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Celebrities you might not know were godparents

Dolly Parton, Jennifer Aniston and Nick Jonas are all in the celebrity godparents club.
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When Jeremy Allen White appeared on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday, the star of "The Bear" revealed to Jimmy Fallon that Dakota Johnson is godmother to his daughter, Ezer, while recounting the 3-year-old's previous meeting with Fallon.

Johnson is friends with both White and his wife, Addison Timlin, who previously announced that Johnson was bestowed with the honor in a birthday tribute in 2018.

Here are some of the other celebrities who have become godparents to the children of their famous friends and family members.

B.J. Novak

Mindy Kaling has been close pals with her "Office" co-star B.J. Novak for more than a decade — and during a visit to TODAY in 2020, she opened up about his more recent role: godfather to her two children.

"You know, he said the funniest thing because he's so attached to my older child, my daughter," Kaling told Jenna Bush Hager. "When I said, you know, B.J., 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.'

"And he said the funniest thing. He was like, 'Can you sue for god paternity rights? Because he's the godfather because he just like loves her so much."

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas is godfather to niece Valentina. The proud uncle took to Instagram in 2016 to share a sweet photo of himself with the daughter of brother Kevin Jonas and Kevin's wife, Danielle.

“My beautiful niece on her dedication day," he wrote. "My sister-in-law's sister Katie and I are honored to be godparents.”

Taylor Swift

Swift announced that she was godmother to the second child of her pal Jaime King in 2015. She shared the happy news on Instagram, posting a photo of herself touching King's belly. "Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one..... (ME)," she captioned the sweet snap.

Dolly Parton


Parton has lovingly defended the antics of her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. "I'll never say anything bad about Miley 'cause I know she's smart," Parton told the Associated Press. "And I know she's talented. And I know she's had to go to drastic measures to try to make her point: 'Leave me alone. I am not Hannah Montana anymore. I want to grow up.'"

Jennifer Aniston

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Aniston and former co-star Courteney Cox are more than just "Friends." Cox made Aniston godmother of her daughter, Coco, who was born in 2004.

Steven Spielberg

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The legendary filmmaker has two very famous goddaughters: Drew Barrymore (who starred in Spielberg's "E.T." at age 6) and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Eva Longoria

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The "Desperate Housewives" actress is the godmother of Victoria and David Beckham's adorable daughter, Harper.

Lady Gaga

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Her fans may know her as Mother Monster, but Elton John's two sons, Elijah and Zachary, know Lady Gaga as their godmother.


In 2008, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt asked the U2 musician to be the godfather of their twins, Knox and Vivienne.

Michael Jackson

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The late pop star was the godfather of his friend Lionel Richie's daughter Nicole.

An earlier version of this article was published Mar. 2, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. ET.