Most celebs are no stranger to privilege, but stars that are born into the Hollywood elite are an entirely different breed. There’s no ‘started from the bottom now we’re here’ for these 10 celebrities, but would they be where they are without their famous families? Tell us what you think.
How far does being Hollywood royalty get you?
Kate HudsonKate Hudson was raised by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, so you better believe she learned a thing or two about acting in that household. Kate has never wanted to use her famous parents as a way to get ahead, though. Her breakthrough role was in Almost Famous, for which she earned an Oscar nom, and a Golden Globe win.
Tori SpellingTori Spelling gained fame via her starring role on Beverly Hills 90210, a show that just happened to be produced by her father, Hollywood bigwig Aaron Spelling. Since then she's been in a handful of B movies, and reality TV shows. With little-to-no awards to her name. It's safe to say that a career in Hollywood likely wouldn't have been in the cards without daddy dearest.
Miley CyrusHaving singer Billy Ray Cyrus as your father could be seen as a hindrance rather than a benefit, so the fact that Miley has become a household name is testament to her own star power. Maybe having Dolly Parton as your godmother helps a little bit, but it's Miley's outrageous behaviour, and talent (let's not forget that), that have kept her at the top of the charts.
Blake LivelyBeautiful human? Absolutely. Talented actress? That depends who you ask. Blake's first role was with her director father when he made the movie Sandman. Since then she has gone on to win the hearts of teens everywhere with her portrayal of Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. Perhaps her new role as mother will help inspire her to find roles that will lead to more critical acclaim.
Nicolas CageNicolas Cage was actually born Nicolas Coppola, but he changed his name to step out of the shadow of his uncle, famed director Francis Ford Coppola. Although he did star in one of Coppola's films (Peggy Sue Got Married), his success has largely been due to his talent and incredible work ethic. Cage has starred in more than 70 films in the last 35 years. Anyone getting that much work has to be good.
Eva AmurriWhen Susan Sarandon is your mother you get more than great genes and killer ping pong skills; you get connections. Eva's first role was alongside her stepfather Tim Robins in Bob Roberts. Her second role was with her mother in Stepmom. Luckily, Eva is a chip off the old block. Her role on the hit TV show Californication proved that she's got what it takes.
Gwyneth PaltrowIf Hollywood dynasties had a queen, it would probably be Gwyneth Paltrow. There's nothing too good for the progeny of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow. Though perhaps more famous now for her luxurious lifestyle than her acting career, she does have an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award to her name, so clearly she's more than a famous name.
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie's first role was in the movie Lookin' to Get Out with her father, actor John Voight. The two have had a rocky relationship since Voight left when she was almost one. While they have feuded and made up before the public's eyes several times, it's safe to say that she has been able to keep her star shining on her own terms.
Alexander SkarsgårdAlexander Skarsgård's father is Stellen Skarsgård. The fact that you are wondering who that is is proof enough that Alexander has been able to make it on his own. Stellen is one of the most prolific character actors, and we've all seen him in movies like The Avengers, Good Will Hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean, and dozens more, we just didn't realize it. But we all know Alexander from True Blood, and Battleship, and will be seeing a lot more of him in his upcoming role as Tarzan.
Anderson CooperAnderson Cooper was born a Vanderbilt; AKA one of the wealthiest families in American history. Anderson has more than proven his worth as a journalist, with countless reports from war zones and disaster areas. If his 5 Emmys aren't enough to impress you, the fact that he interned at the CIA instead of Wall Street surely should.