Thanks to a generous helping of nepotism with a side of the genetic lottery, fame is often a family affair for actors, recording artists and other entertainers. Celebrity siblings keep each other company in the spotlight, but like a decade-long portrait session or school play, they also spend their careers nudging one another out of its brightest center.
Being one of two famous Hollywood siblings must be tough. One always seems to be more famous, more talented and more attractive than the other, and no matter how many doors your big sister opens for your career, it’s hard to feel successful when she’s still the boss. For celebrity siblings who aren’t in the fame game at all, walking the red carpet must feel a little like wearing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.
Some sets of celebrity siblings are so unalike that they resemble the cast of a bad movie more than blood relations. Others, like the Olsen and Madden twins, are longtime collaborators who built their fortunes together and don’t mind sharing the same spotlight — or face.