The Definitive Guide To New Hollywood Royalty

For these noteworthy newcomers, it's not about nepotism, it's about talent. Click through to see which famous progeny made our ones-to-watch list.

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  • Ask most actors if they want their children to follow in their professional footsteps, and the answer is usually no. But this group of famous progeny went ahead and did it anyway, and they’re landing some of the best gigs—and red carpet looks—in the business. Even little Vivienne Jolie-Pitt took the role of a young Princess Aurora in the upcoming Maleficent alongside her mom Angelina Jolie! From 50 Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson) to model Dylan Penn (daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) to MSNBC host Ronan Farrow (son of Mia Farrow), here is the definitive list of the next generation of Hollywood Royalty.

  • Dakota Johnson, 24
    Famous Family: Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson
    ​Big Break: She may be making waves as Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, but Dakota has been steadily working toward her moment in the spotlight. She had a role in The Social Network and starred the short-lived Fox TV show Ben and Kate.

  • Sosie Bacon, 21
    Famous Family: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
    ​Big Break: Did you know Sosie first hit the big screen in the 2005 Sundance film Loverboy alongside her mom? She’s since starred in episodes of The Closer and was this year’s Miss Golden Globe.

  • Ireland Basinger Baldwin, 18
    Famous Family: Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin
    ​Big Break: The model, Twitter aficionado, and aspiring actress had a role in the Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro film Grudge Match.

  • Condola Rashad, 27
    Famous Family: Phylicia and Ahmad Rashad
    ​Big Break: Condola first got attention and rave reviews in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. This season, she starred on Broadway opposite Orlando Bloom as Juliet to his Romeo.

  • Jack Quaid
    Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

    Jack Quaid, 21
    Famous Family: Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid
    ​Big Break: Jack starred as the tribute Marvel in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and although his character was killed (like most of them), we see a bright future for him.

  • Lorraine Nicholson
    Photo credit: Rachel Murray/WireImage

    Lorraine Nicholson, 23
    Famous Family: Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard
    ​Big Break: After appearing alongside AnnaSophia Robb in Soul Surfer, this young actress has a bunch of indies on the horizon.

  • Dylan Penn, 22
    Famous Family: Robin Wright and Sean Penn
    ​Big Break: The model had a beautiful editorial shoot in the January issue of GQ and has started appearing on red carpets with her mom, dad, and brother Hopper.

  • Ronan Farrow, 26
    Famous Family: Mia Farrow
    ​Big Break: The Rhodes scholar and lawyer (who started law school at 16!) hosts his own MSNBC show starting on February 24th.

  • Rainey Qualley
    Photo credit: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images

    Rainey Qualley, 24
    Famous Family: Andie MacDowell
    ​Big Break: Rainey starred alongside her mom in the 2012 comedy Mighty Fine (she also sang the song that played over the closing credits) and will next appear in the drama Mother’s Day.

  • Alice Englert
    Photo credit: Nick Harvey/WireImage

    Alice Englert, 19
    Famous Family: Jane Campion
    ​Big Break: Alice starred in the underappreciated yet awesome Beautiful Creatures before joining Elle Fanning in the intense indie Ginger and Rosa.

  • Maude Apatow, 15
    Famous Family: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
    ​Big Break: Maude has starred in a slew of her dad’s movies, from Knocked Up to Funny People to This is Forty—but with articles for TeenVogue.com and HelloGiggles and a LOL twitter feed, we hope a writing career is her destiny.

  • Zoey Deutch, 19
    Famous Family: Lea Thompson
    ​Big Break: After playing Sarah Michelle Gellar’s sassy stepdaughter on The CW’s Ringer, Zoey hit the big screen in Beautiful Creatures. Next up? This month’s film Vampire Academy.

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