Having twins is such a rare occurrence and many families don’t get to experience the certain type of joy they bring. In fact, for every 1,000 births, only 33 of them will be twins. If you’re pregnant then your chances of having twins are about 3 in 100. According to new data collected and reviewed by What to Expect, twin births have increased by 75% over the last 30 years.
The research shows that certain factors increase your likelihood of giving birth to twins. If you’ve already had twins, you are more likely to be pregnant with them again. If you’re an older mom, you’re more likely to have twins. Women over the age of 35-years-old produce more follicle-stimulating hormones that may cause an additional egg to drop at ovulation. If you’ve been pregnant before or have undergone fertility treatments, you’re more likely to have twins as well.
But what about celebrity parents? It seems like a lot of celebrities are parents to twins. Why is that? Could it be that celebrity moms wait later in life to have kids? Or are celebrity moms more likely to receive fertility treatments? There’s been no definitive study, of course. But, it’s interesting to think about. We decided to do some digging to find out which celebrities are parents to twins. We compiled a surprising list of 20 celebrity parents who are actually twinning.
She’s the Thelma to our Louise! Actor Geena Davis has twin sons. Her twins are named Kian William and Kaiis Steven and were born in 2010. She shares her children with her ex-husband, Reza Jarrahy. The couple also has a daughter, Alizeh Keshvar who was born in 2002.
Known best for playing Dr. Alex Karev on Grey’s Anatomy, actor Justin Chambers and wife Keisha Chambers have a total of 5 kids. Their twins, Maya and Kaila, are 21-years-old. The Chambers also have daughters Isabella, 23, and Eva, 19, and son Jackson, 16. The couple has been married for nearly two decades. They’re one big, happy family.
Actor Holly Hunter and longtime partner, Gordon MacDonald, had twins in January of 2006. The Oscar winner had her boys at the age of 47. Her two sons have got amazing names, Press and Claus MacDonald. We feel for her as she’s raising teenagers at the moment. One teen is a challenge; twin teens are a chore. We dare say that she’s probably having an easier time than her character did in The Piano.
Co-host of Good Morning America, Michael Strahan shares 13-year-old fraternal twins, Isabella and Sophia, with ex-wife Jean Muggli. The former NFL footballer is also father to Tanita Strahan and Michael Anthony Strahan Jr., from a previous marriage to Wanda Hutchins. This fun-loving dad posts constantly about his kids on his Instagram.
Iconic actor and American treasure, Al Pacino has been entertaining for over 50 years. But, he hasn’t been a dad for nearly that long. At the age of 63-years-old, Al became a dad for the second and third times when he welcomed twins. He shares the twins with his ex, Beverly D’Angelo and they co-parent. Anton and Oliva D’Angelo are 18-years-old.
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
The King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias, and tennis pro, Anna Kournikova, have been married for 17 years. The power couple welcomed their first children, twins Nicholas and Lucy, in December of 2017. When the couple announced that they’d given birth, fans were in absolute shock because they’d managed to keep the entire pregnancy a secret.
Hilarious actor and Emmy winner, Julie Bowen has been warming our hearts and making us laugh on the hit TV show, Modern Family for a decade. The actor has three kids she shares with her ex-husband Scott Phillips. She loves spending time with her twin boys, John and Gustav who she was pregnant with when she shot the pilot for Modern Family. Her oldest son, Oliver was born in 2007.
Actor, artist, and iconoclast Tilda Swinton has appeared in everything from avant-guard art films to blockbusters with her friend, Amy Schumer. She had her only children, twins in 1997 with her ex-husband John Byrne. Her twins’ names are Honor and Xavier Swinton Byrne. Daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne recently made her film debut in The Souvenir. One apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
Celebrity couple and stars of HBO’s True Blood, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, didn’t just play an item on TV. They’re really a couple and they have 6-year-old twins named Poppy and Charlie. Anna and Stephen have decided to shield their children from scrutiny and not publicize their image. “Everyone chooses what works for their family. There are aspects of one’s private life that are fun and cute and not too revealing. And then there’s stuff where you’re making decisions for people who don’t have a say yet about whether they want to be in the public eye,” she told Today.
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
Two of the very best actors in the business, Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, are proud parents of twins.13-year-old fraternal twins, Bronwyn and Slater enjoy attending glamorous movie premiers with mom and dad. The actors, who have been married for more than 20 years, welcomed their two children in January 2006 via a surrogate.
Amal and George Clooney
Inspiring human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney, and actor you might have heard of, George Clooney, welcomed twins Alexander and Ella in 2017. Amal is president of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which she co-founded with her husband in late 2016 to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world. This power couple is committed to making the world a better place for their children.
One of the greatest actors in a generation and cultural icon, Denzel Washington, and his partner, Pauletta Washington, have been married for decades and tied the knot way back in 1983. In addition to a marriage with longevity, the couple has four children: 33-year-old John David, 29-year-old Katia and 27-year-old twins, Olivia and Malcolm. Both twins are pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
The living legend and actor, Julia Roberts and her husband, Daniel Moder have been married for almost twenty years. The couple first met on the set of the film, The Mexican. The couple has twins, a daughter and a son, born in November 2004 named Hazel and Phinnaeus. Julia gave birth to her third child, Henry born in June 2007. The couple, like other celebrities, has decided not to publicly share images or many details about their kids.
Singer and actor Ricky Martin and husband, Jwan Yosef are dads to twins, Valentino and Matteo. The fraternal twin boys were born via surrogate. In total, the hot-dad couple has four children: Valentino and Matteo, 11, Luca, 12-months, and Renn who is only a few months old. This celebrity couple is very open about how much they love their children and post about their adventures on Instagram often.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Queen and King of America, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, are not only billionaire musicians and entrepreneurs, but they’re also proud parents of twins. On February 1, 2017, Beyoncé revealed on her Instagram account that she was expecting twins. Her announcement gained over 6.3 million “likes” within eight hours, breaking the world record for the most-liked image on Instagram at the time. Twins, Rumi and Sir were born in June of 2017. Their eldest child, Blue Ivy. was born in 2012.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
While you might still be mourning the loss of ‘Brangelina,’ the high-profile couple has tried to move on since their split in 2018. The divorce was finalized in 2019. Humanitarian and actor Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt share 6 children. That’s a whole bunch of kids including twins, Vivienne and Knox who were born in 2008. They share four other children: Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, and Pax.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Your favorite NYC, Broadway babies, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, have a total of three children together. They have twin girls Tabitha and Marion, who were born in 2009. The couple also has an older son, James. SJP and Matthew have been married for over twenty years and have been starring on the stage, little screen, and big screen for decades.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
The multi-talented actor, singer, dancer, producer, businesswoman, and mom, Jennifer Lopez (wow, that was a lot of commas), had twins with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony in 2008. J Lo and Marc split in 2014, but they’re both committed to co-parenting. Their twins, Emme and Maximilian, are bound to have some pretty amazing talent of their own because this family is bursting with it.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka are dads to a pair of exceptional twins. In addition to appearing in your favorite musicals, plays, and TV shows, NPH is a leading man at home too. The couple welcomed Gideon Scott and Harper Grace back in 2010. After the Marriage Equality Act was passed in 2011, Neil and David announced their engagement. The two got married in 2014.
Queen of Christmas, Oueen of whistle register, Queen of Glitter, Mariah Carey shares twins with her ex-husband, Nick Cannon. The fraternal twins were born in 2011. Mariah and Nick split in 2014, but the couple co-parent Monroe and Moroccan, as a team.
Now, we’re almost certain you knew about some of these celebrity parents and their twins, but we hope a few managed to surprise you.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Geena Davis
- 2 Justin Chambers
- 3 Holly Hunter
- 4 Michael Strahan
- 5 Al Pacino
- 6 Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
- 7 Julie Bowen
- 8 Tilda Swinton
- 9 Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
- 10 Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
- 11 Amal and George Clooney
- 12 Denzel Washington
- 13 Julia Roberts
- 14 Ricky Martin
- 15 Beyoncé and Jay-Z
- 16 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
- 17 Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
- 18 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
- 19 Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
- 20 Mariah Carey
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