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Actress Comes Under Fire For What She Said After Finding Out Her Husband Is Her Cousin

A married Hollywood couple are distant cousins, it turns out. The couple, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, who have been married for 23 years and who have two children together, found out on a PBS genealogy show that they are related.

The show, 'Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.' is slated to return for a fourth season in October. The show's guests, usually celebrities or those in the public eye, submit themselves to DNA tests, and the genealogical research team then goes out to build them a family tree. The results are then presented to the guest, getting their reaction to the news.

Kevin Bacon is best known for his roles in films like 'National Lampoon's Animal House' (1978), ‘Diner' (1982), 'Footloose' (1984), 'Mystic River' (2003) and 'X-Men: First Class' (2011), but he's actually appeared in dozens and dozens of films. Never caring if he took a starring role or a small part, Bacon has been a prolific actor in Hollywood who is always working. The fact that he's appeared in so many things resulted in the comical game created by Albright College students, 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'. The game became popular when they wrote to talk show hosts arguing that 'Kevin Bacon was the center of the entertainment universe'.

Kyra Sedgwick is an actress and producer who has been in 'Phenomenon' (1996) and ‘The Edge of Seventeen' (2016), but she's best known for her starring role in TNT crime drama 'The Closer'.

When Bacon and Sedgwick appeared on 'Finding Your Roots', it was revealed that they are 9th cousins, once removed. Sedgwick says she wasn't really surprised.

“I figured I was going to be related to Kevin Bacon — I mean, most white people are related, ultimately,” she admitted. “I wasn’t surprised, honestly.... Frankly, I figured that was part the reason that they wanted to do both of us. I had to act surprised.”

Bacon was surprised to find out that his family was one of the founding fathers of Pennsylvania. He's not only a distant relative to his wife, but also to King Edward the 1 of England, Brad Pitt and former President Barack Obama.

Gates once expounded on the reason he's part of this project. “I want … Americans [to] realize how united we are as a people. … There’s so much animosity … and one of the things that I want the series to do is to show that, deep down, we are all Americans. We’ve been sleeping together from the very beginning of the country.”

Other celebrities have found out some interesting news. One of Anderson Cooper's blood relative was murdered by a rebellious slave. Author Stephen King learned about his family becoming pioneers and moving out of the South because of slavery. Actress Michelle Rodriguez thought she was going to finally learn more about the minority mix in her blood, only to be shocked by the fact that she was actually more than 70 percent European.

Source: Yahoo, People
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