Mother's Day: Hollywood Moms Who Starred in TV Shows and Filmed Movies with Their Kids

For many Hollywood stars, acting is a family affair. A handful of actresses have worked with their children on the big and small screen.

Andie MacDowell, Meryl Streep and Demi Moore are all examples of celebrity moms who have shared the screen at one point or another with their children.

In honor of Mother's Day, here are some famous moms who have played with their kids over the years.

Diagonally split photo of Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow on the left and Mamie Gummer and Meryl Streep on the right

Many mothers have worked with their children on different film and television projects. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Environmental Media Awards; Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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  1. Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley
  2. Uma Thurman and Maya Hawke
  3. Leslie Mann with Maude and Iris Apatow
  4. Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer
  5. Demi Moore and Rumer Willis
  6. Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
  7. Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow
  8. Diane Ladd and Laura Dern

1. Andie MacDowell and Margaret Qualley

MacDowell's daughter, Margaret Qualley, whom she shares with ex-husband Paul Qualley, is the star of the Netflix show “Maid” (2021). Qualley was nominated for an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Alex, a single mother who leaves her abusive boyfriend and takes a job as a housekeeper to stay afloat and provide for her young daughter.

MacDowell is also in the series and plays Qualley's character's mother, Paula.

MacDowell and Qualley discussed what it was like working together on the limited series TV show.

“Every moment was precious to me,” MacDowell said of working with Qualley during an interview with USA Today. “I really wanted to do a good job because it meant everything to me and I was afraid it would never happen again.”

Qualley also spoke fondly about working with her mother on the show.

Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell, right, had a supporting role in the Netflix series “Maid,” starring her daughter Margaret Qualley. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

“You walk into the room and your mom is playing your mom. She's the biggest cheater in the world,” she told USA Today. “It goes from the inherent eye rolls that happen when your mother says something – and then also, later in the series, there's a moment where Paula tells Alex that she's proud of her. C “It was like my mom telling me she was proud of me, and it was just one of the coolest things that ever happened to me.”


Qualley has also starred in several other films and shows, such as “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” (2019), “Fosse/Verdon” (2019), and “My Salinger Year” (2020).

2. Uma Thurman and Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, rose to fame after joining the cast of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” to play Robin Buckley.

The summer 2023 thriller, “The Kill Room,” stars Thurman and his daughter. This likely won't be the only film the two star in together.

Director Quentin Tarantino has discussed the possibility of casting Hawke to play Thurman's on-screen daughter in “Kill Bill: Vol. 3,” if the film comes to fruition.

Uma Thurman and Maya Hawke

Uma Thurman, left, and her daughter Maya Hawke were together in the 2023 film “The Kill Room.” (Stéphane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Hawke stars in other films like “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” (2019), “Mainstream” (2020), and “Fear Street” (2021).

3. Leslie Mann with Maude and Iris Apatow

Leslie Mann has worked with her two daughters in several films. Mann shares daughters Maude and Iris Apatow with her filmmaker husband Judd Apatow. In fact, the three films starring Mann and his daughters were ones that the whole family was involved in, as they were all directed by Judd Apatow.


The sisters starred with their mother in three different films, the biggest being “This is 40”, in which they had the most screen time. In the film, the two played Sadie and Charlotte. The girls were also both in “Knocked Up” (2007) and “Funny People” (2009).

Maude then starred in the television series “Euphoria” (2019), where she played Lexi Howard.

Iris Apatow, Leslie Mann and Maude Apatow

Leslie Mann, center, worked with her two daughters in a handful of films directed by her husband, Judd Apatow. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

4. Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer

The mother-daughter duo first starred in the 1986 film “Heartburn” and then starred together again in the 2007 film “Evening.”

The 2015 film “Ricki and the Flash” is the best-known film featuring the couple. Streep plays a musician who leaves her career to join her family. Mamie Gummer plays Streep's daughter in the film.

Streep shares her daughter with her husband, Don Gummer. The two have been married since 1978. They have four children together; Henry, Mamie, Grace and Louisa.

5. Demi Moore and Rumer Willis

Moore has starred with his daughter Rumer Willis in numerous films.

They were leads in the 1995 film “Now and Then” and were in “Striptease” the following year.

Most recently, Willis was in seasons three and four of the series “Empire” in 2017 and 2018, when his mother guest starred in several episodes.


“I mean, we're here and, like, she's a regular, and I'm just a guest. I'm in the guest bedroom of her apartment — she has the king-size bed,” said Moore to ET in 2017 about sharing. an apartment with his daughter in Chicago while filming the series.

Rumer Willis and Demi Moore

Rumer Willis, left, and his mother Demi Moore were together in several episodes of the television series “Empire.” (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“I love it, we’re having a great time,” Willis told the outlet. “Honestly, even though we live about, I would say, 10 or 15 minutes from each other in Los Angeles, with your schedules, sometimes you don't get to spend quality time together. And so, being Power having time to go out and eat and really spend time together has been truly amazing.”

Willis is the daughter of Moore and Bruce Willis. The couple was married from 1987 to 2000. They also share children, Scout and Tallulah.

6. Angelina Jolie and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

Angelina Jolie played the lead role in the film “Maleficent” (2014), in which her young daughter Vivienne played the young Princess Aurora in an adorable cameo.

Jolie told Entertainment Weekly at the time of the film's release that the girl, whom she shares with ex-husband Brad Pitt, played the role because she was the only one of the kids not afraid of her character .

Vivienne Jolie Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, left, had a small role in the film “Maleficent,” a film in which her mother, Angelina Jolie, played the lead role. (Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

“We think it's fun for our kids to make appearances and join us on set, but not to be actors. That's not our goal at all for Brad and I,” Jolie told the outlet. in 2014. “But the other 3 and 4 years [performers] wouldn't come near me. It had to be a child who loved me and wasn't afraid of my horns, my eyes and my claws. So it must have been Viv.”

7. Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow

Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow have worked together on several films and shows.

They first appeared together in the 1992 television miniseries “Cruel Doubt.” In 2003, Paltrow had a starring role in the film “Sylvia,” a film in which her mother also appeared.


Danner is widely known for her role in the “Meet the Parents” comedy film series, while Paltrow stars in the Marvel franchise as Iron Man/Tony Stark's love interest, Pepper Potts. Paltrow also founded the lifestyle and wellness brand Goop.

8. Diane Ladd and Laura Dern

Laura Dern and her mother Diane Ladd acted together on numerous occasions, beginning with Dern's uncredited appearances in films starring Ladd, such as “White Lightning” (1973) and “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore” (1974). ). Ladd was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 1974 film.

Laura Dern and Diane Ladd

Laura Dern, left, and her mother, Diane Ladd, worked side by side many times throughout their careers. They even released a book together in 2023. (Slave Vlasic/Getty Images)

Years later, they worked together in even more films, including the 1990 film “Wild at Heart,” another for which Ladd earned an Academy Award nomination, and the 1991 film “Rambling Rose.”

In 2011, the mother-daughter duo starred in the HBO series “Enlightened.”

They also teamed up to write the book “Honey, Baby, Mine,” released in 2023.


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