32 Celebrities That Lived Together Before Scoring A Hollywood Mansion
While getting your start in life, having a roommate is pretty much a rite of passage. Whether you're in college and your roommate has been assigned or you've taken on a Craigslist housemate to help cut the costs, roommates are people you never quite forget. So it's no surprise that there are plenty of celebrities that have lived together during the throes of their younger years while trying to break into the business. As you know, those entry level jobs don't always pay you enough to live in a pad that's all your own. And neither do small parts in Hollywood.
From college roommates to Hollywood flophouses, the following celebrities were roommates at some point or another. Some by choice, some by assignment. Regardless of how they got together, they shared a fridge, a living space, and probably have some really, really epic dirt on one another's habits from the younger years. Because roommates know just about everything there is to know about one another, even if they're not best friends. So close your eyes and try to imagine these celebrities walking around in their pajamas together, sharing a humble domain. Because once upon a time, it totally happened.
1. Lindsay Lohan & Raven Symoné
Both former child stars of the Disney, Lohan and Symoné decided they wanted to experience life with a roommat, especially since they weren't going to college. Unfortunately, according to Us Weekly, Lohan wasn't around much. “She paid rent, and she was there probably three times,” Symoné said. So much for the roommate experience.
2. Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling
While filming Blue Valentine, Williams and Gosling moved in together with their on-screen daughter to prepare for their roles. "We also celebrated fake Christmas and put up Christmas trees, and baked birthday cakes and bought birthday presents, and went to Sears," Gosling said on NPR's Fresh Air. From grocery shopping to budgeting, the pair did it all while living together, in the name of making great art. It paid off, as Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.
3. Dianna Agron & Lea Michele
Although the two girls played enemies when Glee made its debut, Agron and Michele slived together while working on set together. Their apartment became a social hub for the close-knit cast. Though rumors swirled that the two had a falling out, Agron squashed the rumors during her press tour for The Family in 2013, saying the girls were still friends.
4. Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
You know that Damon and Affleck are the best of friends, but did you know that the childhood pals lived together while writing Good Will Hunting? According to Us Weekly, the two Damon and Affleck rented a house together in Venice before running out of money, and moving into an apartment together instead.
5. Owen Wilson & Wes Anderson
While studying at the University of Texas, Wilson and Anderson became roommates and brainstormed for their collaboration on Bottle Rocket. Rumor has it their ideas for Rushmore's outrageous plot came from trying to best their landlord out of paying their security deposit for a few broken windows.
6. Sienna Miller & Poppy Delevingne
Delevingne gushed to Vogue UK about her time living with Miller in New York, "She was totally my heroine at the time, I just wanted to emulate her. And now of course we're friends and I'm always telling her how I wanted to be just like her - she probably finds it quite scary." The two women remain close friends.
7. Jonah Hill & Justin Long
Long decided to move out of the house he shared with Hill when he realized that they were acting like an old married couple. "We fought over recycling. He would recycle everything. I would find banana peels and shards of glass in the recycling bin," Long told reporters in 2009. "We started getting in little fights like that, he left the bathroom door open, didn't clean up after himself. Little things like that. It was time for a separation."
8. Adam Sandler & Judd Apatow
As young comics at Hollywood Improv, Sandler and Apatow met and hit it off, becoming roommates shortly thereafter. The two reminisced about their time together on 60 Minutes, saying they argued over who was better looking. When Sandler was hired for Saturday Night Live, he continued to pay rent — because he assumed he was getting fired almost every week. “He just left, like he was going to come back, but he just didn’t come back,” Apatow said. And the rest is comedic history.
9. Robin Williams & Christopher Reeve
As the only two students to make it into the advanced program at Juilliard, Reeve and Williams roomed together and formed a lasting bond, even agreeing that whoever made it big first would support the other one. Reeve and Williams remained close friends, and Williams had an enormous impact on the Reeve family, which Reeve's son Will spoke about to People in 2014.
10. Al Gore & Tommy Lee Jones
According to ABC News, the former Vice President and Hollywood star lived across the hall from one another as freshmen at Harvard University, and liked each other so much that they decided to live together as upperclassmen. Jones spoke about their time together as roommates at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.
11. Kiefer Sutherland & Robert Downey Jr.
12. Jude Law & Ewan McGregor
Before founding their production company Natural Nylon in 1997, Law and McGregor were roommates, according to People. The two became friends after meeting at an audition where the director gave them $30 and told them to go get drunk together.
13. Holly Hunter & Frances McDormand
Hunter and McDormand were initially assigned to be roommates randomly while studying at Yale University, and chose to get back together when they rented a place together in New York a few years later, according to The New York Times.
14. Michael Douglas & Danny DeVito
In the '60s, Douglas and DeVito shared an apartment while they were just getting their start, according to a join interview with New York Daily News. While DeVito claimed that Douglas did the laundry, Douglas was a little more concerned with what his former roommate had spilled to the press. "Did he tell you I was a slob?" Douglas asked. "Danny was sloppy. No, really, he was a great roommate." Douglas refers to the period as a "magical time," living with DeVito in the '60s.
15. Connie Britton & Lauren Graham
Two of your favorite TV moms used to live together. Coincidence? I think not. In 2013, Graham dished about living with Britton on Watch What Happens Live, saying the two shared shoes, had no furniture, and lived on Rice Krispies Treats. Sounds like the perfect roommate situation to me!
16. Justin Timberlake & Ryan Gosling
While filming The Mickey Mouse Club, the Timberlake and Gosling lived together in singer's childhood home. "We were probably a little closer than the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom," Timberlake said in an appearance on Ellen. Gosling's mother was working in Canada at the time, so he moved in with the Timberlakes while the boys were crooning together. Dreamy.