It has always been a fascinating experience to watch actors who are related in real life sharing screen space. Even more so when they are related exactly the same way as the characters they are playing. This often helps in making the acting process easier for them, which in turn results in performances that are realistic and believable.
In this article, we have listed five movie families you didn't know were actually related.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton – (1966)
Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? is adapted from the play of the same name. It is about a couple who psychologically manipulate each other and their dinner guests over the course of a very long, cruel night. At the end of the film, Martha (Taylor) and George (Burton) have all but destroyed each other.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton did this film two years after their first marriage to each other. They got divorced in 1974 and wed again in 1975. Their second marriage ended in another divorce in 1976. Like Martha and George, their marriage was contentious. Some of Taylor’s biographers have even claimed that playing Martha and George destroyed their marriage.
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Angelina Jolie’s parents were both actors. Her father, Jon Voight, has a long resume that includes Mission: Impossible (1996), Transformers (2007) and more. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, has appeared in a few films.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which is based on the video game Tomb Raider and follows Croft (Jolie) as she tries to steal ancient artifacts from the Illuminati, was the second time Jolie played Voight’s daughter. The first was Lookin’ to Get Out in 1982, which marked her debut.
Mamie Gummer and Meryl Streep – Heartburn (1986)
Meryl Streep's daughters, Mamie and Grace Gummer, are also performers. Of the two, however, it is only Mamie who has played Streep's daughter on screen.
Heartburn fictionalizes the story of how Nora Ephron’s husband, journalist Carl Bernstein, cheated on her while she was pregnant with their second child. Streep plays Nora's character, while Gummer, who was just a toddler at the time, played her daughter Annie. To avoid press scrutiny, she was credited as Natalie Stern.
About 30 years later, she played her mom’s onscreen daughter again in Ricki and the Flash (2015).
Leslie Mann, Iris Apatow and Maude Apatow – Knocked Up (2007)
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow’s daughters Maude and Iris, played their mother's onscreen daughters in the film, Knocked Up. They also appeared in the sequel, This is 40 (2012).
Apatow revealed that the girls were not scared of the cameras being around. They got sucked into what their real problems were with each other. In fact, they were so annoyed with each other that they weren't distracted by the fact that they were shooting a movie.
The film follows Dr. William Harford (Cruise), who on finding out that his wife Alice (Kidman) almost had an affair, embarks on a night-long sexual odyssey.
Cruise and Kidman divorced two years later in 2001. While there were speculations that this film led to their divorce, Kidman denied this in an article she wrote.
The two also played a couple, though not a married one, in two other films – Days of Thunder (1990) and Far and Away (1992).