“Everyone in LA is a cousin or a daughter of somebody!”

Loads of folks develop up eager to observe of their mother and father’ footsteps. Sure profession paths go robust connections down from era to era — most notably, the leisure trade.

Loads of these so-called “nepotism infants” do not wish to acknowledge the privilege their “movie star’s child” standing provides — or they insist that having a well-known final title made establishing a profession more durable for them.

Others, nevertheless, are extra open concerning the particular benefits that include having members of the family who may help you get your foot within the door.

Listed below are 11 nepotism infants who stated it is more durable for them to make it in Hollywood:


Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of actor Blythe Danner and director/producer Bruce Paltrow.

She made her movie debut within the TV film High, which her father wrote and directed.

On Hailey Bieber’s YouTube present, Who’s In My Bathroom?, she stated, “Because the little one of somebody, you get entry different folks don’t have, so the enjoying discipline is just not degree in that approach. Nevertheless, I actually do really feel that after your foot is within the door, which you unfairly obtained in, you then nearly should work twice as arduous and be twice nearly as good.”

She continued, “Persons are prepared to drag you down and say, ‘You do not belong there’ or ‘You’re solely there due to your dad or your mother.'”


Hailey Bieber is the daughter of actor/director/producer Stephen Baldwin and the niece of actors Alec, Daniel, and William Baldwin.

Nevertheless, she adopted extra carefully within the footsteps of her mannequin cousin Eire Baldwin and her mannequin sister Alaia Baldwin.

In her interview with Gwyneth, Hailey stated she “want[ed] to listen to” the actor’s recommendation for fellow nepotism infants: “It should not restrict you as a result of what I positively imagine is that no one on the planet, particularly anyone that doesn’t know you, ought to have a adverse influence in your path or the choice that you simply make.”

In 2016 — earlier than she married Justin Bieber and altered her title — she advised Grazia, “I need to do every part alone with out my title being an element. … I attempt to maintain myself separate from it.”

She continued, “Children that have already got a well-known background are simply following of their households’ footsteps. My dad and all of his brothers have executed this. That is my household enterprise.”


Hailey’s cousin, Eire Baldwin, is the daughter of actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin.

She advised Red Table Talk, “I don’t suppose I ever would’ve been scouted as a mannequin if it weren’t for who my mother and father are. … You may have much more to show since you’re all the time going to have that comparability to your mother and father.”

She continued, “Nothing makes me need to peel my fingernails off greater than doing a Basinger Baldwin unfold in {a magazine} after which going through the criticism and the comparisons.”


Ben Stiller is the son of actors/comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

He made his onscreen debut in an episode of Kate McShane, the authorized drama his mother starred in.

When the upcoming quick movie The Rightway was criticized for filling the lead actor, director, and author slots with the youngsters of very well-known folks, movie producer Franklin Leonard tweeted, “Hollywood’s a meritocracy, proper?” to level out the plain nepotism — however Ben did not agree.

He replied, “Too straightforward…Folks, working, creating. Everybody has their path. Want all of them the very best.”

After a little bit of again in forth through which the producer reminded him of the significance of acknowledging such privilege, Ben tweeted, “Simply talking from expertise, and I don’t know any of them, I might guess all of them have confronted challenges. Totally different than these with no entry to the trade. Present biz as everyone knows is fairly tough, and finally is a meritocracy.”


Natasha Bure is the daughter of actor Candace Cameron Bure.

Natasha’s first function was a small half in Make It or Break It, on which her mother performed Summer season Van Horne. For her first foremost function, she performed the daughter and niece of Candace’s twin characters in Switched for Christmas.

Natasha advised Today, “Lots of people will type of assume that if I get any job or work in any respect that it’s from her. … Or it’s given to me or it’s handed to me, and it’s truthfully fairly actually the alternative.”

She continued, “I work arduous for every part that I do, and I’m out right here like everybody else simply grinding and making an attempt to observe my goals and make them come true. … So I feel that’s one false impression that’s slightly bit irritating to see.”


Kendall Jenner is the daughter of actuality star Kris Jenner and Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner.

After all, the mannequin is extra well-known for her connections to her actuality star sisters — Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.

On the Retaining Up with the Kardashians reunion, she said, “I went to each single casting and ran throughout not solely New York Metropolis however throughout Europe making an attempt to get a job and make my approach.”

She continued, “After all I had a platform, and I by no means took that as a right. I all the time knew that that was there, however that nearly made my job slightly bit more durable. Solely as a result of folks most likely did not need to rent me as a result of I used to be on a actuality TV present.”

She addressed related criticisms by a brief movie she created in 2014. In Burn Book, she learn out hate feedback comparable to “she could not do that with out her household” and “Kendall Jenner won’t ever be an actual mannequin” whereas writing them in her Imply Ladies–type burn e-book.


Lily Collins is the daughter of musician Phil Collins.

One in every of her earliest roles was the voice of a child ape in Tarzan, which her father composed the soundtrack for.

She advised Marie Claire UK, “Once I first met with brokers, I used to be requested, ‘Effectively, what makes you so particular? Everyone in LA is a cousin or a daughter of somebody.’ … At first, that was essentially the most fascinating factor about me.”

She continued, “Now I’ve executed eight movies, it’s an afterthought. I get children who say, ‘Oh, I like your film, however my mum loves your dad.’ It’s very nice to have the ability to share that with him, nevertheless it doesn’t outline who I’m career-wise.”


Lily-Rose Depp is the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and singer/mannequin/actor Vanessa Paradis.

She made her movie debut in Tusk, which her dad starred in. Each Depps starred within the spinoff Yoga Hosers. The mannequin, who’s now a Chanel model ambassador, met the late Chanel inventive director Karl Lagerfeld by her mother.

She advised Australian Vogue, “It’s clearly a very easy assumption to make to suppose that I might simply have roles touchdown on my doorstep due to my title, however that’s an concept I’ve all the time type of rejected.”

She continued, “I’ve all the time been below the impression that I’ve to work twice as arduous to show to folks that I’m not simply right here as a result of it’s straightforward for me. I really feel such as you’re not what your title is. Should you’re not proper for one thing, they’re not simply going to rent you as a result of your title appears to be like good on the put up.”


Emma Roberts is the niece of actor Julia Roberts.

She advised PopEater, “Lots of people suppose that, they usually discuss nepotism, which I feel is so ridiculous contemplating it is clearly not true; as a result of I’ve auditioned for thus many issues and by no means gotten the half.”

She added, “Additionally it is like, you understand, perhaps somebody can get you one half, however they cannot actually get you 10 elements.”


Lourdes Leon is the kid of singer Madonna and actor Carlos Leon.

Lourdes appeared on the quilt of Vogue’s iconic September situation as certainly one of “The Fashions Who Make the Second.”

She advised Vogue, “Folks suppose I’m this talentless wealthy child who’s had every part given to her, however I’m not.” She additionally stated that she paid for her personal school tuition and lives independently.

Nevertheless, the quilt garnered backlash for that includes her alongside different modeling trade nepotism infants, together with Bella Hadid (daughter of mannequin Yolanda Hadid) and Kaia Gerber (daughter of mannequin Cindy Crawford).

In lieu of addressing the criticism, she reportedly disabled the feedback on her Instagram posts concerning the cowl.


And at last, Maude Apatow is the daughter of director Judd Apatow and actor Leslie Mann.

Alongside her sister Iris and their mother, she’s appeared in a number of of her dad’s motion pictures, together with Knocked Up, Humorous Folks, and This Is 40. In 2020, she had a bigger function in The King of Staten Island, which her dad directed and cowrote.

She’s additionally well-known for her supporting function in Euphoria. She advised Variety that, after the primary episode aired, “There have been like 8,000 tweets saying, ‘Why the f— is Maude Apatow first within the credit?!'” Her response to the criticism was, “Effectively, as a result of it’s alphabetical and my final title begins with ‘A.'”

She continued, “I positively get why folks can be mad at me, however I’ll actually spend the remainder of my life making an attempt to show myself and work twice as arduous.”

And now, listed below are 5 who acknowledged their privilege:


Elizabeth Olsen is the youthful sister of actors-turned-fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

She made her first onscreen look with a bit half in How the West Was Fun, which her older sisters starred in. Nevertheless, she did not act in one other film till 2011’s Martha Marcy Could Marlene.

She turned fascinated by performing once more when she was 10, however she “realized in a short time it wasn’t for [her].”

She advised Glamour UK, “Throughout that point, I assumed ‘I don’t need to be related to [Mary-Kate and Ashley],’ for some motive. … I assume I understood what nepotism was, like inherently, as a 10-year-old. … There may be some type of affiliation of not incomes one thing that I feel bothered me at a really younger age.”

That consciousness continued into her grownup life. She advised Grazia UK, “Nepotism is a factor and I’m very conscious of it. … And naturally, I’ve all the time wished to do it alone.”


Maya Hawke is the daughter of actors Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.

In 2020, she had a visitor function on The Good Lord Chicken, the miniseries her dad starred in and govt produced.

She advised People, “I am very grateful for the truth that [my parents] made it really easy for me to do the factor that I like.”

She continued, “I feel I am going to get a pair probabilities on their title after which if I suck, I am going to get kicked out of the dominion. … And that is what ought to occur. So I am simply going to strive to not suck.”


Clairo is the kid of marketer Geoff Cottrill, who cofounded the recording studio Rubber Tracks throughout his tenure as Converse’s chief advertising officer.

She confronted backlash when followers found that her father was buddies with Jon Cohen, who based the label she’s signed to.

She advised Rolling Stone, “I signed with Fader as a result of I’ve recognized Jon Cohen my entire life. There was a way of accountability and safety. I positively am not blind to the truth that issues have been simpler for me than different folks’s experiences.”

She continued, “It might be silly of me to not acknowledge the privilege I had from the beginning to have the ability to signal someplace the place there’s belief, to have the ability to signal a file deal that doesn’t revolve round maintaining myself afloat financially.”


Destry Spielberg is the daughter of director Steven Spielberg and actor/painter Kate Capshaw.

In response to the backlash regarding nepotism in her quick movie The Rightway, she tweeted, “I acknowledge that I used to be born with privilege! I personal that by and thru!”

She continued, “I make it my mission to convey new expertise into the trade [and] give alternatives to artists of all backgrounds. Nobody needs to be not noted due to the connections they do not have.”


And at last, Gigi Hadid is the daughter of mannequin/actuality star Yolanda Hadid and real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid.

She obtained her first modeling gig at 2 years outdated when Paul Marciano, the cofounder of Guess and a household good friend, forged her in Child Guess advertisements.

She advised Australian Vogue, “I do know I come from privilege, so once I began there was this massive guilt of privilege, clearly. … I’ve all the time had this massive work ethic, as a result of my mother and father got here from nothing and I labored arduous to honor them.”

She continued, “There are such a lot of women who come [from] all around the world and work their arses off and ship cash dwelling to their households like my mom did, and I wished to face subsequent to them backstage and for them to have a look at me and respect me and to know that it’s by no means about me making an attempt to overshadow or take their place.”

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