For some families, creativity—or possibly basic cognitive learning and motor skills—skips a generation. (Examples include the spawn of Rod Stewart, Demi Moore and/or Lorenzo Lamas.) For others, the DNA decides to cluster together and generate a super-powered pedigree of icons, inventors and innovators. (Might we interest you in a Spielberg or Coppola?)
With that in mind, take a gander at these insanely creative brothers and sisters born to the same mothers and misters, respectively.
Nasim & Nina Pedrad
Nasim: Born in Tehran, Iran, Nasim and her family emigrated to the U.S. when she was two years old and settled in Irvine, California, where she grew up. After graduating college at UCLA School of Theatre, she joined The Groundlings and was soon performing all around Los Angeles with her one-woman show, “Me, Myself & Iran.” Then, in 2009, Nasim joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” as a featured player and became part of the repertory two years later. Though her character work is impressive—we love/hate Shallon, the know-it-all grade-school student who twists what everyone says into something terrible—Nasim’s impressions are really what bring the boys (and girls) to the yard. In particular, we can’t get enough of her Kim Kardashian and Arianna Huffington. If only we could wake up with Kimye every morning IRL.
Nina: Though Nasim might be beamed live into our living rooms every Saturday Night, that doesn’t mean she has the Pedrad monopoly on comedy. In fact, younger sister Nina has been making a hysterical name for herself over the past few years as a writer on shows like “30 Rock” and, more recently, “New Girl.” Nina actually penned one of this season’s funniest “New Girl” episodes, “Exes,” which was about Nick and Jess’ past loves, and included an ah-mah-zing guest appearance by Adam Brody, who played a drug-rug-wearing DILF (aka Jess’ ex). In fact, we’d totally watch that spin-off. Listen up, Fox!
BJ & Jesse Novak
BJ: After graduating from Harvard in 2001, BJ (seated) moved to Los Angeles to make it big. Instead, he got “Punk’d,” which actually turned out to be the best kick-start to his comedy career. From there, BJ joined the U.S. adaptation of “The Office” as both a writer (he penned episodes like “Sexual Harassment” and “Local Ad”) and actor (he played Dunder Mifflin temp-turned-douchebag Ryan Howard). Since the show wrapped in 2013, BJ has made appearances in big-screen franchises like “The Smurfs 2” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” However, his amped up acting career doesn’t mean he’s slacking in the writing department. In February 2014, BJ released his first book, called “One More Thing: Short Stories And Other Stories (And Other Things)” which debuted at #4 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Jesse: While BJ might be the family funnyman, younger brother Jesse (standing left) is the music man. The younger Novak is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter, who has contributed to recordings by M.I.A., Santigold and Vampire Weekend. He also worked with Diplo as a session player, remixer and engineer for various productions through the DJ’s Mad Decent label imprint. Pop stars aside, Jesse’s music has also been featured on a bevy of commercials and TV shows, like “Law And Order: SVU” and “Shahs Of Sunset.” His real breakthrough, though, was landing the plumb gig as composer for “The Mindy Project.” Not bad for a kid from suburban Massachusetts.
BJ and Jesse also have a third brother, Lev, a writer (pictured above right).
Leandra & Haim Medine
Leandra: Though you might know her better by her online persona, “The Man Repeller,” Leandra’s style and taste initially made her one of the most trust-worthy fashion bloggers, but now she’s spawning into an all-around media titan. She’s collaborated with numerous designers, from Gryphon to Dannijo, Michael Kors to Saks Fifth Avenue. Plus, her book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. is considered a must-read for any fashion addict. Aesthetics aside, Leandra’s overall message is equally important. As she explained in a 2012 interview with the Daily Mail, “Good fashion is about pleasing women, not men, so as it happens, the trends that we love, men hate. And that is fantastic.” Amen to that, Sister Sledge.
Haim: This family has fashion running through their blood, as exhibited by older brother Haim, who’s the founder and designer of Khai Khai Jewelry. These aren’t your grandma’s baubles, though. Instead, the line of fine jewels focuses more on trendy designs and slang iconography. For example, there’s the Kale nameplate necklace that’s made with 18K white gold and set with Tsavorites, which are sorta like green garnets. Then there’s the [Square Brackets] earrings, which are set with diamonds and come in rose, white or yellow gold. Sure, the bling isn’t cheap—prices range from around $600 to over $5K—but it’s 100-percent original. Just ask Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding and, of course, sister Leandra, who’ve all been seen iced out in Khai Khai.
Rachel & Jack Antonoff
Jack: Before 2008, Jack was probably best known for being the singer/guitarist of alt-rock band Steel Train… and for being the lucky guy to take Scarlett Johansson to her high-school prom. However, four years later, the musician’s level of fame flew off the charts—figuratively and literally—when he hooked up with Nate Ruess (The Format) and Andrew Dost (Anathallo) to form fun., which is responsible for scoring nearly every commercial and movie trailer with one of the many songs off their second album, 2012’s “Some Nights.” Oh, and he’s also in a long-term relationship with “Girls” braintrust, Lena Dunham, which makes him one-half of the world’s most creative couple. In between touring the world with fun., co-writing songs with artists like Tegan And Sara and Taylor Swift, and being an outspoken supporter of marriage equality, Jack somehow found the time to start a side project called Bleachers. The band’s first single, “I Wanna Get Better,” is sure to be your summer jam and their new song, “Shadow,” just makes us want to dance our lil’ hearts out. You’re welcome.
Rachel: While Jack makes music, older sister Rachel ensures he looks good doing it as the founder/designer of her own signature fashion line. In addition to her adorable duds being carried by stores like Anthropologie, Modcloth and Madewell, Rachel has been a longtime collaborator with Bass Shoes. The Bass Hearts Rachel Antonoff line features her whimsical take on classic styles (i.e. polka-dot saddle shoes and heart-imprinted penny loafers) and each item is named after one of Rach’s gal pals (i.e. Tavi Gevinson and Mae Whitman). For a look at what Rachel’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection encapsulates—both stylistically and emotionally—check out this crush-worthy promo video, starring brother Jack and “Community” actress Gillian Jacobs, which tells the story of how Mama and Papa Antonoff fell in love.
Chelsea & Jonah Peretti
Chelsea: She first started earning a name in NYC comedy circles with her female-fueled improv troupe, Variety Shac, which also included fellow comediennes Andrea Rosen, Heather Lawless and Shonali Bhowmik. However, once Chelsea made the move to Los Angeles, she really broke through the glass ceiling by earning “scene stealer” status on series like “Louis” and “The Sarah Silverman Show.” In 2011, she spent two years behind-the-scenes as a story editor and writer on “Parks And Recreation” but, recently, it seems like she’s more focused on appearing in front of the camera. Chelsea currently stars on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” in addition to making regular appearances on “The Kroll Show.” For more consistent doses of Chelsea, check out her app and weekly call-in podcast.
Jonah: While his sister might be the Queen of Comedy, Jonah is the King of the Interwebz, seeing that the elder Peretti is credited with founding both BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post. (You’ve heard of those, right?) Start-up titans aren’t known for their model looks, but Jonah’s geeky allure did land him the cover of February’s Wired UK. Okay, it was probably more about his accomplishments than his aesthetic, but the dude’s cute. Sue us. More recently, Jonah started Reblog, which allows users to forward existing online content. NBD.
Original by: Leslie Simon