Celebrate the joys of friendship with these celebrity duos
By Ariana Gordon
National Best Friend Day is August 15, so it’s time to celebrate that one person who knows all your secrets, helps you get ready for a big date and tells you when that bathing suit just isn’t working for you. In honor of this day, we’ve found some famous stars who have reached BFF status. Friends costars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, childhood pals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck…take a moment to appreciate the companionship and camaraderie that comes with being a best friend.
Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox
From the television show to real life, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have been best Friends from the very beginning. Jennifer often talks about how Courteney’s frank and outspoken nature shocked her when they first met, but from that open friendliness a friendship developed that has withstood the test of time. The gorgeous gal pals haven’t been on the small screen together since Jennifer’s guest appearance on Dirt, but that may change soon enough with the premiere of Courteney’s new show, Cougar Town. What else are famous friends for?
Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman have so much in common, it’s no wonder these two blonde bombshells are best friends! Naomi and Nicole met in Australia, where they both attended North Sydney Girls High School. Through the drama of break-ups and make-ups, there’s been a strong bond of mutual love and support as well as respect and admiration for the each other’s career. Sometimes known affectionately as “Nicome,” this duo acted in the 1991 film Flirting, but since then, seem to be content in enjoying a friendship that has spanned more than 20 years.
Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes
Fashion diva Victoria Beckham and sweet-as-pie Katie Holmes may have seemed like an unlikely pair a few years back, but these days, Katie is becoming a fashionista in her own right by sporting an edgier haircut and chic wardrobe—much different from her earlier days of long locks and pretty frocks. The stylish duo attended Paris Fashion Week in 2007 together and, according to Victoria, it’s their similar “girly” natures that have kept them close.
Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon
These two beauties met when they became neighbors. Reese gaily recounts how Kate walked right over to her house and rang the doorbell when she first moved in. She requested a playdate for their young children, who are close in age, and then went on to say, “Oh, by the way, it’s almost 9:00 and I’ve had nothing to drink, do you have any wine?” The rest, as they say, is history, because these two have been close ever since. While they’ve never acted in a film together, Reese has mentioned a desire to hit the big screen with her best gal pal. Who knows what the future may hold?
Eva Longoria Parker and Mario Lopez
While the rumors swirl around them, Eva and Mario maintain that they are the best of friends. The recently married Mrs. Longoria Parker has often been seen with Mario on the town, eating and laughing together with the ease of old friends. Eva refers to Mario as one of her big brothers, and while both are extremely good-looking, they offer each other nothing but close platonic friendship—nothing for husband Tony to worry about.
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King
Who says you forget your friends when you’re famous? Not true in the case of Oprah Winfrey and her best friend of 33 years, Gayle King. Oprah and Gayle met while they were both working at a television station in Baltimore, Maryland. A snowstorm brought the two together when Oprah invited Gayle to stay at her home for the night. After a long night of chatter and jokes, the two became inseparable. Oprah is the godmother to Gayle’s two children, and Gayle admits that the celebrity mogul is “very generous” with both her and her son and daughter.
Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson
Liv and Kate met in the 1990s at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. As the children of famous parents, the two shared something in common from the very start. In addition to both being well-known actresses, they are both also young mothers. Liv and Kate can often be seen with their sons—born 11 months apart—out and about in New York City. They acted together in the film Dr. T and the Women, where they shared a much-talked-about kiss on the big screen.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna
These two have been best buds since Madonna moved to England in 2002. Not only do they share a personal trainer, they also share a similar perfectionist mentality, which is clear in the successes both the pop icon and the actress have enjoyed. Gwyneth says she admires the determination that she sees in Madonna and loves the way they connect and have fun, both in the public eye and behind closed doors.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney
Brad Pitt and George Clooney have been in several movies together, including the fun heist film Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels. Both actors are heartthrobs in the acting world, Brad with his slightly bad-boy image and killer good looks, and George with that crooked smile and famous wit. George spoke of his “bromance” with Brad on the Today show back in 2008, and while the two lead very different lives (Brad has settled down as a family man, while George maintains his status as the everlasting bachelor), they don’t let that stop them from enjoying a great friendship.
Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz
These Latina beauties played sexy bank robbers in the 2006 film Bandidas and the friendly chemistry they share onscreen comes from more than 10 years of friendship. The two have been best friends since Penelope moved to the United States from Spain to act in her first Hollywood movie. The two met at the airport, where Salma invited Penelope to stay with her, acting as both tour guide and interpreter. While they are arguably the hottest actresses on the scene, the two love spending time together having fun and traveling the globe.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been friends since childhood and, later, moved to Hollywood together to pursue acting careers. Now, with successful movies under their belts—including costarring in Good Will Hunting—and families, they say that their friendship is better than ever. In fact, there are even plans to reunite the pair on the big screen soon, after more than five years of acting apart. A new movie featuring these two hunks…what could be better?
Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau
These two have been friends since 1993, when they met on the set of the movie Rudy. Since then, they’ve remained friends, sharing a great sense of humor and a few more movies, such as Swingers in 1996 and Made in 2001. With a friendship spanning over 15 years, they’re well known for their onscreen ability to play off each others’ personalities and sarcastic wit.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
Leonardo and Tobey have been best friends since they were teenagers, and as two of the hottest men in Hollywood, nothing seems to have changed. They filmed the movie This Boy’s Life together in 1993 and made a pact to always help each other in the show business world. The only other time the two appeared on the screen together again was in the black-and-white movie Don’s Plum, which was released in Berlin in 2001.
Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight
Featured in the 1986 AIDS benefit Grammy-winning single, “That’s What Friends Are For”—along with Stevie Wonder and Elton John—Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight can attest to the true nature of friendship since they’ve been friends for over 20 years. These two singers, famous for their vocal talent, paired up on another song in 1991, “Superwoman,” along with singing legend Patti LaBelle.