Sunday 15 December 2019

WHEN teenagers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson first told dad Brendan of their dream of pursuing a big-screen career, the acting stalwart had every right to be concerned.

WHEN teenagers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson first told dad Brendan of their dream of pursuing a big-screen career, the acting stalwart had every right to be concerned.

After all, if anyone knew what a fickle, unstable career acting could be, it was their dad - who didn't give up his job as a schoolteacher to act full-time until his thirties.

"There was trepidation, as he had arrived later into acting and had a young family," says Brian.

"So in terms of the pitfalls, he was a little longer in the tooth, and he made sure we were aware of the risks going into it."


Both Gleeson boys have enjoyed acting success, with Brian currently appearing with Mad Men star Jessica Pare in the romantic comedy Standby. Domhnall's career has gone stellar in the past year and an appearance in the new Star Wars movie next Christmas will make him a household name.

They're among a group of hot new talents - including Irish actress Eve Hewson - who are following their parents to become the next generation of showbiz stars.

Expect to see emerging celebs bearing such well-known surnames as Cruise, Hanks, Kravitz and Eastwood on the stage or screen in the next year.

Bono's daughter Eve has come through as a major star in her own right over the past year.

She played James Gandolfini's daughter in the charming indie drama Enough Said. It helped her land a role opposite Clive Owen in new TV series The Knick, about the staff at a New York hospital during the turn of the 20th century.

But her biggest break may come in Steven Spielberg's as-yet-unnamed cold war spy thriller, which recently started filming. She's in pretty good company - other cast members include Tom Hanks and Amy Ryan.

But she says her famous dad doesn't matter when it comes to bagging a role.

"What's great about Hollywood is that it's so cut-throat and it really f***ing doesn't matter who you are. If you're not right for the part, you're not right for the part.

"No director is going to sacrifice their film because they want someone's famous kid in it for a headline."

She says that Bono and mum Ali weren't keen on her choice of career, but she persisted.

"I basically said to my dad that I'm just as passionate about movies as you were about music and when you were 18 you wouldn't let anyone stop you."

Eve is just one of a whole breed of young stars who are set to match, or even eclipse, the successes of their famous parents.

Lily Collins, daughter of music star Phil and his ex-wife Jill, is notching up several movie roles as she strikes out for a big-screen career.


She was the best thing about the otherwise dire romance Love, Rosie and played Snow White in the family fantasy Mirror Mirror. She's also landed a role in a movie about Howard Hughes directed by Warren Beatty.

She's told how her dad's high profile helped her prepare for a job in the public eye.

"I experienced and saw the good and the bad. I think that helped me deal with stuff," she said. "But I refuse to let it dictate how I live my life."

Zoe Kravitz - the stunning daughter of singer Lenny and actress Lisa Bonet - is making a name for herself as a singer, model and actress.

Film roles have included a part in the superhero flick X-Men: First Class, while she's lent her striking looks to the modelling campaigns of big-name designers like Vera Wang.

Connor Cruise - the adopted son of movie giant Tom Cruise and ex-wife and actress Nicole Kidman - is toying with careers in both movies and music. He's had parts in films like the thriller Red Dawn and is currently making a name for himself as a DJ.

It takes brawn to follow a dad as famous as Jack Nicholson on to the big screen, but Lorraine Nicholson is giving it a go. Lorraine - the daughter of Jack and model and actress Rebecca Broussard - has notched up several film roles. We'll next see her in forthcoming drama The Falconer's Apprentice.

Clint Eastwood's ridiculously handsome son Scott recently starred opposite Brad Pitt in the World War II drama Fury and if his forthcoming screen credits are anything to go by, he could enjoy a taste of the success of his legendary dad.

He said his dad didn't care what he did as long as he was happy.

"He didn't care if I was a plumber or an actor. He said, 'whatever you do just do it well, just be humble and be a good guy and tell the truth'."

He's not the only child of a legend to have a crack at a showbiz career - others making a name for themselves include Mamie and Grace Gummer, both the image of mum Meryl Streep, and Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruce.

Eva Amurri Martino may be better known as the daughter of actress Susan Sarandon, while two of Will Smith's children are following their dad into showbiz - Jaden on the big screen, and Willow in music.

Colin Hanks, son of Tom, is building an impressive CV with several roles including the TV adaptation of Fargo and the forthcoming drama No Stranger Than Love.

Irish Independent

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