. But, unless you have some serious skill and a lot of good luck, very few people can actually become one of the world’s A-listers.
However, if you have the right connections, achieving fame can be much, much easier. And being the child of super famous parents is often the key to fame, fortune, and a life in the spotlight.
That’s right: some of Hollywood’s biggest stars didn’t exactly earn their fame or careers on their own. Plenty got a leg up, along with a lot of help, from their parents. Of course, many celebrities prefer to keep this information hidden — but there are more famous faces who come from famous parents than you might think.
Here are some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their equally famous parents.
Chris Pine is one of Hollywood’s biggest names right now — and it’s easy to understand why. With impressive turns in films like the Star Trek series, Into the Woods, and Wonder Woman, he’s become the iconic face of some of the world’s biggest blockbusters.
But what few fans know is that his dad is also a famous actor. Robert Pine, Chris’s father, is best known for his role as Sergeant Joseph Getraer on the TV show CHiPs. Today, Robert is still acting; he’s appeared on popular shows like Charmed, Veep, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. More importantly? He played a role in Frozen!
Gwyneth Paltrow may be better-known today for her unique lifestyle brand Goop, but she’s been acting since the 1990s. She rocketed to fame after appearing in films like Seven, Emma, Shakespeare in Love, and The Royal Tenenbaums. But did you know that Paltrow actually got her start in Hollywood thanks to her super famous mom?
Paltrow is the daughter of Blythe Danner, a famous actor in her own right. Danner has had a long career in the spotlight, earning accolades like two Primetime Emmys and a Tony. You likely remember her hilarious roles in the Meet the Parents films and as Will Truman’s mother on Will & Grace.