Nepotism is just a fact of life in Hollywood, and we’re all pretty used to it by now. Celebrities give birth to daughters who grow up to not only look just like their famous mothers, but also act and appear in the same types of movies, too. It’s easy to forget until you rewind the hands of time and see what these famous moms looked like when they first started.
Eerily enough, they all resemble their famous daughters, who are proudly passing the torch along. Say what you want about nepotism, but you have to admit, it’s awfully cute.
Below, a few of our fave mother/daughter pairs.
Zoë’s father might be Lenny Kravitz, but she clearly gets all her looks from her mom. Lisa, back in her Cosby Show days, looks like she could be Zoë’s long-lost sister. Today, Zoë appears in Big Little Lies, while Lisa is married to Aquaman’ Jason Momoa.
It’s weird — Kim and Kris probably look more alike today than they do here, but hey, I guess those are the wonders of plastic surgery. The pic of Kris is taken in the early ’80s, so her age is approximately around 25. As for Kim, technically she’s 26 in the pic on the right.
Honestly, if it weren’t for the dated tint to Reese’s picture, I’d easily believe I was looking at two pics of the same person. Technically, Reese was 20 in the picture on the right, but eh — close enough, right? In addition to being twins, the mother-daughter pair are also besties, because of course they are.
Both Melanie and Dakota are part of an acting dynasty (can’t forget grandma Tippi Hedrend), but all three of them don’t really look much alike. Today, Melanie is 61, and Dakota is dating Chris Martin for some reason.
Back when Goldie was 25, she was a go-go dancer on Laugh-In. But Kate got her big break much younger, at 21, when she appeared in 2000’s Almost Famous. Today, both have similar careers considering they both love starring in rom-coms.
Meryl actually has three daughters who are all actresses and all have the same face. But for the sake of this article, I decided to concentrate on middle daughter Grace (because everyone ignores the middle child). Although with roles on both Mr. Robot and American Horror Story, Grace’s career is hardly struggling.
Back in 1989, Demi was already a household name and part of the “Brat Pack.” As for Rumer, she’s been dabbling in lots of things, from acting to an appearance on Dancing With the Stars. As the daughter of both Demi and Bruce Willis, Rumer has admitted to being under a ton of pressure to succeed and look conventionally attractive.
“When you grow up in the public eye the way that I did, everyone’s looking at you and waiting for you to do something crazy or say something wrong or have a meltdown,” she told Glamour. “I was constantly bullied because of my looks, so I struggled a lot with my body image.”
Susan’s eyes are probably her most unique feature, and it’s one that she’s passed down to her oldest daughter. Today, Eva is focusing less on her acting career and more time on her lifestyle/mommy blog.
Jada started her acting career when she was 18, appearing in TV shows like A Different World and 21 Jump Street. Willow started her career even younger when she released her bop “Whip My Hair” when she was only 10! Although typically I think Willow looks more like her dad, Will Smith, seeing pics of her next to a young Jada really shows how she’s morphing into her mom with age.
Well, when your mom is a French singer/model and your dad is freakin’ Johnny Depp, obviously you’re going to win the genetic lottery. Today, Lily-Rose models for Chanel and has appeared in Vogue.
Diana Ross might’ve been leader of The Supremes throughout her 20s, but Tracee wouldn’t hit her stride until she appeared in Girlfriends in 2000. Today, she plays the mom in Blackish.
Before House of Cards and Forrest Gump, Robin’s first big break was in The Princess Bride. Her oldest daughter Dylan, who she had with actor Sean Penn, hasn’t had her big starring role yet, but there’s still plenty of time.
Madonna was actually closer to 24 in the pic on the left, but close enough? Lourdes, at only 21, is already a successful model and most recently posed for a Converse + MadeMe campaign.
At 20, Uma had a shockingly impressive resume for someone her age, with six movies under her belt before she turned 21. Her oldest daughter, Maya, is slowly following in her footsteps, appearing in Stranger Things and the remake of Little Women.
Pardon my stupidity, but up until today, I had no idea the Law and Order star was the daughter of a Hollywood icon. Although Jayne passed away when Mariska was still a toddler, she still idolizes her mother today. “People didn’t know that she played the violin and had a 160 IQ and had five kids and loved dogs,” she said earlier this year. “She was just so ahead of her time. She was an inspiration, she had this appetite for life, and I think I share that with her.”
Perhaps the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree after all.