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30 Celebrities Who Went to the Same School Together

Some celebrities knew each other long before becoming famous, and there’s a simple reason for that: they went to the same school together. These musicians, actors, and politicians shared their classrooms, had the same teachers, and took their exams next to each other when their names were still not known by everyone. There are some of them who remain good friends to this day. As for the others... Well, we have a hard time picturing them together.

Bright Side gathered some of the celebrities that went to the same school on this list, just like a class reunion.

1. Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg

Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg attended Long Beach Polytechnic School in California together. “He was a year older than me. I remember him. He was very tall and skinny,” said the actress from The Mask. The rapper also recalled that, back then, he used to hang out with the actress’ cheerleader friends.

2. Justin Trudeau and Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry was born in the US, but he was raised in Ottawa. There, his mother worked as the secretary for Pierre Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, for 15 years. It’s no wonder why the Friends star attended school with the politician’s son and current leader of the country, Justin Trudeau.

3. Rami Malek, Kirsten Dunst, and Rachel Bilson

Rami Malek and Kirsten Dunst shared the classrooms of the Notre Dame High School, in California. The star of Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr. Robot recalled that he used to have a crush on the actress who, by that time, had already appeared in Interview with the Vampire and Jumanji, among other productions. The O.C. star Rachel Bilson also graduated from the same school.

4. Adam Levine and Jonah Hill

Maroon 5’s lead singer was born almost 5 years before Jonah Hill. However, they were neighbors during their teenage years, and even attended the same school in Los Angeles, which made them share a means of transportation. Thus, a great friendship was born. Their bond is so strong that Jonah even officiated Adam’s wedding ceremony in Mexico.

5. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, located just a few steps away from Harvard University, witnessed one of the most iconic friendships in the history of modern cinema. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon met right there, and they already shared the dream of becoming actors at that time. They co-wrote the script of the movie Good Will Hunting.

6. Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, and Charlie Sheen

In the early 80s, there was a very popular group of young actors who starred in several teen movies. Some of the members included Robert Downey Jr., Sean Penn, and Emilio Estevez, who were already acting together at Santa Monica High School. There were also a few more big names that attended that school, such as Emilio Estevez’s brother Charlie Sheen and Rob Lowe.

7. Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey is only 5 months older than Val Kilmer. They were both classmates at Chatsworth High School, in Los Angeles. The actor from Top Gun even suggested that Spacey attend Juilliard School, a prestigious performing arts conservatory in New York, to develop his career as an actor.

8. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii and, at the age of 4, she moved to Australia with her family. She attended North Sydney Girls’ High School, where she met Naomi Watts. The 2 of them have been friends ever since. In fact, Kidman helped Watts take her first steps in Hollywood as part of the cast in the movie Flirting.

9. Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, and Prince William

Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne were born less than a year apart and were classmates at Eton College, a boarding school for boys in England. The actors who incarnated Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything, respectively, also shared classrooms and rugby practice with Prince William.

10. Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinze Jr. didn’t work together in any movie or series, but they did go to the same school: La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. There is, of course, a small age difference to consider: the star of How I Met Your Mother graduated in 1991, while the actor who played Fred Jones in Scooby Doo finished school in 1994.

11. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Liv Tyler, and Kate Hudson

Surely there are a lot of celebrity stories between the walls of the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. Through the years, the college-preparatory school hosted Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Kate Hudson, and Liv Tyler. Director Michael Bay and Emily and Zooey Deschanel also attended this institute.

12. Lenny Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, and Slash

Beverly Hills is home to many Hollywood stars and has only one major public high school, so it’s no surprise that many celebrities attended it. For example, in the early 80s, musician Lenny Kravitz, guitarist Slash (whose real name is Saul Hudson), and actor Nicolas Cage met at this institution.

Which celebrity would you have wanted to go to school with? Did you ever meet a celebrity before they became popular? Tell us in the comment section.