We Bet You Had No Idea These Celebrities Are Related

Jenny McCarthy

Yeah, yeah, we all know that Emma Roberts is Julia‘s adorable, fashion-forward niece and that Gwyneth Paltrow comes from a long line of Hollywood royalty, even calling Steven Spielberg her godfather.

But did you know that “Bridesmaids” star, Melissa McCarthy, is cousins with former Playboy Playmate, Jenny McCarthy? Yup.

And there are a whole slew of other randomly intertwined celeb roots.

Baron Davis and Spike Lee

NBA star Baron Davis is second cousins with director Spike Lee, but who knew that the flashy Knicks player and the indie director had so much in common?

While one plays on the court, the other can often be found sitting courtside. And it seems Davis' second cousin, Lee, has rubbed off on him as well-- the basketballer is now also involved in a film production company.

Elizabeth Hurley and Romeo Beckham

The extremely good looking David and Victoria Beckham decided that their son, Romeo, born in 2002, needed an equally attractive godmother. Cue Elizabeth Hurley.

Mariah Carey and Ashley Cole

After searching for an ancestral link to her idol, Nat King Cole, in 2007, Mariah Carey discovered she isn't related to the jazz legend, but does share a familial connection to Chelsea soccer star and ex-husband of pop star Cheryl Cole, Ashley Cole.

'It's fascinating,' Mariah revealed of the odd connection, 'My grandmother was a Cole before she married and it turns out she comes from the same area of Alabama as Ashley's ancestors -- the Deep South.'

Simon Cowell and Robbie Williams

OK, it's a 'Brit' of a stretch, but Robbie Williams' cousin's brother-in-law is one Simon Cowell. Maybe that's why Robbie felt so comfortable giving Simon a lap dance? Just be careful Robbie, don't bite the 'X Factor' hand that feeds you-- it could make family gatherings rather awkward.

Ralph Fiennes and Prince Charles

He didn't quite make the list of invitees to the royal wedding, but actor Ralph Fiennes is eighth cousins with Prince Charles. Born into an aristocratic English family, Fiennes has starred on-screen as a Lord, a Count and a Duke, but no word on whether Fiennes called his cousin for some advice on the roles.

Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola

Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones

It may seem like this 'Parks and Recreation' and 'I Love You, Man' actress came on the scene fairly recently, but Rashida Jones has some serious Hollywood pedigree. Jones is the daughter of big-time music producer, Quincy Jones, and actress, Peggy Lipton.

Another random celeb connection? Jones' sister was engaged to Tupac Shakur before his untimely death in 1996.

Mariska Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

Born three years apart in Richmond, Virgina, Henry Warren Beaty and Shirley MacLean Beaty grew up to be the Oscar-winning brother and sister duo, Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty.

'When we were kids, I really did protect him,' MacLaine told Oprah.com of Beatty. 'He always wanted to tag along with me and my girlfriends, but I always said, 'No, no, go home.'' Today, the brother/sister pair's relationship is 'terrific,' says MacLaine. 'I see him whenever I'm in California.'

Rooney and Kate Mara

Daughters of football royalty, both Rooney and Kate Mara have successfully broken into the entertainment biz. While Rooney initially made her 'Mark' as Zuckerberg's cold-hearted girlfriend in 'The Social Network,' the actress has since gone on to star in a little trilogy that starts with 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.' Kate is currently starring in Ryan Murphy's 'American Horror Story.'

Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy

They may not look identical, but Jenny McCarthy and 'Bridesmaids' star Melissa McCarthy are cousins. Both gew up in Chicago, Illinois, and it was actually Jenny who gave Melissa her first big break in 1997 when she appeared as a comedian on 'The Jenny McCarthy Show.'

When Melissa won an Emmy for 'Mike and Molly' in 2011, Jenny tweeted: 'Congrats to my cousin Melissa McCarthy on her Emmy win!!'

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