Henry Louis Gates Jr. revealed to Odenkirk that he’s the eleventh cousin of Britain’s head of state after the actor disavowed monarchies and their position in fashionable democracies.
Odenkirk is linked to the King via his fifth great-grandfather Friedrich Carl Steinholz, who was born out of wedlock to the Duke of Plön. Plön was associated to the royal households of Europe as a result of intermarriage, that means Odenkirk has regal blood.
Gates teased the reveal, initially telling the Higher Name Saul actor about Steinholz. “[It makes me feel] like part of historical past that I didn’t assume I used to be any a part of,” Odenkirk responded. “I’m an American. I’m not a monarchist. I don’t consider in that. You already know, I really feel prefer it’s just a little twisted.”
He added: “I perceive why society constructed itself round monarchs and leaders, they usually handed them down via generations. I perceive that goes via each society, each civilization. However I feel that we’ve gotten to a greater place with democracy and we must always maintain happening that street.”
Gates then revealed Odenkirk’s connection to King Charles. “Nicely perhaps I’ll change my thoughts,” he laughed. “Oh, that’s loopy. I by no means even considered that! After all that’s true, proper?”
Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and raised in Chicago. His mother and father have been Walter Odenkirk and Barbara Mary, Catholics of German and Irish descent. The Emmy-nominated actor had a coronary heart assault in 2021 on the set of Season 6 of Higher Name Saul.
Odenkirk’s full Discovering Your Roots episode will air on January 30.