Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Cousins

For us here at Cool Cousin, everyday is Cousin’s day. While our app gives you the option to make hundreds of cool people around your world your cousin, some celebs already have super cool people as their real cousins, such as Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres. Find out who else is related.

Nicholas Cage & Sofia Coppola & Jason Schwartzman

That’s one talented family right there: Director Sofia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola’s Daughter) is related to Nicholas Cage and Jason Schwartzman (who stars in many Wes Anderson films). Here’s a family reunion we’d happily go to.

Snoop Dogg & Brandy

This chill rapper and “The Boy is Mine” singer / “Moesha” star Brandy are first cousins – how cool is that? When asked about it, Snoop just said “We never really told the world because we weren’t trippin’ off of that, but that’s my family”. So humble.

Monica & Ludacris

Speaking of Brandy, remember the duo Brandy&Monica? Well the second half of this R&B hit machine also has a rapper relative, though their connection is somewhat looser – Monica’s mum’s second husband is Ludacris’s Uncle. Got it? We didn’t. Anyway, these 2 family members collaborated in Ludacris’ song “Ocean Skies“.

Amy Schumer & Chuck Schumer

While the cousins we’ve mentioned so far run in the same cycles, here are 2 famous cousins who chose very different paths. Many know Amy Schumer, the hilarious comedian. Not so many people know her big shot cousin Senator (Dem)Chuck Schumer. Chuck is Amy’s father’s cousin, which makes them first cousins, once removed. Amy has even publicly supported Chuck on various occasions.

Melissa McCarthy & Jenny McCarthy

Jenny, the former playboy bunny-now TV host, and Melissa, the busy and funny actress, are cousins with a lot in common: They’re both the same age, grew up and Illinois and moved to Hollywood together in their twenties. In fact, Jenny helped Melissa get her first role in the sitcom “Jenny”. Nowadays, both of them are super successful and super close. Good for them!

Meryl Streep & Glenn Close & Brooke Shields

Did you know that these 3 powerful and legendary actresses are actually related? Well, very loosely, but it’s good enough for us! It goes like this: Meryl Streep and Glenn Close are 15th cousins (yes), and Streep is a second cousin once-removed from beautiful actress Brooke Shields. Wouldn’t you like to be part of this gene pool?

Kate Middleton & Ellen Degeneres

This one is also far-fetched, but cool nonetheless. So, an ancestral tracing company found out that the American comedian and the English princess are 14th cousins, twice removed. They might be related but they haven’t really met, although Ellen, who’s very proud of this connection, said last year: “”Everyone thinks I’m joking, but I’m not. So, if we’re related, we should start hanging out together”. Over to you, Duchess.

Prince Charles & Ralph Fiennes

Her’s another royal connection. Apparently, actor Ralph Fiennes (Known as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named-But-We’ll-Name-Anyway-Voldemort) and his brother Joseph, are Prince Charles’s 8th cousins, as they are both related to King James II of Scotland, who reigned in the 1400s. Impressive!

Dionne Warwick & Whitney Houston

This connection isn’t that surprising, given that both ladies are super talented singers. Despite the age gap between them (23 years), the two were extremely close until Whitney’s tragic death in 2012 and Dionne has said that Whitney was “the little girl I’ve never had”.

Madonna & Angelina Jolie & Hillary Clinton

It actually makes sense that these 3 strong, leading ladies are (somewhat) related: Madonna and Clinton are 10th cousins. Clinton is related to Jolie from the other side of her family, and they’re 9th cousins twice removed. Hey, it’s something.

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