On-Screen Families Played By Actual Relatives

Sometimes, the most authentic way to capture a family relationship in a movie is to cast people who are actually related. Whether they are siblings, parent and child, or even husband and wife, their interactions can appear much more organic and therefore convincing. Take a look to see which actors have acted as families on-screen and are related as well.

Jake And Maggie Gyllenhaal – Donnie Darko

2001’s Donnie Darko is a science fiction psychological thriller about a troubled teenager named Donnie Darko who is visited by a supernatural figure that warns him of the end of the world and coaxes him into committing crimes.

Picture from Donnie Darko
Pandora Cinema
Pandora Cinema

In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays the title character of Donnie while his sister, Maggie, plays Donnie’s older sister Elizabeth. This could be the reason why their arguments at the dinner table sound so organic at times.