These Celebrities Used To Be Roommates That Make You Surprised

Before becoming famous and having deep pockets, celebrities have a normal life like most of us. They work many different jobs to make ends meet. And instead of the dream mansion, these celebs are now living, they used to share their residence with other people to scrimp and scrape.
And you will be surprised to know that many stars were roommates before they became famous. They shared not only their rooms to save cash but also their harsh times together. Still, that makes them have an incredible friendship, and even a strong bond when they act with each other on-screen.
In this post, we enlist 12 pairs of celebrities who used to be roommates. From Tommy Lee Jones living with former Vice President Al Gore to Judd Apatow & Adam Sandler sharing a $900 renting apartment, they will make you bowled over.

#1 Brad Pitt & Jason Priestley

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Brad Pitt and Jason Priestley are both big stars in Hollywood. Before they were famous, they were actually roommates for a time. According to Priestley’s book, he lived with Pitt in the early 90s. At this time, their living condition was far from the well-off life they are having now. They used to have contests to see which of them could go the longest without shaving or showering.“We lived on Ramen noodles and generic beer—the kind that came in white cans labeled ‘beer’—and Marlboro Light cigarettes…we were broke.” - Jason Priestley shared.

#2 Tommy Lee Jones & Al Gore

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While they were both students at Harvard, Tommy Lee Jones lived with former Vice President Al Gore. They were two of Harvard University's most successful graduates. The Men In Black star continued to support Gore after graduation as he progressed through the political ranks. He even delivered Gore's nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.
“I lived with him for four years. What did we do? We shot pool and watched ‘Star Trek,’ when maybe we should have been studying for exams. I always knew that he had the brains and the heart to change the whole world.” – Tommy Lee Jones said.

#3 James Corden & Dominic Cooper

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While James Corden is best known as the host of The Late Late Show, and Dominic Cooper is the star of the TV show Preacher, the two men knew each other long before they became famous. Corden and Cooper shared a London flat, where their low salary resulted in a deplorable living situation.
“We only had one piece of cutlery, which was a spatula. And I remember a really depressing evening where he caught me—he came home and I was just eating baked beans with the spatula.” – Dominic Cooper shared.

#4 Winona Ryder & Gwyneth Paltrow

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Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow lived together while they were both in the first flush of their acting careers during the 90s. They used to be very close friends. Paltrow even introduced Ryder to Matt Damon, with whom she enjoyed a romantic relationship for several years.
Unfortunately, the friendship came to an end in a bitter feud. Paltrow saw Ryder's script for Shakespeare In Love in their apartment one day. She received the part after an audition. Ryder believed she had stolen the Oscar-winning role. Their relationship was effectively over as a result of the subsequent quarrel.

#5 Ryan Gosling & Justin Timberlake

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Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake were just two young boys living together before became all the rage. They became roomies when they were both 11 and acting in The Mickey Mouse Club. Timberlake’s mother was also Gosling’s legal guardian because Gosling was from Canada, where his family still lived.
“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.” – Justin Timberlake shared.

#6 Raven Symone & Lindsay Lohan

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Raven Symone and Lindsay Lohan became pals after meeting at a Vanity Fair cover shoot. They quickly agreed to move in together. But, according to Symone, Lohan was not exactly a current roommate. In fact, she spent hardly any time in their joint apartment.
“She paid rent, and she was there probably three times. She had her clothes in the apartment we were supposed to live in together.” – Raven Symone said.

#7 Ed Westwick & Chace Crawford

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Westwick and Crawford lived together in New York City in the early 2000s, when the hit TV series Gossip Girl began filming. That’s why their chemistry was natural when they portrayed friends on the show. The decision to share a residence was apparently made partly out of anxiety that the show will end, forcing each man to return to his respective home. They saved money by living together, which they could use to relocate if they had to leave the city.
“Initially Ed and I became roommates here in New York because we didn’t know if the show was going to last or not. Ed had never lived away from home, let alone in a different country. We got along and figured it would be a smart move financially. And really, it was also just kind of out of laziness.” – Chace Crawford shared.

#8 Dianna Agron & Lea Michele

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Dianna Agron & Lea Michele are well-known for their enemy relationship on the TV show Glee. But their off-screen relationship was actually friendly. They even lived together in 2009, while they were filming the show. Michele shared that she and Agron actually got along quite well. “We have these smackdowns at work and come home and are like, ‘Wasn’t it so funny when we were fighting today? Let’s make cookies” she said.

#9 Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

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Just like Ed Westwick & Chace Crawford, Matt Damon & Ben Affleck have incredible chemistry when playing best buds in the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting as they used to live together. In fact, they shared a house in Venice, California when working together on the writing process. They ran out of money thereafter, then moved all over the city of Los Angeles, finding different places.

#10 Emma Stone & Bradley Cooper

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Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper ended up living together for a brief time while filming Aloha in Hawaii. Coo per's lease on the island expired early, so Stone offered up her residence for the final week of production. It was apparently a nice change for the couple, as they previously lived on opposite ends of the island and spent little time together.
“We barely saw each other. We were at totally different ends of the island, which was actually kind of far. We were roommates. You had your own little section…your little enclave.” – Emma Stone shared.

#11 Justin Long & Jonah Hill

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Unlike other pairs on this list, Justin Long & Jonah Hill didn’t get along with each other when living with each other. Although they played well with each other in Accepted, they experienced tension when they tried to live with each other. “Jonah would recycle everything. We started getting in little fights—he left the bathroom door open and didn’t clean up after himself. Little things like that.” Justin Long said. They find a different living situation thereafter.

#12 Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling

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During the filming of Blue Valentine, the director asked Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling to live together in order to add realism to the plot. While the director only asked them to live together for a week, Williams and Gosling stayed for the entire month. Furthermore, they were restricted to living on the wages of a painter and a nurse.
“We did everything, we lived together during the day. He always helps out with the dishes, it was [nice]!” – Michelle Williams said.

#13 Conan O’Brien & Jeff Garlin

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Conan O'Brien and Jeff Garlin were housemates in Wrigleyville, Chicago, long before they began their careers in Entertainment. During the summer of 1988, they shared a house. With two comedians living under the same roof, it's safe to say that these two men had a good time together.
I’d be fast asleep, it would be 3 in the morning, he would kick my door open, kick my door open and say, ‘It’s pudding pop time.'” – Conan O’Brien shared.

#14 Judd Apatow & Adam Sandler

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Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler lived together while they were both struggling comedians in their early careers. Their monthly rent in the San Fernando Valley was only $900. Sandler's living arrangement ended when he decided to relocate to New York City to pursue his career in a new city.
“We were doing as comedians good enough to get by. We could eat at Red Lobster once every month. That was a big night out.” – Adam Sandler said.

#15 Kiefer Sutherland & Robert Downey Jr.

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Before they were superstars, Robert Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland shared a room. For almost three years in the 1980s, the two guys shared an apartment. The living arrangement took place before any of them got their big break.
Downey Jr. added in a 2016 interview that Sutherland "was a shoulder [to cry on]" while he and then-girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker were going through a hard period in their relationship.

#16 Brian Atwood & Melissa McCarthy

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Fashion designer Brian Atwood and actress Melissa McCarthy met in high school. After graduation, Atwood persuaded McCarthy to leave their birthplace of Boulder, Colorado, and relocate to New York with him. Atwood believed his acquaintance was destined for fame and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. They were both struggling artists for a period before finding success in their careers.
“We lived in Hell’s Kitchen and we were so broke. I gave her a free subway map for her 21st birthday. It was just a special time.” – Brian Atwood said.

#17 Penn Badgley & Milo Ventimiglia

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Milo Ventimiglia and Penn Badgley shared a residence while they were both working on The Bedford Diaries. Ventimiglia was 28 at the time, while Badgley was only 18. However, it appears that Badgley took advantage of the 10-year age gap by using his roommate's ID to enter bars.

#18 Jamie Dornan & Eddie Redmayne

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While they were both struggling actors in Los Angeles attempting to make ends meet, Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne really shared a home. Both Dornan and Redmayne, who starred in the Fifty Shades of Grey series and the Fantastic Beasts franchise, are now well-known actors despite briefly having lived as starving artists. Perhaps the lucky charm they both needed was their current living arrangement.

#19 Jax Taylor & Channing Tatum

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Jax Taylor is best known for playing the bad guy on Bravo's reality series Vanderpump Rules, yet Channing Tatum is unquestionably one of the greatest stars in Hollywood. Taylor and Tatum's paths did meet early in their careers, despite the divergent courses their lives have gone. The men shared a home as each pursued modeling in New York City.

#20 Connie Britton & Lauren Graham

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Early in the 1990s, Friday Night Lights actress Connie Britton and Gilmore Girls actress Lauren Graham shared a home. It sounded like a decent roommate arrangement, even though Graham said afterward that they weren't actually supposed to be in the house they were staying in. Graham acknowledged that Britton used to take her roommate's shoes while also complaining that she left her dishes in the sink for an extended period.
“We lived in an empty house that we weren’t supposed to be living in. We had no furniture and all we ate were Rice Krispies Treats.” – Lauren Graham shared.
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