When it comes to beautiful faces in Hollywood, the apples don’t fall far from the trees. In fact, the entertainment industry itself is sort of the American equivalent to the royal family—or that’s at least what it’s turning into.
Actors typically start off their careers at a young age, and eventually, they wander into their golden years. For some, this is it. The glory days are behind them, and a quiet life of retirement and the occasional interview awaits them.
For others, however, their legacy stands a chance at lasting. They pass the torch to their children, betting on the family name (as well as a charming presence for the camera) to launch their careers and maintain their Hollywood royalty.
All throughout Hollywood, there are respected actors who are reaching a new stage in their respective careers. So, it’s about time they start passing the torch. To whom they’ll pass it, though, remains to be seen, considering that their children may not exactly be households names just yet.
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15. Jillian Hervey – Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams has woven herself in and out of music and film since the very beginning of her career. In fact, adding “former Miss America” to her creative roster, Williams is a bona fide triple threat. That said, she is by no means a threat to singer/dancer Jillian Hervey, her daughter.
Lead singer of the musical group Lion Babe, Hervey may as well represent yet another entry of perfection within Williams’ bloodline. She’s a singer, a dancer, an actor (she acted alongside her mother in the TV movie The Courage to Love), and even a spokeswoman for MAC Cosmetics.
14. Kate Hudson – Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson
From the 1970s to the 1990s, Goldie Hawn more than proved her status as a household name. The woman was a comedic master who complemented her natural charm with her natural beauty (though in The First Wives Club, “natural” is far from anything her character would have ever strived towards). However, she wasn’t alone. From her first marriage with musical Bill Hudson, she had her daughter Kate, an actress who didn’t just borrow a similar charm from her mother, but her beauty as well.
In fact, Kate Hudson is easily a household name on account of playing one teenage journalist’s epitome of perfection as Penny Lane in Almost Famous. From first glance, it was obvious what drew the young boy in, but it was how Hudson ultimately elevated her character from beautiful groupie to the complicated and layered “Band-Aid” she really was that proved to audiences that she wasn’t just her mother’s daughter, but a deserving talent of her own.
13. Margaret Qualley – Andie McDowell
The entertainment industry is all about passing the torch. Whether it’s from a mentor to an apprentice or a parent to a child, Hollywood is genuinely Networking Central, with personal connections making up a significant chunk of how aspiring actors ever even get a shot at their big break.
For Margaret Qualley, who is perhaps best known for her role in The Leftovers (which recently aired its series finale), having Andie MacDowell as her mother certainly helped.
That said, Qualley has hardly taken that connection for granted. Aside from The Leftovers, she has also appeared alongside Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, Emma Roberts in Palo Alto, and Melissa Leo in Novitiate. Expect to see more Margaret Qualley in the coming years.
12. Sosie Bacon – Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick seem like the kind of Hollywood couple who helps themselves to as much humble pie as they can stomach. There’s just something really endearing about their endurance. As it so happens, their love gave the world more than relationship goals to live up to. It gave us an emerging star in the form of their daughter, Sosie Bacon.
Popping in various films and TV shows, Sosie has, thus far, made her most significant claim to fame in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. It’s a series that may have been polarizing among viewers, but it’s safe to say that it was a perfect vehicle to help build exposure. It’s just too bad that a Footloose remake already ran its course, because taking over the role her father immortalized back in the ’80s would have been a nice touch.
11. Zoë Kravitz – Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz is a staple in the American music industry (and not just because he made The Guess Who’s “American Woman” famous again). Later in his career, he bled his music into movies, starring in films like Precious, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and The Hunger Games. His daughter, Zoë, however, would join him on that journey into acting, as well, though with her focus strictly on this side of the entertainment industry – like her equally stunning mother, Lisa Bonet.
Zoë Kravitz has been climbing up the limelight ladder for years, and has finally started to make a name for herself (outside of simply being the daughter of an award winning musician). She’s tackled superheroes in X-Men: First Class, YA novel adaptations in the Divergent series, the Emmy-winning Big Little Lies, and even a Best Picture nominee in Mad Max: Fury Road.
In 2018, she’ll return to the Wizarding World as Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.
10. Emma Roberts – Eric Roberts
When Eric Roberts graced the screen in movies like King of the Gypsies and The Pope of Greenwich Village, he was an unmistakably suave gentleman. Julia Roberts’ older brother, Eric was essentially her cool and rugged male counterpart with a kind of natural talent that could stand on its own. That said, Julia isn’t the only lady in his life. His daughter, Emma, has gone ahead and crafted a successful acting career of her very own.
Emma Roberts isn’t just beautiful – she’s also bad. Though she started off her young career in more kid-friendly fare like Aquamarine and Nancy Drew, she traded in her PG-rated craft for something a little more risqué, hopping aboard blood-soaked movies and television shows like Scream 4, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens.
9. Sydney Tamiia Poitier – Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier broke some serious ground in Hollywood. Not only was he an indomitable presence on screen, he was the first African American recipient of an Academy Award (he won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in Lilies in the Field). The 90-year-old actor also delved into directing, served as Bahamian ambassador to Japan, and was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. However, it’d be remiss to leave out his greatest achievement: his daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier.
Though she landed roles in various productions, including series’ like Joan of Arcadia and Veronica Mars, Poitier is perhaps best known for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (the second half of 2007’s Grindhouse) as Jungle Julia.
In the film, there is no denying her multi-layered perfection. Between her looks, her talent with mouthy Tarantino dialogue, and a powerful demeanor which she clearly inherited from her father, this second generation Poitier is a spectacle.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow – Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner, who modern audiences will recognize from Meet the Parents (as well as its two sequels), has been a staple in the performing arts for decades. Between stage and screen, Danner is an award-winning actress who has led a considerably comfortable career in the entertainment industry. What’s more, she also brought her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, into the world— an A-list actress who hardly needs an introduction.
Paltrow is an Academy Award-winning actress, a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the founder of Goop (okay, so maybe that last one isn’t as impressive for film aficionados of the world). In the plethora of films in which she’s starred, Paltrow has been cross-dressing thespian wannabe, a severed head in a box, and the cause of a global plague in Contagion—so it’s safe to say that she’s got some range.
7. Katherine Schwarzenegger – Arnold Schwarzenegger
If Arnold is the muscle in the Schwarzenegger family, then his daughter Katherine is the mind. Though, that’s not to downplay Arnold’s intelligence. The man is definitely not your average meathead.
At 27 years old, Katherine Schwarzenegger has pursued the successful effort of helping others create self-sustained confidence— not with bodybuilding, like her pops, but in embracing body positivity. Her book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back, highlights her own battle within the world of body image woes.
6. Lily Collins – Phil Collins
Phil Collins is a handsome man, though it’s worth arguing that his songs are even handsomer. They’re a collection of classics that rounded out the ’80s, including In the Air Tonight (shoutout to The Hangover for making it cool again). However, it’s safe to say that Collins’ greatest creation wasn’t in music, but his daughter, Lily.
Lily Collins kicked off her career alongside Julia Roberts in the Snow White comedy Mirror Mirror, but 2017 alone has signified a giant leap in exposure for the 28-year-old actress. Just this year, she tackled two Netflix original movies, To the Bone and Bong Joon-ho’s Okja. In the first of the two, she plays the lead, but even in her supporting roles, Collins’ distinct presence has given audiences plenty reason to keep their focus directly on her.
5. Lily Costner – Kevin Costner
In between filming Silverados and The Untouchables, Kevin Costner took a break to play the role of “new father.” In 1996, he and his wife Cindy introduced their daughter, Lily – someone who embrace the world of acting just like her father, but ultimately tackled the entertainment industry over a more personalized course.
Lily Costner has played the role of Miss Golden Globe, a character in The Baby-Sitter’s Club, and even starred alongside her father in The Postman, but her current career has exchanged the screen for the stage— as well as a microphone and guitar.
She’s been enjoying a career in music, writing her own songs, arranging music for the TV series Nashville, and from time to time, she joins the stage with her father and performs with his band, Modern West.
4. Sonam Kapur – Anil Kapoor
Even if you’re not familiar with Bollywood films, chances are you definitely remember the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Anil Kapoor. A well-established actor in India, Kapoor is a household name in Bollywood, and his daughter, Sonam, is no different.
Just as esteemed as her father, Sonam Kapoor is a powerhouse, and she just so happens to be one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood. Together, they’re a force to be reckoned with, but Sonam has more than proven her ability to hold her own in this industry—not just as a pretty face, but as a pretty fantastic talent as well.
3. Allison Williams – Brian Williams
When you’re a famous news anchor, it’s fair to say that your face is more than a little recognizable. And when you’re Brian Williams, the whole world knows your face, whether they watch your show or not. This is a guy who is rooted in modern media as firmly as Walter Cronkite or Diane Sawyer. Which is certainly saying something.
His daughter, on the other hand, has only just begun to find a place in the public spotlight, and following the success of Get Out and Girls, there’s a solid chance that she’ll be there to stay for quite some time. While there’s no telling whether or not she’ll have the lasting power that her dad has achieved, the odds seem in her favor.
2. Rashida Jones – Quincy Jones
It’s not easy to surpass a living legend, whether you share his genes or not. However, that doesn’t exactly apply to the daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones, Rashida. Though her career may still be in its earlier strages, Rashida Jones has more than proven her ability to make a name for herself—without the help of her big shot father.
Endearing, attractive, and a master in comedic timing, Jones is an up-and-coming powerhouse who has deservedly climbed the ranks within the Hollywood limelight. She shone in Parks & Recreation and Celeste And Jesse forever, which she also co-wrote.
Jones has such a naturally strong presence that her minor role in David Fincher’s The Social Network feels as fleshed out as any of the major characters in the film. Which is definitely saying something, considering the fact that she was working alongside the movie’s main character, played by Academy Award-nominee Jesse Eisenberg.
1. Francesa Eastwood – Clint Eastwood
During his heyday, Clint Eastwood was the classic, rugged American. He was an icon among fictional cowboys, fictional police officers, and even fictional angry old men who want people to get off their lawn. Focusing more on the director’s chair during his golden years, Eastwood’s legacy is living on as he passes the family torch to his daughter, Francesca, an actress whose budding career is as eclectic as it is daring.
Most recently, Francesca Eastwood showed up in the latest seasons of Fargo and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. What’s especially interesting is the fact that she’s taken a cue from her father, starring in an American Western of her very own called Outlaws and Angels. It may not be of the same caliber as her dad’s Dollars trilogy, but it’s definitely a start in the right direction.
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