In today's media, all things pop culture reign supreme and practically anything you would want to know about a public figure is only a Google search away. Yet there are still some things you'd be surprised to find out about stars and their family. For instance, there are probably plenty of
celebrities you didn't realize were related. Though many famous parents and siblings — like O'Shea Jackson and his dad Ice Cube or Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — are well known, there are just as many who aren't. What Parents Are Talking About — Delivered Straight To Your Inbox
Sometimes a shared last name or a striking facial resemblance can be a dead giveaway, but there are some celebs who you might not believe are related at first glance. It's one thing for an actor or singer to have a relative that lives life out of the spotlight, but it can be quite shocking when two people who are both famous also happen to lay claim to the same family tree.
So if you want to impress new people at social gatherings, excel in pop culture trivia games, or just add some random pop culture factoids to your conversation starter repertoire, then check out some of these celebrities you didn't realize were related.
1 Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy Mike Windle/Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 2 Redfoo and Berry Gordy Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 3 Tom Cruise and William Mapother Ken Ishii/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
If you couldn't tell by looking at them, there's clearly a resemblence there and it turns out to be more than skin deep. Tom Cruise and William Mapother are cousins and it makes a little more sense when you know that
Cruise dropped his original last name, Mapother. 4 Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez Vince Bucci/Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Speaking of name changes, Ramon Estevez reportedly opted to use the
stage name, Martin Sheen, due to prejudice against Hispanics in the acting realm during the 1950s. Sheen went on to have four children who became part of the industry, but most notable are Emilio Estevez and his younger brother, Charlie Sheen. Estevez claims he kept the family name simply because he didn't like how "Emilio Sheen" looked. 5 Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones Mark Davis/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Proving that race is still an issue in Hollywood, Rashida Jones famously discussed in
Glamour about being judged for her mixed-race heritage. Thankfully the world is moving forward and Jones is clearly open and proud of her father, legendary music producer, Quincy Jones, and her mother, Peggy Lipton. 6 Lily Allen and Alfie Allen Claire Greenway/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Some of you might remember Lily Allen's hit single, "Alfie" from her debut studio album,
Alright, Still, where she bemoans her younger brother's annoying habits. But instead of thinking of Lily and Alfie Allen as siblings, most probably recognize him as Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones. 7 Emma Roberts, Eric Roberts, and Julia Roberts Valerie Macon/Jason Kempin/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
OK this one might get a bit tricky. Emma Roberts, best known for her roles on
American Horror Story and Scream Queens, is the daughter of actor, Eric Roberts ( The Expendables, Lost Girl). She also happens to be the neice of Julia Roberts, who is Eric Robert's younger sister. 8 Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 9 Schuyler Fisk and Sissy Spacek LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images 10 Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 11 Stella McCartney and Paul McCartney Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 12 Eva Amurri Martino and Susan Sarandon Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 13 Brian Williams and Allison Williams Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 14 Chris Elliott and Abby Elliott Jason Kempin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
This one made me do a double-take, if I'm being honest. It turns out these
Saturday Night Live alums share more than just work history. Chris Elliott is the father of Abby Elliott, who clearly inherited his comedic genes. 15 Liev Schreiber and Pablo Schreiber Brad Barket/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Liev Schreiber famously played the role of brother to Hugh Jackman in
X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But it turns out he has a famous half-brother in real life. The actor who is probably better known to most as "Pornstache" on Orange Is The New Black, is Pablo Schreiber, the younger brother of Liev and they share the same father.