But in the end it does Yes, really doesn’t matter that Laura Dern’s father is Bruce Dern when she’s one of the best actors working today?! In all honesty, Vulture’s coverage doesn’t make any direct statements about whether it’s good or bad His a Nepo baby, but simply reports on how ingrained this trend is and has been in Hollywood history. As the article points out, the first big Nepo baby was Douglas Fairbanks Jr., born in 1909 to Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks — though he never quite reached the heights of the Nepo babies who followed him decades later like Jane Fonda and Liza Minelli.
There’s also some leeway for Nepo babies to acknowledge their privilege without trying to defensively shake it off. Although Jamie Lee Curtis called the term “hurting,” she also acknowledged that being the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh certainly gave her an advantage. During the press tour for her latest film M3GAN, Allison Williams was extraordinarily blunt, saying: “All people are looking for is an acknowledgment that there is no such thing as a level playing field. It’s just unfair. Period, end of story, and nobody really works that hard to make it fair. ‘ Finally: ‘It doesn’t take away from the work I’ve done. It just means I’m not that fun to cheer for.” All in all, a solid stance.
Hollywood’s nepotism isn’t going anywhere, sure, but Vulture’s coverage could make audiences more aware of this extremely common practice. That being said, Nepo babies are here to stay and although the industry certainly needs to open its doors Everyone Newcomers and not just the privileged, industrial dynasties are here to stay; There’s no way Blue Ivy Carter isn’t plotting her rise to fame as we speak.