These Celebrities Were Friends Long Before We Even Knew Who They Were

Published on 11/15/2020
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The entertainment industry is quite competitive, but this does not mean that people do not form real friendships in Hollywood. Take a look at Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston, who became great pals while working on Friends. We also know that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet grew close on the set of Titanic. These stars spend many hours together both on the set and outside of it, so it makes sense that they are close. However, a lot of celebrities actually go way back! You might be shocked to hear that a lot of them met when they were no more than children. Many famous people also shared a home when they were starting out. Sadly, these friendships do not always last a lifetime.

Celebrities Were Friends Long Before We Even Knew Who They Were

These Celebrities Were Friends Long Before We Even Knew Who They Were

Carey Mulligan And Marcus Mumford

The talented actress and the Mumford and Sons lead singer met when they were little kids. The two of them went to church camp together and stayed in touch through letters! Sadly, Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan ended up losing touch. When the two of them reunited in 2011, they did not waste any time. In fact, they married the year after that. They now have a son and daughter, Wilfred and Evelyn.

Carey Mulligan And Marcus Mumford

Carey Mulligan And Marcus Mumford

Gwyneth Paltrow And Maya Rudolph

How cool is it to learn that Maya Rudolph and Gwyneth Paltrow met through their fathers? The two men met and became best pals during their time at Tulane University. The two families lived in Los Angeles, and both girls attended the same school. Decades after that, Paltrow got to host Saturday Night Live. People said that the actress got to introduce her childhood friend on the show. “This week has been real extra-special to me because one of my best friends is on the show now, and I’m so proud of her,” she said. “She’s super-funny and talented, and I’m so glad she’s in the cast.”

Gwyneth Paltrow And Maya Rudolph

Gwyneth Paltrow And Maya Rudolph

Lisa Kudrow And Conan O’Brien

A lot of people know Lisa Kudrow for her role in Friends. Before that, she and Conan O’Brien met at an improv class. They hit it off right away! “He was really smart, really funny, and he thought I was funny,” she said. They dated for a while until they realized that they worked better as friends.

Lisa Kudrow And Conan O’Brien

Lisa Kudrow And Conan O’Brien

Connie Britton And Lauren Graham

Isn’t it interesting to hear that Lauren Graham and Connie Britton had been roommates while they were launching their acting careers? In 2017, Britton got to tell the audience about it at New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival. “We were in the same acting class [in New York City],” she said. “We were in class together, became friends and then we both decided to make the big move and give Los Angeles a shot.”

Connie Britton And Lauren Graham

Connie Britton And Lauren Graham

Robert Downey Jr. And Kiefer Sutherland

Here is another example of actors who once lived under one roof. For three years in the ‘80s, Robert Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland lived in the same apartment in Los Angeles while trying to get their big break. While RDJ seems reluctant to discuss the topic, it looked like it was not all that bad. The Iron Man star told Howard Stern that his ex-girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker used Sutherland as a shoulder to cry on during a rough patch. RDJ shrugged it off by saying, “Better him than some stranger.”

Robert Downey Jr. And Kiefer Sutherland

Robert Downey Jr. And Kiefer Sutherland

Judd Apatow And Adam Sandler

Yes, it is not all that uncommon for budding Hollywood stars to room together. Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow did this back in the day as well! During their time as roommates, they would argue about their looks and time spent in the bathroom. Apatow talked about it on 60 Minutes. “Back then, life was just doing stand-up or writing jokes. You would sleep until noon every day and kind of stumble out,” he said. “You would have to be at work at 8:30 at night. Work was sometimes 15 minutes.”

Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler

Judd Apatow And Adam Sandler

Wes Anderson And Owen Wilson

If you are familiar with their films, we doubt that this comes as a shock. The truth was that Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson had been roommates as students at the University of Texas at Austin. They are still going strong even to this day. The actor got his first acting role in Bottle Rocket, which was the first feature film by Anderson. Fun fact: Martin Scorsese called it one of the greatest films of the ‘90s! Wilson went on to appear in other Anderson projects such as The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Wes Anderson And Owen Wilson

Wes Anderson And Owen Wilson

Jay-Z And Busta Rhymes

We love finding out that Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z knew each other in high school. They were rivals even back then! The rappers both went to George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, New York. They would often duke it out in the lunchroom. On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jay Z responded with this after being asked who “won”: “I love Busta Rhymes, but…”

Jay Z And Busta Rhymes

Jay Z And Busta Rhymes

Jessie J And Adele

Adele and Jessie J both went to the BRIT School, a prestigious academic institution in London. The latter said that they sang in the playground when she was a guest on Fitzy & Wippa, an Australian radio show in 2016. She shared, “We just used to ad-lib and make stuff up.” They both graduated from the said school in 2006. Jessie also said that they had no idea what the future had in store for them!

Jessie J And Adele

Jessie J And Adele

Tina Fey And Amy Poehler

In the world of comedy, you will have a hard time looking for a closer duo than Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. They first met at the ImprovOlympic in Chicago, and the rest was history. Poehler shared that Charna Halpern introduced them after telling her that “[Fey] was like me but with brown hair.” Kelly Leonard is the executive vice president of an improvisational comedy troupe called Second City. She revealed, “They were inseparable walking around, and kept trying to get put in casts together.”

Tina Fey And Amy Poehler

Tina Fey And Amy Poehler

Scarlett Johansson And Jack Antonoff

For two years, Jack Antonoff and Scarlett Johansson were together when they were students at Professional Children’s School in New York. In fact, they went to prom as each other’s date! This was after she started her career as a child actress but before he joined Fun and produced Taylor Swift songs. “When we were in high school, Jack was absolutely obsessed with her, and she broke his heart,” an old classmate said. “They broke up shortly after graduation… She got swept up in the Hollywood scene.”

Scarlett Johansson And Jack Antonoff

Scarlett Johansson And Jack Antonoff

Laura Linney And Brooke Shields

People found out that Brooke Shields and Laura Linney were childhood friends in February 2020. On Instagram, the actress shared this old photo. Look at how adorable they were as young girls smiling at the camera and sitting beside one another on a swing. Shields tagged her old friend in the post. In the caption, she revealed, “went way back into the archives for this one #tbt with @itsmelauralinney.”

Laura Linney And Brooke Shields

Laura Linney And Brooke Shields

Leonardo DiCaprio And Tobey Maguire

Fun fact: Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have a friendship that is now three decades old. It all started when they were young men trying to make it big in Hollywood. They met at an audition. DiCaprio was the one who asked for his number so that they could stay in touch. The actors have been supportive of each other since then! “Every project we do, we talk about,” said the Titanic star. “Every single choice I’ve made, I’ve talked to Tobey about and vice versa. We’ve had endless conversations about certain projects and argued with one another and supported one another along the way.”

Leonardo DiCaprio And Tobey Maguire

Leonardo DiCaprio And Tobey Maguire

Demi Lovato And Selena Gomez

In 2002, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato met while auditioning for Barney & Friends. The two little girls were cast in the show! During those early days, the Disney Channel stars had been joined at the hip. In 2009, they even starred in a Disney Channel Original Movie called Princess Protection Program. We are sad to report that their friendship did not survive the test of time and fame. In April 2020, Demi Lovato confirmed the rumors that they are “not friends” in a Harper’s Bazaar interview.

Demi Lovato And Selena Gomez

Demi Lovato And Selena Gomez

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck both grew up in Boston. In 1997, they both shot to fame after they wrote the screenplay for a movie called Good Will Hunting. The pair starred in the film alongside the legendary Robin Williams. They are close friends even to this day. They recently took their kids to a memorial for Breonna Taylor on what would have been the 27th birthday of the police brutality victim.

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon

B.J. Novak And John Krasinski

If you watched The Office, you must be familiar with John Krasinski and B.J. Novak. In reality, they have known each other before they worked on the show! They grew up in the same town and were on the same Little League team. In 2014, Novak got to tell Ellen DeGeneres about it. He said, “John Krasinski and I have known each other our whole lives in the weirdest, most coincidental way.”

B.J. Novak And John Krasinski

B.J. Novak And John Krasinski

Naomi Watts And Nicole Kidman

When they were 13 years old, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts were both students at North Sydney Girls’ High School. The two of them became even closer when they worked on a 1991 movie called Flirting. They are typically seen with each other at events and have “gone through a lot together over a significant amount of time,” according to Watts. In 2018, Watts celebrated her 50th birthday. No one was surprised to find Kidman among the guests during the celebration!

Naomi Watts And Nicole Kidman

Naomi Watts And Nicole Kidman

Lauryn Hill And Zach Braff

Zach Braff of Scrubs fame has been friends with singer Lauryn Hill since high school. They both went to Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in the ‘90s. He shared that she even went to his bar mitzvah in an interview with Jane magazine. “There was a game called Coke and Pepsi,” he shared. “You’d have a partner, and one person was Coke and the other Pepsi. Depending on what the DJ would yell, you had to run and get on that person’s lap. And Lauryn was my Coke and Pepsi partner.”

Lauryn Hill And Zach Braff

Lauryn Hill And Zach Braff

Paris Hilton And Kim Kardashian

According to Paris Hilton, she and Kim K have known each other since they were young. They grew up in Los Angeles together. You might even say that Kardashian got her start thanks to the heiress. After all, she used to work as an assistant to Hilton! She even appeared in The Simple Life several times. The two of them had a public falling out, but they are actually on good terms at the moment.

Paris Hilton And Kim Kardashian

Paris Hilton And Kim Kardashian

Ryan Gosling And Justin Timberlake

In the ‘90s, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling were both Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club. This was the beginning of their friendship. At the time, they were even close enough for Timberlake’s mom to become the legal guardian of Gosling after his own mom left to work in Canada. The two men have since drifted apart, however. “I see him around but it’s like anything where you’re friends with somebody in elementary school or something,” Gosling said in an interview back in 2013. He went on, “How many friends do you still have from elementary school?”

Ryan Gosling And Justin Timberlake

Ryan Gosling And Justin Timberlake

Madonna And Debi Mazar

In the early ‘80s, Madonna and Debi Mazar met in a nightclub elevator in New York City. At the time, the former was a struggling former and the other a makeup artist. “We are old best friends in the sense that we’ve been very close for a very, very long time — like 30 years, before she even cut a record,” Mazar shared when she spoke to HuffPost Live in 2015. She added, “I met her when she came to New York and we became dear friends, and then she was like, ‘I’m gonna do a video,’ and I was like, ‘I do makeup. I’ll do your makeup. Cool!’ And it was very much like that, and then she became a huge star.”

Madonna And Debi Mazar

Madonna And Debi Mazar

Matthew Morrison And Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell admitted that she used to go out with Matthew Morrison when they were attending New York University. She shared this fun fact with US Weekly in 2010. “We actually dated very briefly,” the actress said. “So I’ll have to say maybe Matt Morrison is my favorite part of ‘Glee’ for various reasons.”

Matthew Morrison And Kristen Bell

Matthew Morrison And Kristen Bell

Cameron Diaz And Snoop Dogg

The actress and the rapper met as teens when they were both students at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. They were close friends back then. In 2011, Cameron Diaz told George Lopez, “I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him.” When it was Snoop’s turn to be on the show, the rapper quipped, “I might have sold her some of that white-girl weed.”

Cameron Diaz And Snoop Dogg

Cameron Diaz And Snoop Dogg

Liv Tyler And Kate Hudson

When you are born to famous parents, it is not unusual to be automatic friends with the kids of other celebrities. Liv Tyler is the daughter of Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame. On the other hand, Kate Hudson gets to call Goldie Hawn her mom. These two lovely ladies both went to Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles. They also had the same breakout movie: Dr. T. & the Women.

Liv Tyler And Kate Hudson

Liv Tyler And Kate Hudson

Lenny Kravitz, Nicolas Cage And Gina Gershon

The musician was a guest on Late Night with Seth Myers in 2018. That was when he shared that he attended high school with Gina Gershon and Nicolas Cage! In fact, they all worked on a school production of Oklahoma. Lenny Kravitz played drums, whereas Gershon and Cage brought the characters to life. Kravitz said that he did not know they would make it big. He said, “It’s amazing when I see them now. It’s like, wow, we did all right.”

Lenny Kravitz, Nicolas Cage And Gina Gershon

Lenny Kravitz, Nicolas Cage And Gina Gershon

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