11 Celebs You Didn’t Know Lived TogetherPublished on November 3, 2017. Updated November 11, 2019
Some celebrity friendships go way back, and while their paths may have gone in different directions now, there was a time some surprising celebrity duos were very close. Some celebrities worked together before fame while others went to school together, and some even lived together while finding their way in the industry. Here are 11 surprising celebrities that many fans did not know lived together:
11. Connie Britton and Lauren Graham
Before they were portraying some of the coolest moms ever on TV, Connie Britton and Lauren Graham were living together. In an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Graham revealed she and Britton not only lived together but maybe did so illegally. “We lived in an empty house that we weren’t supposed to be living,” she admitted. “We had no furniture and all we ate were Rice Krispies Treats. After finding their way in the industry and going on to Gilmore Girls and Friday Night Lights fame, the two stunning actresses remain friends and even joke about their time as roommates. “She’s still a friend, but now we both have furniture!” Graham said.
10. John Cusack and Jeremy Piven
John Cusack and Jeremy Piven go way back and began their acting careers together years ago. The two actors grew up in the same small-town of Evanston, Illinois, and John and Joan Cusack attended acting workshops given by Piven’s parents, Joyce and Byrne. After some time the pair ended up moving in together as they continued working on their acting. In the mid-2000s after years of friendship, it seems the two parted ways after Cusack made comments that Piven did not handle his Entourage success well.
9. Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush
Now, Mel Gibson and Geoffrey Rush are two very well known actors, but it hasn’t always been that way. Before anyone knew their names, the two Australian actors were living together for four months while studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. Not only were they living together, however, they were both trying to date the same woman. “Oh, I’d forgotten about that. That was probably my biggest achievement,” Rush said in an interview after revealing that the woman eventually chose him.
8. Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler
Before they were household names when it came to comedic films, Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler were living together trying to find their way. A couple of decades ago the popular director and famous actor were living in a $900 per month apartment in the Valley. “Back then, life was just doing stand-up and writing jokes. You would sleep until noon every day and kind of stumble out. You would have to be at work at 8:30 at night. Work was sometimes 15 minutes,” Apatow said of their lifestyle. “Adam always had a rental car. He never bought a car for literally 12 years,” Apatow added while Sandler said they weren’t necessarily broke. “It wasn’t broke. 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.”
7. Michael Douglas and Danny Devito
Hollywood has a lot of high-profile relationships and friendships and one of the longest lasting is one many don’t know about — Michael Douglas and Danny Devito. They have been best friends since the ’60s. The two where roommates when they were both living in New York in 1968 and it was then they developed a bond that hasn’t been broken and resulted in them starring in four films together: 1984’s Romancing the Stone, 1985’s The Jewel of the Nile, 1989’s War of the Roses and 2009’s Solitary Man.
6. Conan O’Brien and Jeff Garlin
We can assume the laughs never stopped when beloved late night host Conan O’Brien and hilarious Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Goldbergs actor Jeff Garlin lived together. Garlin revealed in an interview the pair lived together in Chicago, explaining, “There was a writers’ strike at Saturday Night Live at the time, and he moved in for a bit.” He added, “He was a great roommate. I was the bad roommate. My bedroom had air conditioning and I rarely invited anyone in there. He was not happy about it, because his room was really hot. And I used to wake him up all the time to make him do impressions to make me laugh. I love the guy.” Conan agreed with that assessment when he recalled living with Garlin. “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,’ and then he would make me do impressions and skits for him for his amusement, and for some reason, I did. He has that power. I didn’t say no. I just was like, this guy is yelling at me to perform, I better do it.”
5. Jax Taylor and Channing Tatum
This is one celebrity roommate duo that no one saw coming! During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2013, Vanderpump Rules star Jax Taylor revealed that he used to live with none other than Channing Tatum. The reality star played a game of “Two Truths and a Jax” where others try to pick out the lie. “I lost my virginity at 19. I used to be roommates with Channing Tatum. I hooked up with more than two people at Sur,” were Taylor’s two truths and a lie. When the lie was revealed to be about how many people he hooked up with at Sur, it was true he lived with the handsome Magic Mike actor before Tatum got his big break. “Yeah, he was my first roommate in New York when I first started modeling,” Taylor revealed.
4. Milo Ventimiglia and Penn Badgley
Before they were both two of TV’s most swoon-worthy actors, Milo Ventimiglia and Penn Badgely were unexpected roommates. In an interview with Bullet magazine, the former Gossip Girl actor revealed living with Ventimiglia had its perks. “When I was 18, my roommate was Milo Ventimiglia, who was 28 at the time. I used to borrow his ID to get into bars. I’ve still got it somewhere,” Badgely admitted of taking advantage of the 10 year age gap.
3. James Corden and Dominic Cooper
As two British stars, it isn’t definite that James Corden and Dominic Cooper would know each other, but the late-night host and the Preacher actor not only know each other, they used to live together. During Cooper’s appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden revealed, “Dominic and I used to be flatmates which you call roommates, but we lived together. Describe to people what our flat was like in London.” Cooper responded, “Well… I don’t really remember…I think we, we were never there at the same time much…but there was absolutely no furniture.” Corden explained, “We rented it furnished but it had no furniture in it and we never thought to complain!” Cooper also revealed they only had “one bed” and “one piece of cutlery which was a spatula.”
2. Lili Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch
Unlike the other celebrity roommates on this list, these two are current co-stars and friends still! Although many would assume that Riverdale stars Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes would be the closest as Betty and Veronica, it is actually Reinhart and Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) who are the best of friends. “When we all got to Vancouver and first started hanging out, it was immediate closeness. We all immediately felt connected to one another. I live with Madelaine, who plays Cheryl. You can’t fake the closeness that we have,” Reinhart stated.
1. Jensen Ackles and Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest and Jensen Ackles have had incredible success in separate parts of the industry, and no one knew they were friends let alone that they used to live together! During an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan, Ackles revealed that he did live in California with Seacrest years ago and pulled out an old photo as proof. “It was a long time ago my friend. You were on the radio. You were doing a morning show. I was doing a soap opera. We were the E list,” he joked about the beginning of their careers.