Whether it's honest or not (it's probably not), Hollywood is aiming at becoming more inclusive. In recent years, stories of sexism, racism and abuse have circulated the media more often than ever before. For this reason, the big execs at studios will surely do anything to not get canceled. However, in our humble opinion, one form of inequality gets overlooked more often than we'd like it to be—nepotism.

The word itself is derived from nepos in Latin, meaning nephew. In Italy, it became nipotismo, named after the practice of when popes would give jobs to their nephews. Centuries have passed but it appears that little has changed. If you're a frequent lurker on social media or like to read magazines on celebrities, you sure as hell know the names (and faces) of Lily-Rose Depp, Gigi Hadid, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham... the list could go on and on and never reach its end. Yes, you guessed it correctly—all of these people came from rich, powerful, and talented families. Nothing wrong with talent, but we can guess that casting auditions are just slightly easier when your dad is the producer of the movie.

We recently came across one interesting thread on Twitter that points out the sometimes unexpected family relations between (semi) famous people. Some were really surprising, some—kind of obvious. Nonetheless, we hope it will help you to put some things in perspective. One of them being that, it's not always just hard work that it takes to make it, no matter how hard celebrities try to make us believe it. We surely don't deny that there are many outstanding actors, singers, musicians, and dancers that don't come from a famous background, but more about that next time. This time, let's put the focus on celebs who really made it, but not without the support of their famous family members. Bear in mind that the intention of the post is purely educational, we're not intending to trash talented people just because they have relatives in the industry. Scroll down below to see the list, have fun, and drop a comment on whether you remember any more celebs that probably benefited from nepotism!

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2 horror movie icons . The original scream queen ,and the scream queen in waiting 😍

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After Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” came out, it sparked a debate online about nepotism. The widely popular film featured three young actresses—Margaret Qualley, Harley Quinn Smith and Maya Hawke. Surprisingly or not, all of them came from artistic families. Margaret's mother is none other than the legendary Andie MacDowell, while Harley Quinn is the daughter of Kevin Smith. Maya's parents probably need no introduction too—Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. Yes, the same Uma Thurman who's been Quentin Tarantino's muse for years.

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Daria B
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This one is a pretty famous family relationship. Although, yeah, maybe many of our generation will not know Carrie Fisher's mom by name, just that she had a famous mother with whom she was very close and who passed away shortly after her daughter.

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Monica Sargent
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I can't remember where but I saw family movies of her with her brother and parents and they were all so in love with each other. Also her mother was one of the first celebrities to not hide her breast cancer, "for the sake of other women". She hit the highest notes in more than one way....

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Foxxy (The Original)
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Get out!! really? I never ever would have guessed.

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George-Florin Constantin
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Pharell is actually very talented.

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One of the most obvious challenges that Hollywood is facing is its lack of diversity. However, with nepotism in the picture, it becomes even harder for creatives to cast diverse actors and create diverse films. One of the most famous recent examples is director Greta Gerwig’s recent adaptation of “Little Women”—in it, 3 out of 7 of the main cast members came from famous and powerful families in the business.

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I love Rashid Jones! Angie tribeca!

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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2 months ago

And actor Eric Roberts is Julia’s brother, Emma’s father. Some people don’t know him by name but he’s been in many movies.

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Bob Belcher
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2 months ago

People didn't know this?

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M.J.
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2 months ago

Wasn't Dionne her aunt?!

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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And Alexander (True Blood) and Gustav (Vikings). There are other brothers too that act but I’ve never seen them I guess because they are only in Swedish films.

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There's no denying that while nepotism in Hollywood exists, children of famous parents can also be extremely talented. Take Sofia Coppola as an example. Daughter of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia has made quite an impact on the industry with her one-of-a-kind film style. However, it certainly didn't hurt her career when her dad helped her to make The Virgin Suicides—her debut feature—by producing it using his own company, American Zoetrope.

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Monday
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2 months ago

Oh...now I get that joke from Bones about them looking like sisters

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 months ago

Melissa McCarthy is the greatest!

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Raine Soo
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His name is Alfie.

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Tabitha L
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2 months ago

I could watch Overboard again and again. Though I'm sure there are better pictures of Goldie Hawn available.

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ML
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2 months ago

What about Martin Sheen? Could've made triple connection.

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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2 months ago

Well there ya go! I made this comment regarding Julia and Emma...

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Bob Belcher
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2 months ago

Yes, but they didn't know they were related until she was already in Hollywood.

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Pseudo Puppy
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2 months ago

and both of them are brilliant

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Wait, What? Cool!

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Anna Piecko
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2 months ago

Don't forget Jack Quaid (from Logan Lucky or Amazon's The boys) he's Dennis Quaids and Meg Ryan's son.

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Monica Sargent
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2 months ago

This is just sad to me because her mother is so much prettier and can act circles around her daughter.

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Laura Maeflower
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A long time ago, I looked up one of them on IMDB and couldn't find one of their acting credits and I knew it was them in the film. Then I learned it was his twin brother lol.

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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2 months ago

She was an early 90s child actress who was in lots of stuff but then she just fell out of the spotlight.

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GirlFriday
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2 months ago

I get such a kick out of James Brolin in Life in Pieces. It is hard for me to reconcile Amityville Horror dad with the hilarious Pop Pop on Life In Pieces. And Josh Brolin is sooooo pretty.

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postboredom
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2 months ago

they are too alike for anybody to not notice

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Hilzillah
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2 months ago

Blessed be the Voldemort ❤

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Rosesinmyhair
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2 months ago

Is Pablo.. Pornstache in Orange Is The New Black?

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If I remember rightly they are estranged.

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Ava-cado
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2 months ago

I gotta say the Pennywise costume does not promote a family resemblance.

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B-b-bird
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2 months ago

and Dakota's mom, fabulous Melanie Griffith! as well 2 famous grandparents

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Diellza
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And he had Zoe Kravitz with Lisa Bonet, who is currently married to Jason Mamoa.

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Ava-cado
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2 months ago

I love the expression on Oz.

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Monica Sargent
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2 months ago

I'm so confused

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Bob Belcher
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2 months ago

Well duh

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

And don't forget their mother Naomi Judd who is a country music singer and actress.

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Julie Terrell
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2 months ago

Am I the only one that looks at Casey and sees Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong??

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postboredom
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2 months ago

is this guy from boy meets world?

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Helen Haley
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2 months ago

Good looks run in that family.

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Ava-cado
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2 months ago

Am I the only one who totally forgot Redfoo existed once he left the X-factor? Probably.

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Bob Belcher
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2 months ago

There's literally a show called The Wahlbergs.

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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2 months ago

This I did not know!

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Diellza
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2 months ago

Nicole is also Lionel Richie's adopted daughter.

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markthomasc
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2 months ago

Don't forget the singer Rosemary Clooney (White Christmas) and her nephew George (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 2). OK, he's made a lot of great movies but that was his first.

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SoozeeQ
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She is stunning!

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Azure Adams
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2 months ago

Don't forget Keyshawn as well... or me-Shawn

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Ava-cado
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2 months ago

I didn't know Kyle Massey was related to a shirt!

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