Yes, Josephine and Katherine Langford Are Sisters, and the Family Resemblance Is Real
If you’re wondering if actors Josephine and Katherine Langford are related, the answer is a resounding yes! The Australian stars have both had major breakout roles in the past few years, and they’re actually sisters who grew up together in Perth before heading to Hollywood.
Both sisters hit the big time by starring in a breakout teen/young-adult dramas: Katherine was the original protagonist of the Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” and Josephine stars in the romantic-drama movie franchise After. More recently, Katherine starred in the Australian crime drama “Savage River,” and Josephine is set to star in the romantic comedy “The Other Zoey,” out Oct. 20.
Despite being in the same industry, the sisters apparently generally keep their professional lives out of their personal relationship. In a March 2019 interview with V magazine, Josephine revealed that she hadn’t really asked her sister for advice at the start of her career. “I think if my first big [role] had been a Netflix show with a lot of hype, then we would’ve had more to share,” she said of Katherine. “But I didn’t have time to hear advice, nor did she have time to give it.”
In an April 2019 interview with W magazine, she echoed those sentiments. “Everyone asks me [if we advise each other at home], and honestly the answer is no,” she said of her sister. “Not to sound arrogant, but we both sort of know what we’re doing.”
Of course, since they are sisters in the public eye and tend to keep their professional lives separate, there’s been plenty of curiosity about the nature of their relationship, with tabloids speculating about a “feud” between them.
“I just don’t understand the internet sometimes. I think that rumors are crazy,” Josephine told Refinery29 in 2019. “I think when you have limited content of someone, and I’m definitely not helping that, you just sort of take little parts of what you know about a person, and you extrapolate it . . . We both got into acting on our own, completely separately, with nothing to do with the other one. We both grew up in this family, with parents that weren’t particularly creative, and were both interested in creative things.”
In a November 2019 interview with Hollywire, Josephine also revealed that she would be open to working on a project with her sister. “I would love to!” she said. “It just hasn’t popped up. But it would be fun.”
Neither sister posts often on social media – Josephine doesn’t appear to have public social media accounts, and Katherine posts a few times a month, mostly promoting her projects or appearances. They might not be splashing their sisterly bond all over social media, but we have a lot of respect for a pair of actors who’d rather keep the focus on their work rather than their offscreen lives.