If you are a fan of superhero shows, you might have noticed two actors who share the same last name and look alike. Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell are both known for their roles in The CW’s Arrowverse, where they play Firestorm and Green Arrow respectively. But are they related in real life? The answer is yes, they are cousins. Here are some facts about their family connection and their careers.
They Are Paternal Cousins from Canada
According to Nicki Swift, Robbie and Stephen are paternal cousins, meaning they share a grandfather. They both hail from Canada, where they grew up in Toronto. They were close as kids and even used to borrow each other’s IDs to get into clubs. Robbie revealed in an interview with Lilly Singh that he would pretend to be Stephen, who is seven years older than him, to get past the bouncers.
Robbie Encouraged Stephen to Audition for Arrow
Stephen is now synonymous with his role as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on Arrow, but he might not have gotten the part if it wasn’t for Robbie. In an interview with Larry King, Robbie said that he read the script for Arrow first and thought that Stephen would be perfect for it. He then pitched the idea to Stephen during a hockey game and convinced him to audition. Stephen landed the role and went on to star in eight seasons of the show, as well as crossover episodes with other shows in the Arrowverse.
They Both Starred in Superhero Shows
Stephen is not the only one who has played a superhero on TV. Robbie has also starred in several shows that feature people with superpowers. He played Stephen Jameson, a teenager who can teleport, on The Tomorrow People, which was canceled after one season. He then joined The Flash as Ronnie Raymond, one half of the nuclear hero Firestorm. He also appeared on Legends of Tomorrow and voiced Firestorm on Vixen. In addition, he starred in the sci-fi comedy film Code 8 with Stephen, which they also produced together.
They Are Both Married to Talented Women
Robbie and Stephen are not only successful actors, but also happily married men. Stephen tied the knot with Cassandra Jean, a former America’s Next Top Model contestant and actress, in 2012. They have a daughter named Mavi, who was born in 2013. Robbie got engaged to Italia Ricci, a star of Chasing Life and Designated Survivor, in 2014. They wed in 2016 and welcomed their son named Robert in 2019.
They Are Both Passionate About Charity
Robbie and Stephen are not only cousins, but also partners in philanthropy. They have both supported various causes, especially those related to cancer prevention and research. In 2012, Stephen’s mother underwent chemotherapy to fight cancer, which inspired him to launch a campaign called F*ck Cancer with help from his fans. Robbie joined him in raising awareness and funds for the cause by selling T-shirts and hoodies with their signatures. They have also donated to other charities such as Stand Up To Cancer and Paws For Hope.
Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell are more than just actors who share a last name. They are cousins who have a strong bond and a lot in common. They both come from Canada, they both starred in superhero shows, they both married talented women, and they both care about giving back to society. They are truly an inspiring duo that proves that family is everything.