The Celeb Guide to Being an Older Brother
Resisting prankage is futile! James Franco posted an Instagram pic of a comically unfounded article that claimed his younger bro, Dave, was dating Neighbors costar Zac Efron. "Effron [sic] and My brother, dating!!!!!!" the older Franco captioned the photo, clearly teasing. "Congrats, boys! I'm so happy for you!!!"
SUPPORT YOUR YOUNGER SIB'S DREAMS
When Brad Pitt's younger brother, Doug, was offered a role in an Australian Virgin Mobile ad campaign in 2012 – which eventually went viral – he called his big bro to see what he thought. "He was like, 'Do it. It sounds great!'" Doug recalled. When the final product hit, Brad texted him encouraging words: "Hey, just saw it. Hilarious."
BEING PROUD IS WAY EASIER THAN BEING JEALOUS
Josh Hutcherson is constantly bragging about his super-brainy younger brother, Connor, who received a perfect score on the ACTs and now studies biochemistry.
CALL YOUR SIB OUT WHEN NECESSARY
In a 2012 Hollywood Reporter video, Ben Affleck reflected on casting his younger brother, Casey, in his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. For one scene, after Ben told Casey to just "follow [his] instincts," Casey's instincts were to just walk into a different room, where there were no cameras. "Everyone's standing there filming an empty hallway," he recalled. "'What are you doing? Don't walk into another room!'"
BE A TEAM
Willow and (big bro) Jaden Smith, both musicians and part-time philosophizers, are a total team. "I think Willow's had a huge evolution," Jaden said in a 2014 T Magazine interview, before going on to discuss their musical collaborations, proving they're definitely a "we." "She freestyles and finds out what she likes. Same thing with me … Honestly, we're just trying to make music that we think is cool."
PREP FOR DISAGREEMENTS
You may be in charge most of the time, but as a big brother, you're also a target. When younger brother Luke was directing Owen Wilson in The Wendell Baker Story in 2008, Owen was being difficult on set, so Luke asked their other brother – Andrew, the oldest of them all – to get in Owen's face. "I can't, you're bigger than he is, just kick his ass," Luke recalled saying. "Just kick his ass, man."
EMBRACE THE AGE HIERARCHY – YOU'RE ON TOP
As the baby of the family, Liam Hemsworth was subject to all sorts of cruel antics devised by older brothers Chris and Luke. In a 2013 Details interview, Chris recalled wrapping up Liam in heavy sweaters and giving him a head start, while he and Luke would "stalk him around our backyard with air rifles and shoot him. I feel like the worst brother in the world. But we had a great time, okay?"