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Actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick watch the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets play in Los Angeles,Tuesday, May 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson

‘6 Degrees’ Kevin Bacon Learns Wife Is … His Cousin

Actress Kyra Sedgwick was initially horrified

By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff

Kevin Bacon’s wife says she knew it all along. Actress Kyra Sedgwick and her Hollywood-star husband were filmed for the PBS show Finding Your Roots, which traces family backgrounds, and learned that they’re actually cousins—albeit ninth cousins, the Independent reports. Sedgwick looked mortified at first: “See,” she said. “I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!” But she calmed down, saying that “as long as we’re not first cousins, it’s fine.”

Host Henry Louis Gates Jr also told Bacon that he is 13th cousins twice removed from Brad Pitt and 12th cousins three times removed from President Obama. “No kidding,” said Bacon. “I knew I wasn’t getting enough respect.” Bacon confessed that initially he didn’t like the “Six Degrees” game that linked him to nearly all famous actors: “I wasn’t in the headspace to take it as flattery,” he said. “I kind of felt like it was a joke at my expense, you know.” But he now considers the linking “a beautiful concept. … It’s fun to be at the forefront of that idea.”

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