Hollywood is full of rumors about celebrities, including, commonly, rumors about co-stars who don't get along. While surely there must be some cases where this is true, why would we dwell on negativity? Instead, let's celebrate the true friendships that formed. Long hours on set can lead to plenty of time for bonding, and that can lead to lifelong friendships. Here, 30 celebrities who've found their BFF in tinseltown and gotten the chance to work alongside them.
Cara Delevingne & Rihanna
Delevingne and Rihanna met at a fashion event five years before they shared the screen in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Apparently, when they first met, Rihanna walked up to Delevingne and "slapped [her] on the bum." While their relationship has included fun and games here and there, the women also have a close bond: "No matter where either of us are in the world, we know we can just pick up the phone and unload on each other, and that we are always ready to listen or offer advice," Delevingne shared.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire
While the pair only first worked together on screen in 2013 for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, it'd been a long time coming. Maguire and DiCaprio initially met at an audition in the '90s and bonded from there. It's quite possibly the longest relationship Leo's ever been in.
Sophie Turner & Maisie Williams
While the Stark sisters may have their beef on Game of Thrones, their real-life counterparts couldn't be closer. If you've peeked at either of their social media accounts, you know that the two of them are attached at the hip, and have been since day one of the series. Their bond is something truly special.
Jennifer Aniston & Jason Bateman
These two keep their friendship low-key, but they've worked together on five different movies! When Bateman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Aniston was the one to give him the honor, and didn't hesitate to get a few jokes in here and there. She also called him her "partner in crime," and added, "he's one of the loveliest men to be around. He always gives you deep connection, full attention, authenticity, and some of the deepest belly laughs that I can remember. We are so very proud of you."
Salma Hayek & Penelope Cruz
These two are so close, they even have a nickname for each other: huevos (or 'eggs', in Spanish). The actresses have been friends for more than 20 years. They starred together in Banditos, and Hayek hilariously was pranked by Cruz on an episode of Punk'd.
Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning
Fanning and Stewart have worked together on four films: three of the Twilight films and the Joan Jett biopic The Runaways. They've been close since meeting on the set of New Moon, and Fanning called her relationship with Stewart "one of the most special bonds in my life" at theELLE Women in Hollywood Awards.
Cameron Diaz & Drew Barrymore
These two first met when Barrymore was 14-years-old and Diaz 16, and bonded from there. They weren't given the opportunity to work alongside each other until Charlie's Angels, but that set in place a relationship that would last a lifetime. Diaz may have effectively retired from acting, but she'll still pop up on Barrymore's Instagram from time to time.
Busy Phillips & Michelle Williams
The best thing to come out of Dawson's Creek was the friendship between Williams and Phillips, and that is a fact. The two met on the set of the hit teen series and haven't left each other's side since. They regularly accompanying each other on the red carpet, appear on each other's social media, and Williams even said this about Phillips to People: "She's proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man! That's the love of my life right there."
Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
This bromance began in 2002 when Fallon hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, and it was basically love at first sight for the pair. At the time, Timberlake was just about to break out from his time in NSYNC, and Fallon was still a Saturday Night Live castmember. Their relationship developed when Timberlake hosted SNL a few years later and the duo created the recurring sketch "The Barry Gibb Talk Show." Timberlake and Fallon have since become seemingly inseparable in the media, and Fallon even presented Timberlake with his MTV Video Vanguard Award with a speech so sweet, it'll give you a toothache.
BJ Novak & Mindy Kaling
The relationship between these two has been a rollercoaster ride since they met as writers for The Office. They've dated, broken up, made up, and established themselves as Just Friends in the 15 years since they met. "We kind of fell in love through [writing for the show], and then dated on and off for a couple of years, and now we are just, like, best friends," Kaling told Vulture. "Like, real best friends. It's the kind of friendship you have when you are embedded with someone, that you can only get by putting in that insane amount of time with people."
Naomi Watts & Nicole Kidman
Watts and Kidman have been friends for more than 25 years, and they’ll happily gush about each other. They’ve only worked together once, for 1991’s Flirting, but their friendship has withstood the test of time. “Naomi and I are very, very good friends and have maintained that through so many things,” Kidman told The Telegraph. “I think that’s really rare, particularly for actresses, and I take a lot of pride in that.”
Brad Pitt & George Clooney
We love a bromance! These A-listers have starred in several movies together, including the Ocean’s movies and the Coen Brothers’ comedy Burn After Reading. But what they're most notorious for is their never-ending prank war. We'll never forget the time Clooney covered Pitt's car with incriminating bumper stickers (“Small Penis Onboard” being the one that stands out the most).
Jennifer Aniston & Courteney Cox
The two Friends have made it last way longer than the show did! They met on the set of the hit '90s comedy and have been close ever since, with 20 years of friendship under their belts. They've stuck with each other through everything: marriage, children, divorces. Aniston is godmother to Cox's daughter Coco, and Cox was maid of honor at Aniston's wedding to then-husband Justin Theroux. When they said "I'll be there for you," they meant it.
Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera & Amber Tamblyn
This girl gang starred together in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and their sisterhood extended off screen, too. They’ve been in each other’s weddings and celebrated each other’s pregnancies. Amber Tamblyn shared the key to long-time friendships with MTV News: “The four of us are so vastly different that [it] kind of brings us together, in a weird way, because we learn so much from each other, and we're constantly checking in and texting each other for different types of advice. That's what makes really good friendships, when you have key principles that connect you, but then at the same time, you have somebody that can teach you,” she said.
Vanessa Hudgens & Ashley Tisdale
Tisdale and Hudgens' friendship first bloomed on the set of High School Musical all the way back in 2006, and it hasn't showed signs of slowing down. Hudgens served as a bridesmaid in Tisdale's wedding, and they've even recorded cover songs of the two of them singing together. It's far too cute for words.
Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige
Everyone loves the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but her close friend and co-star Henson really loves her. They starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All By Myself and have leaned on each other for support through the highs and the lows. When Henson received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Blige was front and center cheering her bestie and "total inspiration" on.
Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio
Yes, Jack and Rose from Titanic have a relationship, but this one's purely friendship. The two have been buds for more than two decades at this point, and every time one of them is asked about the other, they can't help but gush. When Winslet accepted the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, she had nothing but the best things to say: "Leo, I'm so happy I can stand here and tell you how much I love you and how much I've loved you for 13 years...I love you with all my heart, I really do."
Anne Hathaway & Hugh Jackman
This one may be a little unexpected! Hathaway and Jackman first met when they were filming Les Miserables together, and they've had nothing but the best things to say about each other since. Jackman has said he loved Hathaway the instant they met, and Hathaway profiled Jackman for Time Magazine.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah
Although they've starred in two films together (Set It Off and Girl's Trip), these two go way back; Pinkett Smith finessed a local promoter into introducing her to Latifah at a concert, and the ladies hit it off almost immediately.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Fey and Poelher first met through the Chicago improv scene in the early '90s, and have been a support system for each other as they've made their way to Saturday Night Live and beyond. They've been SNL Weekend Update co-anchors, hosted the Golden Globes multiple times, been frequent collaborators, and have only become more exciting and hilarious as the years have gone by.
Emma Roberts & Lea Michele
These two starred in Scream Queens together, and formed a bond outside of the Ryan Murphy hit. They’ve made regular appearances on each other’s social media for years.
Kristen Wiig & Maya Rudolph
They may have starred together in one of the best odes to female friendship of all time (Bridesmaids), but Wiig and Rudolph had known each other for 10 years before they made it. In fact, they met at the baby shower for fellow Bridesmaids star, Melissa McCarthy. One can only imagine what conversations between these two funny ladies are like.
Donald Faison & Zach Braff
These two played BFFs on Scrubs, and it's always great when life imitates art. After meeting during a Scrubs read-through, the duo started raving about each other constantly. They even commemorated Valentine's Day together.
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart
What do you get when you put one of hip hop's OGs and the most famous homemaker in America in one kitchen? A whole vibe. Back in 2008, the pair connected when Stewart invited Snoop Dogg to The Martha Stewart Show to learn how to make her special mashed potatoes. Their bond is so tight that they brought it back to television—you can catch the dynamic duo chopping it up on Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party on VH1.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney
2011 heist flick Ocean Eleven brought these iconic BFFs together. In true best friend style, Roberts and Clooney swap parenting tips, gossip, and endless laughs. "He is the sunny side up," said Roberts of her bestie.
Ashley Benson & Shay Mitchell
The entire cast of Pretty Little Lies is close, but no pair seem as close as Benson and Mitchell. They're both best friends and former co-workers, and if you take a peek at either of their Instagrams, you're sure to see the two of them hanging out.
Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini
When Lopez's ex-husband Marc Anthony introduced her to Remini at a movie premiere in 2004, the two women had instant chemistry. They've been friends ever since, but their 2018 film Second Act was their first time working together professionally. "She's cool and we also have very similar upbringings," said J.Lo of her bestie. "That's why we work well together."
Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson
Lee and Jackson, two of the most prolific figures in Black Hollywood, have a very close relationship. They connected during the filming of Lee's second feature film, School Daze, and have been close ever since. Their bromance was on full display at the 2019 Oscars when Jackson presented Lee with his first Academy Award for Best Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling
After starring in the 2018 film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, Witherspoon and Kaling realized they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who may not have gotten along, but in real life, Witherspoon has mad love for her co-star; she even calls Kaling "Min Diesel." Adorable.
Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall
Though their friendship has lasted the test of time (more than 20 years), The Best Man Holiday was actually the first time Lathan and Hall had ever worked together. These ladies are so close that they call each other their "human diaries."
Amanda Mitchell is a writer and podcaster with bylines at Marie Claire, OprahMag, Allure, Byrdie, Stylecaster, Bon Appetit, and more. Her work exists at the apex of beauty, pop culture, and absurdity. A human Funfetti cake, she watches too much television, and her favorite season is awards season. You can read more of her work at amandaelizabethmitchell.com or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @lochnessmanda.
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