Too many people have the idea that people born into Hollywood are suddenly handed fame and fortune, but it just isn’t true. There are plenty of so-called nepotism babies who find it hard to make it on their own in the spotlight, but they never want to admit it. Read this list of nepotism babies who claim that it’s harder for them to make it in Hollywood because of their famous parents!
1) They’re met with more skepticism
In the entertainment industry, nepotism is a hotly contested issue. While nepotism can be beneficial, it can also hinder careers. The children of celebrities are often met with more skepticism, and people doubt their talent because of their privileged background. Here are people who have claimed that it was harding for them to make it in Hollywood because they’re nepotistic babies… The list includes Joe Jonas (son of Kevin Jonas), Kendall Jenner (daughter of Caitlyn Jenner), Nicole Richie (daughter of Lionel Richie), Grace Gealey (daughter of Dionne Warwick), Liev Schreiber (son of Leonard Schreiber), Rashida Jones (daughter or Quincy Jones) and Michael Jackson Jr. (son of Michael Jackson).
2) They have to work harder to prove themselves
Nepotism is a word that often comes up in discussions about the entertainment industry and the issue of nepotistic hiring. But what does it mean? What does it look like? We take a look at 10 nepotism babies who claim it is tougher for them to make it in Hollywood, for one reason or another, but are still trying. Lena Dunham is a comedy actress, writer, producer, director, author and activist. She became famous after her independent film Tiny Furniture was well received by critics in 2010. Her parents were artists (painters) when they had her at 23 years old so she has always been very close to their art world friends – many of whom have played significant roles in her projects as actors, directors and crew members – since she was young. Lena started out with an arts education which only added to the bond between her family and those artists because they were all pretty connected before she became an actor too.
3) They’re constantly compared to their parents
I’m sick of being compared to my dad, an anonymous actor told Page Six. It’s really hard to make it in this town when you’re not the son or daughter of a celebrity. This sentiment has been echoed by other nepotism babies over the years. But just how difficult is it for these children? As actors themselves, they’ve had to learn the ropes and put up with long hours on set and painstaking auditions. My parents gave me everything, said Jason Trawick, Britney Spears’ former fiancé and father of her two sons. I would be remiss if I didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. Other celebrity offspring have also commented on how unfair life can be: We were raised with so much privilege that we couldn’t see any perspective from outside our own world, said Sean Lennon about his upbringing as John Lennon’s son. Still others feel that their parents had more influence than others: You know what happens when your dad was president? said Malia Obama to TMZ reporters earlier this year.
4) They have to deal with nepotism in their own industry
When your parents are two of the biggest names in Hollywood and you’re their kid, it might not seem like a big deal to get cast in a major motion picture. But after debuting in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the tender age of 11 months old, John Boyega has had to prove himself to be more than just Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo’s son or Chadwick Boseman’s brother. With his Marvel debut as Black Panther looming on the horizon, we spoke with Boyega about how he felt being raised by famous people and what he considers the most difficult part of being an actor.
5) They have to be careful about what they say
Nepotism has been around in Hollywood for decades, and there are plenty of famous people who have parents who worked in the industry. But as public backlash against nepotism in our society grows more vocal, stars are now being more careful about what they say about it.
For example, when a source asked Christina Ricci whether she feels that she needs to work harder because of her family connections, she said: I don’t think so because there was never any guarantee that I would make it. If anything, I feel like I need to work even harder.
6) They’re under more pressure to succeed
Many people who have an in to the industry, because they are related to someone already famous, will find it more difficult to make it in Hollywood. They’re under more pressure to succeed and can’t afford any mistakes. There is no safety net if they don’t work out for a particular movie or show. Making it in Hollywood is hard enough without the added pressure of being a nepotism baby. Here are examples of these kids that failed to break into the industry as actors, producers, directors, and/or writers:
The daughter of Harrison Ford (Mallory) was a part of two TV series but didn’t last long. She then went on to model for brands like Nike and Chanel.
Seth MacFarlane’s brother Patrick has appeared on both his animated sitcom Family Guy as well as American Dad!. He also had a voice role on Robot Chicken.
7) They’re always in the spotlight
It’s never easy to make it in the competitive industry of Hollywood. But for those born into fame and fortune, who use their family name to get ahead, there are even more pitfalls. And these nepotism babies think it’s harder for them. Kylie Jenner is one of the most popular reality TV stars on the planet, with a net worth of $150 million at just 20 years old. She has mastered leveraging her looks and social media following to earn money through endorsements and partnerships with brands like Puma, Adidas, Topshop, Sephora and many more. Yet she thinks being a celebrity makes it harder to be successful?
8) They have to deal with the tabloids
In the wake of the MeToo movement and subsequent public outcry, a new term has surfaced: nepotism babies. These are children of major Hollywood players who think they deserve more because they were born into an industry family. Some nepotist babies are even claiming that their privileged upbringing has made it harder for them to make it in Hollywood. The following is a list of nepotism babies who claim it’s harder for them to make it in Hollywood:
-Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni Baehler, best known for her starring role on Project Runway All Stars, said in an interview that she feels like she can’t get respect as an actress because people automatically assume she got where she is by being related to Heidi Klum.