10 celebrity ‘nepotism babies’ born into privilege: from David and Victoria Beckham’s ‘chef’ son Brooklyn, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ model child Lily-Rose, to Lenny Kravitz’s daughter Zoë

Timothée Chalamet, Maya Hawke, Brooklyn Beckham and Lily-Rose Depp have all come from high-profile Hollywood families. Photos:; Reuters; Getty Images; WireImage

The term “nepotism baby” has been getting a lot of attention this year.

It’s believed to have kicked off when the trending hashtag #nepotismbaby garnered almost 10 million views on TikTok in February, reported Glamour. It describes the children of Hollywood celebrities who have followed in their parents’ famous footsteps and enjoyed a boost in the industry thanks to convenient connections.

While some “nepo babies” are praised for proving their talents, others have been criticised for their privilege and lack of acknowledgement of their arguably lucky positions.

Meet 10 of the most well-known nepotism babies from the current generation – but who stayed humble and who clapped back at the haters, pointing out that their success wasn’t handed to them?

1. Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp became the face of Chanel at just 16 years old. Photo: @lilyrose_depp/Instagram
The 23-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis started her modelling career at 16 when she bagged her first Chanel campaign. She was reportedly hand-picked by Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of the house himself. She’s since acted in several films and is set to star in HBO TV show The Idol.

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Johnny Depp and Lily-Rose Depp seem to share a close relationship. Photo: @Platoon19792/Twitter

But the young model-actress is not a fan of the term “nepo baby”.

In a recent interview with Elle in November, she said, “If somebody’s mum or dad is a doctor, and then the kid becomes a doctor, you’re not going to be like, ‘Well, you’re only a doctor because your parent is a doctor.’ It’s like, ‘No, I went to medical school and trained.’”

She has also previously pointed out that criticism of being a “nepotism baby” is often unfairly directed towards women.

2. Brooklyn Peltz Beckham

Brooklyn Peltz Beckham is the son of two superstars, David and Victoria Beckham. Photo: @brooklynpeltzbeckham/Instagram
The son of football player David Beckham and the Spice Girls’ Victoria Beckham came under fire for not accepting that he reaps benefits from having famous parents.

In a TikTok video that went viral a few months ago, TikTokker Daniel Mac approached Brooklyn, who was sitting in a limited-edition car that costs more than US$1 million. When Brooklyn was asked what his occupation was and how he affords such luxuries, the 23-year-old answered, “I’m a chef.”

Nicola Peltz with Brooklyn, Victoria and David Beckham. Photo: @brooklynbeckham/Instagram

Brooklyn’s cooking venture, a TV show titled Cookin’ with Brooklyn, apparently cost US$100,000 per episode to produce, according to the New York Post.

El País has dubbed him one of the least popular nepo babies out there.

3. Kendall Jenner

Socialite Kendall Jenner arrives for the 2022 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in New York in November. Photo: AFP
Probably one of the most criticised nepotism kids, Kendall Jenner, 27, strongly denies that her being from one of the most famous families in Hollywood had anything to do with her career.

“Of course, I had a platform and I never took that for granted and I always knew that that was there, but that almost made my job a little bit harder,” she said in the Keeping up with the Kardashians reunion special.

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Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian are among the most famous women on the planet. Photo: Getty Images

This is despite the fact that her mum Kris Jenner helped her get signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2010, according to Refinery29.

4. Ty Tennant

Ty Tennant stars in 2022’s House of the Dragon GoT spin-off. Photo: @ ty__tennant/Instagram
The 20-year-old is son to actors David and Georgia Tennant. With numerous acting credits to his name already, the young Tennant bagged a major role as Aegon Targaryen in HBO’s hit Game of Thrones spin-off series House of the Dragon.
Ty Tennant is the son of Doctor Who’s David Tennant. Photo: @ ty__tennant/Instagram

He comes from a line of Doctor Who actors, with both his father and maternal grandfather Peter Davison portraying the iconic Time Lord in the past. Ty has said that he too would like to follow in their footsteps and take up the role one day, according to the Sunday Post.

5. Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. Photo: @zoeisabellakravitz/Instagram
As the daughter of 80s rock star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoë has starred in multiple roles, most notably as Catwoman in the 2022 Batman movie, and is set to make her directorial debut with Pussy Island, expected to come out in 2023.
A young Zoë Kravitz with her famous rocker dad, Lenny Kravitz. Photo: @zoeisabellakravitz/Instagram

The 33-year-old actress recently defended all nepotism babies in an interview with GQ. “It’s literally where last names came from. You were a blacksmith if your family was, like, the Black family,” the High Fidelity star said.

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6. Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke arrives at the premiere of Do Revenge on September 14, on Vine Tudum Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo: AP
The daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Maya Hawke is one of few celebrities who have acknowledged that having famous parents has given her a leg up in her career.

The 24-year-old is known for her portrayal of mainly LGBTQ+ characters in hit Netflix series including Robin in Stranger Things and more recently Eleanor in teen comedy film Do Revenge.

Proud dad Ethan Hawke with daughter Maya, who he “loved” in Stranger Things. Photo: @maya_hawke/Instagram

“I feel like the only way to handle the nepotism thing, which definitely gives you massive advantages in this life, is, you will get chances for free, but the chances will not be infinite,” Hawke said in an interview with Rolling Stone.

7. Timothée Chalamet

US actor Timothée Chalamet poses during a photocall for Bones And All on November 12, in Rome. Photo: AFP
The 26-year-old American actor has been a Hollywood heartthrob since his critically acclaimed role as Elio in Call Me By Your Name.

While the Dune star’s parents are not a part of the Hollywood scene, they certainly aren’t nobodies either. His mother Nicole Fender was a Broadway dancer and her dad, Chalamet’s grandad, was a writer and filmmaker, according to The Tab.

US actor Timothée Chalamet has family roots in theatre. Photo: @tchalamet/Instagram

However, Chalamet’s fans have been quick to defend the young star, arguing that his acting credentials are proof that he has worked his way to the top. A TikTok comment under a video about nepotism babies, per Refinery29, read, “Timothée Chalamet nepotism and Lily-Rose Depp nepotism just isn’t the same thing!”

8. Maude Apatow

Maude Apatow is the eldest daughter of film director Judd Apatow. Photo: @maudeapatow/Instagram

Fans of the HBO teen drama show Euphoria seemed to be shocked when they discovered that Maude Apatow is the eldest daughter of film director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann.

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Maude Apatow is the eldest daughter of Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow. Photo: @maudeapatow/Instagram

Starting her career in 2017 in one of her father’s films Knocked Up, the now 24-year-old actress portraying Lexi Howard in Euphoria spoke about being branded a nepotism baby, “I try not to let it get to me because I obviously understand that I’m in such a lucky position,” she told Net-a-Porter’s Porter.

9. Deacon Phillippe

Deacon Phillippe has been making waves in fashion lately. Photo: @weareivypark/Instagram
The newest addition to this generation’s nepotism babies is Deacon Phillippe, the son of Legally Blonde actress Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Deacon made his acting debut in the third season of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever.
Deacon Phillippe with his parents Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Photo: @ryanphillippe/Instagram

According to Variety, executive producer Mindy Kaling cast Deacon when his mum, a close friend of Kaling’s, mentioned that the 18-year-old had an interest in acting.

Comments on Twitter reacting to the Variety article were simple and to the point, stating “nepotism”.

10. Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen attends Variety’s 2022 Power of Women: Los Angeles event presented by Lifetime at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 28, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: FilmMagic
Marvel’s Scarlet Witch, aka Elizabeth Olsen, used to be known as the little sister of the Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, who both famously played Michelle Tanner in the beloved sitcom Full House.
Elizabeth Olsen (centre) and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom in June 2016, in New York City. Photo: Getty Images

Olsen, 33, said she is “very aware” of nepotism, in an interview with Glamour UK. She said “I guess I understood what nepotism was like inherently as a 10-year-old. But there is some sort of association of not earning something that I think bothered me at a very young age.”

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