These Huge Celebrities Were Friends Before They Found Fame
Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan
When Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan first met, it was clear that they would be friends for life. Both rising actresses bonded over their shared love of performing and soon became inseparable. They supported each other through the highs and lows of their careers, and when they landed the roles of Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz on Riverdale, it only strengthened their bond.
Fans of the show often comment on how natural their chemistry is, and it’s clear that a lot of that comes from the fact that they’ve known each other for so long. They can finish each other’s sentences and know exactly what the other is thinking. It’s been an amazing experience to watch them grow closer and closer over the past few years.
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner
Even though they first met while auditioning for Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner quickly became best friends. They bonded over their shared love of the show and soon found that they had a lot in common. They would spend hours chatting and laughing, and they quickly became inseparable.
The bond between Maisie and Sophie was only strengthened by the fact that they both went through the intense experience of starring in Game of Thrones. They understood what each other was going through, and they could rely on each other for support. When the show ended, they were both heartbroken, but they knew that their friendship would last forever.
Shawn Mendes and Cameron Dallas
When Shawn Mendes and Cameron Dallas met, they hit it off right away. They bonded over their shared love of music and performing and quickly became good friends. They both knew that they had the potential to make it big in Hollywood, and they were determined to help each other achieve their dreams.
Their friendship paid off in a big way. Both Shawn and Cameron became breakout stars in the entertainment industry, and they continue to work together whenever they can. They’re both grateful for the support that the other has given them throughout their careers, and they know that their friendship is something truly special.
Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein
When Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein met at a Bar Mitzvah, they could never have known that they would one day be Broadway stars. Feldstein has spoken about their connection as being “beyond friendship,” and it’s clear that the two share a deep bond. They are like twins separated at birth, and their connection is truly special.
Both Platt and Feldstein had successful careers on Broadway before they teamed up to create the smash-hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” Feldstein played the lead role of Zoe Murphy, while Platt played the title role of Evan Hansen. The musical was a critical and commercial success, and it won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid
As Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid continue dominating the fashion industry, it’s fun to reflect on their early days as close friends. According to Jenner, the two were “really good friends since high school” and spent all their time together before they started working. Amazingly, they’ve managed to stay close friends for over five years – especially with their crazy schedules!
These two have a lot of love and support for one another. When Hadid was going through some tough times with her modeling career, Jenner was always there to offer words of encouragement. And when Jenner was dealing with the public scrutiny that comes with being in the Kardashian family, Hadid was one of the few people who knew what she was going through.
Victoria Justice and Taylor Lautner
Victoria and Taylor’s friendship began when they were both just 11 years old. They bonded over their shared love of performing and soon became close friends. As their careers took off, they continued to support each other. Victoria turned to Taylor for advice when she was cast in the lead role of the Nickelodeon sitcom Zoey 101, and Taylor cheered her on as she starred in the hit show Victorious.
The two remained close until their hectic work schedules pulled them in different directions. But even though they don’t see each other as often as they’d like, their friendship remains strong. When they are able to get together, they always have a great time reminiscing about the good old days.
Troian Bellisario and The Olsen Twins
Troian Bellisario and the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were childhood friends. They all lived close to each other, and Troian even starred in one of the Olsen twins’ movies. From what Troian has said, it sounds like it was a great experience. She got to hang out with her idols and learn from them on set.
Now that they’re all adults, it would be fun to see them get back together. Maybe they could have a reunion party where they all share stories about their years growing up. It would be a blast to hear about all the crazy things that went on behind the scenes of their famous movies and TV shows. Who knows, maybe they could even work on another project together!
Jon Bon Jovi and Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo
The friendship between Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Sabo was forged in the fires of rock and roll, with the two working together in numerous bands up and down the Jersey Shore. They were even in the same band at one point before Sabo was replaced by Richie Sambora.
When Bon Jovi became one of the biggest bands in the world, he helped his old friend’s new band Skid Row get a massive record deal and brought them out on tour. However, their friendship was damaged by some scrupulous business dealings regarding the number of royalties Bon Jovi got from Skid Row’s massive debut album. The duo has since patched things up.
Edge & Christian
Edge and Christian were the best of friends long before they ever became WWE Superstars. They grew up together, went to school together, and dreamed of becoming professional wrestlers together. And in 1999, their dreams came true as the duo became one of the most successful tag teams in WWE history.
Edge and Christian were always entertaining to watch in the ring, but it was their chemistry outside of the ring that really made them special. They were always joking around and having fun, and their bond was unbreakable. Whether they were teaming up to take on The Hardy Boyz or The Dudley Boyz or competing against each other in a singles match, Edge and Christian always put on a show.
Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler
Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler have been friends for a long time, since attending the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, Calif., together in the 1990s. Both actresses could relate to being the children of celebrities; Hudson’s mom is actress Goldie Hawn, and Tyler’s father is Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler. In 2000 they appeared in Dr. T & the Women and famously shared an on-screen kiss.
Their friendship has continued to blossom over the years, with both ladies appearing together in films like The Hateful Eight and Deepwater Horizon. They continue to support each other through thick and thin, as evidenced by Tyler’s appearance at Hudson’s baby shower in 2018. It’s clear that these two huge celebrities were friends before they found fame, and their bond will undoubtedly last for many years to come.
Adam Levine and Jonah Hill
The friendship between Adam Levine and Jonah Hill is based on more than just common interests. The two grew up together in Los Angeles, and their fathers even met in junior high school. They bonded over carpools and often spent time at each other’s houses. In 2014, Hill officiated Levine and model Behati Prinsloo’s wedding.
The two celebrities have very different public personas. Levine is a singer and songwriter who is known for his good looks and charm, while Hill is a comedic actor who is often seen as the goofy sidekick. However, their friendship proves that you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Hill sees Levine as an older brother, and the two have remained close despite their busy schedules.
John Krasinski and B.J. Novak
John Krasinski and B. J. Novak have been friends for a long time, even before they found fame. They went to school together and played Little League baseball together. They were classmates at Newton South High School in Massachusetts. Krasinski remembers Novak’s ability to hit bombs on the baseball field, and Novak recalls the Jack Ryan star as a “normal, popular kid.” They co-starred in school plays together.
Their friendship has stood the test of time, and they continue to be close friends. Krasinski says that Novak is one of the smartest people he knows, and Novak says that Krasinski is one of the funniest people he knows. They are both very talented actors and continue to work together on The Office.
Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman
Even before they became huge celebrities, Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman were friends. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman have been friends for over 25 years. The two first met in high school when they were both classmates in Australia. They bonded over their shared love of acting and soon became close friends.
They would often collaborate on theater projects together and support each other through their early careers. In 1991, they starred in the film Flirting together, and their friendship grew even stronger. To this day, they remain close friends and regularly attend awards shows together. Their enduring friendship is a testament to the power of female friendship.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Wes and Owen first met as students at the University of Texas at Austin, but they didn’t truly become friends until they started working together. Anderson recognized Wilson’s talent and gave him his big break in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums. Since then, the two have collaborated on several other projects, most notably The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Despite their busy schedules, the two still make time for each other and are as close as ever. In a 2015 interview, Wilson said, “I’m really happy that I have a friend like Wes who will always make time for me no matter how busy he gets.” It’s clear that their friendship has only grown stronger over the years.
Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith
It’s not often that you see two huge celebrities being friends before they found fame, but that’s exactly what happened with Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith. The two attended the Baltimore School for the Arts together and became best friends. Pinkett Smith saw Shakur as a brother and admired his passion for performing.
Even though they attended the same school, it’s hard to imagine that Pinkett Smith and Shakur would have ever become friends if it weren’t for their shared love of performing. Both were incredibly passionate about making art, and it was this common interest that brought them together. They undoubtedly inspired each other and helped one another grow as artists.
Chaz Bono and Jennifer Aniston
Chaz Bono and Jennifer Aniston attended the same high school together and were friends long before either of them found fame. Chaz, born to Sonny and Cher, was always in the public eye, but Jennifer was just starting out on her career in acting when they were classmates. They would all get together after school at Chaz’s house and just hang out.
Even though they haven’t spoken in a while, it’s clear that they have a lot of shared memories. It’s interesting to think about what their lives would be like if they had stayed in touch. They probably would have been there for each other through all the highs and lows of their careers. It’s amazing what a small world it is.
Jeremy Piven and John Cusack
Even though they came from the same place and became friends in high school, Jeremy Piven and John Cusack have reportedly drifted apart in recent years. The two icons of the 80s and 90s have starred in many films together, but their relationship is said to be distant nowadays. It’s a shame because they used to be so close.
One of their most famous collaborations was in Grosse Pointe Blank, where they played rival assassins. It was an intense movie to film, but the two actors had a blast together. They would often goof off between takes and make each other laugh. It was clear that they had a great rapport and enjoyed working with each other.
Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams
When Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve met in 1973, they couldn’t have known that they would become such close friends. Both were accepted into John Houseman’s Advanced Program at New York City’s Juilliard School, and they quickly bonded over their shared love of acting.
They would remain close friends until Reeve’s death in 2004, and during Reeve’s years as a person with quadriplegia, Williams helped his family financially and paid for a portion of his medical bills. Williams’ son, Zak, said they were like “brothers from another mother.” Their friendship is a testament to the power of human connection and the importance of having someone to lean on during difficult times.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Spears and Timberlake’s story is one of true friendship that blossomed into something beautiful. They were castmates on The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993 and 1994, and their friendship grew from there. In 1999 their relationship turned romantic, and they were together until 2002. They have always maintained that their time together was a very special and happy time in their lives.
Even after they split up, they remained friends. In fact, Timberlake was even there to support Spears through her very public breakdown in 2007. They continue to support each other to this day, proving that their friendship is stronger than ever. Their story is a reminder that true friends are hard to come by and that it’s important to cherish those relationships when you find them.
Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling
Even though they don’t keep in touch as often as they used to, there’s no question that Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling have a deep and abiding friendship. The two first met when they were cast together on The Mickey Mouse Club and soon became inseparable. They lived together for six months during their second year on the show, and Gosling’s mother even entrusted Timberlake with caring for her son when she had to return to Canada.
Now two of the biggest stars in the entertainment world, it’s rare that they get to spend time together. But when they do, the old magic is still there. Recent reports suggest that the two hung out together at a mutual friend’s birthday party, and Timberlake even Snapchatted a picture of the two of them goofing around backstage.
Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio
When Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire met, they were both just starting out in their acting careers. They bonded over their shared love of the craft and quickly became good friends. They would often help each other get roles and would recommend each other for parts. In 2013, they co-starred in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Maguire has said that it was an honor to work with his friend and that he learned a lot from him. DiCaprio has also praised Maguire, saying that he is one of the most talented actors he knows. The two continue to be close friends and are always happy to support each other’s work.
Richard Lewis and Larry David
The first time Larry David and Jerry Lewis met was when they were just boys attending summer camp together. They didn’t get along very well. In fact, they downright hated each other. But as fate would have it, the two comics would reunite years later and become close friends. They’ve been buddies for decades now, and in that time, Lewis has even made regular appearances on David’s hit show Curb Your Enthusiasm.
David and Lewis’ friendship is a testament to the power of comedy. When you put two funny people together, the results are bound to be hilarious. These two have had some great moments together over the years, and there’s no doubt that their chemistry is off the charts.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Even if you weren’t a fan of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon before, you have to admit that their bromance is pretty darn adorable. The two have been best friends since they were kids, and they even attended the same high school together. It was there that they started making short films together and dreaming of Hollywood fame. And boy, did they ever make it big.
Their friendship has only grown stronger over the years, and they often support each other’s projects. In fact, Damon was one of the first people to call Affleck after he won his Oscar for Argo. These days, the two can often be seen hitting the golf course or just hanging out at home with their families.
Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen
Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen are both huge stars in Hollywood. They both also attended Santa Monica High School together, where they were friends before they became famous. While at Santa Monica High, the two of them made amateur films with Sean Penn and Emilio Estevez. Rob Lowe has since toned it down, while Charlie Sheen has “turnt up.”
They are both still very successful in their own ways. It’s interesting to think about what could have happened if they had never become famous. Maybe they would still be friends, or maybe they would have drifted apart long ago. No one knows for sure, but it’s a fun topic to think about nonetheless.
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato first met while auditioning for the show Barney & Friends. They both landed roles on the show and forged an adorable friendship. As they got older, their careers mirrored each other: Both signed with Hollywood Records and appeared in Disney Channel’s Sonny With a Chance and Princess Protection Program. They also recorded a song entitled “One and the Same,” together.
Even though they are now huge celebrities, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have always been there for each other. In fact, their friendship is stronger than ever. When Lovato was going through tough times with her mental health, Gomez was one of the first people she reached out to for support.
Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie
When Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie were just eleven years old, the pair of them decided to break the law. They walked into a drugstore in Malibu and stole some lipstick. They thought they were so badass! Kim Kardashian says that this was as rebellious as she got during her childhood.
Both Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie ended up becoming huge celebrities, but it’s interesting to think about what might have happened if their paths had crossed in a different way. Maybe if they hadn’t become famous, they would have become friends as kids and hung out together. But we’ll never know for sure!
Matt Dillon and Brooke Shields
What teenage girl wouldn’t want to go out with Matt Dillon? He was good-looking and popular. But Brooke Shields had a chance to date him and turned it down. Why? She says they were just friends. I’m sure she had plenty of other offers.
It’s hard to believe now, but these two huge celebrities were friends long before they found fame. They go way back to when they were both just kids. In this photo, taken at Dillon’s 16th birthday party, they look happy and carefree. It’s interesting to think about what their lives would be like if they had never become famous. They may have never met, or maybe they would be best friends still. We’ll never know for sure.
Nicolas Cage and Sean Penn
Even though Nicolas Cage and Sean Penn had a falling out, the two were friends long before they hit it big in Hollywood. They first met while trying to make a name for themselves in the business, and they even starred in a movie together. Penn was fresh off of his success with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Cage was making his way into the industry.
Years later, after both actors had become huge stars, their relationship soured. Penn criticized Cage in the late 90s and accused him of selling out. Cage responded by saying that the door to their friendship was now closed. Despite their falling out, it’s clear that the two actors have a lot of history together.
Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg
As two of the most famous people to come out of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, it’s no surprise that Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg knew each other back in the day. While they may not have been best friends, it’s safe to say that they ran in the same circles. And, given their shared interest in smoking weed, they likely had plenty of opportunities to bond.
These days, Diaz and Snoop Dogg couldn’t be more different. Diaz is one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, while Snoop Dogg is one of the most successful rappers in the world. But, even with their huge differences, the two have always maintained mutual respect. Diaz has even credited Snoop Dogg with helping her through some tough times early in her career.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney
It’s no secret that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are two of the funniest guys in comedy. What may be a surprise to some, however, is that the two have been friends for years, long before they found fame on TV.
Back in college, the two buddies were part of the Georgetown Players Improv Group, which dominated the improv scene at Georgetown University. They both honed their comedic skills by performing sketches and improvising scenes off the top of their heads. Needless to say, the two made a formidable team and had everyone in stitches. These days, Kroll and Mulaney are both major stars in their own right. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve lost touch with their roots.
Conan O’Brien and Jeff Garlin
Conan O’Brien and Jeff Garlin have been friends for a long time, long before they found fame. They lived together in Chicago while they were young struggling actors. Years later, on an episode of Conan, O’Brien recalled that Garlin would make him do impressions and skits for him for his amusements—and for some reason, he did. He has that power. I didn’t say no. I just was like, this guy is yelling at me to perform, I better do it.
Both men have come a long way since then. O’Brien is now a popular talk show host, and Garlin is a well-known comedic actor. But despite their success, they still remain close friends.
Robert Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland
What could Robert Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland have gotten up to during their three years living together in Hollywood? It’s safe to say that it was probably a wild party scene, with both of them being young and up-and-coming actors. They must have supported each other, helping to further their careers while they were still roommates.
It’s interesting to think about what could have come of their friendship if they had never gone their separate ways. Downey Jr. has become one of the biggest movie stars in the world, while Sutherland has continued to be a successful actor, appearing in TV series such as 24 and Designated Survivor. It’s amazing to think that they once shared a small apartment, and now they are both household names.
Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler
Before they were some of the world’s biggest movie stars, Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow were friends – living together in a small Hollywood apartment and scraping by to make ends meet. They would often get together to watch movies and brainstorm new ideas, and it was during these times, that the two comedians started to develop their unique styles.
These days, their careers are on very different trajectories. Sandler has churned out a series of box office successes, while Apatow has become one of the most respected names in comedy. But despite their differences, the two remain close friends. In fact, Apatow has even directed a few of Sandler’s films, including Funny People and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph
Although they attended different high schools, Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph became close friends while attending Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. They both loved to perform and soon started working together on projects. They were even in a play together, which helped them bond even more.
After high school, the two friends went their separate ways. Gwyneth starred in movies and became a huge Hollywood star, while Maya focused on her comedy career. However, they stayed in touch and eventually reunited to work on a movie together. They laughed about all of the memories they had shared together and realized that their friendship was one that would last forever.
Connie Britton and Lauren Graham
As young actresses, Connie Britton and Lauren Graham lived together and formed a strong friendship. Judging by their social media posts, they have remained close even as their careers have taken them in different directions.
Both Britton and Graham got their start on television, with Britton appearing on the short-lived series American Gothic and Graham landing the role of Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. But it was their roles as motherly figures on Friday Night Lights and Gilmore Girls that solidified their status as huge celebrities. Despite their busy schedules, Britton and Graham still make time for each other. They recently reunited for a girls’ weekend in Palm Springs, and they frequently post photos of themselves enjoying each other’s company.
Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush
Even though they would become Hollywood royalty, Geoffrey Rush and Mel Gibson started like any other actors – struggling to make ends meet. In 1979, the two friends starred in a production of Waiting for Godot together in Sydney, Australia. They shared an apartment during the run of the play, and despite their differences (Gibson is Catholic and Rush is Jewish), the two got along famously.
After the play ended, Gibson became one of the world’s biggest movie stars, while Rush continued to work steadily in theater and television. But the two never lost touch and remain good friends to this day. In fact, when Gibson was going through his well-publicized divorce from Robyn Moore in 2011, it was Rush who stood by his side.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Before becoming famous comedy queens, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were two best friends working together at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic. They were in the same class and soon became close friends, bonding over their love of improvisational comedy. They would often perform together on stage, feeding off of each other’s energy and comedic timing.
Their friendship continued to grow even after leaving Chicago for bigger opportunities. Fey went to New York to work on Saturday Night Live, while Poehler stayed in Los Angeles to star in the hit show Upright Citizens Brigade. But that didn’t stop them from staying in touch. It wasn’t until 2005 that they finally reunited as co-hosts of the Golden Globe Awards. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Amanda Seyfried and Mae Whitman
When Amanda Seyfried and Mae Whitman walk the red carpet together, they often garner attention from the paparazzi. But what many people don’t know is that the two have been friends for almost two decades. They first met when they were both just starting out in the entertainment industry.
At the time, Mae was only 14 years old, and Amanda was just 17. But the two quickly bonded over their shared love of acting. They would often go to movie theaters and watch new releases together. And they also loved going on walks around Hollywood. Even though they have both since become huge celebrities, Amanda and Mae still make time to see each other.
Adele and Jessie J.
Despite being two of the biggest stars in the music world, Adele and Jessie J have remained friends over the years. The two first met at London’s prestigious BRIT school performing arts academy, where they quickly bonded over their love of music. They would often sing together in the school’s hallways and classrooms and even developed a bit of a rivalry as they competed against each other in various singing contests.
Now that they’re both successful musicians, Adele and Jessie J still make time to see each other whenever they can. In fact, they even teamed up to record a song together a few years ago. Their powerful voices blended together perfectly, proving that their friendship is just as strong as ever.