Celebs’ kids who are now more famous than their parents

To be perfectly honest, the correlation between being good looking and becoming famous is a very high one. With that in mind, strictly genetically speaking, children of famous stars had a higher chance of making it not only by inheriting their talent, but by the likelihood of them also being incredibly beautiful.

The models’ long legs, the actresses’ perfectly symmetrical face or the actors’ chiseled jawline, our favorite idols have definitely been genetically gifted! However, while literally all of these famous faces are very easy on the eyes, they made it to where they are today through sheer hard work, grit, and probably a little luck.


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Take our darling Angelina Jolie, for example. The woman is an award-winning actress who made waves before she garnered the public’s respect. Her dad was her introduction to Hollywood, but her love for acting took her to where she is today (even with her recent divorce drama).

Some of these stars’ kids are already making their own first steps in the entertainment industry. While some jumped straight into acting, others are going the long way about it by pursuing a theater degree route. Either way, we can safely say they’re in the process of proving to the world that they are as good – if not better – than the previous generation and are here to stay.

So without further ado, sit back and look through a very appealing, interesting, and at times surprising group of celebrity kids who are now well on their way to becoming more famous than their superstar parents.

Lily Collins

The classically beautiful Lily Collins is the daughter of renowned musician Phil Collins. Phil and his first wife had Lily prior to separating. While her dad is a legend in the music world, it is Lily who is known for her roles in Mirror Mirror, The Blind Side, Abduction, Love, Rosie, and Netflix’s To the Bone. She is a chameleon in her ability to transform into any role and successfully move audiences.

Sofia Richie

The classically beautiful Lily Collins is the daughter of renowned musician Phil Collins, first of Genesis and then of a no less successful solo career. Phil and his first wife had Lily prior to separating. While her dad is a legend in the music world, it is Lily who is known for her roles in Mirror Mirror, The Blind Side, Abduction, Love, Rosie, and Netflix’s To the Bone. She is a chameleon in her ability to transform into any role and successfully move audiences.

Angelina Jolie

We feel like we’ve spoken so much about Angie already, but can you really get enough? Angelina is far more famous than her actor-father Jon Voight. It’s not his fault that her raw talent is something no one can ignore. Jon has won four Golden Globe Awards and one Academy Award throughout his career, which is super impressive no question! Jolie, however, is famous for her talent as well as her personal life, which makes her a subject of interest that surpasses dear dad by a whole lot.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson’s career is not a long one really, but her role as Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy films earned her the attention of the entire world. Dakota is the daughter of actress Melanie Griffith and actor Don Johnson. The height of Melanie’s career was in the 80s with films like Something Wild, and Working Girl (for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win). Dear dad, Don, is famous for his role in Miami Vice and Nash Bridges. Oh and that beautiful mane he had back then. Swoon!

Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård is more than just a pretty face. He is the son of the Swedish legendary actor, Stellan Skarsgård. Stellan shot to fame in his role in Breaking the Waves and kept his momentum with roles in Mamma Mia, and the Pirate of the Carribean films (he plays Bootstrap Bill Turner!). Alexander, however, is far more recognizable than dear old dad thanks to his role as Eric Northman in HBO’s True Blood, the title role in The Legend of Tarzan, and now in his role in the hit show Big Little Lies. We sure do like seeing him everywhere.

Zoey Deutch

Zoey’s mom is the famous of her two parents, mom being actress Lea Thompson. Lea is known for her roles in the Back to the Future films, as well as the hit television show Switched at Birth. We all know Lea’s face, but it’s Zoey’s that the world can’t get enough of. Zoey got noticed at first for her role as Rose in the Vampire Academy film. She has proceeded to take part in a multitude of indie films and garner the attention of the entertainment world.

Chris Pine

There are many good looking actors in Hollywood with the name Chris. But only Chris Pine is the son of actor Robert Pine. Robert played Sgt. Joseph Getraer on CHiP, a television show from the 70s and early 80s. He’s also been all over television with cameo appearances in shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Veep, and The Mentalist. Son Chris, though, can stop any woman on the street with a stare. Chris is known for his role in Wonderwoman, Star Trek, Into the Woods (come on prince charming!), and most recently, A Wrinkle in Time.

Zoe Kravitz

Her last name is a dead giveaway as to who Zoe’s dad is – the iconic Lenny Kravitz, obviously. But in addition to her rock star (and actor) dad, her mom is also a well-known name – Lisa Bonet. Lisa was known for her role as Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show. She is now married to the heartthrob we all wish we were – Jason Momoa. Lenny is, well, Lenny. His music is known throughout generations and his cameos in The Hunger Game films only added to his appeal. But we’re here to talk about Zoe and how she is making hotter moves than her parents! Zoe is now taking names in a leading role in the show Big Little Lies and is making us all jealous with her genetically gifted self.

Allison Williams

For once, the famous parent isn’t an actor or musician! Allison Williams is the talented daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Allison shot to fame with her role in Girls, where she played the loveable Marnie Michaels. Most recently, Allison starred in the horror film Get Out, which earned her a lot of buzz for her incredible performance. Mark our words, she is here to stay and is already making the Williams name known for her and not her dad.

Emma Roberts

Yes, Emma is the famous niece of the uber-famous Julia Roberts, who is incomparable. But this is all about parents! Emma’s dad is actor Eric Roberts. His name and face are known for his role in The King of the Gypsies, Runaway Train, The Dark Knight, and The Young and the Restless. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family. Emma is a household name on her own, with roles in Wild Child, The Art of Getting By, Nerve, and most notably in the tv show Scream Queens.

Domhnall Gleeson

If you are a Harry Potter fan, then you know full well who Domhnall Gleeson is. But before we talk Domhnall we need to talk about his dad, Brendan Gleeson, who also happens to play a role in the Harry Potter films! Dad Brendan played the role of Mad Eye Moody. Brendan is well known as a serious actor who has been in films such as Troy, Albert Nobbs, In Bruges, and his role as Winston Churchill in the television movie Into the Storm. Son Domnhall has most recently been seen in the Star Wars films, playing General Hux. He was also in films like The Revenant, Ex Machina, Brooklyn, Peter Rabbit. The boy is everywhere.

Kate Hudson

If we’re being technical, Kate Hudson’s mom is who we are comparing her fame to (not step-dad Kurt Russell). Goldie Hawn is a legend, her blonde hair, giant smile and big eyes were her staple, not to mention her raw talent which we saw in First Wives Club, Private Benjamin, and Death Becomes Her. Kate, however, has managed to make herself even more relevant than mom thanks to social media and romantic comedies. How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days is practically a cult classic for women these days. Kate is also very business oriented and has co-founded a fitness label called Fabletics.

Lily Rose Depp

Mom is model Vanessa Paradis, and dad is none other than Johnny Depp. Dad has quite a reputation as a musician and actor (with the occasional personal life story mixed into the web). Johnny will always be known to us for being the incorrigible pirate in Pirates of the Carribean, the river rat in Chocolat, or Charlie himself in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lily Rose, though, is who our attention is gravitating towards. Lily got her mother’s beauty and looks and has captivated the world one runway at a time.

Liv Tyler

When your dad is Steven Tyler, it’s a hard act to follow but Liv managed to rise to the challenge. Steven, if you have been living under a rock, was the lead singer of Aerosmith. Liv has made a serious name for herself as an actress. We got to know her in Empire Records and continued to see her in hits like The Lord of the Rings films, Armageddon, and The Incredible Hulk. Everyone knows who Liv Tyler is.

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique is a famous singer, but did you know his father once was as famous as he is? Julio Iglesias rose to fame in the 80s and 90s, making millions of people sway to his tunes. Enrique managed to outshine dad rather swiftly and easily with his voice, looks and hit songs. Enrique has managed to stay relevant even through periods of silence from him while he and partner, Anna Kournikova, stayed away from the limelight and started a family together.

Jennifer Aniston

Before there was a Jennifer, there was a John. John Aniston is the television soap star we all grew up with – Days of Our Lives, anyone? Jennifer easily made daddy the lesser known of the Anistons, thanks to her role as Rachel in the hit television show Friends. After Friends, and a marriage to Brad Pitt, Aniston became the romantic comedy sweetheart in films like The Good Girl, Bruce Almighty, Just Go with It, The Breakup, and Along Came Polly.

Robin Thicke

Robin is the son of the late great Alan Thicke. Alan was known for his stellar on-screen chops. He is most well known for his role as Jason Seaver in Growing Pains. He was also a talented host and producer. Robin decided to go on a different path than his father and go into music. He has worked with artists like Christina Aguilera Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Pharrell Williams. Robin is definitely on our musical radar.

Tracee Ellis Ross

It is VERY hard to surpass the level of fame that Diana Ross has, but daughter Tracee Ellis Ross somehow managed to become more relevant than her legendary mom. You Can’t Hurry Love may be a song even toddlers know these days, but Tracee is an actress and is in front of our face in shows like Black-ish, which has earned her major accolades, we’re talking Golden Globe, and three Primetime Emmy Awards.

Abby Elliott

Chris Elliott is the dutiful father of Abby Elliott. Chris is famous for his funny roles in Everybody Loves Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, Scary Movie 2, and television’s Schitt’s Creek (their naming decision, not ours). Abby, however, has managed to be funnier than dad and add a level of charm that (sorry not sorry) he never did. Abby has been in shows like How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, and a whole lot of Saturday Night Live!

Kaia Gerber

Kaia’s mom is Cindy Crawford, how would she not turn out to be a model with legs longer than 90% of the world? Cindy modeled for every major designer across the fashion world and now Kaia is walking in the very same footsteps as dear momma. Kaia, unlike mom, is making serious waves with her figure, her likeness to her mom and the twist she puts on everything she does. We can’t wait to see where this girl goes.

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