Really? They're Related? Totally Suprising Family Ties!

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Cousins Jenny McCarthy & Melissa McCarthy

Is it the genes? When looking at these celebrity relatives, it’s a question that can’t be avoided. Some kind of magic pulses within these ten sets of relatives be it whether they are direct cousins or 9th cousins twice removed.

Sure, there are those siblings that have a strong bond in both DNA and in their careers, but how about those whose family connections aren’t all that obvious (especially when experts get involved exploring celebrity’s family trees)

Check out these surprising family ties right here:

(at left – the last name is a dead giveaway that these two McCartney girls are related. In fact, Jenny helped get Melissa her first job!)

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  • Glenn Close and Brooke Shields 1 of 9
    Glenn Close and Brooke Shields
    These two entertainers have had very different career paths and don't look similar at all, but the two are actually second cousins. Brooke's great grandma was Glenn's great aunt.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow & Gabrielle Giffords 2 of 9
    Gwyneth Paltrow & Gabrielle Giffords
    It turns out that actress Gwyneth Paltrow is cousins with Gabrielle Giffords, the Congresswoman who was shot in Arizona last year. But the two had never met.
  • Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman & Nicholas Cage 3 of 9
    Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman & Nicholas Cage
    They each use different last names but they are all cousins. Nicholas Cage's real last name actually is Coppola but changed it for professional reasons.
  • Denis Leary & Conan O’Brien 4 of 9
    Denis Leary & Conan O'Brien
    These two famous Irish comics have even more in common than just being Irish and funny, they just happen to be third cousins.
  • Kyra Sedgwick & Edie Sedwick 5 of 9
    Kyra Sedgwick & Edie Sedwick
    Kyra Sedgwick is the first cousin once removed of late actress Edie Sedgwick, famous for being one of Andy Warhols' muses.
  • Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick 6 of 9
    Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
    While filming the PBS special, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. the couple(who have been married for 23 years) found out that they are in fact distant relatives.
  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck 7 of 9
    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
    The two are BFFs and apparently their bond runs even deeper. It turns out that they are 10th cousins, once removed. They're both descended from a bricklayer named William Knowlton.
  • Hillary Clinton & Angelina Jolie 8 of 9
    Hillary Clinton & Angelina Jolie
    Yup, Angelina and the United States' secretary of state are related, albeit distantly. They are are ninth cousins, twice removed. Both women are of French Canadian ancestry and both are descendants of one Jean Cusson of Quebec.
  • Brad Pitt & Barack Obama 9 of 9
    Brad Pitt & Barack Obama
    Yup, Brad is related to the President of the United States! But they are very, very distant cousins.
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