In some ways, Hollywood is still a small town, especially when you consider how many celebrity relations there are in the industry. Call it nepotism, call it being born into the biz, but lots of family trees grow roots in Tinseltown. That’s why when celebrities have the same last name, it’s not uncommon to believe they share some sort of genetic ties.
Sometimes they do. But other times, you look it up and almost feel silly for thinking it in the first place.
We rounded up some of the most commonly asked questions to ease your mind about who isn’t related to who in Hollywood. Scroll down and save yourself a search!
Are Jennifer Lopez and Mario Lopez related?
Nope, “Lopez” is simply a very, very common Hispanic surname.
Are Chris Pratt and Spencer Pratt related?
No. No, they aren’t. It’s a bit hard to contemplate how they can even be the same species let alone share genetic material.
Are Ryan Reynolds and Burt Reynolds related?
So doing the math, Burt is 81 and Ryan is 40, so there could possibly be a father-son, uncle-nephew relation there. Nah, though, because Ryan has humble origins in Canada whereas Burt Reynolds is from Michigan. So, once again, no relation.
Are Jennifer Garner and James Garner related?
If you don’t overthink it, is isn’t crazy. But the late James Garner’s original last name was Bumgarner. No relation.
Are Mariah Carey and Jim Carrey related?
They literally don’t even spell their names the same. Come on.
Are Emma Stone and Sharon Stone Related?
Even if Emma soaked in some sun, you cannot convince us this is a feasible relation. No.
Are Donald Glover and Danny Glover Related?
No, the Community and Atlanta does not call Roger Murtaugh “daddy.”
Are Gina Rodriguez and Michelle Rodriguez related?
We’re going to point back to the “popular Spanish surname” explanation. No, the Jane the Virgin star and Fast and Furious actress don’t share a bloodline.