Let’s face it: Most of your favorite actors and models have famous parents. However, some so-called “nepo babies” bristle at the idea that family connections have eased their path to stardom.
Lili-Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis) reignited discourse on Hollywood nepotism when she dismissed her own nepo baby status in November 2022. “People are going to have preconceived ideas about you or how you got there, and I can definitely say that nothing is going to get you the part except for being right for the part,” Depp told Elle in the controversial interview. “The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things. Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that.”
Whether or not children of celebrities “deserve” their fame is a matter of ongoing debate on social media, but there’s no denying that if you want to be a star, being a star’s kid makes it a lot easier. “They really do treat you so differently from the other models,” Ireland Baldwin (daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger) said in a refreshingly nuanced series of TikTok videos about her own start in the modeling industry.
However, she also added, “I’m not defending anything, but I think you do get to a place where you get really tired of answering questions about your parents because you so desperately want to separate yourself from that and be your own individual person.” Fair enough.
Whether they like it or not, here are 71 celebrity nepo babies who have turned fame into a family business.