Born to the well-known Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson has certainly been born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He had the opportunity to watch his father act while growing up and likely gained some insight into the industry that helped him when he started auditioning as a young adult.
His most notable roles include General Hux in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter," and Rupert Rigsby in "About Time."
The daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, Mariska Hargitay learned at an early age what it meant to be famous after her parent's divorce made headlines. She took on her mother’s name, Mansfield, and began appearing in TV shows like "ER" and "Seinfeld."
Today, she is most famous for her role as Olivia Benson in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which has earned her an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Daughter of music legend Phil Collins, Lilly Collins was constantly surrounded by fame even before she pursued a career in Hollywood. Not wanting to ride the coattails of her famous father, she changed the spelling of her last name from "Collins" to "Collin."
Since then, she has starred in movies like "The Blind Side" and "Mirror Mirror" while also writing books such as "Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me."
The daughter of singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoë Kravitz was born into a life of fame and privilege. She made her debut in 2007's "No Reservations" alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and then gained wider recognition after appearing in "X-Men: First Class" (2011).
She has since starred in "Divergent," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "High Fidelity," to name just a few.
Chris Pine is the son of actor Robert Pine who has appeared on shows such as "CHiPS" and "Beverly Hills 90210." He followed in his father’s footsteps by first appearing as a background actor in movies like "Erin Brockovich" and "The Princess Diaries."
Eventually, he broke into the mainstream after he was cast as Captain Kirk in Star Trek (2009).
Allison Williams is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. She began her career as a musical theater actress before making her television debut on "Girls," a show created by Lena Dunham. Since then, she has gone on to appear in movies such as "Get Out" and "A Series Of Unfortunate Events." At the same time, lending her voice to animated films like "Peter Pan & Wendy."
These six Hollywood stars have all had the benefit of being born into famous families, which have afforded them opportunities that other aspiring actors may not have had access to. Despite this, they have all made a name for themselves through their hard work and dedication to the craft. Though their paths may not be the same, their ambition is unmistakable.
Thus, these Hollywood stars are a testament that even with privilege, success does not come easy. It must be earned. Through this, we can learn that having famous parents is not always bad; in some cases, it may actually help them on their journey to stardom.