updated 04/04/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
•originally published 04/04/2012 AT 11:40 AM ET
Who hasn’t played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – that game in which it appears everyone has a link to the handsome actor?
But Bacon’s own wife of 23 years (and mother of their two children, son Travis, 22 and daughter Sosie, 19), Kyra Sedgwick, has more of a link to her husband than she or anyone else might have imagined. They are distant cousins.
The revelation comes courtesy of the Sunday night PBS show on genealogy, Finding Your Roots.
The program, which uses DNA searches, is hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who, reports Zap2It.com, says the married couple “are indeed distant cousins. So talk about six degrees of separation, right?”
As for what good all this uprooting of family trees can do, Gates is also quoted as saying, “I want … Americans [to] realize how united we are as a people. … There’s so much animosity … and one of the things that I want the series to do is to show that, deep down, we are all Americans. We’ve been sleeping together from the very beginning of the country.”