If there was ever such a thing as nepotism in Hollywood, Pauly Shore would still be in movies. (Long live the weasel!). However, some actors still manage to break free from the shadows of their famous family members and have successful careers. Here are five established acting talents who just happen to have famous last names.
Before her younger sister Rooney was being nominated for an Academy Award, Kate Mara was earning acclaim for her performances in Brokeback Mountain and 127 Hours. She recently appeared as a cunning D.C. journalist on Netflix’s Emmy-nominated House of Cards.
Big brother Ben may have won a Best Picture Oscar last year for Argo but way back in 2007 Casey was the first (and still only) Affleck brother to be nominated by the Academy for his acting. He is currently filming Christopher Nolan‘s next epic, Interstellar.
She may be the younger sister of Full House’s Mary-Kate and Ashley, but in 2011 Elizabeth Olsen showed up her famous older siblings with a riveting portrayal as an emotionally damaged former runaway in Martha Marcy May Marlene. The film was only her second screen performance.
She’s already racked up nearly as many acting credits as her famous older sister Dakota, among them Super 8, We Bought a Zoo, and Somewhere, and will star in two films alongside big sis in 2014. One of those films, Maleficent, is a prequel to the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.
Older brother Chris may have gained international fame as Thor, but Liam is quickly becoming a star in his own right for his role as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games. He’s also signed on to reprise his role in the blockbuster franchise’s two upcoming sequels.