There are plenty of articles out there that talk about actors who know other actors from their first movies or auditions. There are celebrities who grew up filthy rich with celebrity parents and met other rich kids with famous parents. These are not all that surprising. What we wanted to find were the stories of celebrities who met other celebrities before either was famous. The more obscure the meeting place, the stranger the scenario, the better. This is what we set out to find, and we found out.
Even though we may have several examples of actors meeting and knowing other actors before being famous, we wanted to try and isolate the most meaningful or funny situations. Simply going to school with another celebrity was not good enough. The two must have had some sort of meaningful connection. In this search, we found some strange and disjointed partnerships. You may not be a better person tomorrow after reading about these celebrity connections today, but you’ll definitely be more interesting. Here are 20 Celebrities Who Have Insane Connections to Other Stars.
20. Carrie Mulligan – Marcus Mumford
The love story between Carrie Mulligan and Marcus Mumford seems too good to be true. Though neither party has really ever gotten into the fine details of their relationship, we know that these two don’t have the typical story. They didn’t meet when they were famous adults and then fall in love. They didn’t have mutual friends who set them up. Apparently, their story goes back to when they were kids. They both belonged to a church that ran a pen pal program. They connected and wrote to each other for a time. As they got older, they went their separate ways and the letters stopped. Years later, they reconnected as famous and rich adults, and the rest, as they say, is history.
19. Jon Hamm – Ellie Kemper
You may remember Jon Hamm playing the Reverend alongside Ellie Kemper on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This wasn’t the first time that Kemper and Hamm had met though. When Kemper was in high school, Hamm was her drama teacher.
“I was in ninth grade and he taught me the improv section of my theater class, and everyone loved him,” she said.
“He was not ugly,” Kemper added. “When they told us that he would be playing the reverend, it was fantastic. But I was a little scared,” she said. “I think there’s still a teacher-student dynamic, and acting with him was a little bit nerve-racking just because I felt like he was still grading me on some level. But he’s a wonderful man and it was a lot of fun.”
18. Cameron Diaz – Snoop Dogg
went to high school together.
Now, When Diaz was asked about it, she said, “I remember him, he was very tall and skinny and wore lots of ponytails… And I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him.” Who knows if she’s being truthful about the weed, but Snoop played along, kind of. When he was asked if it was true, he said, “I might have sold her some of that white girl weed,” which is just “sticks and stems and seeds.”
17. Megan Fox – David Gallagher
David Gallagher has been acting since he was a baby, so it’s not very likely that anyone could know him pre-fame. He was about 10-years old when 7th Heaven started, so when he first met Megan Fox, he was already a pretty big star. But she wasn’t (yet). She had been in an Olsen film as a young teen, but when Fox dated Gallagher, she hadn’t even been an extra in Bad Boys yet. Hell, she didn’t even look the same as she did in Transformers back then. But Gallagher would take her to events in public and we would watch, not knowing that she would one day, eventually become a major star and suddenly eclipse Gallagher completely.
16. Drew Barrymore – Courtney Love
These days, Courtney Love and Drew Barrymore are good friends. They’ve been in each other’s lives for many years. In fact, Barrymore is the Godmother of Frances Bean, Love’s and Kurt Cobain’s only daughter. How they met is pretty strange though. According to Love, she first met Barrymore after finding her “in a bathroom, smoking.” Sure, that’s not all that crazy until you hear the ages of the respective stars when this incident took place. Love claims that she “was 19” and Barrymore “was, like, 8.” 8 years old is really young to be smoking in a bathroom…
15. Matthew Morrison – Kristen Bell
When you’re an actor who went to a prestigious arts school like the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, you are bound to know other alumni who also became stars. So, we weren’t necessarily blown away when we learned that Kristen Bell and Matthew Morrison
went to college together before they were famous.
We were, however, rather intrigued by the fact that the two actually dated. “I actually went to college with Matty Morrison,” Bell said. “We actually dated very briefly, so I’ll have to say maybe Matt Morrison is my favorite part of Glee for various reasons.”
14. Adam Levine – Jonah Hill
This connection was close to breaking our self-imposed list rules. We didn’t want to include people who are from famous families that know each other, like Maya Rudolph and Gwyneth Paltrow, but Adam Levine and Jonah Hill are just so mismatched that we felt we had to include them. Hill’s parents were in the music and film industry but on the periphery. Levine was simply from a rich family.
Both Hill and Levine lived in the Cheviot Hills, a very wealthy neighborhood in LA.
This is where the two met and became friends. “Our dads met in the principal’s office in junior high. We were in carpool, we lived at each other’s houses,” Hill said. They would both grow up and become famous in different worlds and remain best friends until this day.
13. Billie Holiday – Billy Crystal
Way back in the day, Billy Crystal’s father, Jack, and his brother-in-law, Milt Gabler, founded Commodore Records. In 1939, Commodore Records gave Billie Holiday the chance to record the song “Strange Fruit,” which had sensitive material that other studios wanted no part of. This began a friendship and working relationship between the famous singer and managing partners. About a decade after that, Billy Crystal was born.
When he was a child, Crystal says that Billie Holliday was a frequent guest at their house.
She even babysat him as a young boy from time to time. When he was five, Holiday brought him to his first movie, Shane. Incredibly, this film starred a young Jack Palance, who would later become Crystal’s co-star and friend (City Slickers).
12. Andre the Giant – Samuel Beckett
Even though this relationship has been disputed in recent years, we are including it because Andre the Giant claimed that it was true. On the set of The Princess Bride, Andre told a story about the unlikeliest of connections. Andre recalls not being able to take the bus to school after about the age of 12 because of his size. This is where Beckett, the legendary author and playwright, comes in. Beckett was either a friend of Andre’s father, a neighbor, or just a very nice employer who was contracting Andre’s father to work for him. Either way, Andre remembers Beckett driving him to school and the two talking about cricket. That is all.
11. Ashton Kutcher – January Jones
Between 1998 and 2001, Ashton Kutcher was just starting to break into the industry. He had landed a role on That ’70s Show and was beginning to make a name for himself. He was also, at this time, dating January Jones. Jones had made a small film debut and done a few pilots, but her career was in the very early stages. According to her, Kutcher was not the most positive of boyfriends.
“[He] was not supportive of my acting,” she said.
“He was like, I don’t think you’re going to be good at this. So—f–k you! He only has nice things to say now—if anything, I should thank him. Because the minute you tell me I can’t do something, that’s when I’m most motivated.”
10. Tommy Lee Jones – Al Gore
Even though Tommy Lee Jones seems like he was never a young man, we discovered that he was. Back in the 60s, Jones went to Harvard and played football for the school. He was quite good too, playing offensive guard on probably the best Harvard team ever assembled. In his freshman year, Jones lived across the hall from another someday famous person, Al Gore. Later, the two would become housemates in Dunster House during their senior years. Still to this day, the actor and the politician-turned-environmentalist remain friends. We love a good connection, especially an impressive one such as this one.
9. Lisa Kudrow – Conan O’Brien
We could have included Jon Lovitz here with popular Friends star Lisa Kudrow because Lovitz was actually childhood friends with Kudrow’s brother, but we decided to settle on Conan O’Brien because he and Kudrow dated at one point in time (and you likely didn’t know they did, so that makes it more exciting).
They met in improv class before either of them was famous and hit it off.
8. Mick Foley – Kevin James
Mick Foley has been known by many different names in wrestling but perhaps best known as Mankind. Foley is one of the most famous professional wrestlers of the last couple of decades or so because of his mad antics, an act that helped Foley shape out a very good career for himself. Back in high school when Foley was wrestling, he had another famous name on his team: Kevin James. Back then, however, James was the big-name wrestler, the star of the team.
It wasn’t until James hurt his back that Foley stepped up and took on a bigger role on the team.
Speaking about Foley, James said, “He was the greatest partner. He was awesome… He’s the nicest guy in the world but also the craziest guy I’ve ever seen in my life. Jumping off the roof of his house.” Foley said in return, “Kevin was the toughest kid in school – one of only two people in the 300-pound bench press club.”
7. Robin Williams – Christopher Reeves
Back in 1973, both Robin Williams and Christopher Reeves were accepted into the advanced program at Juilliard School in New York City. Soon, the two became close friends. Reeves and Williams were inseparable, and Williams says that Reeves even kept him fed when money was low. They would both go on to have fantastic careers, but their friendship never waned. After Reeves’ accident, he wrote of his time in the hospital, saying, “I lay on my back, frozen, unable to avoid thinking the darkest thoughts… Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist and that he had to examine me immediately… My first reaction was that either I was on way too many drugs or I was in fact brain damaged.” Well this man turned out to be Williams, stopping in to cheer up his pal. Sadly, both of these men died far too young, but their story is a great one to read about if you have the time.
6. Felicity Huffman – William H. Macy
Macy was Huffman’s acting teacher in a small acting group that had been thrown together, New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Soon after that, Huffman made her stage debut. About six years later, Huffman made her Broadway debut in a David Mamet play. Interestingly, Mamet was Macy’s teacher from Goddard College. While it’s unclear if this association played a part, it almost certainly didn’t hurt.
5. Aubrey Plaza – John Gallagher Jr.
We all know Aubrey Plaza. She’s a huge name these days after Parks and Recreation, Funny People and, most recently, Legion. You would know John Gallagher Jr. from Olive Kitteridge, The Newsroom and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Well, these two actors go way back. Back when they were in high school in Delaware, they started dating. They also did community theatre together. Both have looked back on their relationship very lovingly, saying that they were each other’s first loves. How sweet.
4. Idris Elba – Dave Chappelle
Even though this connection is anything but confirmed, we’re including it just because it involves two enormous stars and it’s a hilarious connection to have. It all started when Idris Elba claimed that he used to sell pot at Caroline’s, which is this legendary comedy club in New York City. After that, Dave Chappelle was asked about this because he was known to frequent the club often, and is one of the stars to come from that environment. Chappelle, after hearing about Elba, said, “Oh, okay. So he used to work at Carolines. During that era of my life, there’s a high possibility that I bought reefer from Idris.”
3. Christopher Hitchens – Olivia Wilde
When Olivia Wilde was growing up, her well-to-do family had other well-to-do friends (you know how it goes). One of these, Christopher Hitchens, was a very close friend and frequent house guest. For a time, Hitchens lived with Wilde’s family. In Hitchens’ own words, he used to look after a young Wilde when needed. “I was the tenant of the Cockburn’s and the occasional supervisor of bedtime stories and suitable viewing fare for the younger generation,” he said. “Olivia’s incandescent greenish-blue eyes seemed to miss nothing.” Wilde was even asked to speak at Hitchens’ memorial after he sadly passed away.
2. Hoffman, Duvall, and Hackman
Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman met in 1957 at the Pasadena Playhouse, in California. They became friends and kept in touch after Hackman moved to New York the following year. It was there that Hackman met another young and aspiring actor named Robert Duvall.
In 1958, Hoffman moved to New York to live on Hackman’s couch and the three young men formed a pretty famous trio.
None of them could have predicted that all three would become the huge stars they all went on to be. Hell, all three of them went on to win Academy Awards. That’s a pretty impressive group of friends.
1. Matt Bomer – Lee Pace
The suburb of Spring, Texas has about 50,000 people living in it. The local high school there, Klein High School, has a few notable alumni, including Lyle Lovett. But in the late 90s, both Matt Bomer and Lee Pace
were attending the school at the same time and became good friends after meeting in drama class.
After high school, Bomer decided to move to New York City and landed some roles in soap operas, starting his acting career. Pace went the theatre route and actually quit high school for a time to further pursue acting.
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