"My spouse is related to David Tennant and I did not know this until after we were married. I got to meet him during my first trip to London and their family scored us tickets to 'Much Ado About Nothing' and we saw David Tennant and Cathrine Tate after the show.
Nothing bad to say about either of them; they were both lovely and effusive and Tennant gave us both a hug even though neither of us had ever met him before. Spouse had a brief chat about mutual acquaintances in the family and then we left."
"Related to Keanu Reeves. We have a Reeves ohana gathering every year in Hawaii and he never comes. Which I don't blame him at all, his dad was not a good father so I assume, besides being a busy actor, he doesn't come because that burned the bridges with our family.
My dad sometimes mentions Keanu when the reunions happen, about how he doesn't visit. It's not in a bitter way or anything, just sometimes the little cousins ask. I haven't met all my family in Hawaii yet because I live in the mainland, but I do know at least a few people are salty about it. Other than that, my cousins look up to him and get excited when he's in a movie. Even if the kids aren't allowed to watch cause of violence they see a movie poster and look all awe-struck. So cute."
"While I was growing up, my family was close to Willem Dafoe and his family. They are really wonderful people, but very private, which is completely understandable. My dad got pretty uncomfortable at family events because our family members were always asking him if he could introduce them to Willem, or worse - borrow money from him.
It got to the point where my family avoided most family events because they valued their working and personal relationship with Willem."
"My uncle is one of the first dozen people Bill Gates hired to start Microsoft. He's stupid rich now but spends his time being super generous with his money to family and advocating for the protection of national parks and a healthy environment. Probably the nicest and most down to earth people I've ever met. He never buys anything unnecessary if he can help it. He does all he can to make his house 100% environmentally friendly. He's pretty awesome. You'd never know that he helped change the world"
"I'm cousins with Zac Efron. Most of my family is just stoked about it for the most part. I know that his grandparents recently visited him in Los Angeles and he was so busy he could only spend an hour or so with them.
No one believed he was my cousin until I showed them my dad's high school senior photo where he looks identical to Zac."
"My wife is childhood friends with family of Viggo Mortensen. She got to hang out with him after he shot Lord of the Rings but before it was released. She said he was a very cool guy, extremely laid back, and fun to have a beer with. Her friend spent her childhood hanging out with him on summer vacations and has yet to have a bad thing to say about him."
"I'm relatively closely related to J.K Rowling, and to be honest it doesn't affect family gatherings at all. Either people whisper about her from afar or go up and have a conversation with her.
Most people don't make a big deal of it and she does the same and just chats to anyone that speaks to her. The biggest reaction I ever get is when someone finds out I'm related to her."
: http://I'm relatively closely related to JK Rowling, and to be honest it doesn't affect family gatherings at all. Either people whisper about her from afar, or go up and have a conversation with her. Most people don't make a big deal of it and she does the same and just chats to anyone that speaks to her. The biggest reaction I ever get is when someone finds out I'm related to her haha!
"My uncle is Steve Smith, also known as Red Green, the Canadian handyman comedy show from the 1990's. We used to all gather in the 90's and early 2000's when our generation had wedding season. He was always the life of the party without ever trying. If there was a lull in conversation he'd pipe in with something hysterical and have the whole table laughing. He never tried, he was just a natural and would never interrupt anyone else. He's a very kind and wonderful guy.
We'd go to tapings of the show and would howl, not only at the show but at the 'countrified' studio audience. It was all in good fun. I think the only effect it had at gatherings were on our very excited significant others meeting him for the first time. We only gather once in awhile now as he's winding down a bit - he's in his 70's now and enjoying semi-retirement. The family tells me we bear a strong resemblance which is nice."
"My grandfather was Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts/Charlie Brown. I don't really know how it affected my family gatherings because my family hasn't been together for a long time for other reasons. But I do know that for a few members of the family, the comics are really important to them and they really pride themselves in their involvement with them."
"Megan Fox is my first cousin once removed. She's six years older than me, so there are plenty of pictures of us playing together while growing up, but once she got to the point of puberty, she quickly shifted into modelling and moved from Tennessee to Florida to pursue it. She then got into movies and as you know, made it rather big.
The last time she was in town to visit was about twelve years ago. She came for Christmas and everything seemed normal until she whipped out the stack of head shots she had brought to sign for us to take to back to our friends and such.
She did make it a point to call my grandfather when he had his heart attack back in 2014, so not all is lost in fame. The head shots thing was just a tad comical."
"My uncle is Sinbad, the comedian. He is married to my biological aunt on my dad's side, so I am not his blood relation, but his kids and wife are blood related to me.
We go on vacations with them every summer, and have for the past six or so years. We didn't for a while when him and my aunt were separated, but after they got back together we see that family at least once a year. Just got back from a vacation with them actually, we went on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
At first it was a little annoying having to stop every couple minutes because someone asked for a picture, but eventually he stopped posing for pictures while with us. He just says 'Sorry, I'm with my family' now.
Nothing terribly exciting, but he has been famous since I was born, so I didn't get a before and after experience.
The coolest thing was definitely going to Disney with him. We got the VIP treatment and skipped every line. We rode duelling dragons probably seven times times back to back. Three of us barfed."
"My third cousin on my moms side is Rob Bourdon, drummer of Linkin Park. I met him once in 2001 at a family party, literally right before In The End got big. I was like, 5, but he was so nice to me, especially since it was shortly after our grandfather's death and I was taking it pretty hard.
Unfortunately, a lot of the more catholic folks of my family got pretty pissy at him because he announced an interest in Judaism, and I haven't spoken to him since. I would love to talk to him, but I don't wanna look like those family members who would probably want a handout."
"A friend of mine works with John Kerry's sister. She's really cool. She's been to a lot of places and has some crazy stories. She was in Moscow during the coup, she was near New Orleans when Katrina hit, and she was in Haiti when the earthquake struck. AFAIK my friend's never asked her about her family gatherings, though he did tell me that during John Kerry's run for president in '04, Kerry's sister and he had a written agreement that if he won the presidency, she would leave the country. It seemed to John that she had been part of historical disasters everywhere she lived, and he wanted none of that for America during his presidency."
"I'm related to Kings of Leon through marriage, pretty cool group of guys. We have a family reunion every May and hang out and play horseshoes and all that, just like everyone else.
It's kind of funny because even here in my tiny little town they still act like they're going to be bombarded by fans, but literally no one recognizes them."
"My neighbor when I was 12 was the guitarist for Matchbox 20 around when they were all over the radio. My dad plays a lot of guitar so he would go over and they would play for a few hours and chill. I got to meet the rest of the band and they were all really cool, humble guys."
"My step dad is Professor Brian Cox. Some of his old school friends treat him differently, but that's probably normal for fame. My Aunt on my mpm's side posts on Facebook about how he's her brother in law pretty often to get attention. She's gone pretty bonkers and that's the least she's done for attention and sympathy."
"My first cousin on my father's side is James Roday. He has always been the type of guy that, even as a kid, we all knew he was going to be famous. He's just always had that 'it' factor, so when he became famous those of us in the immediate family just saw it as an end to the means.
The only uncomfortable thing to happen at a family function was at my grandmother's funeral. It was obviously a very emotional time, but my brother's wife at the time didn't see it as such and was taking any opportunity to snap as many selfies and candid 'Look at me with Sean from Psych' photos as possible. He was very tactful about it though and graciously granted her as much as he could handle until my brother made her chill out.
James is a good man. He's definitely one of the people in my life that I am most proud of, because he earned every bit of fame and fortune he has received all the while staying an incredibly humble guy."
"My aunt is 'Xena the Warrior Princess' and absolutely nothing at family gatherings. She is just our aunt. We got stopped a couple times in New Orleans by people who recognized her. Back in New Zealand when her show was going on some little girls would come up and want to take pics.
She's the one of the nicest people to talk to and never acts like a celebrity. I have gotten to do some very cool stuff in my life which Ill never take for granted because of her kindness."
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