9 Surprising Celebrity Pairs Who Were Friends Before They Got Famous

Not all stars meet their celeb friends on set or at awards shows. These power duos have known each other since the classroom or were roommates at the beginning of their careers

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Connie Britton and Lauren Graham

On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Parenthood’s Graham revealed to host Andy Cohen that she and Nashville star Britton once roomed together "in an empty house that we weren't supposed to be living in. We had no furniture and all we ate were Rice Krispies Treats."

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Rudolph

The fathers of these two stars—producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Dick Rudolph—were best friends in college. Paltrow and Rudolph became friends in their own right at age seven when they both attended St. Augustine by the Sea School and later reunited professionally on the 2000 film Duets.

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Debi Mazar and Madonna

After a chance meeting in an elevator at a New York City nightclub during the early 1980s, the two became fast friends. Mazar, a dancer and makeup artist, took on Madonna, then a struggling singer, as a client. Mazar later contributed dance cameos to five of Madonna’s music videos, including “Papa Don’t Preach.” She recently revealed to Andy Cohen that she’s hosted a kosher Thanksgiving for Madonna’s family.

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Jessica Chastain and Michelle Williams

Back before Chastain had a string of movie roles to her name, and while Michelle Williams was still on Dawson’s Creek, the pair lived together while costarring in a summer production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

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Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts

These movie stars have known each other since their days in Australia, and met at an audition for a bikini ad. They worked together on the set of the 1991 Australian film Flirting, and have remained close after finding fame in the US.  

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Ali Larter and Amy Smart

After meeting as models in Italy in the 1990s, Smart has said that she and Larter became “instant friends.” After returning to the United States, they shared an apartment in Los Angeles, co-starred together in 1999’s Varsity Blues and Larter was a bridesmaid in Smart’s 2010 wedding.


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Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin

Besides sharing a similar name and looks, Morrison and Goodwin are actually longtime friends and take their frequent identity mix-ups in stride—a blunder made more amusing by the fact that they play a mother-daughter pair on their hit TV show, Once Upon a Time.

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Frances McDormand and Holly Hunter

A nearly two-decade friendship between these stellar actresses began with a convenient living situation—they rented a house together in the Bronx while filming the 1985 movie Blood Simple.

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Sigourney Weaver and Dianne Wiest

Weaver has been married to director Jim Simpson for nearly 29 years, a lifetime in Hollywood marriages. And she has good friend Wiest to thank —it was only at Wiest’s urging that Weaver approached Simpson at a party and asked him to dance.

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