A lot of celebrities don’t unknowledge the privilege their last name offers. Some, however, are open to discussing their “nepotism baby” status with the public. Here are some celebrities who said it’s harder for them to make a career in Hollywood because of their last name.
The daughter of actor Leslie Mann and director Judd Apatow said that she felt “sad” when she first found out people had been calling her a “nepotism baby.” Apatow told Net-a-Porter, “I try not to let it get to me because I obviously understand that I’m in such a lucky position. A lot of people in a similar position have proven themselves over the years, so I’ve got to keep going and make good work.” The actress continued, “I definitely get why people would be mad at me, but I will literally spend the rest of my life trying to prove myself and work twice as hard.”
Lily is the daughter of actor/model/singer Vanessa Paradis and actor Johnny Depp. “The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things. Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that,” she told Elle. Lily also told Australian Vogue, “It is obviously a really easy assumption to make to think that I would just have roles landing on my doorstep because of my name, but that’s an idea I’ve always kind of rejected…I’ve always been under the impression that I have to work twice as hard to prove to people that I’m not just here because it’s easy for me. I feel like you’re not what your name is. If you’re not right for something, they’re not just going to hire you because your name looks good on the post.”