The world of celebrity always seems like a pretty exclusive club, and it’s no real surprise that famous people tend to pal around with other famous people. But something you may not have realized is that people who get famous don’t just meet after they become famous. In fact, a lot of famous people grew up together, including some you may not expect. 8.
Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg
We’re just going to dive right in with one of the biggest head scratchers there is. Yep, it’s true, the girl from Something About Mary and one of the most legendary gangster rappers of all-time actually went to high school together. That’s not to say they were paling around or anything, but they definitely did interact, at least according to Diaz. They both went to Long Beach Polytechnic, and they met in the most obvious way imaginable when you’re talking about Snoop Dogg: she bought weed from him. Snoop was a year older, which is why he said he never tried to hit on her despite her being a hot cheerleader.
BJ Novak and John Krasinski
It’s really not hard to fathom that a couple of guys like BJ Novak and John Krasinski could have gone to school together, until you take into account they both got their big break in Hollywood on the exact same show. The pair both starred – and in the case of Novak, wrote – The Office, which is kind of an amazing coincidence considering they actually went to high school together in Massachusetts. Not only that, but Novak claims responsibility for Krasinski’s acting career. See, it turns out that Novak cast Krasinski in a role in a play that Novak wrote and directed their senior year, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Jada Pinkett-Smith and Tupac Shakur
How does someone go from one of the most influential, hardcore rappers of all-time, to the Fresh Prince? Well, you’d have to ask Jada Pinkett-Smith, who grew up with Tupac and not only went to high school with the late, great rapper, but actually dated him when they were in their teens. It must have been a little bit of a weird relationship, of course, considering the fact that Pinkett-Smith has described Tupac as a “father figure” in interviews which is…a little creepy. Anyway, obviously later in life she gave up the gangster rappers and moved on to the more family friendly purveyor of rhymes in Will Smith.
Kevin Spacy and Val Kilmer
Maybe the really surprising thing about learning that not only are Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey dear friends, but they’re actually the same age. The once seemingly perpetually young Kilmer – who, admittedly, is no longer baby faced and pretty like he used to be – and Spacey, whose career took off later in life went to high school together in California. According to Kilmer, it was actually Spacey who was a lousy actor in high school, though. Of course that didn’t stop their drama teacher from casting Spacey as one of the leads in their production of Sound of Music, which co-starred another future famous actress in Mare Winningham.