We've all heard the self-fulfilling prophecy that everyone is doomed to become their parents. When your mom is one of the top box office draws in the United States or your dad is a professional football player, that prospect is a little less daunting and more of an exciting thing to look forward to. There are some aspects of aging and 'becoming our parents' that are simply scientific. As we age, it becomes more difficult for us to sleep in, we get overly nostalgic because of antidepressant triggers in our brains, and you'll get more dopamine from boring $h*! like long-term gardening than jumping out of a plane. Other parts of aging are entirely due to genetics. When your gene pool is so perfect that the older you get, the more you look like Angelina Jolie, the trade-offs from aging seem like a small price to pay for inching closer to perfection.
Our A-List celebrities are now old enough that their children are roughly the same ages that they were when they first got their big break. The next generation is coming of age, and they're bringing with them a healthy dose of that nostalgia that us old geezers are apparently hard-wired to love. Looking at Reese Witherspoon's daughter is like looking at the 1990s — a mirror back into the days when we didn't know Ryan Phillippe kind of sucks as a person and we had "Bittersweet Symphony" playing on repeat. Even funnier are the celebrity children who look nothing like their mom and dad, the rare case where we're left wondering if they might have more of a resemblance to a boom operator somewhere than their movie star 'father.' Take a look at seventeen celebrities at the same age as their kids, and let us know who you think might be an illegitimate heir to the Hollywood throne.
At age nineteen, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe is the spitting image of both her mother and her father, but Reese is way more famous than Ryan and 100% cooler, so we chose her as the famous parent for this listicle. That, and Reese and Ava could be twins. By 1995, when Reese turned nineteen, the future Elle Woods had already won a Young Artist Award, starred alongside the likes of Particia Arquette, and received rave reviews from the king himself, Roger Ebert. In this still from the 1996 thriller Fear, Reese is rocking an outfit that would still be awesome today, showing that true coolness is timeless. Nineteen-year-old Ava is also a fashionista, modeling in Rodarte's Fall 2018 lookbook. She's also an artist, sculptor, and photographer, and seems super close with her superstar mom.
Dylan Penn is twenty-seven years old, the same age her lovely mother Robin Wright was when she was filming the classic film Forrest Gump. Robin has been in such a wide variety of roles with such a changeable look that a lot of people forget that Buttercup from The Princess Bride, Jenny in Forrest Gump, and Claire on House of Cards are all the same woman. Dylan also has a famous dad, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn, who starred in five films the year he turned twenty-seven and won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor that same year in 1997. Dylan is represented by Wilhelmina Models, has appeared on Maxim's annual Hot 100 list, and appeared in Nick Jonas's music video for "Chains." Apparently overachieving runs in the family.
Like mother, like daughter, Kaia Gerber is poised to take the fashion world by storm like her supermodel mother Cindy Crawford did when she was discovered at age seventeen in the Elite Model Management Look of the Year contest. Kaia, at seventeen, won Model of The Year at the 2018 British Fashion Awards in December 2018 after making her debut walking for Raf Simon's Calvin Klein Collection in 2017, and had her first solo Vogue cover for Vogue Paris in February 2018. She's sixteen which is honestly unfair for the rest of us ugly plebians who were still wearing braces and discovering eyebrow plucking at sixteen. With a headstart on her insanely successful mom, there's a good chance Kaia will be Supreme Emporer of Everything by the time she's her mom's age in 2053.
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This photo of Kate Hudson is from way back in 2014 when Kate was thirty-five-years-old. By this point, Kate had already transformed from every rebellious teen girl's idol Penny Lane in Almost Famous to the queen of cheesy romantic comedies and had begun trying to find her footing in the third act of her career. This involved a short stint on Glee, as it has for many stars of the 2000s, and is really still where she's at in her career. She'll find her niche again soon because we're all rooting for her and not her aughts counterpart Katherine Heigl who made the grave mistake of dissing Grey's Anatomy. Goldie Hawn had yet to make her return to acting after a fifteen-year hiatus which would soon be broken in 2017 when she starred alongside Amy Schumer in Snatched, but when she was thirty-five in 1980, Goldie starred in the film that would earn her an Academy Award nomination, Private Benjamin, and was in the third decade of a career that has spanned over fifty years.
Demi Moore is currently best known as the woman who married Ashton Kutcher even though he was fifteen years younger than her and for having a first name that is super fun to pronounce. No offense, Demi Lovato, but there's just something fun about saying Deh-ME. She also owns over two thousand dolls, fun fact. At thirty, the current age of her daughter with Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis, Deh-ME was filming trash gold Indecent Proposal, for which she would be nominated for the second Golden Raspberry Award of her career (which is not a good thing), but not her last! She was still married to Bruce and was only two years away from being named the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Deh-ME's Wikipedia page is full of fun facts. For example, did you know she voiced Esmerelda in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame? Because we did not. Rumer, at age 30 in December 2018, starred in a stage adaptation of Love Actually at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and has never been nominated for a Golden Raspberry, but she did win Dancing With The Stars, which is kind of the twenty-first century equivalent.
Zoe Kravitz, daughter of icons Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, is thirty in 2018 and has made a name for herself in franchises like Divergent, Fantastic Beasts, and Mad Max. She also appears in the HBO series Big Little Lies, proving that excellence is hereditary. At age thirty in 1994, Lenny was already established as a musical legend after collaborating with Madonna, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and countless other historical musicians who would become his peers furing his thirty year career. Lisa had already left The Cosby Show, divorced Lenny, legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, and starred alongside Will Smith in the 1998 action-thriller Enemy of the State. Oh, and these two look EXACTLY ALIKE, even today.
What can be said about the incomparable Diana Ross that hasn't already been said? The Motown diva had already been at the front of the highest charting girl group in U.S. history, The Supremes, with whom she released a record-setting twelve number-one singles, had six solo number-one hits, and starred in The Wiz alongside Michael Jackson and Lena Horne. At forty-six, the age of her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross in this December 2018 photo, Diana was only three years away from being declared the most successful female music artist in history by the Guiness Book Of World Records. Tracee is one of her five children and stars on the hit ABC comedy Black-ish, which has earned her a Golden Globe Award, multiple NAACP Image Awards, and three Emmy nominations.
I may or may not have thought Colin and Tom Hanks were the same person until I wrote this article. Colin is forty-one years old as of December 2018 and is probably best know by the public for his role in the FX series Fargo but is best known by me as the dude who helps old people in The House Bunny and tricks Anna Faris into settling for him because he's a good person. Tom, on the other hand, has appeared in beloved films such as Forrest Gump, Big, and at age forty-one was filming Saving Private Ryan with Steven Spielberg. He currently has a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a French Legion of Honor. At least Colin can take comfort in the fact that he's not his brother, whose name is Chet (which is all I should need to say).
Jaden Smith is only twenty and is already a wack artistic icon. He realized quickly that starring in a bunch of movies with his dad was not the move and decided to focus on music, but is really best known for being in Baz Luhrman's Netflix series The Get Down and for saying crazy things in all caps on Twitter. TBH, his fashion career is fire and GQ called him "superstar who has taken fashion to an entirely different level." He is also one of two celebrity children on this list that have dated Tyler, the Creator (allegedly). When Will Smith was his son's age, he was still just known as The Fresh Prince (sans Bel-Air) and was about to win the first Grammy for a hip-hop/rap song for "Parents Just Don't Understand" with collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Rafferty Law looks like his gorgeous father Jude Law from some angles and like a chav from others, which is why I have trust issues. At twenty-two, he released his first single with his band Outer Stella Overdrive, DJs occasionally, and has successful modeling career on the catwalk. When Jude was his age, he was only starting to break through into massive fame with the British crime drama Shopping and had yet to have any public scandals involving nannies.
Like Raff, Jack Marsden is a model who also makes music. Unlike Raff, Jack is gorgeous from essentially every angle. No one under the age of twenty should have that jawline. Or such clear skin. Why are all of these celebrity children genetically blessed? Don't all famous people get plastic surgery to look this perfect? Anyway, Jack's DILF James Marsden wasn't famous at all when he was seventeen, which is super refreshing! He was still gorgeous, but he went to high school in Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his career in his second year of college. He wouldn't really see success until he was twenty-five.
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Brooklyn Beckham is nineteen years old in this picture, which is adorable because when his father David Beckham was nineteen, he made his premier league debut for Manchester United. The rest, as we say, is history. Brooklyn hasn't followed in his father's footsteps towards a career in sports, opting instead to pursue modeling like every other hip rich kid on this list and apparently the planet. He's also an Instagram influencer with over eleven million followers and has dabbled in photography, recently shooting with pop star Sabrina Carpenter.
Bette Midler's daughter Sophie Von Haselberg graduated from Yale University for not-acting, interned at Vanity Fair, and moved all the way to China for a job at an advertising agency before giving in to her destiny to follow her mother's footsteps. By thirty-two, Bette had already won a Grammy and had two top ten albums. That was just the tip of the iceberg for the living legend, who has three Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, two Tonys, and probably a partridge in a pear tree somewhere. Someone give this woman an EGOT already! After only three years actively pursuing the arts, Sophie has already had roles on House of Cards and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Today, FX; tomorrow, the world!
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Scott Eastwood is thirty and gorgeous in this photo. What people forget is that Clint Eastwood was once also thirty and gorgeous. Clint is now nearly ninety and starting to look like those skulls in the ill-fated fourth Indiana Jones film, but in 1962, Clint was starring in Rawhide, much to his chagrin, and would soon pivot towards the Western films before becoming an Academy Award-winning director. Scott has already starred in big-name films like Suicide Squad, Pacfic Rim Uprising, and Fury.
The most Swedish family in Hollywood, Stellan Skarsgård was most recently seen as Bill in Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, the movie masterpiece. When he was the same age as his son, Alexander is in this photo, thirty-eight, Stellan was still primarily a star in Sweden but was filming The Hunt For Red October, which would become a smash hit in America. When he was thirty-eight in 2014, Alexander was wrapping up a seven-season run on True Blood, the only critically acclaimed commercial hit to come out of our nation's collective vampire phase in the 00s.
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Damon Wayans and his eldest son Damon Wayans are both very, very funny. A self-fulfilling prophecy, perhaps? Damon Sr. had already appeared on In Living Color by the time he was thirty-five, had appeared in thirteen feature films, and finished a yearlong stint on SNL. At this age, Damon Jr. had been in the main cast of two phenomenal comedies, New Girl and Happy Endings, in addition to a smattering of film roles. Damon Jr. currently stars on a CBS comedy and an Epix mystery drama, and Damon Sr. just wrapped up a two-season arc as the lead on the Lethal Weapon television series.
Probably the best-known pair on this list, Kris Jenner and her daughter Kendall Jenner need no introduction. Kendall turned twenty-three in November 2018 and has over one million followers on Instagram. When Kris was twenty-three, she had just given birth to Kourtney Kardashian after marrying Robert Kardashian when she was twenty-two and becoming pregnant on her honeymoon, because Kris is nothing if not a skilled businesswoman. Kendall is the only Kardashian-Jenner woman who currently does not have a child, and is also the only one to not have a husband or an ex-husband (if rumors about Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are true, so there's like a 50/50 shot there).