Mindhole Blowers: 20 Real-Life Celebrity Friendships that You Probably Didn't Know About

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Mindhole Blowers: 20 Real-Life Celebrity Friendships that You Probably Didn't Know About

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | March 16, 2014 | Comments ()

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum (which JGL mentioned on "SNL" the night he did the Magic Mike monologue)


Matt Bomer and Lee Pace (they've been best friends since high school, having gone to the same high school together)


Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan (I found this out after researching Ruby Sparks, which Kazan wrote and and that featured her boyfriend Paul Dano. I also found out that Paul Dano loves Crispix, which actually ended up in the script for Ruby Sparks)


Justin Long and Jonah Hill (this makes sense because they were in Accepted together, but they were also college roommates)


Joshua Jackson and Scott Foley (these two started paling around because they were both teen stars around the same time with "Felicity" and "Dawson's Creek," and Jackson's relationship with J.J. Abrams through Scott Foley was actually helpful in Jackson landing "Fringe." I don't know why they're hanging out with the guy from "The Office.")


Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell (they became close friends during filming for Nicholas Nickelby. In fact, they are also maintain close friendships with Anne Hathaway and Romola Garai).


Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha (they met a decade ago on a movie audition for a movie neither got and became great friends; they were in a play together in 2011).


Robert Downey, Jr. and Matt Damon (no idea how these guys became friends except that they're both amazing, but apparently they have couples dinners together).


Kyle Chandler and Lorenzo Lamos (I could find no pictures of them together, but Chandler is the godfather of Lamos' son. That is just bizarre).


James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch (this is probably common knowledge in the UK, and wouldn't seem out of the ordinary for anyone who has seen Starter for 10)


Jon Hamm and Sarah Clarke ("24") (these two actually went to prom together in high school)


Ed Norton and Mark Ruffalo (no idea if that made Ruffalo's decision to take The Incredible Hulk awkward)


Clint Eastwood and Brad Pitt (who knew?)


Anna Kendrick and Adam Lambert (he was in "American Idol," right? Oh, Anna. You get a pass because you're adorable.)


Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren (they used to date)


Connie Britton and Lauren Graham (again, no images available, but they've been friends since rooming together in their early acting days. BEST. PILLOW FIGHTS. EVER.)


Sam Rockwell and Justin Long (Long is also friend with Rockwell, which is why they appear together in Movie 43)


Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone, Jr. (been friends since working stand-up together at the beginning of their careers)


Christain Bale and Winona Ryder (been friends since Little Women; in fact, Ryder introduced Bale to his future wife)


Jessica Chastain and Michelle Williams (former roommates and good friends (Williams is also close to Busy Phillips from her "Dawson's" Days)


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  • PJ

    Lamas. Not Lamos. How do you even do that?

  • Corum

    Heh, why the hating on Adam Lambert? He's a very kind man et an amazing singer, what's your problem? Good article, anyway.

  • mewmew34

    Wow. Buscemi was HOT when he was younger.

  • Should have listed Robin Williams and Christopher Reeves...

  • Crit Collins

    i saw somewhere that mark ruffalo would not take the role without norton's blessing, which he received

  • nianicole

    The Cumberbatch one doesn't come as much of a suprise to me. He seems to make friends everywhere.

    .....However, the Joesph and Channing duo does. Probably, it's because they look like polar opposites.

  • LG

    I don't know most of these people. I was hoping for weird shit, like Jocko & Liz.

  • Buck Forty

    Robert Downey, Jr. and Matt Damon (no idea how these guys became friends except that they’re both amazing, but apparently they have couples dinners together).
    Dustin! Your feminist credentials are slipping. Is it possible their partners are the ones that are friends, and that's why why RDJ and Matt are hanging out together?

  • $38619574

    The Pitt - Eastwood friendship must be awkward as heck. Especially around November. As for Helen Mirren, I'd love to be her friend. Even at 70ish she's still hotter than 90% of the women I see.

  • EB III

    Here is quite the friendship trifecta: Chrissie Teigen, Erin Andrews, and Brooklyn Decker

  • Pablo Z

    I love how Clint's tie matches Brad's jacket - perfect prom couple!

  • Mr. E

    Busy Phillip's head looks like an enlarged, cardboard cut-out of a head in between two normal-sized, real women's heads.

  • Gonne

    IIRC, Ruffalo spoke to Norton before accepting the part as Hulk in the Avengers movie. Evidentally, Norton was cool with it (or not at all bother by it), and noted that it may becoming the "Hamlet of our time" (after Eric Bana did his turn as Hulk in the Ang Lee movie).

  • Nadine

    Also, also Rory Cochrane with Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston and Jon Favreau and Ben Affleck and Cole Hauser

    Also apparently Joaquin Phoenix whom Cochrane appears to have given a motorbike as a birthday gift(Cochrane is a big motorbike enthusiast).

    The top bunch all met as younger actors in LA. There is an excellent episode of Dinner for Five, hosted by Favreau, that has Cochrane, Vaughn, Hauser and Brian Cox who appears to know all of them. Vaughn ends up dragging this story of out of Cochrane about his very earliest experiences in Hollywood.

    if you're a huge, geeky fangirl like me, it's a delight.

  • aroorda

    I think Justin Bartha and Jesse Eisenberg may be more than just friends. I don't kiss my male friends is all I'm saying.

  • If one day I question my sexuality it will probably be when I'm rewatching Chuck and Matt Bomer appears on screen. I loved Sarah and Chuck together. But holy shit would Yvonne Strahovski and Bomer made gorgeous babies.

  • Susie Derkins

    Emma Stone and Taylor Swift! Would not have expected them to be friends, but Taylor mentioned it in an interview and they took pictures together at last years Vanity Fair photo booth at the Oscars

  • The Replicant Brooke

    God, I don't know who half of these people are.

  • becks2point0

    Why do people comment with this information? You're certainly not the first to say it but I'm wondering why people feel the need to inform the rest of us that they have very little pop culture knowledge on this pop culture blog. Are Dustin and the rest of Pajiba supposed to say "Sorry, I'll stick to covering Will Smith."?

    It just seems pointlessly critical.

  • The Replicant Brooke

    I love that you're criticizing for being pointlessly critical. So I'll be critical with a point in return. Multiple points.

    First, it was more of an amused musing about how I'm out of the loop with the pop culture of certain circles these days. I tend to stick to my genre pop culture, thanks. But I guess you'd be up to date on all areas of pop culture and know who all of its minions are, across the board and through all genres? Good for you. I tend to stick with sci-fi and fantasy.

    Second, you're being remarkably presumptive if you think my point is to beg the Pajiba people to only write about what I personally know. It's a ridiculous assumption on your part.

    Third, Wil Smith, really? I guess what you're doing here is tempting to paint me as some super lame and out of touch asshole who is still into Will Smith?

    So relax a little and maybe don't be so quick to jump down peoples throats when they admit to not knowing who everyone inhabits the world of celeb gossip is.

  • becks2point0

    My apologies if your intent was not to criticize the site for writing about people you don't personally care about. I see comments doing just that on many posts on Pajiba and I find them pointless and even a tad self-involved. I had your intentions wrong, it seems.

    My assumption about your intent is actually not ridiculous in the slightest. If you're an avid reader of the site you'll know that people make comments about "why should they care?" and "who even are these people?" fairly regularly here. You just don't happen to be one of them, I guess.

    Though, to be honest, even with your clarification I don't understand why you bothered with your initial comment. Can't say I haven't thrown in a completely unimportant and uninteresting comment here and there though so I can't cast any stones about that.

    Sorry for mistaking you for one of the many who complain that the content isn't catered to their tastes enough.

  • Oh my god, shut UP.

    That was me being critical.

  • becks2point0

    Okay. Not really sure why you're saying this to me.

    For clarifying what I was saying to the first woman in a dead comment thread? Honestly, if I'd thought that people were even going to read it I may not have made a second comment since it was off-topic, but since the post was already old I assumed that she would be the only one to even see it. I didn't expect anyone to be leafing through all the comments a week later.

    Sorry it pissed you off. I'm sure there was a better place for me to address the issue than in this thread.

  • Uriah_Creep

    This is cool and all, but I just want to be "friends" with Busy Phillips.

  • duckandcover

    I suddenly ship Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson.

  • Jim Slemaker

    Tommy Lee Jones and Albert Gore...college roomies!

  • c


    Jonah Hill as usual has that smug smirk plastered all over his uber plumper fat ass face. I am beyond happy that his 'diet' has failed and he is rapidly moving towards XXXXXXL UBER SUPER PLUMPER status after which please God, please is the inevitible massive and fatal heart attack. Gonn be an awesome day when it happens.

    Looking forward to it.

    Downey & Damon. Damon as usual looks classy, Downey looks like he just shot up, or his normal look.

  • shut it norm!

    My gosh...what a despicable thing to say.

  • firedmyass

    Well. You are just THOROUGHLY unpleasant.

  • annie

    I think I knew quite a few of these, but all my focus is on Jamie Bell and Anne Hathaway holding hands in that picture. The cuteness. And loving the bonus Olivia in that pic of Rockwell and Long (Olivia put Justin in her short film and has told stories of her and Sam living at Daniel Craig's place on the weekends while filming Cowboyws & Aliens while Craig cooked and played the ukulele for them).

  • Oh, man, I would kill for a show starring Connie Britton and Lauren Graham. They could own a cute coffee shop and gossip about men and then troll nightclubs at night or something. Or solve crimes. SOMETHING. Make it happen!

  • Is that Olivia Wilde in the picture with Justin Long and Sam Rockwell?

  • pumpkin

    Young Steve Buscemi looks like Donovan Leitch ("The In Crowd" is one of my guilty pleasures).

  • nini

    why isn't anyone talking about that hunnam-bell-hathaway-garai picture? why??

  • Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are also buddies, having been at Carnagie Mellon together, but I don't know that it's mindhole blowing.

  • Bedewcrock

    ha. "mindhole blowing"

  • Mrs. Julien

    Kyle Chandler and Lorenzo Lamos (I could find no pictures of them together, but Chandler is the godfather of Lamos’ son. That is just bizarre).

    This alone was worth the price of admission, plus a photo of Kyle Chandler is always welcome.

    I'm going to imagine that Lauren Graham and Connie Britton are like Lorelei and Mrs. Coach in real life and that Britton spends a lot of time saying, "Y'all need to calm down." Then Lauren french braids Connie's hair.

  • Jptaylorsg

    Carla Gugino is also a part of the Graham/Britton group, according to her on a recent Nerdist podcast, so put that in your pillow fight and smoke it.

  • el mediocre

    Somehow those pillow fights I was already thinking about got even better. Yeesh.

  • e jerry powell

    Smoking pillows hurt more.

  • Boothy K

    Pace's 'stache is tremendous!

  • Blake

    Looks like a young Tom Selleck...

  • e jerry powell

    20 bajillion upvotes.

  • TheReinaG

    Don't you mean 20 pajibllian upvotes?

  • e jerry powell

    That'll work.

  • Kballs

    So I guess Derek Luke is invisible, right? RIGHT?!?!

  • A. Smith

    Are you talking about the Tatum/Gordon-Levitt pic because I think that Rob Brown. The connection being they all were in Stop Loss. As for the duo they both were in Havoc, the aforementioned Stop Loss and G.I. Joe.

  • Kballs

    Ah shit. I mixed up Derek Luke and Rob Brown. My brain is an idiot.

  • e jerry powell

    I almost mistook that Eisenberg/Barha shot for a Terry Richardson, but the baseboard isn't beat all to shit.

    Brad Pitt is just a magnet for crochety old Republicans, isn't he?

  • Bert_McGurt

    Also for the spawn of crotchety old Republicans.

  • e jerry powell

    Being the spawn of a crotchety old Republican himself...

  • Bert_McGurt

    That's a hell of a strong magnet.

  • e jerry powell

    No, Jane Etta Pitt, actually.

  • Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren (they used to date)

    Of course they did. Of course.

    Also, it blows my mindhole that Ed Norton is so much taller than Mark Ruffalo. I am stubbornly going to assume that Ed is rillyrilly tall so I'll never have to go to my bunk thinking of Ruffalo as a Hobbit.

  • Boothy K

    Neeson and Mirren were in Excalibur together! Also: Love her hippy get-up.

  • e jerry powell

    That is some serious honking clone stache on Lee Pace. Reminds me of when I first realized I was gay.

  • Woolf-man Jack

    Am I the only one who saw that picture of Matt Bomer and thought, "Holy shit! It's Clark Kent!"
    I'm sure Henry Cavill will be good, but Bomer would have Supermanned the shit out of "Man of Steel."

  • Rebecca

    Justin Long and Sam Rockwell were also both in Galaxy Quest. Long was the nerdy fan who helps out the crew, and Rockwell played the "plucky comic relief" pseudo-redshirt who tagged along. I wonder if they were friends first, or became friends on set.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Look around! Can you fashion some sort of rudimentary lathe?

  • Duuude

    Get off the line guy!

  • Rebecca

    "That's not RIGHT."

  • Kash

    John Hamm and Nina Myers??? FOREVER UNCLEAN!

  • anikitty

    Is that Stephen Dorff with Matt Bomer & Lee Pace? If so, aging is a bitch for everyone. Mr. Pace, please shave.

  • e jerry powell

    You'd better TAKE THAT BACK, Facial Hair Hater.

    That was a backstage photo from the Broadway production of The Normal Heart. Pace was playing an 80s era gay clone, and now I feel insulted.

  • anikitty

    I will not take it back. But thanks for the info. I am, in fact, a facial hair hater. But not a hater of people with facial hair. To each their own. It just doesn't do anything for me.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I think Sam Rockwell would be the most amazing friend ever. The kind that would make all of your friends jealous and feel tossed to the curb, until they met him and he became their most amazing friend ever too. He's everyone's most amazing friend ever. In my head,

  • Bodhi

    I would ask him to tag along for all my errands in hopes that he would bust out an awesome dance routine in the middle of Target, just for shits & giggles

  • BendinIntheWind

    I was just about to declare my unending love for Sam Rockwell. He just seems like The Best.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Agreed. He's so amazing he makes me feel like I know him already in my head and then I get jealous of myself and then before you know it I'm starting a fight club just so I can beat Jared Leto's pretty little face INTO A PULP! INTO A PULP!

  • apsutter

    Well, now I know that Justin Long is probably a d-bag just like that fat POS Jonah Hill.

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Your general obnoxiousness aside, what is there about Hill that makes him so douchey?

  • Jezzer

    Yes, because people don't have friends, they have clones with different hairstyles. Obviously.

  • InternetMagpie

    I can't get over Lorenzo Lamas and Coach Taylor.

    ALSO. How many of these long-term friends do you think "experimented" with one another? Lee Pace and Matt Bomer, I'm looking at you. And fantasizing.

  • e jerry powell

    You're a dirty dirty.

    And now I must go giggle in a corner.

  • Nicole_OCTV

    I know. I have to assume that he knows Lamas through his wife or something. Otherwise my brain can't comprehend it. Lamas seems like such a douche, and Coach is the anti-douche.

    Lee Pace and Matt Bomer - so with you. I just maxed out my spank bank contributions for the fiscal year.

  • Tinkerville

    It's an obvious one, but Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James are now serious BFFs in real life, which makes me unspeakably happy.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren".

    Imagine their children.

  • annie

    Imagine their sex.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No, sorry. Naked and sweaty Liam Neeson does nothing for me.

  • kirbyjay

    You do know that Liam Neeson has a giant schlong, don't you?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Which I would care about if I were into schlong.

  • [head explodes.]

  • John W

    Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren were both in the film Excalibur. I wonder if that's how they met.

  • Mirren actually taught Neeson how to drive while on set for Excalibur. Fun fact.

  • e jerry powell

    Mirren was smokin' in that movie. Pun intended.

  • dizzylucy

    Jon Hamm was also buddies with another famous actor back in high school maybe? Paul Rudd? I can't remember details. I also think he was briefly a teacher of the woman who plays Erin on the Office.

    I'm full of half-details today.

  • He's really good friends with Rudd AND Adam Scott. It's all too amazing for me to even imagine without self-combusting.

  • apsutter

    Yea he was definitely an acting teacher. Think the Hamm is actually friends/acquaintances of a lot of famous peeps because he's just been knocking around Hollywood for so long waiting for his break. He's done a couple Nerdist interviews and talks about that kind of stuff. And he's hilarious

  • pajiba

    He was Ellie Kemper's acting teacher.

  • Monica

    Is that how she ended up being "Blowjob Girl?"

  • dizzylucy

    Ellie Kemper, thank you! So I looked it up - he taught Ellie when she was in high school outside St. Louis, and Paul Rudd was a friend, back when they were in high school. All prior to any of them coming out to Hollywood, funny how all 3 ended up famous.

  • zeke_the_pig

    That picture of Long and Hill cracks me up. What're they delivering? Why're they so happy? Why is the car so fucking dirty? WHAT MAGICAL, IKEA-BASED ADVENTURE IS THIS?!

  • L.O.V.E.

    The logical answer? Dead hooker. Or a mini-fridge. It could totally be a mini-fridge. But, yah. Dead hooker.

  • Lovely Bones

    Dead hooker in a mini-fridge?

  • L.O.V.E.

    Dead hooker in a mini-fridge,
    I know, I know --It's serious.

    Dead hooker in a mini-fridge,
    I know, it's really serious.

    There was that time that Jonah and I
    Had murdered you.
    But you know we're going to dump you out at sea.

  • zeke_the_pig

    You two make me happy. NO, CYRIL, WHEN THEY'RE DEAD, THEY'RE JUST HOOKERS!

  • Bert_McGurt

    Johnny Depp and Jackie Earle Haley are (or at least were) apparently pals - Haley was going to an audition, Johnny tagged along and got the part instead. Coincidentally, the part was in A Nightmare on Elm Street - which featured Haley as Freddy in the reboot.

    Also, this one might not be "friends", per se, but I've always found it highly amusing that Neil Young and Rick James were once in a band together.

  • apsutter

    What?!?! That was definitely not in the Rick James Behind the Music!

  • Bert_McGurt

    Yes indeed. For a time in the mid-60's they fronted The Mynah Byrds in Toronto. As long as you don't mind some late 90's web design, you can read more here:


  • e jerry powell

    But so much wasn't.

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