When it comes to selecting godparents, moms and dads usually turn to close friends and family members. It follows, then, that celebri-parents often end up looking to their equally A-list buddies and loved ones. For example, when it came time for Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund to choose a godfather for son Rhodes Robert, who was born in December 2020, Garrett didn't have to think too hard. The actor asked country music star Tim McGraw — who played his dad in the 2004 "Friday Night Lights" movie and co-starred alongside him again in 2010's "Country Strong" — to do the honors. "He's somebody that I admire and respect, not only as an amazing father and an amazing husband, amazing musician and amazing actor…," Garrett told talk show host Kelly Clarkson in February 2021. "I've known him for a long time … and we've remained such close friends and, you know, I've seen his children, his daughters, from the time they were 1, 3 and 5. … He's the best," Garrett added of Tim. "After around 12 weeks of Emma being pregnant, I called him, and the first thing he said was, 'I'm the godfather.' So how can you argue?" Keep reading for more…
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Mindy Kaling tapped one of her former loves to be godfather to not just her first child, daughter Katherine, but her son, Spencer, too. Who is he?
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Yup, Mindy Kaling asked longtime bestie (and former boyfriend) BJ Novak — who like her starred on and wrote episodes of "The Office" — to be godfather to both her kids: daughter Katherine and son Spencer. "You know, he said the funniest thing because he's so attached to my older child, my daughter," Mindy told "Today" in 2020 a few weeks after her son's birth. "When I said, you know, 'BJ, if something happens to me, it's not like I have a husband, like, you have to just take the kids.' And he's like 'Oh, my God, don't tempt me.'"
Kim Kardashian West had plenty of options when it came time to picking a family member to be daughter North West's godmother. So who did she choose?
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Kim Kardashian West named sister Khloe Kardashian as daughter North West's godmother at the toddler's baptism in the holy city of Jerusalem in April 2015.
When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their twins, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, they had plenty of famous friends they could have asked to serve as godfather. But it was no surprise when they chose a rocker with a major soft spot for philanthropy, just like them.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie named U2 frontman Bono as Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt's godfather.
Victoria Beckham chose one of her besties to serve as daughter Harper Beckham's godmother. Do you know which former "Desperate Housewives" star it is?
Eva Longoria is Harper Beckham's godmomma!
Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet's daughter, Zoe Kravitz, has an Oscar-winning actress as her godmother.
It's Marisa Tomei! Zoe Kravitz's mom, Lisa Bonet, met Marisa on the set of "A Different World," and the two grew so close that she asked her to be Zoe's godmom.
Bryce Dallas Howard's dad, director Ron Howard, turned to one of his "Happy Days" co-stars when it came time to appoint her godfather.
Bryce Dallas Howard's godfather is the Fonz! Yep, Ron Howard asked Henry Winkler to be his daughter's godfather.
Model Cara Delevingne counts this famous British actress and author as a fabulous godparent.
Yup, "Dynasty" star Joan Collins is model Cara Delevingne's godmother.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal isn't the only famous person in Jake Gyllenhaal's family: His godmother is also a household name.
Jamie Lee Curtis is Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother.
Just how close are these "Friends" actresses? Close enough that Courteney Cox asked one of her former co-stars to serve as godmother to her daughter, Coco Arquette.
Billy Ray Cyrus was a big name in country music long before any of his kids became famous. He and wife Tish asked the queen of country music to serve as daughter Miley Cyrus's godmother.
Yup, Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus's godmother.
After Michelle Williams gave birth to daughter Matilda Ledger, she turned to a former "Dawson's Creek" castmate to perform godmotherly duties. Can you guess who?
Busy Philipps is Matilda Ledger's godmother.
Drew Barrymore has a superstar director as a godfather. Who is it?
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is Drew Barrymore's godfather.
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has a godmother who also knows what it's like to grow up in the spotlight.
Former child star Drew Barrymore is Frances Bean Cobain's godmother.
It's no secret that Jennifer Garner made some close connections on the set of "Alias," but one was sweeter than others: Jen asked her on-screen dad to serve as daughter Violet Affleck's godfather.
"Alias" star Victor Garber is Violet Affleck's godfather.
Elton John and David Furnish are so close with one particular pop star that they named her as godmother to both of their sons. Who is it, Little Monsters?
Both of former "Scrubs" star Donald Faison and wife CaCee Cobb's kiddos have famous godparents. One is an old co-star and the other is CaCee's pop star BFF…
Zach Braff is Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb's son Rocco's godfather, and Jessica Simpson is their daughter Wilder's godmother. Jess also chose CaCee to be her daughter Maxwell Johnson's godmother!
Elton John is clearly very well-connected! Lady Gaga is his son's godmother, and he's the godfather of Victoria Beckham and David Beckham's son Brooklyn Beckham — thus ensuring the love stays in the circle of British megastars!
Late Kardashian family patriarch Robert Kardashian was one of the most well-connected lawyers in Hollywood during his heyday. We all know he represented good friend O.J. Simpson during the former football star's murder trial, but Robert asked another famous athlete to serve as daughter Khloe Kardashian's godfather.
Sugar Ray Leonard was asked to be Khloe Kardashian's godfather.
Michael Jackson picked an actor he wouldn't be afraid to leave his kids "Home Alone" with to serve as godfather to children Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson. Can you guess who it is?
Macaulay Culkin is Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson's godfather.