Writing your name on a pack of Ramen, splitting the bills right down the middle, arguing over who gets the bigger room—having a roommate can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a big pain. Especially if your roommate comes home drunk at 4 am and eats the bag of peanut butter cookies your mom sent you because you haven’t been home in a year. Ahem…moving on.
Believe it or not, celebs start off their working lives the way most of us do—by rooming with someone to save money. Here are a few celebrities who were roommates together before they got famous.
John Cusak & Jeremy Piven: Both Chicago natives, John and Jeremy met at a theater ran by Jeremy’s parents. They lived together briefly as struggling young actors. Since then, the two have appeared in ten movies together.
Judd Apatow & Adam Sandler: Judd and Adam shared an apartment in Los Angeles while they were trying to become stand-up comedians. Remember Funny People? The footage of a young Adam making prank calls was actually shot by Apatow while they lived together.
Raven Symone & Lindsay Lohan: Okay, they were already famous. But these two hit it off at a fashion shoot, and even though neither of them were going to college, they decided they wanted to try a “roommate experience” anyway.
Robin Williams & Christopher Reeve: Poor Christopher Reeve—can you imagine cleaning the drain of that bathtub? Robin and Christopher were roommates while they were attending New York’s Juilliard School. They promised each other that if one of them “made it” in show business, he would help the other. They remained lifelong friends.
Tommy Lee Jones & Al Gore: The two were paired randomly during their freshman year at Harvard. And they got along so well that they decided to stay together for the rest of their time in college. Yes, they’re still friends.