A Guide to All of Hollywood's Celebrity Godparents
Bisset was named Jolie’s godmother thanks to her strong connection to Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie’s late mom. Bertrand died of ovarian cancer in 2007 after over 7 years of battling the disease. She was 56.
“[Jacqueline] is very important to [Angelina],” a source told PEOPLE of the pair's bond following a July 2019 trip to Paris. “They’re very close, and Jacqueline is someone Angelina has admired for a long time. And of course, there is the connection to her mom.”
From costars to even more: Kaling revealed former Office star Novak's important role in her life with daughter Katherine in May 2019.
“He comes over like once a week. Sometimes he’ll come over just to hang out with her,” the Late Night star added.
The Younger star doesn't just work with Hilary Duff — she's godmother to the actress' young daughter Banks Violet, too.
“After [Banks] was born, I was like, ‘Oh, does she have a godmother?’ And Hil was like,” she told PEOPLE, pointing at herself.
Bernard frequently posts photos of herself hanging with Banks and Duff's other child, son Luca Cruz, and was one of the first to congratulate Duff on her engagement to boyfriend Matthew Koma.
During a May 2019 visit to Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked Billie Lourd about the best part of having Streep as her godmother. And Lourd had the perfect response: "I mean, she's Meryl Streep!"
The LSD songstress is much more than a mentor to teen muse and collaborator Maddie Ziegler. "She is the best person in my life, she really is. She's my godmom now," the Dance Moms alum revealed on The Tonight Show of Sia, who casts her in numerous music videos and live performances. "So if anything were to happen, she would take me, which is really cool. The day we met, we clicked, and we knew that it was a special connection … she's taught me so many life lessons and I'll never forget that."
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST
Khloé Kardashian's decision to make sister Kim godmother and guardian of daughter True caused a bit of a rift with big sister Kourtney.
But “watching Kimberly be a mom, I really respect her parenting skills — not that I don’t respect Kourtney’s, I relate to how Kim parents more,” Khloé said on a September 2018 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. “But at the end of the day, this family is so close and we love each other so much and if anything, God forbid, were to happen, I know my daughter is in the best of hands no matter who her legal guardian is.”
“I feel like Kim has been so selfless during my pregnancy,” added Khloé. “She’s trying to just help make sure that you feel your best, look your best, have the best. She’s so secure in her life that I feel like she would be an incredible godparent. She’s just been a great friend and sister.”
Braff is godfather to friend and former Scrubs costar Donald Faison's two kids with wife CaCee Cobb. "Thank you to @caceecobb for growing this for @donald_aison and I. #GodfatherII," Braff joked following the April 2015 birth of the couple's youngest, daughter Wilder. In July 2017, the proud godparent shared a video of Wilder and brother Rocco giving him an adorable message.
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
A longtime friend of KarJenner matriarch Kris Jenner, Today host Gifford is godmother to the youngest members of the fam, Kendall (far left) and Kylie.
Swift officially met her godson, Leo Thames, in 2016. The youngster is BFF Jaime King's second son with husband Kyle Newman. Choosing Swift as a godmother was an easy decision, King admits. "It was because of her morals and her values, the way that she treats people and how hard-working she is," says the Hart of Dixie actress. "That's the kind of person I want to be the guide and the spiritual protector of my child."
Swift isn't the only celeb who'll play an important role in the lives of King's children. The actress revealed in a 2013 Instagram post that good friend Jessica Alba is the "Nina (Godmother)" of son James Knight. "Thank you Jess for your unending love and light – we are so grateful for you," King wrote. James also did pretty well in the godfather department: Topher Grace was asked to do the honors.
Joining Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West and little North on a spring 2015 trip to Armenia ended up with its perks: as the family headed home to Los Angeles, they detoured to Jerusalem to baptize North, naming Khloé, who'd joined them on the voyage, as godmother. "It was epic," a source told PEOPLE of the event, which happened in the city's Armenian quarter. "So beautiful."
AMERICAN FERRERA, AMBER TAMBLYN & ALEXIS BLEDEL
Though Tamblyn told PEOPLE that the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants crew would be Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's daughter James's godmothers, Lively set the record straight, announcing that her sister Robyn was picking up the official duties. However, her costars also have a special role in the little one's life as "fairy godmothers," Lively told E!
When times are tough, Miley Cyrus can count on her country-legend godmother to have her back. "I've loved her through the years and watched her grow up, and I've seen how smart she is and how talented she is," Parton told the London Evening Standard. "If she needs my opinion on something I will surely give it [but] I would never dream of calling her and saying, 'Well why are you doing this?' or, 'You shouldn't do this or that…' She's just trying to find her own place and wings and learn to fly."
BUSY PHILIPPS & JAKE GYLLENHAAL
CHRIS MARTIN & SIMON PEGG
The Coldplay frontman and actor go way back, which is why the trusted friends are godfathers to each other's children – Pegg to Apple, Martin's daughter with ex Gwyneth Paltrow, and Martin to Pegg's daughter Matilda. "[Chris] sang a song for [Matilda] in Berlin when she was born," Pegg shared. "He dedicated one of the songs, and I was really chuffed about it."
STING & TRUDIE STYLER
JENNI 'JWOWW' FARLEY
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
Showbiz is in Jake Gyllenhaal's blood (Mom's a screenwriter, Dad's a director and sis Maggie is a fellow actor), so naturally his godmother — and shopping buddy — is Hollywood legend Curtis.
Elton John had a solid reason for choosing Gaga as godmother for his two sons with David Furnish, Zachary and Elijah. "She's a great role model," John told Extra. "She's been a great godmother to Zachary. She came to bathe him in Las Vegas. She was already dressed to go to the show, and she was sitting there and she bathed him, and she was like dressed like Audrey Hepburn… and she fed him… We're all bonkers in this business, but we're human beings at the same time."