30 celebrity pairs you didn't realize were best friends

  • There are many famous dynamic duos who people might not realize are best friends.

  • From actor Matthew McConaughey and chef Guy Fieri to Taylor Swift and Emma Stone, these stars have found kindred spirits in their Hollywood circles.

  • Others, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, have been friends since childhood.

Celebrities know just how nice it is to have friends on the inside in Hollywood. These friends can help each other land roles, defend against the gossip magazines, or even fluff each other's dresses on the red carpet.

You surely know about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's lasting friendship and you might be well aware that "Friends" costars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are best buds in real life, but there are quite a few friendships that you likely never knew about.

Here are celebrity duos you likely didn't know were friends.

Amy Daire, Anjelica Oswald, and Kim Renfro contributed to previous versions of this article.

Lorde and Cazzie David

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Popstar Lorde and Cazzie David have been best friends for quite awhile.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic / Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Lorde, 27, and David, 30, have been best friends for several years after meeting online. In a 2020 feature for Interview Magazine, the two said they talk "every day."

"Now I feel like I'm a part of your family," Lorde said to David. "We spend our summers together."

David, who is the daughter of TV legend Larry David, has shared many Instagram posts of her hangouts with Lorde (who herself is off social media these days). David also hangs out with Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and other pop singers in her Hollywood social circle.

Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri

Matthew McConaughey and Guy Fieri seen onstage at Guy Fieri's Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California from Getty Images
The two buddies onstage at Guy Fieri's star ceremony at Hollywood's Walk Of Fame on May 22, 2019.Paul Archuleta/Stringer/Getty Images

McConaughey gave a speech when celebrity chef Guy Fieri was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Oscar-winning actor said he first saw Fieri's Food Network TV show, "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" almost two decades ago and was instantly obsessed.

He later contacted Fieri for a restaurant recommendation, and the rest was history. Now the two men are the best of friends, and share their love of living life "authentically."

James Corden and Dominic Cooper

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Dominic Cooper greeting James Corden at an event in 2011.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

"Mamma Mia!" star Dominic Cooper has been besties with James Corden since 2004. The pair lived together for a spell, and Cooper was the person who introduced Corden to his wife Julia Carey.

They even tested their friendship on Corden's "Late Late Show" with a physical shock quiz game, during which Cooper revealed he knew Corden's birthday and Corden knew the name of each of Cooper's brothers (among other friend trivia).

Katy Perry and Allison Williams

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Katy Perry and actress Allison Williams together at the 2013 Grammy Awards.Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Not only do they attend award shows together, but singer Katy Perry and "Girls" actor Allison Williams say they're close enough to have best-friend telepathy.

The friends even accidentally went blonde on the same day in 2017.

"I was texting her, and I was like, 'I'm going to be blonde next time I see you,'" Williams told People. "And she was like, 'Me too!' It was hilarious."

Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence

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Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence joking around on a red carpet in 2017.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Actresses Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence have been longtime friends ever since their shared co-star Woody Harrelson introduced them.

"We both really do love each other and care about each other as people, beyond being actors," Stone told Vanity Fair in 2016. "I support her completely when it comes to work and I feel the same from her, but I know we'd be friends even if we didn't do the same job."

They've since interviewed each other for W Magazine and again in August 2018, when Stone requested Lawrence be the one to do her cover interview with Elle.

Jack McBrayer and Alexander Skarsgård

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Jack McBrayer played Kenneth Parcel on "30 Rock," while Skarsgård has won multiple awards for his role as Perry on HBO's "Big Little Lies."Rachel Murray/Getty Images

The two actors have been close friends for some time and often appear at award shows side-by-side. McBrayer attended the 2018 SAG Awards and after-parties with Skarsgård.

McBrayer and Skarsgård even made a "Funny or Die" video about being best friends heading out on an Antarctic adventure together.

"We were incredibly close until we spent nine days together on a boat in bunk beds," Skarsgård joked during an Esquire interview.

Selena Gomez and Jennifer Aniston

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Gomez and Aniston together at a 2015 Golden Globe Awards after party.Michael Buckner/Getty Images

The two stars met in 2014 through their mutual management company and instantly bonded when Aniston invited Gomez over to her house.

"We've known each other for years," Aniston said to Gomez while guest-hosting "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in January. "You've been to my house. We've had pizza. Girl after my own heart, do we love a pizza or what? We love a pizza."

"Yes, we do," Gomez said.

Gomez also said Aniston gives her "maternal advice" and the two have shared a few loving Instagram posts.

Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd

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Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd on the red carpet premiere of 2012's "Wanderlust."Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Aniston and Rudd first met when they co-starred in the 1998 movie "The Object of My Affection." They remained close friends, working together again when Rudd joined the "Friends" cast as the side character Mike Hannigan in 2002.

The old pals played an on-screen couple once again in the 2012 movie "Wanderlust" (which also starred Aniston's now-ex-husband Justin Theroux).

"I love him. He is a dear friend," Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter while talking about working with Rudd again. "We just have a true affection for each other and I just feel honored any time I get to work with him."

Pitbull and John Travolta

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The two pals attend the Hand and Footprint Ceremony honoring Pitbull at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 14, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

Musician Pitbull and actor John Travolta are friends who, like many, exchange texts and jokes. Pitbull (whose real name is Armando Perez) would send the "Grease" star edited photos showing what he'd look like bald.

Eventually Travolta took the inspiration and decided to embrace the no-hair look, just as Pitbull did years ago.


Chelsea Handler and Jennifer Aniston

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Comedian Chelsea Handler is very close with "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Aniston and Handler go way back. Handler says their friendship "just happened" and since then, she's made headlines for defending her bestie. She's called Angelina Jolie a "lunatic" and made sure that everyone knew Aniston didn't care one bit about their divorce.

However, Handler has jokingly mentioned that being best friends with someone so famous isn't as fun as one might think.

"Everywhere I go, people ask me about Jennifer Aniston's wedding," Handler said to HuffPost Live before Aniston's split with Justin Theroux. "I always say to her, I'm like, 'Being friends with you is a burden.' You think it's hard to be friends with me? Do you know what it's like to walk down a red carpet and go, 'When are Jen and Justin getting married?' Like I'm in charge of that."

Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux

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Late night TV personality Jimmy Kimmel and "Leftovers" star Justin Theroux might be the besties to beat.Vivien Killilea/Getty Images and Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images

Kimmel hosted Theroux's bachelor party and officiated his 2015 wedding to Jennifer Aniston. Theroux even said Kimmel cried during the lovebirds' nuptials.

"That was the biggest blessing in the world," Theroux said on ABC's "Good Morning America" about Kimmel presiding over their wedding. "It was exactly what you would want him to do. He was extremely funny, kept things extremely light, was extremely touching. Cried a little bit, he did. We both [did] … everyone did."

Though Theroux and Aniston have since split up, the two men remain friends and celebrated Thanksgiving together in 2019 (Aniston was there, too).

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire

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These two are basically Hollywood royalty.Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

This interesting friendship kicked off in 1990 when the two auditioned for the same role in a TV show. They reportedly agreed to help each other in the industry whenever possible, and their bond hasn't broken yet.

Flash forward to 2013 and the two finally star together in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." Between those pivotal moments, paps have spotted the pair rooting on teams at basketball games, snorkeling with each other on vacations, and sitting together at parties.

Their years-long friendship has withstood the test of time, and in Hollywood, that's even more impressive.

"Every single choice I've made, I've talked to Tobey about and vice versa," DiCaprio said to The Associated Press during an interview. "We've had endless conversations about certain projects and argued with one another and supported one another along the way."

Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne

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These stars have been in the same friend circle for years.Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Delevingne has a girl gang made up of what seems like every model and pop singer in Hollywood. She's known to hang out with a variety of celebrities, but one of her closer friends is the retired Disney Channel star.

They attend events together and got so cozy that rumors even started to spread that they were more than just friends.

"She's incredible and very open and she just makes me open. She's so fun and she's just extremely adventurous, and sometimes I just want that in my life, so I didn't mind it," Gomez said of the rumors while talking to to PrideSource. "I loved it."


Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, and Princess Beatrice and Dave Clark

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These famous duos have traveled a lot together.Anna Webber/Getty Images and Samir Hussein/Getty Images

These two couples apparently hit it off when Kutcher landed Virgin Galactic's spot for the 500th space traveler and met Clark, who is the head of astronaut relations. Since then they've all been spotted together across the globe, chatting it up in Mexico, double dating in London, yachting in St. Tropez, and sharing Ubers in New York City.

They haven't spoken about their friendship, but they reportedly get along well thanks to Kunis' obsession with the royal family.

"It isn't just a superficial friendship, they get on really well, as Dave introduced Bea to Ashton and Ashton introduced Mila to them," a source told Heat Magazine, according to the Daily Mail. "Mila is impressed with the royal family, respects their tradition, and watched every minute of Kate and Wills' wedding, so being friends with Beatrice is a total head trip."

Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley

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Actors Sienna Miller and Kiera Knightley love appearing on the red carpet together.Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images

Miller and Knightley have long been spotted on the red carpet together. The British superstars met in 2008 when they worked on "The Edge of Love" together. Knightley was struggling with a breakup when Miller suggested that they get drunk and make total fools out of themselves to get through it. Her advice worked, and they've been close ever since.

Miller praises Knightley for everything she does, from her parenting to her looks.

"The most beautiful woman I've ever seen? Keira Knightley," Miller said to Vogue. "She has simply stunning genes."

Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev

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Nina Dobrev and Julianne Hough pictured in 2017.Rochelle Brodin/WireImage

Hough and Dobrev were introduced by their mutual hairstylist, who thought the two girls "had to meet," and the rest is history. They've paired up at Taylor Swift concerts and Lakers games, hit the red carpet with one another, and have even gone on vacation (and mooned everyone!).

The two went through breakups around the same time they became friends, but Dobrev says the foundation of their friendship is much deeper than that.

"That's not what our friendship is about. Unfortunately, that's how it's perceived, but there's more to us. People aren't defined by their relationships. The whole point is being true to yourself and not losing yourself in relationships, whether romances or friendships," she said during an interview with Cosmopolitan. "It's been cool to find an active buddy – there are lots of girlie girls around. We don't talk about makeup; we talk about life."

Bette Midler and 50 Cent

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Actress Bette Midler became fast friends with fellow actor and rapper 50 Cent.Mike Coppola/Getty Images and Brian Ach/Getty Images

This unlikely pair met through the New York Restoration Project and became fast friends. They've helped make New York a better place by updating and cleaning community gardens, parks, and other public spaces.

"He's one of the newest members of our tribe," she said during a speech at one of the organization's events. "He's really made my life worth living. [50] has been with me through thick and thin."

Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham

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"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria is BFFs with former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Longoria and Beckham have been friends ever since the Beckham family hopped the pond to live in America. They are the definition of besties and apparently have the secrets to prove it — not that they'd ever tell.

Beckham and Longoria are so close that the former Spice Girl even designed Longoria's wedding gown, something she wouldn't do for just anyone. Longoria is also godmother to Beckham's daughter, Harper.

"She's really funny; she makes me laugh," Longoria said of Beckham when she appeared on the show "Loose Women" in the fall of 2016. "She's very loyal, a very loyal friend. She's an amazing businesswoman, a great business mind. She's super smart."

David Beckham and Snoop Dogg

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Soccer star David Beckham is very close with rapper Snoop Dogg.Dominique Charriau/Getty Images and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Like his wife, David also has a friend you probably didn't know about. Snoop and David met when the Beckham family moved to California from England. Since then, they've supported each other through it all. David even made an appearance on Snoop's TV show and Snoop has inspired some of David's new ventures.

"Whenever I make a record, I give him a copy before it's done. He's like a brother. I'm gonna show him to rap, for shizzle," he said to the UK "Mirror." "He's my boy. I love soccer just as he loves hip-hop. Beckham needs to keep doing what he's doing — he's a great father."

Blake Lively and Taylor Swift

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"Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively and pop star Taylor Swift are friends for life.Instagram/Blake Lively

With Swift's squad of besties, it's easy for some to get lost in the crowd. Lively and Swift are actually really good friends. The two have spent days at theme parks together and have shared their love for one another on social media.

When fans and gossip magazines thought Lively was "throwing shade" at Swift in 2015, Lively was quick to profess her love and dispel the rumors.

"Umm whoever thought I was throwing shade clearly doesn't know I have a 'Taylor Swift Please Be My Wife VooDoo Doll' #obsessed. Look how rad she is here making my niece Heather feel like a rock star. Love my Canadian family almost as much as I love Taylor Lively. I mean Swift. Ok, FIIINE we can hyphenate our last names. Xo Blake Swift-Lively 4eva," the actor wrote on Instagram.

Courteney Cox and Ed Sheeran

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Courteney Cox and Ed Sheeran.Todd Williamson/Getty Images for EB Kids

Cox and Sheeran's friendship is certainly one of the weirder ones in Hollywood. Sheeran got close to the "Friends" star when he stayed in her Malibu house while recording his hit album "X."

The singer even introduced Cox to her then-fiancé Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol. Rumor had it Sheeran was going to be ordained to perform the marriage and performing for them before they decided to hold off on the wedding.

"We are certainly grateful to Ed for introducing us," Cox said to The Sun in August 2015. "I can't imagine him not playing something at the wedding."

Adele and Jennifer Lawrence

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Ansari isn't the only bestie of J-Law's that people might be surprised by.Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Lawrence and Adele met back in 2013 at the Oscars, where Lawrence snuck backstage to watch the singer perform "Skyfall." They've remained close ever since and have even spent Thanksgiving together.

When Lawrence was asked to pen an essay about Adele when the singer was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, the world realized just how close they are.

"What you don't see is what a wonderful mother she is. What a wonderful partner and friend she is," she wrote. "That she makes her son's Halloween costumes. Adele is a gift, an international treasure, but she's also sweet, funny, intelligent and beautiful."

Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne

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These two pop stars go way back.Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images

The daughters of music industry giants got close on the set of their movie "So Undercover," which went straight to DVD in 2012. Osbourne doesn't agree with everything the singer does, like sticking her tongue out or smoking out of bongs, but she's proud of her no matter what.

"I'm proud of her because whether you agree with what she does or not, she stands by her guns and she's not fake," the former "Fashion Police" co-host said to HuffPost Live.

Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt

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Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt in 2011.Charley Gallay/Getty Images

During an appearance on "The Late Late Show With James Corden," Jennifer Love Hewitt described her friendship with Betty White. She said White loves pizza and vodka, so one night they went out to dinner and got tipsy. When they got back to where White was staying, Hewitt went to her room and the two then ate gummy bears.

Lisa Bonet and Marisa Tomei

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Lisa Bonet and Marisa Tomei in 2018.Dia Dipasupil and Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Bonet and Tomei starred together on "A Different World" and became close friends. Tomei is the godmother to Zoé Kravitz, Bonet's daughter. Tomei interviewed Kravitz for InStyle and called Bonet her "best friend."

Jonah Hill and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen

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Jonah Hill and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2018.Lars Niki and Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

People reported that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attended the Wall Street Journal Magazine's 2018 Innovator Awards to support Jonah Hill in November 2018. The two sat at his table, and he reportedly thanked them in his speech. They've reportedly been friends for years, and Ashley spent Easter with Jonah in 2018.

Lisa Rinna and Florence Pugh

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(L-R) Lisa Rinna and Florence Pugh meeting for the first time in 2023 after DMing for years.Dave Benett/Getty

Lisa Rinna and Florence Pugh built their relationship online.

The stars of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "Oppenheimer," respectively, DMed each other for three years and finally met in person in February 2023 during London Fashion Week.

Does Pugh watch the "Housewives of Beverly Hills"? "Yes, I do. Indeed, I do," she said on Rinna's Instagram when the two met.

Emma Stone and Taylor Swift

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(L-R) Emma Stone and Taylor Swift in 2011.Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty

The two stars have known each other since they were in their late teens, and their friendship has only blossomed since then.

"She's so great!" Stone told MTV News back in 2010 when asked about Swift. "We're very different, but she has such a sick sense of humor. Nobody knows that."

The latest indication of how close they are came in the liner notes for Swift's new album, "The Tortured Poets Department." "Emily Jean Stone" is credited with providing "oddities" to the track "Florida!!!"

That's Emma Stone's real name.

Adam Sandler and Timothée Chalamet

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(L-R) Adam Sandler and Timothée Chalamet playing basketball in the summer of 2023.MediaPunch/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty

Some friendships are forged through sports, and that's the case with Adam Sandler and Timothée Chalamet.

For years, when the two are in NYC they always try to meet up and play some pickup basketball.

Their latest run back in 2023 was captured by photographers.

Imagine finding yourself in a game playing against Happy Gilmore and Paul from "Dune"?

Courteney Cox and Laura Dern

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Laura Dern and Courteney Cox.Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Courteney Cox and Laura Dern have been appearing at each other's side on red carpets for years. They surprised fans with an Instagram post showing them and their kids gathering for a morning meal on Christmas. It's a tradition they say they've been doing for 14 years.

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