Donald Glover, Jenna Ortega and Sydney Sweeney are not nepo babies

This week, New York Magazine published a piece on the rise of the “nepo baby.” Nepo babies, of course, are famous people who are themselves the children of famous people. “Nepo” is short for nepotism, which is the dark art of using your power or influence to help your relatives. The piece raised the question: Can anyone break into Hollywood without being a nepo baby?

At times, it feels like it might be easier to make a list of young stars who don’t have rich and famous parents. So… we went ahead and made that list. Is it possible to make it in Hollywood solely through hard work, incredible talent and winning looks? Yes it is. Is it harder if your parents haven’t paved the way? Yes it is.

Click through for this list of 12 great young actors who have made it to the top without being nepo babies.

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