Marisa Tomei is genetic cousins with Julianne Moore
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Marisa Tomei is genetic cousins with Julianne Moore

Crazy, Stupid, Love co-stars Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore have been left awestruck after discovering they are distant cousins.

The two actresses, who both attended Boston University in Massachusetts during the early 1980s, have been friends for years, but they had no idea they were related until Marisa dug deep into her background for an appearance on U.S. genealogy show Finding Your Roots, which aired this week.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming star recently sat down with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to research her ancestry, and was stunned when she learned she shared “an identical stretch of DNA” with Julianne.

“Julianne? Julie?” she gasped. “You know we went to school together? Jules! Oh, I can’t wait to tell her!”

The findings are particularly stunning because Marisa’s ancestors all had their roots traced back to Italy, while Julianne has no Italian heritage that Finding Your Roots producers could find.

However, the fact that they are genetic cousins means their common ancestor could date back hundreds of years.

Julianne first shared the footage of Marisa and Gates discussing the discovery on her Instagram page on Wednesday (30Jan19), and shared her joy in the accompanying caption.

“I KNEW WE WERE ALIKE!” she wrote. “@marisatomei is my COUSIN!! OMG (oh my God) I’m so excited, thank you @henrylouisgates for letting us know we have identical segments of DNA – #FindingYourRoots #twinning”.

Shortly afterwards, Marisa uploaded part of the same clip on her social media account, and added a pair of old photos of herself and the Kingsman: The Golden Circle actress.

“What an incredible gift to find out about my family’s roots with @HenryLouisGates!” she posted. “Eternally grateful for this generation and generations to come…. and the big surprise – discovering my friend is my REAL cousin! Hey cuz (sic) @juliannemoore!!!! Love”.

They are not the first famous faces to find a familial link through the show – in 2017, funnyman Larry David was tickled to learn that he was actually related to former U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, after portraying the Vermont Senator on comedy show Saturday Night Live.

– Cover Media

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