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Sofia Coppola’s Teen Daughter Went Viral on TikTok and Twitter Can’t Decide if She’s a Spoiled Nepo Baby—or an Iconic One

by Emily Lauletta

You might have noticed director Sofia Coppola trending on Twitter this morning and gotten excited for a potential new project, or for updates on the Priscilla Presley biopic she’s helming. It unfortunately was neither of these things. Instead it was because Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars’s 16-year-old daughter, Romy Croquet Mars went viral after posting a TikTok complaining that her famous parents wouldn’t allow her to charter a helicopter.  With this (since deleted) TikTok, Mars has added another piece of content to the great nepo baby (short for nepotism baby) debate of 2023. In fact, could it be possible that Mars is changing public opinion on nepo babies? Are nepo babies camp now?

The TikTok begins with Mars stating, “Make a vodka sauce with me, because I’m grounded, because I tried to charter a helicopter from New York to Maryland on my dad’s credit card, because I wanted to have dinner with my camp friend.” She then goes on to relay her struggle of trying to tell the difference between garlic and an onion, and honestly, that part was kind of relatable, it’s hard sometimes.  

Then comes one of the best moments, Mars states that her even making this TikTok is a violation of her parents rules. “I’m not allowed to have any public facing social media accounts. Here’s why.” And then she proceeds to hold one of her dads Grammys to the camera.  “It’s cuz they don’t want me to be a nepotism kid. But TikTok isn’t gonna make me famous so it doesn’t really matter.” It seems as though Mars’ prediction was wrong, as this TikTok has garnered her many, many fans (and a few haters).

The video doesn’t end there, though. Just when you thought  things couldn’t get crazier, a new character is introduced: Ari, Mars’ babysitter’s boyfriend. On why she has a babysitter, Mars doesn’t hold back. “My parents are never home so these [referring to her babysitter and Ari] are my replacement parents.” 

Mars asks for Ari’s two cents on what she refers to as “the helicopter fiasca.” In true Ari fashion, (we don’t know him, but we feel like we do, you know?) He replies, “Oh I like “fiasca” cuz it’s like feminine.” Mars responds “Well, it’s women’s history month so…” After which she continues to make her pasta.

As you would imagine, the TikTok has subsequently set Twitter on fire, with some users fiercely supporting Mars’ funny, nepo-like behavior, and some expressing annoyance over how nonchalant Mars was about her privilege. 

Author Alanna Bennett tweeted, “That video of Sofia Coppola’s daughter talking about trying to clandestinely charter a jet and how her parents don’t want her to have public socials so she doesn’t turn into a nepotism baby >>>>>> perfect art.”

Podcaster Ali Segel chimed in with, “Let Sofia Coppola’s daughter visit her camp friends!!!!!!!!!!” We love how passionate she is about her support of Mars.

On the infamous Grammy moment of the TikTok, one user Tweeted, “Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars’s daughter holding up her father’s Grammy for fun on TikTok is actually something very special.”



 Others weren’t so quick to praise a nepo baby for nepo-ing. TV critic Daniel D’Addario tweeted “The Sofia Coppola daughter thing proves something I have been saying for a couple of years: Absolutely nothing good has ever come from a person seeking notoriety by making pasta with vodka sauce for a social-media audience.” He has a point. 

Another user called attention to how pissed/embarrassed Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars probably are right now, stating, “sofia coppola’s daughter complaining abt being grounded after trying to charter a helicopter from NY to MD & letting the world know her parents are never home / why sofia coppola’s #1 rule for her daughter is that she is not allowed to have any public social media accounts.”


Regardless of which side of the nepo baby debate you’re on, you have to admit it’s a little fun to watch the absolute chaos that erupts from children who have been raised around way too much money.

Top photo: Screen grab from @OliviaLilyMarks on Twitter

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