8 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Related

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You didn't know they were relatives.

Julia and Emma Roberts

Emma is the daughter of Julia's brother Eric, but the Hollywood diva has had no contact with him for a long time. In fact, Emma also hasn't been in touch with her father, which is why the actresses are friends.

Emma was only nine when her parents divorced — and the girl was left almost to her own devices. Julia became a guardian to her niece and often took the girl to film shoots, which may have inspired Emma to take up acting.

Meryl Streep and Brooke Shields

The Oscar winner and the Blue Lagoon star don't really look alike, but they are in fact second cousins on Meryl's mother's side.

Despite being relatives, the Hollywood stars aren't very close.

Nicolas Cage and Sophia Coppola

You may be surprised to learn that Nicolas Cage is not the actor's real name: his father is Francis Ford Coppola's sibling, so Nicolas' last name is actually Coppola, and the legendary director's daughter Sofia Coppola is his cousin.

When Nicolas decided to become an actor, he changed his name to Cage, inspired by the Marvel superhero Luke Cage. The actor explains that he did it to avoid any suspicion of nepotism from his famous uncle. By the way, Nicolas named his son Kal-El, which was the name given to Superman upon his birth.

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli

Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the legendary Hollywood film The Wizard of Oz, was mother to Liza Minnelli. Initially, the two didn't hide their kinship: as a child, Liza appeared on stage and in movies alongside her mother.

But after Garland divorced from Liza's father, she soon remarried and had a son and another daughter. The actress suffered from depression and, at some point, became jealous of her eldest daughter's success. Liza Minelli realized she didn't want to see her mother as a rival and left home to start her career as an independent performer.