How These Kids Of Celebs Realized Their Parents Were Famous
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Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

By Edgar Guest

Is anybody happier because you passed his way? Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today? This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through; Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Did you give a cheerful greeting to the friend who came along? Or a churlish sort of "Howdy" and then vanish in the throng? Were you selfish pure and simple as you rushed along the way, Or is someone mighty grateful for a deed you did today?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast, That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said; Does a man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or lose it, was it well or sorely spent? Did you leave a trail of kindness or a scar of discontent? As you close your eyes in slumber do you think that God would say, You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?
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Sometimes certain celebs are so familiar to us that they almost feel like family. Having grown up seeing their faces every day on magazine covers and TV screens, it feels like we know pretty much everything about them. But apparently, the kids of A-Listers themselves often know much less than we do about their parents’ glamorous lives. In fact, a lot of them didn’t even realize their moms and dads were famous at all! Here are just a couple of ways these children found out their parents were stars.


Lincoln Shephard (Son Of Kirsten Bell & Dax Shepard)


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REALIZED: He didn’t understand why people were interested in his dad’s podcast


Kristin Bell and her husband Dax Shephard might be totally goals to the rest of us mortals, due to their loving and goofy relationship. But to their son Lincoln, they are totally average humans, which they discovered in the most hilarious way. Shepard was recording a podcast when Lincoln why people were tuning in. His dad answered that “probably they tune into the podcast because I’m famous and they know my name.” Lincoln said, “You’re famous?” Shepard said, “Well, yeah, sweetie. Why do you think people ask me and Mommy for pictures when we’re out in public?” To this, his son answered, “Mommy’s famous?!”



Liv Tyler (Daughter of Steven Tyler)


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REALIZED: Steven Tyler’s other daughter looked exactly like her


Unlike many of these other children of celebrities, Liv wasn’t just in the dark about her parent’s fame – she also had no idea who her real dad was.  Tyler had always had suspicions about who her father was. She felt a weird connection with the Aerosmith frontman. But the moment of truth happened when she was attending one of his concerts and saw Mia, Steven Tyler’s daughter from another marriage, standing next to the stage. “She looked exactly like me and I looked at my mum and she had tears in her eyes, and I kind of put it all together”.


Georgia-May Jagger (Daughter of Mick Jagger)


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REALIZED:  Only realized when her dad took her on tour


For the youngest daughter of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, and model Jerry Hall, Georgia-May Jagger was raised in a shockingly normal atmosphere. Her childhood was so normal that she didn’t even know who her father was – until he asked her to go on tour with him. It was only at that point that she began to comprehend the level of her dad’s fame. Of her mom, Jagger says, “I still think of my mum as being kind of a dork – a cooler one, but still a dork.”



Blake Lively (Daughter Of Ernie Lively)


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REALIZED: Her real-life dad played her on-screen dad in a movie


Many of us have gone to the office with our dads at some point in our childhoods. But unlike Blake Lively, it wasn’t to a Hollywood film set. Blake has a great relationship with her dad, actor Ernie Lively, and definitely inherited her serious acting chops from him. But as magical a childhood as that might sound, perhaps the most surreal moment for her was when her real dad played her on-screen dad in a movie.


Lily-Rose Depp (Daughter Of Johnny Depp)


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REALIZED: People pretended to be her on Instagram


The daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French model Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose was no stranger to the bright lights of Hollywood. But as her parents kept her totally hidden from the media, she didn’t realize the extent to which they were famous. The realization hit her when people started stealing her photos and creating fake accounts on Instagram, pretending to be her. Today, the 20-year-old model is still very private, choosing to stay home and watching cooking shows rather than going to the clubs.



Alexa Ray Joel (Daughter Of Christie Brinkley & Billy Joel)


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REALIZED: She just thought her parents were popular


As the only child of musician Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel lived a glamorous childhood and was used to publicity. But in fact, she never realized that her parents were actual celebrities. People would shout her parents’ names when they were on family outings, but as the now 34-year-old singer says, “I just thought they were popular.” Further, she reveals, “I thought I was the star. We were always putting on plays, and dad would do the accompaniment and mom would dress me up like a Disney princess and be filming everything.”


Lily Collins (Daughter Of Phil Collins)


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REALIZED: Her father was never around


Model Lily Collins is not just famous for her good looks (and fabulous eyebrows). She is also the daughter of songwriter and singer Phil Collins. Unfortunately, they have always had a rocky relationship, partially because he was never around when she was growing up. When Lily’s parents got divorced when she was 5, her dad left for Switzerland where he stayed for over 20 years.  “I’ve realized that many of my deepest insecurities stem from these issues with my dad,” Collins has said.



Jennifer Aniston (Daughter Of John Aniston)


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REALIZED: One day she saw her father on TV


Despite growing up as the daughter of actor John Aniston, Jennifer didn’t get to watch a lot of TV or movies. She went to a Waldorf school, which didn’t allow their students to watch television, a rule which her parents strictly enforced. The only time she was able to get away with it was when she was at home sick. One day, she decided to sneak it anyways and she saw her dad on screen in the sitcom ‘That Girl’.


Gigi Hadid (Daughter Of Yolanda Hadid)


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REALIZED: She was a baby gap model by the age of 2


Gigi Hadid has a lot going for her. She has a crazy successful modeling career, an amazing family, and her best friend is Kendall Jenner. It would be totally understandable if she was out of touch with the average joe. But in fact, Gigi has always stayed grounded due to her mom’s great parenting skills and realizes that she is incredibly blessed. Says Hadid, “I think the biggest thing that my mom did for my career was make me wait until I was 17 to sign to an agency.”



Dakota Johnson (Daughter Of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson)


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REALIZED: She had to watch her parents film intimate scenes – with other people


Dakota Johnson is perhaps best known for her starring role in the notoriously steamy ’50 Shades Of Grey’ films. But another thing that makes her distinct is the fact that she grew up with not one, but two famous parents, actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Growing up with famous parents meant a very different lifestyle than most kids – which included having to watch her parents film intimate scenes with other people on screen. In Johnson’s words, “I lost my mind! I couldn’t deal with that at all.”


Angelina Jolie (Daughter Of Jon Voight)


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REALIZED: “I didn’t ­really have a father around.”


The stunning actress Angelina Jolie looks nothing like her famous dad Jon Voight, and that’s not the only difference they have. The two actors have quite a difficult relationship, and apparently, a lot of that stems from Voight’s absence in his daughter’s childhood. Jolie has called herself “her mother’s daughter,” adding, “I try to raise my children the way that my mother raised me. I didn’t ­really have a father around.”



Emma Roberts (Niece Of Julia Roberts)


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REALIZED: She grew up trying on Aunt Julia’s padded bras


Emma Roberts might be young, but she’s already an incredibly accomplished actress. But apparently, those acting genes didn’t just come from nowhere, seeing as she is the niece of actress Julia Roberts. Emma was homeschooled and definitely didn’t have a conventional upbringing (spoiler: she didn’t get to go to prom), but she had some pretty fascinating experiences to make up for it. She still has polaroids of herself trying on aunt Julia’s padded bras.


Paris & Nicky Hilton (Daughters Of Rick Hilton)


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REALIZED: There were antiques and forbidden zones in the house


One might think that growing up as heiresses of a hotel empire would mean instant access to anything your heart desires. But apparently, this was not the case for the Hilton girls. Growing up,  Paris and Nicky had forbidden zones in their own home.  “I grew up in a house full of antiques and fancy fabrics and certain rooms you weren’t allowed to go in,” Nicki told Architectural Digest. And as a child, I always told myself that I will never have that when I’m grown up; I would have a house where no room is off-limits.”



Kendall & Kylie Jenner (Daughters Of Kris and Bruce Jenner)


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REALIZED: There were always men with cameras around the house


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Kardashian-Jenner clan. But unlike the three older Kardashian sisters, who became world-famous during their teenage years, model Kendall Jenner and makeup creator Kylie Jenner were basically born into it. And in their case, that meant a house full of camera people who filmed pretty much every second of their not-so-private lives. Of her older sisters, Kendall has said, “They got to live their teen years in a very different way than we did.”


Rashida Jones (Daughter Of Quincy Jones)


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REALIZED: She was bitten by Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles


Lots of us have grown up around animals. But most people can’t say they’ve played with Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Jones once randomly drove to a movie theatre with Jackson and two others, and supersoaked people waiting in line. Jones says of the incident, “They had no idea they’d just been supersoaked by the King of Pop.” The daughter of legendary musician Quincy Jones, Rashida realized later that she lived a crazy childhood, but back then, this was pretty much a day in her life.



Brandon & Dylan Lee Anderson (Sons of Pamela Anderson)


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REALIZED: Kids at summer camp were talking about their mom


While most teenage American boys grew up with posters of Pamela Anderson in their bedrooms, her two sons, Brandon and Dylan didn’t even realize that the blonde bombshell was right in their midst. They knew their mom’s name but didn’t understand that she was THE Pamela Anderson until they found out from the other boys at camp. As Anderson recalls, “They were like… ‘Are you Pamela Anderson for real? Like, what is going on?” Prior to the revelation, they just thought their mother rescued animals.


Miley Cyrus (Daughter Of Billy Ray Cyrus)


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REALIZED: It was weird having her real-life dad as her television dad


Miley Cyrus is as well known for her Disney channel stint as Hannah Montana as she is for her controversial twerking moves. But before all of that, she was just the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.  “We have always had money and we have always had fame,” Miley has said. “I’ve always had people trying to be my friend for the wrong reasons. I’m used to it. I can smell bullshit a mile away.”  As much as she’s used to her dad’s stardom, she admits it was quite weird having him play her on-screen dad on ‘Hannah Montana‘.



Rumer Willis (Daughter Of Demi Moore & Bruce Willis)



REALIZED: She was the target of nasty comments online


Rumer Willis always knew her parents were Hollywood actors but didn’t actually understand that it was a big deal until later in life. Her first clue was going to Disneyland with her family and people coming up to take pictures with her parents. As she grew older, she found herself the victim of mean online comments, who attacked her looks and her famous family. “It was really hard,” she has said. “I would read that stuff and feel awful. I thought, ‘I don’t even get a chance?'”


Moses Paltrow (Son Of Gwyneth Paltrow)


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REALIZED: He found out his mom knows Justin Bieber


Gwyneth Paltrow is known for a lot of things. The award-winning actress is also the founder of a luxury line of wellness products called Goop, and the mother of two children with some very unique names – Apple and Moses. But to her son Moses, Paltrow was just his regular old mommy. That is until he discovered that famous people know who she is. According to Paltrow, they were going to see Justin Bieber and “my son put together that Justin Bieber or someone else might know who I am — like someone that he thinks is great, that might know who I am from Iron Man.”



Luca Comrie (Son Of Hillary Duff)


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REALIZED: The other kids at school spilled the beans


Luca Comrie is the son of actress Hillary Duff and her ex-husband, Canadian ice hockey player Mike Comrie. As the child of the famous American actress, he was used to spotting his mom on the cover of magazines, but he just figured that was something all moms did. He only started to put two and two together when a kid at school told him his mother’s name. As Duff said, “[Luca] said to me, ‘I know your name.’ And I said, ‘I know.’ And he said, ‘I know your name.’ And I was like, ‘Okay.’ And he was like, ‘Hilary Duff.'” 


Harper Beckham (Daughter Of David & Victoria Beckham)


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REALIZED: She recognized her mom while playing with Spice Girls Dolls


With a superstar soccer player for a dad and a former pop star and current fashion designer for a mom, the children of David and Victoria Beckham were literally born into a world of fame and success. But as it turns out, they were just a bit too young to realize it. Harper Beckham thought her mommy was just like regular mommies until she realized that the Spice Girl doll she was playing with was actually her mom. Beckham posted the moment on her Instagram page and captioned it  “When you find out mummy was a pop star!”



Paris Jackson (Daughter Of Michael Jackson)



REALIZED: Only realized her Dad’s fame after he died


Growing up, the two children of Michael Jackson were so sheltered from the public eye that they didn’t realize how famous he was up until his death. In fact, Paris Jackson didn’t even know her father’s name was Michael. “I just thought his name was Dad, Daddy,” she says. “We didn’t really know who he was. But he was our world. And we were his world.” She knew he released a few songs, but “just figured everyone did that.”


Nicole Richie (Daughter Of Lionel Richie)


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REALIZED: Prince and Michael Jackson were always around the house


Nicole Richie’s childhood sounds like something out of a fairytale. When her biological parents realized they properly care for her, she was swiftly taken in by her father’s good friend, who just happened to be successful actor Lionel Richie. Growing up, Richie was used to famous people randomly coming and going, but only as an adult does she realize how crazy that was. According to Richie, her parents spoiled her with anything she wanted during their divorce in order to keep her happy, which she admits was probably not the best thing for her.



Kaia Gerber (Daughter of Cindy Crawford)

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REALIZED: People wanted to pose with her mom at Disneyland


Kaia Gerber is pretty much an exact copy of her supermodel mom, Cindy Crawford. But despite their gorgeous genetics, the 18-year-old model didn’t always know her mom was famous. “I think it was only on my eighth birthday, at Disneyland, that I started to understand what was going on,” Kaia said. I wanted to take pictures with the princesses, and everyone wanted to take pictures with her!” Clearly, Crawford did a good job of keeping her home life and work-life separate.


Jack Quaid (Son Of Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan)


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REALIZED: Their family drama played out in the magazines


Although he is the son of famous actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan (who have since divorced), Jack Quaid never realized his family was different than other families. Eventually, the other kids at school confirmed that hanging out on film sets was definitely not a normal activity. Another thing that clued him in was seeing his family drama played out in the magazines. Said Quaid, “It’s hard to ignore when you’re at a grocery store and you’re checking out and you look at [magazines], and there’s a photo of them with a little paper rip graphic between them.”



Zoe Kravitz (Daughter Of Lenny Kravitz)


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REALIZED: People recognized her mom and dad when they went out for ice cream


Most of us go out for ice cream and end up getting…ice cream. But for Zoe Kravitz, daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, going to the ice cream shop meant people crowding around her mom and dad. Apparently, this was shocking for Kravitz, because apart from that, she had quite a regular upbringing. “It’s funny, because to everyone else, it’s like, ‘What are they like?’ And I don’t have anyone else to compare them to,” Kravitz said. “They were strict in the normal ways—bedtimes and eating my vegetables and cleaning my room and ‘Yes ma’am, no ma’am.'”


Scott Eastwood (Son Of Clint Eastwood)



REALIZED: “I was dragged around to movie sets”


One might be surprised to hear that Scott Eastwood, the son of renowned director Clint Eastwood, had a refreshingly normal childhood. According to Eastwood, his dad was “pretty old school”, and has encouraged him to hold a job ever since he can remember. His first car apparently cost $1,000, and he bought every car after that with his own money. But there was one thing about Eastwood’s childhood that wasn’t exactly normal: he grew up on the sets of Hollywood movies.



Kelly Osbourne (Daughter Of Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne)


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REALIZED: “It literally happened overnight.”


Before there was ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, people were keeping up with the Osbournes. The family of British music royalty fame came into our lives through the American reality TV show ‘The Osbournes‘, based on the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family.  While Kelly was always famous in the rock’n’roll world, the show catapulted her to worldwide star status. “I woke up one day and was one of the most well-known 16-year-olds in the world and it scared me — it literally happened overnight.”


Chris Pine (Son Of Robert Pine)


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REALIZED: He had a serious advantage in the acting business


Unlike a lot of child stars who were kept hidden from the public eye, Chris Pine, son of actor Robert Pine, has known the good sides and bad sides of fame since he was a little kid. Having seen his dad struggle oftentimes to get work, Pine was ready to jump right into the acting business without and illusions or fantasies. Growing up in LA, he had plenty of time to learn the lay of the land, giving him a serious leg up on the competition.



Carrie Fisher (Daughter Of Debbie Reynolds)



REALIZED: People wanted to talk to her instead of me


Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you are probably familiar with Carrie Fisher’s infectious smile and those infamous side buns that she wore for her role as Princess Leia. But as successful as Fisher’s career has been, it wasn’t easy growing up with an even more famous mom, American actress and singer, Debbie Reynolds. According to Fisher, no matter where they would go, everyone in the room wanted to talk to her mom instead of her.