It’s believed that people are often attracted to partners that resemble them, some sort of latent narcissistic tendency that suggests we’re best off with someone as awesome as we are.
Of course, that’s not quite the scientific definition – and yes, I know you and your significant other look absolutely nothing alike, therefore it can’t be true because anecdotal examples invalidate absolutely everything, ever, including the Theory of Relativity and evolution.
But when you look at the world’s greatest couples, there’s a good chance they kind of sort of look like each other. Sometimes it’s just two people who have spent way too many years together and have picked up each other’s mannerisms and expressions. Other times it’s a little more physically pronounced, like similar colouring or bone structure.
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon are a couple that definitely fall under the “world’s greatest” designation, but it turns out there may be a bit more than superficial similarities at play.
As they recently learned on an episode of Finding Your Roots, a PBS series that digs through billions of strands of DNA to link famous people to other famous people, Kevin and Kyra are actually distant cousins.
The episode, which aired last night, reveals that the actor couple are ninth cousins once removed. Though that’s not exactly in royal family territory, it freaked them out nonetheless. In fact, Kyra had previously expressed her fear that they would find out something they didn’t really want to know.
“See. I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!” she yelled at Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the man responsible for this unwelcome bit of information. Except not unwelcome to him because: Hello! Ratings!
Though we probably don’t want to think of shacking up with someone who shares a great-great-great-great-great grandparent with us, if you go back far enough we all crawled out of the same primordial sludge at some point. Plus, as Kyra wisely put it: “As long as we’re not first cousins, it’s fine.”
Hell, we’re probably all related to Kevin Bacon by some distant ancestor. It explains why he was chosen as the pivotal figure in the “Six Degrees” game. Well, that and the fact that his name rhymes with “separation.”