Stars of Hollywood usually keep their children out of public eyes, as they want to keep them safe from gossip and rumors. Some of those kids grow up learning about their moms’ and dads’ careers and wish to follow their parent’s path, becoming a star themselves. Sometimes, the young actors even make an appearance in movies where their parents star in. However, not many can achieve success as their fathers and mothers do. Those who do, however, share the fame with their parents, even surpassing them.
Families playing families in movies are pretty rare in Hollywood. Only on several occasions do we see the children have fun with their parents on stage. With this family resemblance in mind, here are 11 movies that featured renowned actors and their children.
#1 Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer, Evening, 2007
This mother-daughter pair can be difficult to tell apart. What’s more, Meryl Streep even inherited her mother’s acting talent, allowing the young actress to rub shoulders with Mamie Gummer.
#2 Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry, The Big Bang Theory, 2007; Young Sheldon, 2017
The role of Sheldon’s mother was performed by two actresses: Laurie Metcalf in The Big Bang Theory and Zoe Perry in Young Sheldon. The two are also mother and daughter in real life, respectively.
#3 Dascha Polanco and Dasany Kristal Gonzalez, Orange Is the New Black, 2013
Source: Lionsgate Television
Polanco’s daughter played a younger Dayanara Diaz, while her mother played the original character. The casting choice was clever, as the two shared the same look.
#4 Kate Beckinsale and Lily Mo Sheen, Underworld: Evolution, 2006
This movie featured the actress’s family of three. Kate herself was the main character Selene, the father portrayed the chief of the Lycan, while her daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, played a younger Selene.
#5 Robert Downey Jr. and Indio Falconer Downey (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005)
Source: Warner Bros
The character Harold “Harry” Lockhart was played by three actors. RDJ played the original version, whereas his son, Indio Falconer Downey, played a 9-year-old Harry.
#6 Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri (That’s My Boy, 2012)
Susan Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amurri, can be seen playing the younger version of the main character, Mary McGarricle.
#7 Til Schweiger and Emma Schweiger, Head Full of Honey (Honig Im Kopf), 2014
Til Schweiger is a father of four. This comedy-drama saw him and Emma Schweiger, his youngest daughter, being cast as father and daughter, respectively. Interestingly, Til Schweiger also appeared in Tschiller: Off Duty along with another daughter of his, Luna.
#8 Will Smith and Jaden Smith, After Earth, 2013
Will and Jaden Smith played together in the post-apocalyptic action film. Jaden, in particular, matches his father in both appearance and gesture. However, not even this was enough to guarantee the movie’s success.
#9 Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller, The Heartbreak Kid, 2007
Jerry made several appearances in the 2007 black comedy along with his son, Ben. Sadly, the father passed away in 2020.
#10 Demi Moore and Rumer Willis, Striptease, 1996
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
In real life, Rumer Willis is Demi Moore’s daughter. In the movie, Rumer Willis played the daughter of Erin Grant, the main character who got caught in a child-custody dispute with her ex-husband.
#11 Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Cameron Douglas, It Runs in the Family, 2003
As the title suggests, this comedy-drama movie features three members of the Douglas family. Interestingly, Diana Douglas, Michael’s mother and ex-wife of Kirk, played Mitchell Gromberg’s wife.