By Stacy Jenel Smith
Children of famous stars who have achieved success in their own right are nothing new in Hollywood. You could probably name 10 off the top of your head right this minute - say, Angelina Jolie, Kiefer Sutherland, Jamie Lee Curtis, Charlie Sheen, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jane Fonda, Ben Stiller, Michael Douglas, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Now we have a new group of rising stars who happen to be the offspring of Tinseltown celebrities, making their own stories - call them celebrity spawn for the new millennium. Some are just breaking through, some have already begun compiling impressive lists of credits - and all of them are likely to be on the celebrity scene for quite awhile.
At 28, this son of Great American Movie Star Tom Hanks already has his own fan following, thank-you very much. His credits range from "Roswell" (on which he played Alex Whitman) to the big-screen "The O.C." and "King Kong," both of which had him working with Jack Black. He reunited with Black for a part in Black's November release comedy, "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny." He took a page out of his dad's book and gained 20 pounds to play the lead, a stalker (a chubby stalker, evidently) in the indie "Alone With Her," which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He's also to be seen as the assistant to a magician played by Kevin Kline in next year's "The Great Buck Howard." Father Tom is one of the exec producers, and he's playing Colin's dad in the feature.
Emma Roberts Bryce Dallas Howard
Can you say "in high demand"? Sure, you already know the 15-year-old from TV (as in Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous") and movies (e.g. "Aquamarine") -- and as Eric Roberts' daughter and Julia's niece. Next year, you'll also know her as she who has taken on the mantle of teen detective Nancy Drew for today's generation; the movie's already in the can. She was recently set to play the title role in "Rodeo Gal," for Warner Bros. - a tale of an equestrienne who falls for a cowboy type and winds up in the rodeo ring. She also has Paramount's "Camp Couture" on her dance card. It's about a spoiled rich teen whose parents send her to an average summer camp instead of the exclusive resort she had in mind.
When the red-haired, 25-year-old ingénue of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" graced the cover and inside spread of the Los Angeles Times' West magazine's Spring Fashion issue, she looked glamorous, sophisticated, gorgeous - and the fact that she's Opie's daughter definitely receded to the background. The NYU and Stella Adler-educated offspring of Ron and Cheryl Howard has been busy making "Spider-man 3" with Tobey Maguire
and Kirsten Dunst
this spring, and she has Shyamalan's "The Lady in the Water" due in July.
Evan Ross/Evan Naess
The 18-year-old youngest of Diana Ross' five children made moviegoers feel the fear and discomfort of a 14-year-old corner drug dealer in "ATL" and won the praise of critics. This spring he's been filming the true inspirational story of Philadelphia swim coach Jim Ellis, in "P.D.R." with Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac and Tom Arnold. Sometimes credited using the last name of his father, Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess, Jr., Evan's half sisters include "Girfriends" Tracee Ellis Ross and singer/actress Rhonda Ross Kendrick.
This 25-year-old member of Hollywood's Coppola clan - through momma Talia Shire - seems to be all over the place these days. We saw him competing for the love of Claire Danes against Steve Martin in "Shopgirl." He was in "Bewitched," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "I Heart Huckabees." And of course, there were the films that gave him his first shot of fame, "Slackers" and "Rushmore." A drummer, formerly with the band Phantom Planet, Schwartzman will be seen in October as King Louis XVI in "Marie-Antoinette," with Kirsten Dunst in the title role, written and directed by Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola, his cousin.
From one of our favorite Hollywood dynasties - grandson of the late Lloyd Bridges, nephew of Jeff Bridges, son of Beau Bridges - Jordan's "Convictions" NBC series of this past season failed to win strong ratings, but he is sure to rise above that. He's already a somewhat familiar face, thanks to roles on the small screen ("Samantha: An American Girl Holiday") and big ("Mona Lisa Smile").
The swaggering 29-year-old son of James Caan has put in muscular performances in such films as "Boiler Room," "Friends With Money" - and "Ocean's 11" and its first and soon-to-start-shooting second sequel.
He stars in his own series, "The Class" -- concerning the reunion of a group of pals from the 3rd grade -- premiering on CBS this fall. Dear to fans of "Joan of Arcadia's" as Joan's disabled brother, 26-year-old Jason Ritter's also put in performances in projects including the big-screen "Freddy Vs. Jason" and "Heart of Summer," the latter as Hilary Duff's older brother. In fact, Ritter - son of the late, beloved John Ritter - comes off as such a down-to-earth, nice guy it's no wonder people want to cast him as the star's brother. Anyone would want him for a brother. He's also the grandson of late actors Tex Ritter and Dorothy Fay.
Known as attorney Jamie Stringer to fans of "The Practice," 29-year-old Jessica is the daughter of Kate Capshaw and her ex-husband, Bob Capshaw, and step-daughter of that director guy Spielberg.
The daughter of Robert, niece of David and Keith, and granddaughter of John Carradine, she became a familiar face as Kelly Ludlow on "Commander in Chief" this past season. She's also been seen on the small screen on such shows as "Grey's Anatomy" and "House" and on the big screen in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
If you watch the 1981 "On Golden Pond," you'll see then-eight-year-old Garity in an uncredited bit part with his mom, Jane Fonda, and grandpa, the late Henry Fonda, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in that beloved movie. Garity, who took his paternal grandmother's maiden name, hasn't much capitalized on being part of the Fonda acting dynasty - or the clan of his father, political activist and elected official Tom Hayden. He has, however, racked up roles in projects as diverse as the "Barbershop" movies and the edgy cable movie "Soldier's Girl." Next up: "Sunshine," a Sci-fi flick also starring Cillian Murphy, due next year.
Okay, it's true. Her credits so far include being Rod Stewart's daughter and Paris Hilton's buddy, as well as the erstwhile girlfriend of fellow celebrity spawn Scott Caan and Jack Osbourne. And yet, this 26-year-old celebrity party circuit habitué and sometimes model (Tommy Hilfiger and Richard Tyler are among her credits) can sing, play the piano and violin and she's cut test recordings with the aim of doing her own album. She's served as a correspondent for "The Insider" and she's started a fashion line. She's been talked up for other jobs including "The Simple Life." So seems poised to actually do something instead of remaining famous for being famous.
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