Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner: "American Hustle" Costars Are Related

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Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner share way more than simply having starred in the same film. The American Hustle costars share a bloodline, too. Yes, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner are fifth cousins, once removed.

Michelle Ercanbrack is a family historian at the very popular Ancestry.com. She says this discovery that Lawrence and Renner are related happened completely by chance.

"The discovery of the connection between Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner was complete happenstance," she explains in a recent interview with People magazine, going on to say that researchers were checking out all of the cast members of The Hunger Games, expecting their might be a connection between Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson because they both have "deep Kentucky roots."

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson didn't share any roots, but when later researching Jeremy Renner, they recognized something.

"Later, we were researching Jeremy Renner and noticed he had a Tague family line from Kentucky, which looked familiar. Once we realized Jennifer Lawrence had the same family in her tree, finding the relationship between the two was not only quick, it was really close," Ercanbrack says.

She adds it was shocking how closely Renner and Lawrence are related.

"With how closely Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner are related, we're surprised they haven't bumped into each other at a family reunion," she joked.

In addition to their acting roots, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner share a wealth of similarities.

"The similarities between the two are striking: both have deep Kentucky roots, both are parts of wildly successful franchises, and both play family-oriented, freedom-fighting archers," Ercanbrack says.

There's been no word yet on how Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner feel about learning they're related. Knowing Jennifer Lawrence's kind of humor, she'll likely invite herself to join his family at Christmas. Just imagine the fun they'd all have if that were to happen.

How shocking do you suppose it was for Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner to learn they're fifth cousins, once removed?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.