- Lots of celebrities have become best friends by working together on projects like TV shows and movies.
- Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio played lovers named Rose and Jack in “Titanic” and still remain good friends.
- Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox met while starring on “Friends” and are close in real life.
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Filming a show or movie gives stars a chance to bond.
Some of these relationships have evolved into everlasting friendships. Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps have been best friends for decades after meeting on “Dawson’s Creek.”Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio played lovers in “Titanic” and are still close today. “Game of Thrones” sisters played by Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams even have their own friendship name: “Mophie.”
Here are 38 pairs of celebrities who became best friends after working together on set.
Anjelica Oswald contributed to an earlier version of this article.
Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps formed an epic and heartwarming friendship on the set of “Dawson’s Creek.”
Phillips joined the teen drama in its fifth season, but despite coming to the show late, she and Williams developed an everlasting friendship. They often hit red carpets together and Phillips’ social media is full of photos of the friends.
In honour of the show’s 20th anniversary, the two friends spoke to Entertainment Weekly about their fast bond. A mutual friend told Phillips she would get along with Williams, and she was right.
“You know how people say love at first sight?” Phillips said. “We had that thing. We had that friend connection … We just had an immediate love for each other that’s continued over the years.”
Williams called Phillips the “first real friend” she had and said, “My memory of being with her then doesn’t have anything to do with the show or working, but it was on our time off. It was talking on the porch all night long and it was back when bread was still ok to eat … That’s what I remember: an endless conversation over multiple bread baskets.”
Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart play best friends Veronica and Betty on “Riverdale,” and that closeness extends to real life.
The two friends spoke with J-14 about how their best friend status didn’t start right away but has grown into something special.
“Our friendship wasn’t instant,” Mendes said. “We both come from such different backgrounds that I think it took us a while to find some common ground. But once the walls came down and our inner goofballs began to reveal themselves, we were unstoppable, and now it’s almost like we speak our own language.”
Reinhart agreed, adding, “Camila and I instantly got along, but obviously like any friendship, it took time to build a bond and get really close to one another.”
Now, the women share fun photos on their social accounts and are always spotted together.
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner became fast friends playing sisters Arya and Sansa Stark, respectively, on “Game of Thrones.”
Dubbed “Mophie,” Williams and Turner’s friendship extends back to season one of the HBO series. The friends show how close they are by having matching tattoos to honour August 7, 2009, the day they both learned they were cast on the show;documenting their adventures and friendship on social media; and lovingly praising each other whenever they get the chance.
Turner also once told Insider that Williams was her “soul mate.”
BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling’s friendship began when the two were writers for “The Office,” where they also starred as on-again, off-again couple Ryan and Kelly.
Novak and Kaling have the cutest friendship in real life. Their relationship can be a little confusing, though, considering they dated for a time. Kaling once described her relationship with Novak as “weird as hell” to InStyle. The two often appear on each other’s social media, and the best friends even went as each other’s date to the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars party.
“When I met @mindykaling she lived in a small apartment on Fairfax Ave,” he wrote “This is what’s in front of that building today. Congrats Mindy and a future congrats to all those who see you in it and are inspired to do great things.”
Hoda Kotb read the tweet to Kaling during an appearance on “TODAY,” and Kaling teared up.
“Scrubs” stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison are known for their bromance.
The guys just clicked when they first met on set. Now, years later, they still hit up red carpets together, go on vacations together, join each other for date nights, and snap photos for their social accounts. Braff was also a groomsman in Faison’s wedding.
Faison told Yahoo that keeping a bromance alive just comes naturally.
“It has to be real. The only way to have a real bromance is if you’re genuinely fond of each other,” he said. [Zach]’s my best friend. I’m really fond of that man, I’m not ashamed to say it.”
Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon became friends in “Wild” and now star alongside each other in “Big Little Lies.”
Dern actually played Witherspoon‘s mum in “Wild,” but that didn’t stop the two of them from becoming fast friends. They briefly exchanged hellos a few years prior when a mutual friend introduced them.
In a New York Times conversation about their friendship, Witherspoon and Dern talked about how quickly they bonded.
“Nobody makes me laugh harder than Laura,” Witherspoon said. “She can put me on the floor with a text message.”
Meryl Streep and Viola Davis only shared one short scene together in “Doubt,” but their friendship blossomed into a beautiful support system.
When Davis received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January 2017, Streep described Davis’ power.
“Viola Davis is possessed. She is possessed to the blazing, incandescent power,” Streep said. “She is arguably the most immediate, responsive artist I have ever worked with. She’s so alive, she glistens. She plants herself in a scene where she has no words and she writes paragraphs with her eyes. She’s a force of nature … and she’s the most generous, present person I know.”
A few days later, Davis gave a tribute to Streep when she presented the actress with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards.
“You make me proud to be an artist,” Davis said. “You make me feel that what I have in me – my body, my face, my age – is enough. You encapsulate that great Emile Zola quote that if you ask me as an artist what I came into this world to do, I as an artist would say, I came to live out loud.”
Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox owe their relationship to “Friends.”
Aniston and Cox have lifted each other up in dark times and celebrated with each other during their good times. According to People, Cox served as Aniston’s maid of honour for her marriage to Justin Theroux. Theroux and Aniston split at the end of 2017, but Cox was on hand to celebrate Aniston’s 49th birthday a few months later.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet became friends forever after starring in “Titanic.”
“Luckily, and this is the fortunate thing, we never fancied each other,” Winslet told ITV. “I know that’s really annoying to hear, sorry, but we really never did.”
But, Winslet said, because she and DiCaprio never had a romantic dynamic, this kept the opportunity open for a solid friendship.
“It did mean that we were just able to have this … we were able to tease each other, which we still do,” she said. “It’s really amazing.”
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake bonded over comedy thanks to “Saturday Night Live.”
Technically, the two met backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, but once Timberlake was the guest host on “Saturday Night Live,” the bros united for some laughs and haven’t stopped since. From sketches like “The Barry Gibb Talk Show” on “Saturday Night Live” to the “Camp Winnipesaukee” sketch on Fallon’s own late night show, the two have a knack for making each other and the audience laugh. They dance, they sing, they joke, and they enjoy each other’s company.
Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens have been friends for more than 13 years thanks to “High School Musical.”
Tisdale and Hudgens may have played rivals in Disney Channel’s “High School Musical,” but the women formed a close bond and are still friends to this day. Hudgens was even a bridesmaid in Tisdale’s wedding.
In a 2017 birthday message to Hudgens, Tisdale shared a photo of the two of them and wrote, “There [sic] no shortage of pics with the two of us. That’s because we’ve been best friends for 13 years … Man am I glad you were born today, the journey of life with you is so much fun, from making movies in hotels on tour to doing our terrible accents to costume parties and the list goes on … thank you for your light, love and never changing.”
Hudgens said Tisdale is “one of those girlfriends who will be my friend forever” in an interview with Women’s Health.
Anna Camp and Brittany Snow grew close as part of the aca-awesome Barden Bellas in “Pitch Perfect.”
Camp and Snow played co-leaders of the a capella group the Barden Bellas. Besties in the movie, the two eventually became besties off of the set as well. The two have pet names for each other and call each other “elf.”
“Pretty Little Liars” brought Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell together.
Pals Mitchell and Benson’s friendship blossomed off-screen to the point that the two have a friendship name: ButtahBenzo. Buttah is Mitchell and Benzo is Benson. They often reunite for girl’s nights and have gone on trips together.
“I am so lucky to have you in my life and to continue to learn and be inspired by you,” Benson wrote in an Instagram post for Mitchell’s birthday in 2017.
Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato solidified their friendship in Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock.”
From Disney Channel to going on tour together to starting their own record label, these best friends are always at each other’s side.Jonas supported Lovato through her rehab, and the two are open with each other about their struggles and their love lives.
Lovato told Billboard that the first time they reunited after she got out of rehab, it was “emotional” because she “got one of my best friends back.”
Though reports of romance always seem to follow them around, they have denied them all.
Seth Rogen and James Franco met on “Freaks and Geeks” and are now frequent collaborators.
From starting as some of the “freaks” on “Freaks and Geeks,” Rogen and Franco haven’t stopped working with each other since. Franco and Rogan starred together in “Pineapple Express,” “This Is The End,” “The Interview,” and “The Disaster Artist.” They both also voiced characters in “Sausage Party.” On top of their major roles, they have often made cameos in each other’s movies. Franco popped into “Knocked Up,” “The Green Hornet,” and “The Night Before.” Rogen briefly made a cameo in “The Sound and the Fury.”
Rogen told IndieWire that they didn’t stay friends right after filming the show. But later bonded for life thanks to “Pineapple Express.”
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts kind of knew each other before working together in “Flirting,” but it was on set that their friendship was forged.
Kidman and Watts have now been best friends for more than 25 years. They have taken each other as dates to events and consistently praise each other. The friends even had a special celebration in honour of the 25th anniversary of their friendship.
“We had a big party that night,” Kidman said on Australia’s “Today.” “We were wild that night … That’s a really important thing to emphasise the friendships that have sustained decades and decades.”
Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza hit it off on the set of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”
Kendrick and Plaza’s friendship is full of humorous interactions and stories. Kendrick told a story on Seth Meyers’ late night show about how Plaza once helped her buy a car because she “confused” the dealer. The two take spontaneous vacations together and have the best banter on social media. They reunited on-screen for “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” in 2016.
It was “Twilight: New Moon” that introduced Kristen Stewart to Dakota Fanning.
After playing rival vampires in “New Moon” and the subsequent “Twilight” sequels, Stewart and Fanning went on to play band mates and friends Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, respectively, in the biographical movie “The Runaways.” Fanning professed her adoration for her friend when presenting Stewart with an Elle Woman in Hollywood award in 2016.
“I can honestly say that my friendship with Kristen is one of the most special bonds in my life,” Fanning said. “She has held my hair back and talked me through heartbreak. She has always been there for me when I have needed her most and most of all she has taught me the power of being 100% yourself 100% of the time … I can’t present an award to Kristen Stewart and not say “f–k” so, lastly, I love you so f–king much.”
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart make the perfect team.
The unlikely friendship between the rapper and Stewart began when Snoop was a guest on Stewart’s talk show in 2008. The two bonded while making mashed potatoes, but it took a few years before their friendship blossomed. They took their chemistry to TV with their own show on VH1: “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”
“I’ve never met anyone like Martha Stewart,” Snoop told Rolling Stone. “When we come together, it’s a natural combination of love, peace, and harmony.”
George Clooney and Brad Pitt were brought together by “Ocean’s Eleven.”
Clooney and Pitt rarely see each other, but the two have maintained a friendship for years. The two are known for pulling pranks on each other. In a 2012 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney explained that Pitt is one of his good friends, but isn’t in the group he’s known for decades.
“Brad is one of the great guys,” he said. “We’re good friends, but it’s different from what people think, meaning we don’t spend a lot of time together. He has been to my home in Como; we motorcycle together. But until recently, I hadn’t seen Brad in a year.”
Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer’s characters might not have been the best of friends on “The Office,” but the pair are friends in real life.
In a birthday post to Fischer, Kinsey wrote, “Thanks for being my life anchor, the person I journal out loud to, my Target super shopper soul mate … an amazing smart, kind, hilarious, beautiful, strong woman! I loves ya lady!”
“We both say we didn’t expect to make such a close friendship later in life,” Kinsey told Insider in April 2019.
Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz made quite the team in “Charlie’s Angels” and still have each other’s backs.
Barrymore and Diaz bonded on the set of the 2000 movie and 2003 sequel. In 2017, Barrymore shared a sweet photo of the two of them reunited.
“Getting out of your house with your girlfriend. And being a whole person, with your sister,” she captioned the photo. “Remember to spend a moment with the ones you love in your busy life. She has made me feel beyond beautiful. Always has. Always will.”
Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley are notoriously private, but the two have spoken a bit about their friendship formed on the set of “The Edge of Love.”
When Vogue asked Knightley about an experience she had with Miller as her friend, Knightley shared an amazing story.
“I’d just broken up with a boyfriend. And she decided getting drunk and making total fools out of ourselves was the only way through,” Knightley said. “She was totally right.”
Isaac Hempstead Wright and Kristian Nairn grew close playing Bran Stark and Hodor on “Game of Thrones.”
Bran and Hodor were a team on the hit HBO show, until Hodor’s death separated the two characters and actors. During an interview with Conan O’Brien, Hempstead Wright explained how it felt losing his friend on set.
“I’ve grown up next to Kristian Nairn, who is the actor who played Hodor, for the past six years, and to suddenly not have that literally big presence on the set has been really sad,” he said. “I miss my big friendly giant.
Before he could finish speaking, Nairn walked out and surprised him. The two were all smiles as they embraced.
Sarah Paulson and Amanda Peet have been best friends for years.
Paulson and Peet bonded the set of the short-lived sitcom “Jack and Jill.”
“Within five minutes of meeting each other, we had our first laughing fit,” Peet told Elle about working with Paulson.
Years later, they worked together again on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” According to Elle, the two now only live four minutes from each other and use the pet name “Bird” to refer to each other.
Peet, who is married to “Game of Thrones” showrunner David Benioff, told People that Paulson is “a little bit like my other husband or wife. She’s like my wife.”
Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Amber Tamblyn epitomize the friendship shared in “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.”
Since first meeting on the set of the first movie, all four women have continued to hang out over the years. They all reunited for Ferrera’s wedding, as well as Tamblyn’s.
“The four of us are still best friends,” Lively told Jess Cagle in 2016. “To be able to create something together again has always been a dream of ours.”
Their most recent reunion showed them touching Ferrera’s belly in support of her pregnancy.
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley became friends while filming “The Fault In Our Stars.”
The friends reunited at the 2018 Golden Globes and fans lost their minds. Woodley was being interviewed on the red carpet when she stopped talking to say hi to Elgort. And then the two hugged later in the evening. Elgort shared the photo and expressed his love for his costar on his Instagram.
“She deserves all happiness in the world,” he wrote. “To be in the same room at the Golden Globes with a woman who helped guide me early in my career when she was already a Golden Globe nominee, was a surreal moment. Life coming full circle.”
The two also keep up their banter on Twitter.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus formed a bromance off the set of “The Walking Dead.”
Morgan joined the cast of the hit show during the final episode of the sixth season. He and Reedus grew close thanks to their common interests.
“I spend a lot of time with Norman,” Morgan told ABC. “Not only do we live next to each other in Georgia, but we both have this big affinity toward motorcycles, and we spend a lot of time on the roads. It’s kind of a great way to unwind and we have that in common. So I talk to him daily.”
George Clooney and Julia Roberts technically met in a hotel, but it was because of “Ocean’s Eleven.”
In a 2014 interview with Vanity Fair, the two friends explained that people thought they had been friends for years, but it wasn’t until “Ocean’s Eleven” that they actually met. The friendship built from there and has not stopped. They reunited for the sequel, but Roberts was not in the third “Ocean’s” movie. However, the besties also filmed 2016’s “Money Monster” together and Clooney directed her in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”
Roberts said the two have “just stitched our lives closer together” in an interview with People.
“All these people that come into our lives – my husband, my children, his wife [Amal Clooney] – we just keep stitching our lives closer together,” she said.
Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal hit it off after starring in “Life” together.
While promoting their movie, the two of them continuously joked and couldn’t stop talking about the friendship they formed on set. Their bromance got them in trouble on set when the producer had to lecture them on wasting too much time on set joking around.
“It’s rare in our industry to meet someone, a contemporary, and there’s no competition…there are just some friends you meet at a certain time in your life,” Gyllenhaal said on BBC’s “The One Show.”
Dominic Cooper and James Corden became roommates after starring in “The History Boys” on the West End together.
They first met in 2004 while acting on the West End in the play “The History Boys” and then moved in together in 2008. The boys reprised their “History Boys” roles for a movie version. Cooper even introduced Corden to his now-wife.
“We are very dear friends,” Corden said on his late night show in 2018 when the two played a game to test their knowledge of each other.
Emma Roberts and Lea Michele continued their friendship off the set of “Scream Queens.”
Roberts opened up about her friendship with Michele, whom she does Pilates with, and told Glamour that the actress helps her with staying calm.
“When we were filming episode five [of ‘Scream Queens’], I was so tired and nervous, thinking, ‘What if I can’t get it right?,'” she said. “I asked her how she did it, and she said, ‘You just do. You’re going to do it, and you’re going to be great.’ She definitely grounds me on days when it’s crazy here.”
Roberts was also present for Michele’s engagement party in 2018 and captioned an Instagram photo of them, “Had the best time celebrating the best friend…I love you and am so excited for you!!”
In addition, the actress went to Michele’s bachelorette party that took place in Hawaii the following year.
JWoww and Snookie became the best of friends after starring and rooming together on “Jersey Shore.”
The reality show brought these two friends together and even extended into a spin-off for the two of them called “Snookie and JWoww.” Now that both of them are married mothers, the two still get their families together and their kids are friends. Their friendship is going on 10 years and still just as strong.
Emma Watson and Tom Felton are close friends in real life, unlike their “Harry Potter” characters.
The two stars played Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy, who despised each other. They met in 1999 and although the last “HP” movie hit theatres in 2011, the actors are still good friends.
Most recently, Felton shared a photo of the pair playing guitar in their pajamas and called her a “quick learner.”
In the past, Watson has said that she developed a crush on Felton during the first two movies. But the pair insisted that they never dated. In addition to Felton supporting Watson at the premiere of her 2017 “Beauty and the Beast” remake, they have also met up to go skateboarding in California.
“We do see each other quite a lot actually,” Felton told Us Weekly in 2018. “We just don’t always post pictures about it. Everyone loves the reunion of it. We’re reuniting all the time we just don’t always post it on Instagram.”
“Avengers” costars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth get along so well that they aren’t allowed to do press together anymore.
Over the past decade, Evans and Hemsworth have worked together on plenty of movies as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Technically, they met prior to filming 2012’s “The Avengers.”
In a joint interview with People in 2018, Hemsworth said that he thinks they met at a club in New York.
“I think I went out and you’d just done your movie [‘Captain America: The First Avenger’]. I was training for ‘Thor’ and someone introduced us. We got home about 7 the next morning.” Hemsworth recalled.
Evans also calls the “Thor: Ragnarok” star “Hemmy.”
Because Evans and Hemsworth constantly joke around, they weren’t allowed to be paired up for “Endgame” press together.
“With Chris Evans, I have a real brotherly bond,” Hemsworth told Variety in an interview. “I think they wouldn’t pair us up on this press tour, because we just spend the whole time screwing around and none of it is on topic.”
Videos of the two stars goofing off while doing interviews to promote “Avengers: Age of Ultron” further prove the natural bond between them.
Darren Criss and Lea Michele have been friends since their “Glee” days.
Criss and Michele starred as Blaine Anderson and Rachel Berry on the hit Fox dramedy. Their friendship is so strong that they even embarked on a tour together in 2018, called the LM/DC Tour.
In early 2019, Michele spoke to People about how “special” it was to bond over milestones, wedding planning. The actress married Zandy Reich in March 2019 and Criss married longtime love Mia Swier in February.
“Just having someone that we can talk to and be like, ‘What are you doing for this?’ and ‘What are your thoughts on that?’ It was really special,” she said. “But also as friends to be in this very important moment of our life together. [It’s] less about giving tips about planning, just sort of being able to look at someone that you love and be like, ‘Oh wow, you know what this feels like right now.'”
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston formed a lasting friendship through “Breaking Bad.”
Paul and Cranston starred as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, respectively, an unlikely drug manufacturing duo on the hit AMC drama. Even though it’s been years since the show ended, the stars remain closer than ever.
Over the years, Paul has shared kind words about Cranston, his “dear friend and mentor.”
When Paul turned 40 in 2019, Cranston was one of the people who celebrated the milestone with him at a luxurious resort in the Dominican Republic. The stars also teamed up to release a Mezcal line called Dos Hombres.
“Bryan my beautiful friend…thank you for your wise words and thank you for your friendship,” the actor captioned a photo of the pair shared in 2016. “I have learned so much from you my friend. Hugs and kisses all over that beautiful face of yours. Until the next one.”
According to a Vulture interview published in October 2019, Paul and Cranston “check in with each other every day.”
Hilary Duff and Molly Bernard play best friends on “Younger,” and they’re just as close in real life.
Duff and Bernard star as Kelsey Peters and Lauren Heller, respectively, on the TV Land show.
In addition to being the godmother of Duff’s daughter Banks, Bernard also played a special role in Duff’s wedding to musician Matthew Koma in December 2019. The actress officiated the ceremony with “Superbad” star Chris Mintz-Plasse, who’s good friends with Koma.