These Aussie actresses met while auditioning for a bikini ad. "We had to sit and wait, both in swimsuits, feeling incredibly embarrassed," Watts told People. "And neither of us got the job!" They went on to appear together in the film Flirting, and they remained close after each made the move to Hollywood. "Naomi Watts and I are very, very good friends and have maintained that through so many things," Kidman told the UK’s Telegraph. "I think that’s really rare, particularly for actresses, and I take a lot of pride in that."
Swank, who has called Hargitay "family," says that the two grew especially close several years ago, when her marriage to Chad Lowe broke up, "Our friendship became deeper," Swank told MORE. "I leaned on her and she took my weight-and I am very grateful."
Despite rumors of a falling-out between these longtime pals (Paltrow reportedly made a cryptic reference in a British Vogue cover story to a friend she was angry with and later mentioned that it’s good she and Madonna no longer share a trainer), the two were recently spotted having dinner with mutual friends in London. Take that, haters!
Some might say these Beantown buds had the original Hollywood bromance. A camaraderie that began in childhood, Damon and Affleck’s friendship has seen them through Oscar, Bennifer and Kevin Smith movies. In a recent acceptance speech Damon paid homage to his pal: "Ben, my hetero-lifemate, you’re my best friend, and there’s nobody in the business I hold in higher regard." The duo are in talks to team up again for an untitled project.
Friends may have ended in 2004, but that hasn’t stopped Aniston and Cox from staying chums. The pair, who’ve shared everything from family vacations to an on-screen kiss, met while auditioning for the show that would catapult them to fame. We grew up together emotionally," Cox told the UK’s Daily Mail. " I lost my father, Jen got divorced, and I had a baby. We’ve been through huge life changes together. I can be myself around her."
Heigl takes her friendship with Knight very seriously. "I will beat you up. I will use every ounce of energy I have to take you down if you hurt his feelings," the actress told Access Hollywood after a fellow Grey’s Anatomy castmate allegedly used a homophobic slur when referring to Knight. The two became so close that when Heigl married musician Josh Kelley, she asked Knight to be her bridesman. All together now: awww.
Though their one onscreen collaboration, the action comedy Bandidas, crashed and burned, their friendship endures. "We are like sisters," Cruz has said. Last year, Hayek cohosted a party to celebrate Cruz’s Oscar nomination for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (an honor she went on to win), and Cruz was among the guests at Hayek’s Venetian wedding to Francois-Henri Pinault.
They first met in a Parisian model dorm when they were teenagers. "She always had the new Prada bag and would laugh at me because mine was from Wal-Mart," Banks told New York magazine. The mega-tall pals continue to be fashion powerhouses: Simmons heads urban label Baby Phat while Banks molds the next generation of runway superstars on America’s Next Top Model.
These two Oscar winners (shown here at the 2009 ceremony, celebrating Winslet’s statuette for The Reader) got to know each other in their mutual LA neighborhood. Winslet "rang my doorbell and said. . . ‘I believe our children are the same age. Could they possibly have a play date?’ ‘’ Witherspoon has said. At another awards ceremony Witherspoon declined to give details of their escapades together. "They’re all too bawdy or tawdry or drunken to tell!" she explained to the audience.
Longoria and Lopez have a rare Hollywood bond, one that led to much are-they-or-aren’t-they speculation about their 20-plus-year friendship. The Desperate Housewives actress put the rumors to rest when she wed NBA star Tony Parker in 2007. The couple are often seen out and about with Lopez and his girlfriend, Courtney Mazza, who is expecting in the fall.
These best friends are devoted to supporting one another: Cruise stepped in when Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, couldn’t attend her husband’s star ceremony on the Walk of Fame; Smith fervently defended Cruise when the media vilified the Mission Impossible star for his involvement with Scientology. "There’s a comprehension of what each of us goes through that everybody else can’t understand," Smith told Men’s Vogue. "That’s a really unique position that less than .0001% of people on earth will ever experience."