We all know what the majority of celebrity houses look like – luxurious and larger-than-life. Most celebrities who have earned a certain degree of success rake in millions for their movie roles, or hundreds of thousands per episode of their television series. With that kind of cash flow, it only makes sense that they can afford to splurge on houses with pools, countless bedrooms and bathrooms, and endless luxury features.
However, most celebrities aren’t born with a silver spoon. Yes, some come from wealthy families and never have to truly struggle, but those individuals are definitely the minority. The majority of celebrities were, once upon a time, just regular people from across North America who came to New York or Los Angeles to make it big. Many come with only a few dollars to their name and end up struggling for several years before getting their big break. Thus, they can’t afford nice digs when they’re first starting out – some can’t afford even the smallest studio solo. Some celebrities merely want some company when their star is rising, someone to navigate the world of Hollywood, so perhaps being roommates is more so about the camaraderie for them.
Whether having a roommate is a choice made out of necessity, or out of a desire to share one’s space in the intimidating world of Hollywood, one thing is for sure – many individuals who are now celebrities were roommates back in the day. Here are 10 celebrity roommates you may be surprised to know lived together once upon a time.
10 Lauren Graham and Connie Britton
Lauren Graham and Connie Britton are two of everyone’s favorite television moms. Graham is best known for her roles as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, and more recently as single mother Sarah Braverman on Parenthood. Britton has received a lot of attention for her role as the country superstar Rayna James on Nashville, but most know her for her most iconic and beloved role, Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights. These two women, though similar, are never really associated with one another. However, back when they were first starting out, they used to be roommates. It’s quite the story, too – Graham admitted to Andy Cohen that the two young actresses essentially squatted together in an empty house, with no furniture and subsisting on a diet of Rice Krispie treats. While they’re both making very comfortable livings now, that’s quite the story to tell.
9 Lindsay Lohan and Raven Symone
This roommate duo may not be as surprising, as both Lindsay Lohan and Raven Symone were big rising stars awhile back in their childhood and teenage years. Lohan’s stock was slowly rising in a series of tween movies, and Symone had gotten her own television show That’s So Raven. They met at a fashion shoot and it only makes sense that they started living together. However, according to Symone, they weren’t exactly watching movies together and giving each other manicures. Symone says that, during their time as roommates, though Lohan paid rent she was never really at their shared place. Given all that Lohan has gotten in trouble for, Symone may have escaped pretty lucky in this situation.
8 Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr., thanks to his role as Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise, is a hugely successful A-List actor that you can only envision in a big Hollywood mansion. Kiefer Sutherland has likewise achieved a lot of success thanks to his role on 24. The two stars seem worlds apart, but once upon a time in L.A., they were closer than many might know. Downey Jr. was already in L.A. when Kiefer moved there to try his luck at acting, and the two ended up sharing an apartment. While they’re both respected fathers and actors now, they have both struggled with their party-loving ways, so who knows what that apartment must have been like back in the day.
7 Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Comedic actor Owen Wilson seems to appear in a lot of Wes Anderson’s movies, but then again, many directors favor a particular actor – just look at how many times Tim Burton has worked with Johnny Depp! However, in this case, their relationship goes a little further than merely working partners. Back when they were both students at the University of Texas at Austin (Anderson pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Wilson in English) they ended up in a sophomore playwriting class together. They became friends and roommates, and Wilson made his acting debut in Anderson’s directorial debut Bottle Rocket (which Wilson actually helped write as well). The two began a career that has spanned decades in Hollywood, and still love working together.
6 Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake
This roommate pairing is going a bit back in time, but it’s still quite surprising for anyone who isn’t a die-hard fan of either Gosling or Timberlake. Most people know that both Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake, before they made it big in the acting world and music industry, were young stars on The Mickey Mouse Club. However, because Gosling was Canadian, things became a little bit difficult for him on his second year on the show, as his mother had to work in Canada. Easy solution – Gosling ended up rooming with Timberlake, and Mrs. Timberlake became Gosling’s guardian for a few months. While they’re both huge A-List stars now, once upon a time, they had to share a bathroom.
5 Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler
Judd Apatow has had a role in creating some of comedy’s favorite films, including Bridesmaids, Superbad, Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. Sandler has been the star in countless comedies over the course of his career. While they don’t work together much (though they were both involved in the 2009 film Funny People), once upon a time the two funny men shared an apartment in the San Fernando Valley. Now they’re both established in the field of comedy, but back then, they were sweating it out north of Los Angeles, two unremarkable unknown comics performing at the Hollywood Improv.
4 Jude Law and Ewan McGregor
These two British superstars have countless roles under their belts, from romantic comedies to musicals to dramas. They’re big names in the world of Hollywood, and whether they choose to spend their time in Los Angeles or their native U.K., they likely have no worries finding the money to buy or rent luxurious digs. However, when they were first starting out, they were roommates – in this case, literally. While many celebrities shared an apartment or house when they were starting out, Law and McGregor had so little funds that they shared an actual room. Those close quarters were effective, as it led the two to collaborate and found a production company, Natural Nylon.
3 Jonah Hill and Justin Long
Jonah Hill and Justin Long are two lovable leading men known for being a little bit awkward, very funny, and impossibly endearing. However, they don’t always run in the same circles, so it may seem a little strange to know they were once close friends and roommates. However, their situation proves that being friends isn’t quite the same as being roommates. Long has stated that he eventually had to move out of the house they were sharing because the two were always fighting over silly things like recycling and how often the house should be cleaned. They’ve since achieved enough success that they can have their own living spaces, where they’re free to live in whichever way suits them best.
2 Ali Larter and Amy Smart
Two gorgeous blondes living together? It seems like the start of a movie, but it was real life for Ali Larter and Amy Smart when they were getting their start as actresses. Both women were models before they turned to acting, and actually met while they were modeling in Italy. When they eventually both decided that acting was their true calling, they ended up moving into a Los Angeles apartment together as they embarked on the exhausting process of endless auditions and call-backs. Let’s just hope that they were never going for the same roles – that would have made things fairly tense around the apartment!
1 Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito
While many celebrity roommates that surprise the most of us are more contemporary stars who were struggling to make it in Hollywood a decade or so ago, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito are a great throwback. Instead of trying to make it in Los Angeles, as most stars and starlets do now, Douglas and DeVito were in New York City. In the 1960s, when the duo were just starting out on their careers in the entertainment industry, they shared an apartment on West 89th Street. They’ve spoken about their former roommate status, with DeVito telling the New York Daily News that Douglas did the laundry, and Douglas stating that DeVito (while a great roommate) was a little messy.