When people say you look like a spitting image of your mom, you may just take it as a compliment, you may try and argue it, or you may tell them, “duh, she’s my mom!” But some famous parents' kids clearly won the hereditary lottery and got their genes randomized so that they look just like them.

And when it comes to the child of a famous actor, casting directors need not look further when searching for a person to play their younger selves. So today, we are going to look at some of the most famous movies where generational resemblance has made parents and kids share roles on the big screen.

From Mila Jovovich's character played by her daughter in Resident Evil to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing his wrestler father in That ‘70s Show, some of these will surely surprise you!

#1

Zoe Perry plays Mary Cooper, Sheldon's mom, on Young Sheldon, a role her mom Laurie Metcalf originated on The Big Bang Theory.

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Sasy
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4 months ago

I had no idea they were related, every time I watched young Sheldon I was amazed at how much she had nailed the mannerisms of the original actress.

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#2

For Red's age 20 mugshot in The Shawshank Redemption, they photographed Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

I always thought it's Morgan freeman in a younger age!! Didn't know that

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#3

On the wedding episode of 30 Rock, Tina Fey's daughter Alice Richmond played Liz Lemon in a childhood flashback.

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ChickyChicky
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4 months ago

Tina's husband is the composer for the music on 30 Rock and has a recurring background character role.

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#4

In Evening, Mamie Gummer played the 1950s version of Lila Wittenborn Ross, while her mother Meryl Streep played the present-day version.

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Nadine Bamberger
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4 months ago

They have the exact same smile.

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#5

James Cromwell's son John played a younger version of his father's character, Arthur Arden, in American Horror Story: Asylum.

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birdhouse
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4 months ago

I thought this was just done with CGI!

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#6

O'Shea Jackson Jr. played his dad Ice Cube in the biopic Straight Outta Compton.

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EADC
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4 months ago

This one got me I thought jeez they look so like.

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#7

Susan Sarandon and her daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, play the same role as Mary McGarricle in That's My Boy.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

She has played the younger version of her mother quite a few times i think!

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#8

Michael Gandolfini reprised his dad James's role as Tony Soprano in the upcoming The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark.

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Anna Te
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4 months ago (edited)

These are big shoes to fill, a lot of fans will watch with broken hearts...

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#9

In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Indio Falconer Downey played the 9-year-old version of his dad Robert Downey Jr.'s character Harry Lockhart.

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Demi Zwaan
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4 months ago

Indio Falconer? Really? Wow :(

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#10

Mark Harmon's son, Sean Harmon, played a young Gibbs a few times on NCIS.

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Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

He has the Harmon family eyes, for sure

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#11

Max Winkler portrays a young Barry Zuckerkorn in three episodes of Arrested Development Season Four. Max Winkler is the son of Henry Winkler, the actor who plays the older version of the same character

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Lorrie Rothstein
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4 months ago

Oh wow. His son looks he did on happy days.

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#12

Melissa McCarthy’s daughter, Vivian Falcone, played the younger version of Lydia in Thunder Force

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Sasy
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4 months ago

She was good too

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#13

Mark Sheppard played a younger version of his father (William Morgan Sheppard) In Doctor Who.

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Dina Simoné
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4 months ago

My dear Crowley played in Dr. Who! Gotta see it!

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#14

Young T’Chaka on Black Panther is played by actor John Kani’s real son Atandwa Kani.

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Sally Appleton
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4 months ago

John Kani is a legend

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#15

Ever Anderson played the younger version of Alicia Marcus, her mother Mila Jovovich's character, in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

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Beans
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4 months ago

Ever Anderson is in Black Widow and when I saw her I thought "this kid totally reminds me of Mila Jovovich' and now I know why!

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#16

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson played his wrestler father, Rocky, on a 1999 episode of That ‘70s Show.

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More!
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4 months ago

His mothers genes were obviously stronger..

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#17

On an episode of Orange Is the New Black, Dasany Kristal Gonzalez played 14-year-old Daya, who's played by her mom Dascha Polanco as an adult, in a flashback.

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Toni
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4 months ago

what?

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#18

C.J. Wallace played his father, rapper The Notorious B.I.G., as a child in Notorious.

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Requiem
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4 months ago

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That movie just came out and Biggie died in like 98. is CJ 22 playing a 12 year old?

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#19

Michael Consuelos played the teenage version of Hiram Lodge, who's usually played by his dad Mark, in a flashback episode of Riverdale.

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Lily Mae Kitty
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4 months ago

they are both so handsome.

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#20

Glenn Close’s daughter Annie Starke plays the younger version of Joan Castleman in The Wife. 

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Dre Mosley
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4 months ago

I love Glenn Close's work.

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#21

Melissa Rivers played her mom Joan Rivers in Joy, a biopic about inventor Joy Mangano.

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nicole veltri
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4 months ago

She said she had to go to a dialogue coach her mom spoke so uniquely

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#22

Quinn Dempsey Stiller voiced the younger version of Alex the lion, who's played by his dad Ben, in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

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K Witmer
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4 months ago

And Ben stiller was just saying Hollywood careers are based on meritocracy and not nepotism

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#23

James Paxton, Bill Paxton's son, played his dad's character in season 7 of Agents of Shield.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

R.I.P😢

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#24

Lily Mo Sheen plays the child version of Selene in Underworld: Evolution. The grown-up version of Selene is played by her mother Kate Beckinsale.

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Vicky Z
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4 months ago

She looks a lot like her father!!!!

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#25

Rosemary Harris And Jennifer Ehle In The Movie Sunshine

Rosemary Harris And Jennifer Ehle In The Movie Sunshine

A real-life daughter and mother team of Jennifer Ehle and Rosemary Harris playing the same character across a six-decade storyline in Sunshine.

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Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

I wish she had had a career like Colin Firth

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#26

Vin Diesel’s Son, Vincent Sinclair, plays the youngest version of Dominic Toretto in Fast And Furious 9.

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Sara Rodrigues
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4 months ago

Interesting, I didn't think that they were father and son when I watched the movie. Perhaps they'll be more alike once the son grows older

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#27

Mario Van Peebles wrote, produced, directed, and starred as his filmmaker father Melvin in the biopic Baadasssss!.

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#28

Emilio Estevez played a younger Martin Sheen's character, Jed Bartlet, in a home movie on The West Wing.

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Robert Bailey
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3 months ago

I thought they did that before, had to look it up. They both played the same character in an 80s TV movie Nightbreaker.

#29

Sophia Loren played both her mother Romilda Villani and herself in Sophia Loren: Her Own Story.

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Josette Bergeron
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4 months ago

It's the same person playing both roles.

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#30

Former Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr. played his dad, former MLB player Rubén Amaro Sr., on two episodes of The Goldbergs.

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BensMom
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4 months ago

Senior was one of my favorite Phillies way back when. They were so good!

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