Celebrity Friendships We Never Knew Existed

By Sarah Jones 1 year ago

1. Kris Jenner and Jennifer Lawrence

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Yep, J Law is as big a fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians as the rest of us. When she made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscar winner spoke at length about the night she drunkenly had dinner with the Kardashian-Jenner mom saying: "I drank five martinis and wound up naked in her closet. I'm dead serious.”

2. Jennifer Garner and Chelsea Handler

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The pair have had a fair few girls dates and nights out over the years. Jen and Chelsea seem quite happy keeping their friendship on the down low, but it’s been thought that the comedian was particularly supportive during Garner's "Year of Wine" when she spilt from Ben Affleck.

3. Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd

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Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd have been friends for over 30 years – but things didn’t start off so well. When Rudd was in college, he used to go to St. Louis with his roommate (who was a childhood friend of Hamm's) to hang out. Paul used to bring his girlfriend along, who also happened to be an ex of Jon’s, so things were a little awkward at first!

4. Amy Schumer and Ronda Rousey

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When Rousey announced that she was going to take a break from UFC fighting back in 2016, long-time pal Amy was at her side – literally. She spent some quality time with the fighting queen on the same day the news was announced, and the pair posted on Instagram to celebrate. And their friendship is still going strong all these years later.

5. Alexander Skarsgård and Jack McBrayer

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As bromances go, this one is up there with the best of them. The 30 Rock star was grinning ear to ear at the table next to Skarsgård when he nabbed yet another award for his role in Big Little Lies in 2018, but it turns out they were hanging out together for a whopping five years before that. An unlikely but beautiful friendship!

6. Michelle Williams and Selena Gomez

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Michelle Williams and Selena Gomez are a solid unit. While they’ve kept their friendship under wraps for the most part, Selena brought Michelle along to a few red carpet outings in 2015. The singer had recently lost her friend and make-up artist Jake Bailey to suicide, and Michelle was there to support the young starlet.

7. Zendaya and Kerry Washington

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Zendaya and Kerry have been working the red carpet together for years. With a ton of killer outfits behind them, they’ve cleaned up at the GLSEN awards, and have supported each other during the times they’ve been subjected to racist remarks on the internet. Girl power forever.

8. Jane Fonda and Lena Dunham

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We never saw this one coming. The multiple Oscar winner is a fierce feminist just like Lena, so the pair hit it off when they both ended up interviewing for Paper magazine at the same time. Lena said:
"I think you've completely redefined the essence of what it means to age. It's funny, every stressful thing you've done in your life has paradoxically made you fierier and look younger, so I'm hoping that will happen to me."

9. Jennifer Lopez and Lea Remini

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We absolutely love these two. Jennifer and Lea have been BFFs forever, and have made tons of appearances together at events as well as talk shows. They’re all over each other’s Instagram too! JLo has proclaimed her love for Remini by posting: "
I will never eva leave you…Looove hanging w this one @leahremini #bestieday #jeleah #familia."

10. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg

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As unlikely pals go, did you ever wonder whether Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg would end up being best friends? Us neither! The pair are pretty inseparable these days, and have been friends for a whopping 15 years after meeting on her cooking show. They’ve co-hosted so many shows that Martha now calls Snoop her ‘sidekick’.

11. Courteney Cox and Ed Sheeran

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Ed and Courteney are constantly popping up in each other’s Instagram feeds. After attending a party a Courteney’s house, he ended up crashing for the night – and the rest is history! Ed still comes to stay with Courteney on a regular basis, and she even let him live with her for a while. He also happened to introduce Courteney to her now-fiancé Johnny McDaid.

12. Helen Mirren and Russell Brand

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After meeting on the set of The Tempest, these two have hit it off big time. Their friendship has been described as a ‘platonic’ love affair, despite their 30-year age gap! When asked to describe his friendship with Helen, Russell said:
“It's complicated. It's an unconsummated love affair. An erotic, intellectual tangle of emotions between a Dame and a vagabond. I really love her and I respect her tremendously.”

13. Pamela Anderson and Julian Assange

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This is a bit of a weird one. The Baywatch star is apparently super tight with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and has visited him repeatedly at the Ecuadorean Embassy in Knightsbridge, London, where he has been holed up since 2012 to avoid extradition to the U.S. She’s also spoken at length about him to the press, and has even pleaded on his behalf for a presidential pardon.

14. Kourtney Kardashian and Justin Bieber

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These two have caused some serious tabloid frenzies over the years. While some insist they’ve been dating on and off on the down low, the pair say that they are firm friends. This has been backed up by sister Khloe, but rumors are still circulating that the pair briefly got together after Kourtney’s split from Scott Disick back in 2015.

15. Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga

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Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga hit things off when Lady G was signed up to A Star is Born. The music legend, who took on the role of the young ingenue in the 1976 version of the movie, was on hand to support Lady Gaga, and praised her award-winning performance However, it seems like their friendship is now on the rocks; Barbra recently made a few swipes at the movie for it’s lack of ‘originality’. Uh oh.

16. Will Ferrell and Mariah Carey

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An unlikely friendship has blossomed between Hollywood royalty Will and Mariah. Will has regularly attended her shows, and has often hung out backstage with the pop star. She also made a cameo in his film The House, and confirmed that Mariah is as much of a diva as everyone thought!

17. Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning

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Ever since they starred in War of the Worlds together when Dakota was just ten, the pair have maintained an unlikely friendship. The Top Gun star is said to be super protective of Dakota, and she revealed that he still buys her a birthday gift every year. In return, she and sister Elle always get him his favorite coconut cake for Christmas.

18. Ariana Grande and Jennifer Coolidge

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White Lotus
actress famously starred in Ariana's "Thank U, Next" music video back in 2018 after she caught wind of Ariana's spot-on impression of her on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It seems like the pair have been firm friends since, and Jennifer even said she felt like her career was flatlining before Ariana got in touch with her.

19. Ye and Mary-Kate Olsen

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Not many people would pair these two together, but Ye and Mary-Kate have maintained an unlikely friendship over the years. The rapper is close to Olsen and her sister Ashley, and they’ve been going strong since they met way back in 2011. Whether they’re still hanging out after Ye’s questionable recent behavior remains to be seen…

20. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jay Z and Beyonce

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Gwyneth, Jay Z and Beyonce have been a solid unit for decades. They met way back in 2006, and their bond has only strengthened over the years. Jay Z and Beyonce apparently supported Gwyneth through her divorce with Chris Martin; and the Avengers star had nothing but praise for her pals.
“They’re the greatest people. They are funny and sweet, and self-aware and really intelligent”

21. Cardi B and Penn Badgley

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Penn originally complimented Cardi B on her relationship with her fans, and the rapper was absolutely over the moon when she found out. From that point, the pair have become pals, and have entertained fans on Twitter with their antics. There was the time they both changed their profile pictures to pictures of each other, and also when the official Netflix Twitter account changed its bio to read: "Petition to get Cardi B to guest star in Season 4 of You!".

22. Dua Lipa and Elton John

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After the two Brit stars teamed up for their Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) collaboration, it was the start of a beautiful friendship. The Rocket Man singer gushed:
“Having the opportunity to spend time with Dua has been incredible. She's given me so much energy. She’s a truly wonderful artist, and person.”

23. Selena Gomez and Jennifer Aniston

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After meeting through Jennifer’s manager Allen Keshishian, Selena has become a close pal of the Friends star. They hang out together all the time, and have even made pizzas together at Jennifer’s house! On Selena, she said:
“She's just like a little cherub that I feel like I wanna take care of”.

24. Harry Styles and Lizzo

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The friendship we never knew we needed. These two have been snapped everywhere together over the years; awards, events, after parties, and a whole lot more. The pair even made a surprise appearance together at Coachella, and put on the mother of all sets. We can’t wait to see what they get up to next!

25. Blake Lively and Florence Welch

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Blake and Flo have been besties for decades. Blake is a regular at the front row of Florence’s shows, and the singer even starred in Gossip Girl in return! She also happened to perform at Blake and Ryan Reynolds’s wedding too. Blake and Flo have been snapped at too many events to count over the years, and the singer has declared the actress as her “savvy support”.

26. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

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It seems Lady G has a huge amount of respect for Hollywood legends. Not only has she regularly turned to Barbra Streisand for support, but she also has an infinite amount of love for iconic singer Tony Bennett. After meeting in 2014, the pair quickly became pals, and they’ve gone on to record and perform together on a regular basis. On their friendship, Lady Gaga said:
“I tell Tony every day that he saved my life”.

27. Katy Perry and Allison Williams

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Katy and Allison aren’t just casual pals. They’re actually best friends! They apparently met through a mutual friend years and years ago, and they’ve been going strong ever since. The Roar singer even performed at Allison's wedding to her (now ex) husband Ricky Van Deen.

28. Kelly Osbourne and Mandy Moore

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Back in the early 2000s, Mandy Moore was a squeaky clean pop princess and Kelly Osbourne was, well, a punk. That didn’t stop them from forming a firm friendship that saw them grace the cover of Elle in 2003. The pair are still solid friends today, and are often pictured at events and parties together.

29. John Travolta and Pitbull

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This is one friendship we never saw coming. The Grease star reportedly bonded with Pitbull over the fact he was going bald – and Pitbull was the one who encouraged him to shave all of his hair off. Travolta was famously in the music video for Pitbull’s 3 to Tango, and has been spotted dancing on stage at a few of his concerts. Aren’t they cute.

30. Kim Kardashian and Serena Williams

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You wouldn’t think that a reality star and a world-renowned athlete would have much in common, but it turns out that Kim and Serena have a solid friendship. They actually met because Serena used to be Kim's boss! They’re spotted hanging out all the time, despite their hectic schedules.

31. Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts

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Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman are two of the most well known actresses in Hollywood, but while they have had stunning success separately, you might not have known that they're actually best friends! Naomi has said that she and Nicole have gone through a lot together and their long history of friendship has only made them stronger. Nicole has also said that it's often "rare" for actresses to stay friends for so long - which makes sense when you think of how busy their careers can get and if you're filming things at opposite sides of the world, it's very difficult to maintain that closeness! But these two pulled it off.

32. Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz

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Not only are these two another pair of actresses who are actually very close friends, they even have a cute nickname for each other. Penelope has called Salma one of her "best friends" and revealed that before they were parents, they called each other huevos, which means 'egg'. It may sound random, but apparently this was because before they were both mothers, they had a lot more free time to you know... sleep without being woken up! It was their way of calling each other 'lazy'. Salma has said Penelope's son is lucky to have a mother like her.

33. Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler

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While both Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson have lived a life in the spotlight, it wasn't actually their career movies that made them best friends. They actually both went to school together back in the 1990s, at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, located in Santa Monica. Since meeting, they found they had a lot to share and connect over, including both of them having super famous parents (Goldie Hawn being Kate's mother, and Aerosmith lead Steve Tyler being Liv's father, of course) and even their families are very close with each other!

34. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Although these pair have starred together in a fair few movies, you might have just thought it was only a professional relationship and wondered how it went down behind the scenes. Well, these two actors are very firm friends indeed! Ben and Matt actually grew up together before they began appearing in films together, and they bonded over their chosen pursuit of acting and making films. During those key years when you're trying to decide what you want to do in life, these two ended up pushing each other to reach their goals.

35. Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah

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We know these two ladies so well separately, have seen them on the red carpet so many times separately, that it's actually surprising to see them smiling in a photo together! How could we not know this pair were very close friends? Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah actually met at a club in Baltimore, when Latifah was performing. Smith was impressed by the female rapper, and they ended up being introduced after she pushed for it, laying the foundations for an amazing friendship that's continued all these years!

36. Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron

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These two appeared together in the Snow White movies, but you might never have pegged the pair of them as being particularly close friends behind the scenes - but they actually are, and it wasn't even starring in the movie together that started their friendship. It was actually the first time they'd ever met that they realized they were going to be besties for life, when they spotted each other on a plane. Charlize said that within "the first five minutes", she knew Kristen was going to be her friend, and they were both traveling to San Diego Comic Con at the time!

37. Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore

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Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore had such great chemistry in the Charlie's Angels movies that it would be hard to imagine them not being friends off screen. But since we didn't get two many movies with the pair of them together, the idea of them being friends got taken off the map - but they are definitely still friends after all these years! They first met when Cameron was 16 and Drew was only 14 and have been friends ever since! When most of us lose touch with our childhood friends, and especially in a busy acting world, this is quite a feat!

38. Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio

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Tobey Maguire is one of those actors you don't see hanging around much with other celebrities, mostly because he's trying to avoid the paparazzi a lot of the time! We usually only ever see photos of him staring into the camera (and we know the meme potential). But one of his best Hollywood bros is none other than actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey has said they have a "close friendship" with a lot of respect and trust. Leo has said that every decision in his life, he's spoken to Tobey about it - that's true friendship right there!

39. Rihanna and Cara Delevingne

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Both Cara Delevinge and Rihanna seem like those type of people who could easily get along with anybody, anywhere, and it's no surprise to learn they have a bunch of friends in celebrity circles. You might never have known they're actually really good friends with each other, though! Apparently their friendship started when Cara, like any true fan and future friend would, marched up to Rihanna and told her how amazing she thought she was, how much she loved her performing - and then tapped her on the behind for good measure! Apparently that's all it took to become fast friends.

40. Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon

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Sofia Vergara is best known for her role in Modern Family, and it's rare that you see her hanging out with top name Hollywood celebrities outside of a showbiz party or two. But the actress is actually very close with none other than Reese Witherspoon, which came from them both starring in the movie Hot Pursuit together. After meeting on the set of the movie, the two hit it off and continued being friends even when the cameras stopped rolling. The pair have traveled together as well as taken dance classes together - what more could you want?

41. Emma Roberts and Lea Michele

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Not only are Glee star Lea Michele and Scream Queen Emma Roberts close friends, they're close enough for Lea to rave on social media about how much she loves her! Even though they're very public with their close friendship, many people never put these two together as being friends. But Lea has called Emma her "best friend" and spoken out about how often Emma Roberts has been there for her. They of course appeared together on the show Scream Queens, but due to their very different characters, you could be forgiven for thinking they weren't actually friends!

42. Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian

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Socialite and TV personality Kim Kardashian has probably met every celebrity on the planet by now, but meeting that many people and being so busy must make it really difficult to truly connect with someone and make time for that friendship when you travel so much. But one person she's managed it with is Chrissy Teigen. Their friendship started out with Chrissy being a huge fan of Kim K and being nervous about meeting her only to find out after a bathroom trip together when Kim needed help zipping up that actually, they could be pretty cool friends. And the rest is history!

43. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid

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When you're part of the Kardashian- Jenner clan, and when you're a huge in-demand model, it's actually no surprise that the two of you are bound to become friends at some point. When talking about her friendship with Kendall Jenner, and what she respects the most about her, Gigi explained that Kendall is really low maintenance with her view on life and she finds that really helpful - that Kendall has a "just let it happen" kind of attitude she could definitely get on board with. Kendall herself has described Gigi as "the best girlfriend a KenGi could ask for."!

44. Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens

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We all remember these two in High School Musical - and you still watch it at weekends when you need cheering up, don't lie - and we particularly remember that their characters weren't exactly the best of friends in the movies. But behind the scenes, it was very different for these two actresses - with Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens being firm friends. Ashley has said that she's loyal to Vanessa, calling her her "forever friend", while Vanessa has said their friendship is really special, and that it's one of those that no matter what they're both doing, it's like no time has passed when they see each other again!

45. Oprah Winfrey and Gale King

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Being a talk show host as big as Oprah, you're going to meet a huge amount of celebrities along the way, so it's inevitable you're going to make friends with at least one of them! But usually you might think of another talk show host as a potential rival for viewings - but it's not the case with Oprah and bestie Gayle King. Although bestie might not do justice for the way Oprah talks about Gayle! She's even said she understands why people think they're gay based on how close they are, because they have a true connection and intimacy through their amazing friendship.

46. Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning

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Say what you want about Twilight (guilty pleasure, we know), there's no doubt Kristen Stewart has done well for herself in both her career and her famous friendships! In describing her friendship with fellow actress Kristen - and their shared love of blonde hair - Dakota Fanning has said that what she has with Stewart is one of "the most special bonds" in her life. Now that's a very big compliment! Let's hope these two stay friends forever because we love to see it, especially two actresses support each other in life and career!

47. Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough

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If there was anyone you'd expect Nina Dobrev to be best friends with, it would be someone from the Vampire Diaries cast at least, since that made such a huge impression in her (and our) lives. But one of Nina's closest friends is actually actress and dancer Julianne Hough. Nina has called her "beautiful" and "perfect", while Julianne has said about Nina that their friendship is just based on keeping it real and always having fun. She also said they're very spontaneous as friends, so no doubt these two take a last minute weekend girls trip or two!

48. Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell

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Pretty Little Liars was such a good piece of TV for those of who needed a good binge, and all the main cast were amazing as friends on screen (even though they had their fallouts!). You might have been wondering whether they were actually just as close off screen as they were on, and in the case of Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell, absolutely! They were best friends on screen and that didn't change off screen. Despite going off to work on their own separate projects after the show ended, they made sure to stay in touch and their friendship is still going strong!

49. Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps

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If you didn't think you'd ever seen Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps in a room together, well now you have - and that's because they're actually super close friends! The two actresses have shared an amazing friendship over the years, and they're absolutely friendship goals. Busy has said that it's really important to have a strong woman in your life to support you, and that's exactly what Michelle is to her. And Michelle herself has said "she's proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man""! She's right there.

50. Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence

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If you had to name two Hollywood A listers that you just know would be fun to be around, it would have to be Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone. They always look like they're enjoying their time on red carpets and award shows and it turns out their good looks and charm have rubbed off on each other, too - because they're the best of friends. Jennifer has said she loves Emma and in her classic Jen Law way, has called her "adorable". Emma has said they care about each other both with their professional lives, but beyond work, too - and that's what's important!

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