Most surprising celebrity roommates

Before they were rich and famous, many of our favorite stars were just struggling actors trying to get jobs and living in modest places with roommates. What’s so special about that? Well, the interesting part is that some celebrities actually lived with other celebrities back when no one knew about them. Check out some of the famous duos that used to be roommates.

Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain

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In 2004 while appearing in a summer stock production of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain became fast friends on stage and off – as costars and roomies. “We became like sisters,” Chastain said later of the experience. Eight years later, the two were both nominated for Oscars – Chastain for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Celia Foote in The Help, and Williams for Best Actress for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.

Brad Pitt and Jason Priestley

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In Jason Priestley’s new autobiography Jason Priestley: A Memoir, the actor reveals that he and Brad Pitt shared an L.A. apartment in 1987, as both tried to break into the business. “Just for fun, we used to have competitions over who could go the longest without showering and shaving,” Priestley writes, according to Us Weekly. “Brad always won. Having to go on an audition meant cleaning up, which is what usually put an end to the streak.”

Jonah Hill and Justin Long

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Justin Long made the decision to move out of the California home he shared with Jonah Hill when he realized they were acting “like an old married couple.” Though still friends, Long said he finally moved out because he was constantly nagging HIll to pick up after himself. “We’re still great friends but it got to be like an old married couple. We fought over recycling. He would recycle everything. I would find banana peels and shards of glass in the recycling bin. We started getting in little fights like that, he left the bathroom door open, didn’t clean up after himself. Little things like that. It was time for a separation,” he said in 2009.

Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake

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The two stars once lived together in Timberlake’s childhood home when they were kids filming on The Mickey Mouse Club. “His mother had to keep her job in Canada the second year that we were on the television show and my mom was his guardian for like six months,” Timberlake said of the experience. “So we were probably a little closer that the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom.”

Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz

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Back before Penelope Cruz made it in Hollywood, she lived with fellow Latina actress, Salma Hayek. The From Dusk Till Dawn star met Cruz at the airport when she landed in Hollywood to make her first American film and took her in. “At first I was very lonely and I was very happy I could speak Spanish with such a warm person as Salma,” Cruz later recalled of the experience.

Robert Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland

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When Kiefer first moved to LA, he shared an apartment with another young actor named Robert Downey Jr. They lived together for three years.

Lindsay Lohan and Raven Symone

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Both former child stars, Lindsay and Raven hit it off at a fashion shoot and decided to move in together. However, Lindsay didn’t spend much time at home. “I was like, ‘I know you’re not going to college right now and I’m not going to college so let’s have a roommate experience. She was real real cool actually. She became real busy with work, and she never really moved in I just got rent from her for 14 months,” Symone said of the experience.

Jude Law and Ewan McGregor

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After meeting at an audition in 1990, UK actors Jude Law and Ewan McGregor became best friends after the director gave them $30 dollars and told them to go and get drunk so he could see if they got along. The two actors got along so well that although neither of them got the part, they ended up living together in London for several years.

Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman

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Dustin Hoffman met Gene Hackman while taking classes at Pasadena Playhouse. Later, when the two were both living in New York City, they roomed together in a one-bedroom apartment on 2nd Avenue and 26th Street.

Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito

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Michael Douglas and Danny Devito shared an apartment on New York’s W. 89th St. in the ’60s, when they were both just starting out in the world of showbiz. “Michael did the laundry,” DeVito told the New York Daily News in 2008. “Did he tell you I was a slob?” Douglas asked. “Danny was sloppy. No, really, he was a great roommate. It was a magical time. We were getting paid to act!”

 

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