Celebrity Kids You Had No Idea Were Actors

Well done, genetics.

Children of celebrities have it all: perfect genes, a ton of money, and parents who can take them anywhere they could possibly imagine. But that doesn’t mean these kids don’t want to have their own lives and careers. These celebrity kids have gone on to find success in their own right — in the same industry as their famous parents!

  • 1 Sarah Sutherland
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sullen daughter Catherine Meyer on Veep is actually Kiefer Sutherland’s probably-not-that-sullen daughter in real life.

  • 2 Margaret Qualley
    Justin Theroux’s sullen daughter Jill Garvey on The Leftovers (HBO is all about the sullen daughters) is the daughter of Andie MacDowell. Her sister Rainey is an actress as well — you may have seen her in a wordless role on Mad Men seducing Don Draper in an audition for razors.

  • 3 Alison, Francesca, and Scott Eastwood
    Clint Eastwood’s kids have all done very well — Scott just appeared in The Longest Ride, Alison has had success appearing in movies like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Poohall Junkies, and Francesca starred in the E! reality series Mrs. Eastwood & Company with her step-mom Dina and has made appearances in movies like her dad’s Jersey Boys.

  • 4 Lily-Rose Depp
    Lily-Rose is everywhere these days. Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ daughter just got cast with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Planetarium, and in June will star in Yoga Hosers with her dad and the next person on this list.

  • 5 Harley Quinn Smith
    Kevin Smith’s little girl is all grown up now but she’s not exactly new to acting. She appeared as baby Silent Bob in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and in Jersey Girls, Clerks 2, and Tusk. She’ll next start with her real-life bestie Lily-Rose Depp in her dad’s Yoga Hosers.

  • 6 Jesse Johnson
    Dakota isn’t Don Johnson’s only kid to go into acting. Jesse, his son with Patti D’Arbanville, recently appeared as John Wilkes Booth on the National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln. [/item

  • 7 Mamie and Grace Gummer
    Meryl Streep’s daughters have done very well with their genetic win. Grace starred in The Newsroom, and Mamie had her own show Emily Owens, MD on The CW and appeared in Cake with Jennifer Aniston.

  • 8 Jack Quaid
    The son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan recently appeared in both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

  • 9 Dylan and Hopper Penn
    They haven’t blown up yet, but the children of Sean Penn and Robin Wright are well on their way — Vogue declared them part of the new Brat Pack with Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, Gigi Hadid, and Ansel Elgort. [/item