This budding actress comes from Hollywood royalty – can you guess who she is?


She is trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood.

And she certainly has the pedigree as this beauty comes from a long line of famous people.

Her mother is an actress who has worked for almost 40 years in movies from offbeat indies to massive blockbusters. And she recently worked on a hit streamer with Reese Witherspoon. She is also an Oscar winner.

Her father is a talented Grammy winning musician.

Her grandmother has worked for decades and is an Oscar nominee.

And her grandfather is also an Oscar nominee who had a role opposite Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

On Oscar Sunday she made a splash in a golden gown as she walked the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills next to her famous mom. 

Can you name who this up-and-comer is?

Newbie: She is trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood. And she certainly has the pedigree as this beauty comes from a long line of famous people. Her mother is an actress who has worked for almost 40 years in movies from offbeat indies to massive blockbusters. And she recently worked on a hit streamer with Reese Witherspoon. She is also an Oscar winner. Her father is a talented musician

Newbie: She is trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood. And she certainly has the pedigree as this beauty comes from a long line of famous people. Her mother is an actress who has worked for almost 40 years in movies from offbeat indies to massive blockbusters. And she recently worked on a hit streamer with Reese Witherspoon. She is also an Oscar winner. Her father is a talented musician

She is 18-year-old Jaya Harper.

Jaya is the daughter of Laura Dern and Ben Harper who were wed from 2005 until 2013. 

Now she is trying to make her own way as an actress in Hollywood.

Laura Dern is known for her indie hits like Wild Heart with Nicolas Cage and Rambling Rose with Robert Duvall.

And she was in the blockbuster Jurassic Park movies, also making a return for the latest Jurassic World flick.

More recently she was a part of The Big Little Lies series with Reese, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.

Dern won an Oscar in 2020 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Marriage Story. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Wild in 2015, and for Best Actress in 1992 for Rambling Rose. 

The teen’s father is 53-year-old musician Ben Harper, who plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism.

With mom: She is 18-year-old Jaya Harper. Jaya is the daughter of Laura Dern and Ben Harper who were wed from 2005 until 2013

With mom: She is 18-year-old Jaya Harper. Jaya is the daughter of Laura Dern and Ben Harper who were wed from 2005 until 2013

Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time nominee, with awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2004 and Best Blues Album in 2013. 

Jaya’s grandmother is 87-year-old Diane Ladd, an Oscar-nominated actress. She is best known for her film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore from 1974. 

She also starred on TV shows like 77 Sunset Strip, Big Valley and Perry Mason. More recently, she was on the series Chesapeake Shores.

And her grandfather is 86-year-old Bruce Dern, also Oscar nominated. In the 1970s he starred in The Cowboys and Silent Running.

More recently, he played the old man whose ranch was invaded by Manson hippies in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood opposite Brad Pitt.  

Mommy works hard! Laura Dern is known for her indie hits like Wild Heart with Nicolas Cage and Rambling Rose with Robert Duvall. And she was in the blockbuster Jurassic Park movies, also making a return for the latest Jurassic World flic

Mommy works hard! Laura Dern is known for her indie hits like Wild Heart with Nicolas Cage and Rambling Rose with Robert Duvall. And she was in the blockbuster Jurassic Park movies, also making a return for the latest Jurassic World flic

The mother/daughter pair were last seen at the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in 2022.

Laura looked elegant in a ruby red dress wit gold heels as her little girl went with blue and black.

Earlier this year Laura revealed that she is making Jaya wait until she is older to go into show business.

Jaya has already decided she wants to follow her mother’s footsteps into the acting profession but is being made to focus on her studies for the moment. 

While on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Laura explained that her own experiences of becoming an actress at 11 have influenced her decision to make Jaya wait.

More: k. And she was a part of The Big Little Lies series with Reese, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley

More: k. And she was a part of The Big Little Lies series with Reese, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley

She confessed to Ellen that ‘there is something very moving about’ her daughter’s desire to act as the career runs in the family.

Laura also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father Ben.

While on Ellen’s show Laura said of her daughter that ‘I’m so happy that she’s waiting and wants to go to school but really knows in her heart she wants to act.’

What a pair: Dern looked like a proud mother as she showed off her teen daughter in October at the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA

What a pair: Dern looked like a proud mother as she showed off her teen daughter in October at the 2nd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA

Laura, who has acted in multiple films with her own mother, said: ‘And maybe if she does we’ll end up having the privilege of working together one day.’ 

However Laura also disclosed that she was the one insisting that Jaya wait a little longer before venturing into the entertainment industry.

The actress acknowledged that Jaya ‘does often say: “You didn’t wait!” and yeah, basically, I make her wait.’ 

When Ellen asked if Laura wishes Bruce and Diane had made her wait, Laura considered the question and replied: ‘In a way.’

She added however that she ‘forced’ her parents to let her act, ‘and I lied and I pushed and I lied about age.’

The dad: Dern and musician Ben Harper arrive at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater in 2008

The dad: Dern and musician Ben Harper arrive at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater in 2008

‘To your parents?’ Ellen quipped, and Laura joked in reply: ‘I told my parents I was 15 – they were very busy, they didn’t remember.’

Laura ‘kept pushing’ to enter the business but ‘also saw the consequences of not being in school, just doing my thing.’

Even before she was 11 years old, Laura had small cameos in her mother’s films such as the 1974 Martin Scorsese picture Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

Her first real role was a small part in the 1980 film Foxes, the directorial debut of Adrian Lyne who went onto specialize in erotic thrillers like Unfaithful.

Shot when she was just 11, Foxes kick-started her on an acting career that led her to get emancipated from her parents at 16, thereby exempting her from the child labor laws that had previously limited her daily working hours.

Family business: Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors; seen in 2019

Family business: Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors; seen in 2019