Does potential sense potential in others? Does talent recognize talent? Most would say, yes. That work ethic and drive to succeed possessed by some can be readily noticed in others. That has to be it, right? How else can we describe the surprising number of celebrities that bunked together many years before they each hit it big on their own? They certainly weren’t rich and famous back then and most were just struggling to make it just like the rest of us.
The odds of one of a pair of struggling actors hitting it big are rare, but both separately on their own, extremely rare. But somehow they made it. Before they hit it big, they split the rent, scrounged for laundry change, and hustled to make auditions as most struggling actors do. These celebrities knew each other at the ground floor. Some stayed close, others drifted apart; but all were driven to realize their dreams and reach a level of success that most of us only wish we could attain. Most of us know about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, or Robert Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland, but here on this list some names might surprise you. These are fifteen sets of surprising celebrity roommates.
15 Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake
14 Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore
13 Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson
12 Connie Britton and Lauren Graham
11 Frances McDormand and Holly Hunter
10 Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler
9 Raven-Symone and Lindsay Lohan
8 Jonah Hill and Justin Long
7 Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman
6 Michael Douglas and Danny Devito
5 Conan O’Brien and Jeff Garlin
4 Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve
3 Ving Rhames And Stanley Tucci
2 Ali Larter and Amy Smart
1 Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow
Back in the 1990s, Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder were joined at the hip. The two actresses were not only roommates early in their careers but also dating best friends, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. That is, rumor has it, until Paltrow found the script for Shakespeare in Love that was intended for Ryder. Paltrow stole the role and then, of all things, won an Academy Award for it! Oh, the nerve! For her part, Paltrow denies the whole thing, “that’s an urban myth,” she stressed, “I swear to God I did not, I’m raising my right hand on the Bible. I swear to God.” Paltrow does acknowledge that she hasn’t seen Ryder in years, however.
Sources: etonline.com, usmagazine.com, variety.com, huffingtonpost.com, vanityfair.com, esquire.com, thedailybeast.com
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