Even though some stars make it big on their own merit, it’s no secret that nepotism is real in Hollywood. Some of the celebrities that we’ve come to know and love have famous parents who have paved the way for them. There are also some famous people who are bringing their small children to work with them in order to have more family time. While this may seem adorable on the surface, the reality is that having small children running around set may affect the day’s productivity.
Some celebrities also bring their older children to work to teach them the business. Again, this is pretty endearing from a parent’s perspective, but it could be a bit annoying for the rest of the people working on a project. After all, a star’s children are often shoe-ins for roles, which means other talented actors miss out on their chance to work. And we’ve all heard the stories about entitled celebrity kids who make working on a movie or television show more difficult for the rest of the cast and crew. But since everyone wants to keep their jobs, the production staff just goes along with it. Here are 11 stars, who, annoyingly, bring their kids to work.
11 Jessica Simpson
When Jessica Simpson was pregnant with her son Ace, she brought her daughter Maxwell to work with her when she appeared on Fashion Star. This may seem pretty harmless in theory, but Maxwell was pretty young at the time, and likely wanted to get into everything. It was probably challenging enough that the Fashion Star team had to deal with a pregnant celebrity. But to have to wonder whether a small child is going to burst into tears or reach for her mom during taping? That’s a totally separate set of challenges. Luckily, it seems that Simpson is a pretty agreeable celebrity, so maybe she was able to keep things under control—at least for a little while.
10 Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus used to be known as a country singer, but now he’s more famous for being Miley Cyrus’ dad. The father daughter team has appeared together in a few movies, and of course, in the long-running Disney sitcom Hannah Montana. Billy Ray still makes music from time to time, but his decision to bring his daughter to work (or let his daughter bring him to work—however, you want to look at it), has helped to turn Miley into a huge star. Unfortunately, after Hannah Montana ended, Miley has entered into her “finding herself” years, and it’s gotten pretty weird. Maybe it’s time for Billy Ray to start going to work with Miley again.
9 Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham is likely the envy of many moms because she looks stunning after having four children with her soccer star husband, David Beckham. She became even more “annoying” when she let her little girl, Harper, walk the catwalk for New York Fashion Week. Not only are all the Beckham children beautiful, but it seems they’re pretty talented as well. Brooklyn, one of Victoria and David’s sons, has also taken up modeling, and we’re guessing he’ll be popular for quite some time due to his stunning looks. The Beckhams are also known for keeping a close eye on their children, which means that they’ll likely stay out of trouble. After all, they’ll probably be at work with their parents.
8 Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara often talks about her gorgeous son Manolo, but now we get to see more of him. She did an ad for the dairy industry with Manolo, which likely motivated more people to get more calcium in their diets. Vergara’s son also appears in a Head and Shoulders ad with her, showing off his great head of hair and winning smile. Sofia Vergara is known for being funny and friendly on set, but we’re guessing there were at least a few people who were annoyed by how good-looking she and her son are. You’ve got to admit, it’s kind of unfair.
7 Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith is known for encouraging her children’s creativity, and she gushes about them in interviews all the time. While there’s no denying that the Smith children are talented, they can be a little strange. It’s also not too far-fetched to assume that their philosophies on life and overall behavior can be a bit annoying at times. But that didn’t stop Jada from bringing her daughter Willow, to work with her. When Mrs. Smith was working on the film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, she brought on Willow to voice the younger version of her character, Gloria. Willow has also worked with her mom on musical projects, since they are both singers.
6 Will Smith
Like his wife Jada, Will Smith is a fan of taking the kids to work as well. Mostly everyone remembers when he and his son Jaden, gave a riveting performance in the 2006 movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Jaden was just a little kid then, but he proved that he definitely had acting chops, and he’s starred with his dad in a few other projects since then. The family is often seen together at movie events promoting each other’s projects as well. It’s rare that an entire family has true talent, and the Smiths are definitely an example of that. But, Jaden’s recent modeling campaign for Louis Vuitton’s women’s line, and his comments about kids not needing to go to school would likely make him kind of annoying on set.
5 Leslie Mann
If there are kids in a movie Leslie Mann is starring in, the children are likely her real daughters! Iris and Maude Apatow, Mann’s daughters with her husband, director Judd Apatow, have appeared with their mom in the movies Funny People, Knocked Up and This Is 40. Looks like the Apatow kids have a future in the movie business, much to the chagrin of child actors who could have auditioned for their roles. Hey, we can’t all have a famous dad for a director who puts his real-life family in movies. Even if the Apatow girls aren’t annoying in real life, it’s likely pretty irritating to the rest of the people on set to know the girls are likely receiving special treatment during filming.
4 Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne is the queen of taking her family to work. She’s been her husband Ozzy’s manager for decades, and the Osbourne family was one of the first to have their own reality show. Now that Sharon is a co-host on The Talk, her daughter Kelly has filled in for her several times. Kelly also has her mom’s personality, and often gets in trouble for giving too much of her opinion. The two have also done several interviews together, and have been candid about the ups and downs of their relationship. They are fiercely supportive of one another as well, which is very sweet. But they can both be pretty annoying at times, so having them both in the same building is probably a lot to handle.
Madonna lets her daughter Lourdes, take the reins when it comes to running the Material Girl fashion line. The superstar states that she sits in the back with her Blackberry while Lourdes conducts meetings and makes executive decisions. Lourdes was also the flower girl in Madonna’s 2003 MTV VMA performance with Britney Spears. We’re hoping Lourdes didn’t see the rest of that particular performance. If you recall, it was pretty racy.
2 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez brought her twins, Max and Emmy, with her on her world tour, and has said several times that she’s really big on family. She also brought the twins along for a photoshoot in 2011 when she posed for Gucci’s Spring/Summer line for kids. All three looked wonderful in the ad, and we’re pretty sure Gucci benefited tremendously from the ad. Judging from the pictures, it looks like Max and Emmy may have a future in modeling. Of course, the twins may have a future in singing (Marc Anthony is their father), and they could be talented actors and business people as well.
1 Angelina Jolie
Even though she hasn’t acted in many movies for the past few years, Angelina Jolie is still one of the most famous actors in Hollywood. She even brought one of her twins, Vivienne, to the set of Maleficent, where Vivienne played Aurora. Jolie stated that her daughter was the only child who wasn’t afraid to get close to Angelina when she was wearing her full Maleficent costume. That’s likely how she got the part. Of course, there’s a bit of nepotism there, but it’s nothing Jolie isn’t used to. We’re pretty sure no one on the set argued with her, either.