People Are On Their Knees Begging Nepo Babies To Acknowledge Their Privilege After Zooey Deschanel Became The Latest Star To Insist That Her Parents Didn’t Help Her Career

"My mom would coach me when I didn’t have an acting coach," Zooey went on to say. "I would have so many great discussions about film and filmmaking with my dad."

It’s fair to say that nepo baby discourse really entered the mainstream at the end of 2022, when New York Magazine published an article breaking down the “nepo-baby boom” in Hollywood.

Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow and Judd Apatow on the red carpet

In February, Dakota Johnson sparked backlash when she called the nepo baby debate “lame” as well as “incredibly annoying and boring.” If you didn’t know, the Madame Web star is the daughter of famous actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.

Dakota Johnson with her mom Melanie Griffith

In March, actor Ryan Phillippe admitted that he gets annoyed and “offended by” nepotism comments as he discussed his and Reese Witherspoon’s children’s decision to enter the showbiz world.

Ryan Phillippe with his son Deacon on the red carpet

And Zooey Deschanel has now stepped up to be the face of nepotism discourse in April, with the New Girl and Elf star insisting that her parents did not make it easier for her to establish a career in acting.

Zooey Deschanel with bangs and updo, wearing a dress with bejeweled strap details, posing at an event

If you’re wondering, Zooey’s dad is Caleb Deschanel, a cinematographer who has worked on everything from Titanic to The Godfather, receiving six Academy Award nominations in the process.

Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer, with daughter Zooey Deschanel and wife Mary Jo Deschanel

Her mom is Twin Peaks’ star Mary Jo Deschanel née Weir, and Zooey’s sister, Emily Deschanel is also a successful actor, starring in Bones and Spider-Man 2, among other projects.

Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel smiling for photographers at an event

But Zooey is confident that she and her sister do not owe their careers in the industry to their mom and dad, saying on The School of Greatness podcast: “It’s funny because people be like, ‘Oh, nepotism’, I’m like, ‘no.’”

Zooey Deschanel in elegant black dress with one shoulder detail and a bow accessory in her hair

Still, some have been left unimpressed by how dismissive Zooey was about her father’s role in her career as they expressed their exasperation at nepo babies repeatedly failing to acknowledge the privilege that comes with their parents having connections in the industry.

Zooey Deschanel, Mary Jo Deschanel, Caleb Deschanel and Emily Deschanel

“I love zooey but i'll never understand celebs treating the phrase nepo baby like a slur,” another user said. “it’s actually really cool to have successful parents when you're humble and gracious about it!!!!”

Zooey Deschanel with updo hair, fringe, and drop earrings

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