Celebrity Classmates: See Stars Who Went to School Together
Rami Malek, Kirsten Dunst, and Rachel Bilson
There must be something in the water at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek, Kirsten Dunst, and The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson all are alums of the school, and they all crossed paths there. Malek was a year ahead of Dunst at school, and they even took a theater class together. In 2016, he admitted to E! News that he “used to have a little crush” on The Beguiled star. Malek and Dunst are still good friends today.
Jennifer Aniston and Chaz Bono
Before Aniston was America’s Sweetheart and Bono was a transgender activist, the two were classmates at New York’s High School of the Performing Arts. In 2011, while Bono was competing on Dancing with the Stars, a 1987 photo of the two hanging out in a locker room surfaced. The pair were apparently quite close back in those days. “Every, day a group of us would go to Chaz's house after school,” Aniston told Allure magazine.
Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham, and Paz de la Huerta
Actresses Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, and Paz de la Huerta attended high school together at Brooklyn Heights’ notoriously free-spirited private school, St. Ann’s. Kirke revealed to Fader in 2010 that Boardwalk Empire actor Paz de la Huerta was her best friend. She recalled getting into trouble together and going to bars and tattoo parlors. Dunham clearly saw something in Kirke, whom she cast in her feature debut Tiny Furniture and her HBO series, Girls. Kirke said they first met at high school, but that Dunham remembered an earlier meeting. “She says we met in middle school at a dance where they got all the different private schools together, in the bathroom and I was wearing some really cool outfit like a tube top or something, and she was like ‘cool tube top,’” Kirke said.
Tom Sturridge and Robert Pattinson
The two British actors go way back; Sturridge and Pattinson have been best friends since they were teenagers together at London’s private Harrodian school. While Pattinson’s career took off first with roles in Harry Potter and Twilight, the two have remained best friends, regularly spotted out and about together. Some accused Sturridge of using Pattinson to aid his career, but he told The Independent in 2015, “I went to school with my best friend. We’ve been at school since we were 13, so that’s why he’s my friend.” Sturridge even reportedly introduced Pattinson to girlfriend FKA Twigs. Pattinson is also the godfather to the son of Sturridge’s sister, Matilda.
Claire Danes and Morena Baccarin
Before Danes and Baccarin shared Nicholas Brody on Homeland, the actresses shared a classroom. Baccarin and Danes attended the same middle school, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies. “We were friendly. We definitely knew each other, and now she is one of my very dearest friends,” Danes said in a 2012 interview. Danes also revealed that the two were bullied by the same girl back in the day. The pair were close in school but grew apart until Homeland brought them back together.
Josh Hartnett and Rachael Leigh Cook
Before they became teen heartthrobs, Josh Hartnett and Rachael Leigh Cook were classmates and friends at Minneapolis South High School. In 2014, the director of She’s All That told The Daily Beast they considered Harnett for the role that ultimately went to Freddie Prinze Jr. In 2001, the pair did star opposite each other in Blow Dry — a romantic comedy about a British hairdressing competition.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
By now, the Affleck-Damon bromance has been thoroughly documented. The Boston duo’s overnight success story from struggling actors to Oscar-winning screenwriters for Good Will Hunting even inspired a young Mindy Kaling to write a play, Matt and Ben. The pair, and Ben’s younger brother, Casey Affleck, grew up together in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together. They kept in touch after high school (Damon attended Harvard, while Affleck moved to Los Angeles), and as they struggled to make it, wrote a screenplay together. “We were both in love with the same thing — acting and filmmaking. I think we fed on each other’s obsession during really formative, important years, and that bonded us for life,” Damon told Entertainment Tonight. Affleck echoed this in another ET interview, saying, “It’s an incredibly valuable friendship, and it’s very precious, and so is my friendship with my brother. I don’t know what I would do without those guys.”
Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey
House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey owes much of his early theatrical training to classmate Val Kilmer. When Spacey saw Kilmer and fellow classmate Mare Winningham performing at a Southern California drama festival, he dreamed of attending their high school. So, when the drama teacher at San Fernando Valley’s Chatsworth High offered him a place, he transferred there for his senior year. In 1997, he told Mare Winningham in Interview about seeing them on stage and thinking, “Those two people are extraordinary, and I wish I could go to their school's production of All My Sons.” When Kilmer pursued his study of acting at Juilliard, Spacey followed him there. Spacey told the New York Post that Kilmer introduced him to his acting teachers before starting school. Though Spacey dropped out of Juilliard, the two-time classmates went on to distinctive and successful acting careers.
Lady Gaga and Nicky Hilton
What does “Born this Way” pop diva Lady Gaga have in common with a Hilton heiress? The two attended high school together at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic all-girls school in New York City. Though Gaga has been linked to Paris Hilton, she only attended school with Nicky, as Paris was older. Gaga has said she was aware of Nicky, but they didn’t run in the same circles.
Scarlett Johansson and Jack Antonoff
Before dating Lena Dunham, Jack Antonoff was the high school sweetheart of another famous actress. The fun. rocker dated Scarlett Johansson while they were students at the Professional Children’s School in New York. The news first broke in 2014 when a photo of the pair appeared on Tumblr blog "Old Loves" and Lena Dunham gushed about it on Bill Simmons’ Grantland podcast. A few months later, Page Six shared a series of shots of ScarJo and Antonoff at their high school prom.
Ed Helms and Brian Baumgartner
Ed Helms may have been the one to get the stand-out singing moments as Andy on The Office, but his co-worker Kevin, played by Brian Baumgartner, has pipes of his own. Baumgartner and Helms attended Westminster High School in Atlanta together where they belonged to the same choral group. Helms was one year behind Baumgartner in school. The Office was rife with high school reunions; in addition to Helms and Baumgartner, B.J. Novak and John Krasinski also attended high school together.
Jessie J, Adele, and Leona Lewis
The BRIT School in London has produced a dizzying array of musical sensations. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the performing arts high school, Adele told The Sun, “It was a bit like Fame sometimes — you got people doing their ballet stretches and singers having sing-offs." The British chanteuse attended school with fellow U.K. singer Jessie J, while X Factor sensation Leona Lewis was three years ahead of them. In 2016, Jessie J told an Australian radio show that she and Adele used to sing together on their lunch breaks. “We just used to ad lib and make stuff up,” she said. Singer Amy Winehouse was also an alumna of the school but graduated before Adele and Jessie J.
JAY-Z and Busta Rhymes
Before becoming famous rappers in their own right, JAY-Z and Busta Rhymes honed their skills against each other at Brooklyn's George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School. “Me and Busta Rhymes actually had a rap battle in the lunch room," JAY-Z told Jimmy Kimmel in 2015. Rhymes told Skee TV that battle made him the rapper he is today: “He [Jay] had finessed the speed-rapping phenomenally at that time, and I was new with the speed-rapping, but losing that battle to Jay in speed-rapping is what made me one of the most dangerous speed rappers today.”
Matthew Perry and Justin Trudeau
Canadians Matthew Perry and Justin Trudeau walked the same hallways at school decades before one was the Emmy-nominated star of Friends and the other became the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. Both attended Rockcliffe Park Public School in Ontario, but were hardly friends, according to Perry. "My friend Chris Murray, who was also in the fifth grade in Canada, reminded me that we actually beat up Justin Trudeau," he told Jimmy Kimmel in 2017. "I think he was excelling in a sport that we weren’t as [good at]. So, it was pure jealousy. I think he was the only kid in school we could beat up."
Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg
About a year apart, Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School at the same time in the 1980s. Diaz touched on her famous classmate in an interview with George Lopez on Lopez Tonight in 2011. "He was a year older than me," she said. "I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails... I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him. I was green even in high school."
Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson
Before they hit the big screen together in Almost Famous, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson were classmates at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif. in the 1990s.
Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman
Longtime friends Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman once attended classes together, both enrolling at North Sydney Girls High School in Australia in the 1980s.
Eddie Redmayne and Prince William
Britain's finest, Eddie Redmayne and Prince William, were classmates at Eton College in the 1990s. "We were on the same rugby team at Eton College," Redmayne told Glamour in 2015. "He's a wonderful man. I always felt slightly sorry for him because everyone wanted to tackle the future king of England. He took all the hits."
John Krasinski and B.J. Novak
Years before they were costars on The Office, John Krasinski and B.J. Novak were teens in the classrooms of Massachusetts' Newton South High School together. "We acted together in the Senior Show our senior year," Novak said in a 2014 interview. "He was incredibly talented and the show was a lot of fun, but no, it never occurred to me that anyone would do anything together after high school. Who ever imagines that?"
Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinze Jr. were at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the same time in the 1990s. The How I Met Your Mother star graduated three years before his fellow famous alumnus.
Zach Braff and Lauryn Hill
Both hailing from South Orange, New Jersey, Zach Braff and Lauryn Hill knew one another long before he hit Scrubs or she ever released a single. The two graduated the same year from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, and Robert Downey Jr.
In the late 1980s, the halls of Santa Monica High School in California were walked by Rob Lowe, Robert Downey Jr., and Charlie Sheen. The future stars all attended the public school, crossing over for a few years.
Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve
In the 1970s, then-unknown aspiring actors by the names of Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve met at Juilliard School as a part of an advanced program. "The first person I met at Juilliard was the other advanced student, a short, stocky, long-haired fellow from Marin County, California, who wore tie-dyed shirts with track suit bottoms and talked a mile a minute," Reeve wrote in his 1998 autobiography. "I’d never seen so much energy contained in one person. He was like an un-tied balloon that had been inflated and immediately released. I watched in awe as he virtually caromed off the walls of the classrooms and hallways. To say that he was ‘on’ would be a major understatement. There was never a moment when he wasn’t doing voices, imitating teachers, and making our faces ache from laughing at his antics. His name, of course, was Robin Williams."
Ansel Elgort and Timothée Chalamet
Elgort and Chalamet both walked the hallowed halls of New York's performing arts school LaGuardia High School (yes, the one from Fame). They played on the same basketball team and we can only assume competed for roles in various theatrical productions. When asked by MTV who was more popular, both stars named each other, but Chalamet pointed to Elgort's musical theater performances and introduced us to the joys of Elgort's charity calendar as strong arguments. Still, Elgort insisted he had some enemies while everyone loved Chalamet.
Mindy Kaling and Rachel Morrison
Writer/producer/actress Mindy Kaling and cinematographer Rachel Morrison are both history makers in the entertainment industry. When Morrison became the first woman ever nominated for a cinematography Oscar in 2018, Kaling tweeted her congrats to the Mudbound DP and added that the two "went to high school together" at Cambridge, Massachusetts private school Buckingham Browne & Nichols in the 1990s.