11 Celebrity Pairs You Never Knew Were Related, and It All Sounds Like a Soap Opera Plot Twist
The fact that most celebrities have famous siblings or even entire families doesn’t surprise us. Familial ties in Hollywood run deep. But over the course of marriages, divorces, and name changes, the blood connection between stars can become less obvious.
1. Stanley Tucci is Emily Blunt’s brother-in-law.
Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci became friends on the set of The Devil Wears Prada. Tucci was invited to Blunt’s wedding, where she introduced the actor to her sister, Felicity. The couple married 2 years later, and they have 2 children now.
“He’s an all-around renaissance man who knows the way to everyone’s hearts. And it’s through having a damn good time. He’s frighteningly bright, quick to laugh, loves to be laughed at, charismatic, warm and energetic,” gushed Blunt in a recent interview.
2. Beyoncé is the twenty-fifth cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Beyoncé, or Queen B, has lived up to her name. She is the late Queen’s twenty-fifth cousin, separated by one generation. Her roots go back to King Henry II. And the late Queen Elizabeth is descended from Henry VIII’s sister.
3. Celine Dion is a distant relative of Camilla Parker Bowles.
The singer, well-known for her soulful ballads, such as My Heart Will Go On, is the ninth cousin, separated by one generation, to Camilla, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.
4. Barbra Streisand is Josh Brolin’s stepmother.
The iconic singer has been married to Josh Brolin’s father since 1998. When Brolin and his wife, Kathryn Boyd, were expecting their first child together, he shared that Babs couldn’t wait to be a grandmother.
“She is one of those... It’s annoying, but in a really great way, with emails every day and like, ’Hey, I thought of this name, what do you think of that? When can I come over and feel the baby?’” the actor said.
5. Bryce Dallas Howard is Ron Howard’s daughter.
Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of Oscar-winning actor and director Ron Howard.
The Jurassic World actress opened up about how she still has to ask her father to let her audition for his films. “Just give me a shot, dude!” she joked.
6. Rashida Jones is Quincy Jones’s daughter.
Rashida Jones is the daughter of musical genius Quincy Jones. In 2018, Rashida Jones directed the Netflix documentary, Quincy, about the artist’s unique force in music and popular culture and how he has transcended racial and cultural boundaries in America.
7. Antonio Banderas is Dakota Johnson’s ex-stepfather.
Antonio Banderas was married to Dakota Johnson’s mother, Melanie Griffith, for 20 years before they divorced. But that doesn’t mean the stepfather and daughter’s bond has been severed.
In a recent interview, Banderas revealed the nickname Dakota always called him. “She called me Paponio. I’m Papi and Antonio altogether, so she always called me Paponio,” admitted the actor.
8. Sofia Coppola is Nicolas Cage’s first cousin.
Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppola) is the nephew of the famous director, Francis Ford Coppola. Francis’s daughter, Sofia Coppola, is Cage’s first cousin.
9. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are third cousins.
Lenny Kravitz and Today Show weatherman Al Roker are third cousins. Their grandfathers were first cousins, and Kravitz’s mother was born Roxie Roker.
10. Blake Lively and Robyn Lively are half-sisters.
Gossip Girl star Blake Lively and Teen Witch actress Robyn Lively are half-sisters and have the same mother, Elaine Lively.
“There’s a significant age gap, which feels almost nonexistent because she’s now a mom. We have so many similarities. Our relationship is on a deeper level. We used to help each other with our projects and lines, things like that,” Robyn Lively, 50, explained about her 34-year-old sister.
11. Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana were distant cousins.
Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana shared more than the “style icon” title; they were also distant cousins. Hepburn’s mother was from Dutch aristocracy, and her father was a descendant of Mary Queen of Scots through her third husband, James Hepburn.
How much do you know about your own family ancestry? What is the most exciting thing you have discovered about your ancestors and family history? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below.