Not every child of a famous parent grows up realizing they are the offspring of a bona fide celebrity. In fact, some had no idea whatsoever until they were made aware of their mom or dad's fame in some truly memorable ways. Both angelic and troublesome celebrity kids react the same way when they fnd out their parents are famous: with shock and awe. It's something of a testament to how they were raised.
The ignorance of a parent's celebrity status implies some sense of normalcy and stability cloaked a child's upbringing. If you are a parent of a child who does not realize you are famous, it is a considerable achievement given the constant glare of the paparazzi's lens. Raising a child in such an environment requires constant vigilance, but these famous parents were able to pull it off. Below, celebrity children tell how they discovered their parent's fame - vote up the accounts that are sweetest to you!
The oldest Beckham child, Brooklyn, was in the spotlight from a young age and was always being photographed while out and about with his mom and dad. But it wasn't until he was 13 that he first understood his dad was England's most famous soccer star. When the two attended a game together, the crowd went nuts for his dad. "People were shouting my dad's name and I was like, 'What?! Oh my God. I don't look at [my parents] like that,'" Brooklyn said.
Pamela Anderson's two sons, Brandon and Dylan, knew the name "Pamela Anderson," but failed to realize it was attached to their mother. That was purposeful. "They haven’t seen how hard I’ve worked," Anderson told People. "I built my whole life around them - like their soccer games were in my contracts."
When Brandon and Dylan went to camp as kids, their camp mates told them who their famous mom is. "They were like... 'Are you Pamela Anderson for real? Like, what is going on?'" Before that, they'd only known that their father (Tommy Lee) was a rocker and their mother rescued animals.
The only child of musician Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel grew up amid a whirlwind of publicity. But it took a while for her to realize the wattage of her parents' stars. Whenever the family would go out and the paparazzi would shout Billy and Christie's names, "I just thought they were popular," Alexa Ray said. "I thought I was the star. We were always putting on plays, and dad would do the accompaniment and mom would dress me up like a Disney princess and be filming everything."
As the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Jack Quaid grew up on film sets. he told Entertainment Tonight,"The moment where I realized it was slightly different was when I came to school one day, and I said, 'I was on set.' And they were like, 'You were on set?' I was like, 'Oh, is that a thing?"
Jack also says his parents strived for normalcy at home, that they were "still a mom and a dad. They're not like characters at the dinner table. My dad has never been Jerry Lee Lewis at my graduation, nothing has gone down like that."