15 Celebrities’ Kids Who Stepped Out of Their Famous Parent’s Shadow and Showed the World Who They Are

Acting and music dynasties are not uncommon in the world of show business. Indeed, when you grow up surrounded by creative and talented people, it’s hard to not inherit this desire to become one of them. And the people in this compilation are a clear proof of that.

Joel David Moore’s son, Ollie

Avatar: The Way of Water became the first film in Oliver “Ollie” Moore’s filmography. He is the son of actor Joel David Moore, who played the role of scientist Dr. Norm Spellman in the first part of the franchise. According to him, working conditions for children are strictly regulated. They’re not allowed to be filmed for longer than 15 minutes a day, and thus the crew has to try to work as quickly and efficiently as possible with the young colleagues, to minimize the amount of unnecessary takes.

John Travolta’s daughter, Ella Bleu

John Travolta’s daughter Ella decided to debut on several fronts at once. She recorded the single Dizzy, appeared as a model during New York Fashion Week, and starred in Get Lost, a peculiar interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. The young woman’s famous father can’t stop sharing in interviews and on social media how proud he is of such a talented and multiskilled daughter.

Tim Allen’s daughter, Elizabeth

Tim Allen’s 13-year-old daughter became his companion on the set of The Santa Clauses. The actor says he had nothing to do with it: “I wanted to put my youngest daughter as an elf, just so she’d see herself in a movie. But as she was reading for that, she read so well that they said, ‘We’d like to read her for more of a part.’ I said, ‘Whatever you want to do. I want nothing to do with it. I don’t want to pitch my daughter for a part in the movie.’”

The girl’s acting talent seems to run in the blood, as her performance was appreciated by the entire crew. Colleagues asked Allen if Elizabeth had taken part in any other projects before. “No. But she’s read scripts with me all the time,” was Tim’s reply.

The Rock’s daughter, Simone Johnson

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s daughter has followed in her father’s footsteps and made her World Wrestling Entertainment debut. Simone, 21, has become a fourth-generation athlete. While it’s not easy being the daughter of an established legend due to the public constantly comparing you to your father, Simone has managed to claim her own spot in the history books — she’s become the youngest female wrestler the company has ever signed.

Jennifer Lopez’s son Max Muñiz

J.Lo and Marc Anthony’s son Max made his debut in the film Marry Me. According to the singer, the whole family supported the boy in his desire to become an actor: “He had a great time, and he wants to do it more. He wants to be an actor.” Two years earlier, his sister showed off her talent to the public when she performed with her mother at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Nicole Kidman’s daughter, Faith

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s 12-year-old daughter Faith grew up in a creative environment, so it’s no wonder she also wants to be a star. She’s already taken part in several projects: Big Little Lies and The Undoing. Also, her musician dad notes that the girl has an excellent ear for music. The girl is already attending official events. In 2021, the whole Kidman-Urban family appeared at the Golden Globes together.

David Tennant’s son, Ty

Ty Tennant, son of the legendary Doctor Who, has been dominating the TV screens for the past couple of years. The young talent made his debut in 2019, starting immediately with the successful series Casualty, which ensured several offers to other shows. One of Tennant Jr’s most recent highlights is the role of Aegon II Targaryen in House of the Dragon.

Pink’s daughter, Willow Hart

Pink’s daughter decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and take up singing. In 2021, she even released a music video for her and her mother’s song Cover Me In Sunshine. And recently, Pink posted the girl’s performance on her Instagram page, sharing how proud she is of her daughter’s talent.

Kate Beckinsale’s daughter, Lily Mo Sheen

“So as much as it’s quite difficult not to kind of be poking into her business all the time, I really do respect that and I admire how much she wants to be independent from us,” says Kate Beckinsale of her daughter Lily, who has also become an actress.

As a child, Mo Sheen appeared in several films before leaving the set for a long time and growing up as an ordinary child. However, in 2022, Lily decided to return to filmmaking. She played the role of Addy in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a film about Nicolas Cage.

Heidi Klum’s daughter, Leni

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The supermodel’s daughter has dreamed of following in her mother’s footsteps since childhood and was ready to step onto the catwalk at the age of 12, but Heidi forbade her to do so. Today Leni is 18 years old. She did end up getting into the modeling business and has even starred in a project together with her famous mother. Still, the strict Klum worries about her daughter’s education, saying that college is far more important than fashion shows.

However, Leni seems to be making progress on all fronts. Along with her college studies, the girl occasionally takes part in fashion projects. In 2023, for example, the supermodel’s 18-year-old daughter starred in a Dior advert.

Salma Hayek’s daughter, Valentina Pinault

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Salma Hayek rarely posts photos of her daughter Valentina on social media. But she has fully supported the 14-year-old in her fashion magazine cover debut. In 2022, mother and daughter starred in a photo shoot for Vogue Mexico. The girl also shared her future plans with the magazine: “I want different things, but I almost always move between 4, I would like to be an actress and then a director because that is what makes sense in my head.”

James Marsden’s son, Jack

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Actor James Marsden’s 22-year-old son developed a passion for music at an early age. When he was five, he was already trying to play the drums, and when he grew up, he decided to take his passion more seriously. His first album is called To the planes.

Jack says he owes his success in music to his dad: “My special talent when it comes to music is that I’m able to teach myself the basics of an instrument, all by ear. But if it wasn’t for my dad, I wouldn’t have known how to get myself started. Shoutout to dad!”

Emma Thompson’s daughter, Gaia Wise

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The year 2022 marked the screen debut of Emma Thompson’s daughter Gaia Wise. It was her first try at acting as an adult. She had appeared in several projects in her childhood, but she only managed to really tap into her acting talent now. You can see her in the series Silent Witness.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph made his big screen debut in 2022. The athlete starred in two films straight away: Chariot and Bully High. Last year, he also appeared in several shows: Scam Squad and Dancing with the Stars. Moreover, the young man, unlike his brother Patrick, doesn’t use his father’s famous name and is listed in the credits as Joseph Baena.

Julianne Moore’s son, Caleb Freundlich

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Caleb has been no stranger to the world of film since he was a child. Back in 2005, he first appeared on screen alongside his mother in the comedy Trust the Man. Later he starred in the drama Still Alice and with that concluded his acting career. Freundlich found himself in music. In 2022, he released his first single, Happier. Besides that, he also teaches music production at the university.

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