Famous Co-Stars Who Are Best Friends in Real Life
Mixing work and play can be tricky, but many famous co-stars have formed forever friendships after working together — even with their crazy schedules and the complications fame brings. When times get tough, these celebrities can count on their BFFs for support.
From bromances to girl gangs, here are famous co-stars who are best friends in real life. Their friendships will have you saying "goals."
Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston
After meeting on the hit show Friends, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox have become inseparable. On the show, the pair were roommates and BFFs. In real life, they've been there for each other through life's ups and downs, including birthdays, marriages, children and divorces.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah
This beautiful friendship goes way back. In fact, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah knew each other before becoming Hollywood co-stars. The two met at a Baltimore club more than 30 years ago.
James Franco and Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen and James Franco have co-starred in multiple films, including This Is The End and The Interview. These two hilarious actors are Hollywood BFFs and real-life BFFs. Although they acted in Freaks and Geeks together, they didn't become besties until they starred in Pineapple Express.
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling were destined to be besties. They've always admired each other's work, but after appearing in the film A Wrinkle in Time, Kaling and Witherspoon made their friendship official. The adorable pair have gone on adventures together, such as exploring New Zealand.
Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall
For more than 20 years, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall have fiercely supported each other, even when they’ve auditioned for the same movie roles. They worked together for the first time on the film The Best Man and appeared together again in its sequel, The Best Man Holiday.
Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek
The co-stars played partners who became pals in the film Bandidas. For more than 20 years, Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek have been besties. They're also not afraid to prank each other and laugh about it. Hayek played a trick on Cruz on the TV show Punk'd.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Who doesn't love a good bromance? Matt Damon and Ben Affleck instantly became friends when they were children. They grew up together and went on to work together. Remember the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting? Damon and Affleck not only acted in the movie, but they also wrote it.
Lana Condor and Noah Centineo
Fans shipped Lana Condor and Noah Centineo ever since they watched Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. There's no denying that Condor and Centineo make a great fictional couple in the film. They have amazing on-screen chemistry (and off-screen, according to many fans).
Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams
Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams confirm that your true love can be your best friend. The pair instantly connected while working on the hit show Dawson's Creek. They accompany each other to red carpet events, such as the Oscars and Golden Globes.
Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore
These two ladies were besties before their stunning star roles in the Charlie's Angels film series. At age 14, Drew Barrymore worked as a barista and often served coffee to 16-year-old Cameron Diaz. Today, the two lovingly support each other through life's highs and lows.
Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar
The best thing to come out of Cruel Intentions, besides that unforgettable kissing scene, is the everlasting friendship of Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Although they appeared as on-screen frenemies, the two care about each other so much in real life.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney
This bromance is known for its hilarious pranks. George Clooney, the main jokester, secretly puts incriminating bumper stickers on Brad Pitt's car. He also pretended to be Pitt and sent other A-list actors humiliating pitch letters.
Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale have played enemies in High School Musical movies since 2006. But these two Wildcats are super-close friends in real life. They attend each other's shows, support one another in movies and go to concerts together.
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key
These comedy kings are a match made in heaven. Their story started in Chicago in 2012. After having dinner with Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key went home and told his wife he fell in love. The two previously starred on Fox's sketch comedy series Mad TV.
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts
Long-time BFFs Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts went to the same high school and theater club in Australia. But they didn't solidify their friendship until 1991, when they both starred in the film Flirting. The two besties have experienced many ups and downs in life.
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart first met on The Martha Stewart Show in 2008. Stewart invited the rapper to make mashed potatoes. They admired each other after their joint appearance but didn't become close until they reunited to roast Justin Bieber on Comedy Central.
Jet Li and Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan almost declined acting in the film The Forbidden Kingdom until he heard Jet Li was also working on the project. The two legends of the martial arts world fight in the movie. But while filming, the cameraman told them to slow down because their moves were too fast.
Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn
These ladies were strangers when they met on the set of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but it didn't take long before they became sisters in real life. Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn share the same values, such as supporting their loved ones and participating in charity work.
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
In 2002, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake became pals after the MTV Video Music Awards. Fallon was hosting the show for the first time, and Timberlake was performing without NSYNC for the first time. The pair was nervous, but they comforted each other through the night.
Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige, the queen of hip-hop soul, co-starred with Taraji P. Henson in the 2009 Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All by Myself. Now, they're close friends who give each other strength through life's ups and downs.
Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams
The Game of Thrones co-stars played the Stark sisters on the show and treat each other like sisters in real life. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams also call each other "bae" and "soulmate." These besties have shared many life milestones.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed one of the most iconic movie couples of all time, Jack and Rose. The pair didn't form a romantic relationship on the set of Titanic, but they ignited a true friendship that has lasted for more than two decades.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
In the early '90s, Tina Fey met her comedy soulmate, Amy Poehler, for the first time at a Chicago improv group. These two hilarious women went on to collaborate on many projects, including three major movies: Baby Mama, Mean Girls and Sisters.
Emma Watson and Tom Felton
Harry Potter co-stars Emma Watson and Tom Felton caused a stir on the internet after posting an Instagram picture of the two playing the guitar. Fans hoped the pair were romantically involved, but Watson and Felton responded that they're just close friends.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson always seem to work together. It's easy to think that because they've co-starred in more than 12 films, such as Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, Night at the Museum and The Cable Guy. The two actually met while Stiller was directing and Wilson was auditioning for The Cable Guy in the '90s.
Donald Faison and Zach Braff
This bromance started on the set of Scrubs in 2011. Donald Faison and Zach Braff played two best friends who landed in the same college, internship and hospital for work. Their characters also moved in together. Their friendship exists off-screen too, with fans calling it "friendship goals."
Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson
Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson first met in New York in 1981. Lee encouraged Jackson to star in his films, and it was a life-changing move. Jackson's first breakthrough role was in Lee's Jungle Fever. The two continued working together, forming a close relationship.
Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell
The Pretty Little Liars cast is close, but Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell are serious BFF goals. Coworkers turned besties, the pair first met on set. Mitchell says their encounter was "love at first sight." Although they worked together often, they also hung out all the time in real life.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are best friends made in movie heaven. Their friendship deepened after starring in three movies together, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Gangster Squad and La La Land. They play romantic roles and display incredible chemistry on-screen.
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel
This friendship deserves an honorable mention. Paul Walker passed away in 2013, but his bond with Vin Diesel will always be remembered. The two met on the set of the film The Fast and The Furious. Thirteen years later, the two starred in a total of five Fast films together.