Few things in Hollywood are stable. Careers fluctuate and celebrity marriages (aside from a few notable exceptions) crumble faster than that sleeve of Girl Scout cookies you shoved in your purse. Celebrity friendships, on the other hand, seem to be able to stand the test of time. Here are 15 celebrity besties whose off-screen friendships are as famous as they are.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
These two pals became best friends in the 80s, when they were both teen actors. "After I met Tobey at an audition, I felt like I wanted this guy to be my friend," DiCaprio has said. Over 25 years later, they are still best buds. "Every project we do, we talk about," said DiCaprio. "Every single choice I've made, I've talked to Tobey about and vice versa. We've had endless conversations about certain projects and argued with one another and supported one another along the way."
2. Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini
When J Lo got with Marc Anthony, she also got a new best friend. Leah was friends with Marc, and quickly after the two women met, they became lifelong besties. Jennifer posted this picture on her Instagram with the hashtags: #lovemybestie #imhereforher #sheshereforme #wemakeeachotherbetter #growingtogether that's #TRUELOVE. We all know hashtags = love.
3. Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon
JT and JF met at the 2002 VMAs. Fallon was hosting the awards, and Timberlake had just left NSYNC and was performing for the first time as a solo artist. "I remember talking backstage during those VMAs,” Fallon told GQ in a joint interview with Timberlake. “I was totally nervous and you were nervous and we both ended up having good nights. We’re good luck to each other – like each other’s rabbit foots.”
4. Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts
These Aussie besties met when they were teenagers auditioning for a bikini commercial. "Naomi Watts and I are very, very good friends and have maintained that through many things…I think that's really rare, particularly for actresses, and I take a lot of pride in that," Kidman told the Telegraph.
5. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Ben and Matt met at the ages of eight and 10, respectively, while living in a suburb of Boston. In 1997, they wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, and won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. They are the kind of pals who are always there for each other. Ben once said, "If I ever woke up with a dead hooker in my hotel room, Matt would be the first person I'd call." That seems like a very real possibility.
6. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Amy and Tina met in 1993 at Chicago's ImprovOlympic. They hit it off right away, and are now the famous gal-pals everyone aspires to be. Amy said Tina hasn't changed in the 20 plus years of their friendship, “She’s the same way back then as she is now, which is really, really funny and incredibly hard-working and a very supportive and loyal friend. But she was a lot less rich. That was the only difference: she was like 100 percent less rich.”
7. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
Will and John met through Molly Shannon at a brunch. "We just really hit it off," Reilly told Metro. "I feel like I’ve known him since we were kids." The hilarious duo starred in Talladega Nights and Stepbrothers together, and their bromance continues to this day.
Rachel and Monica Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox
Jennifer and Courtney became besties soon after Friends premiered in 1994. "There's absolutely no judgment in Court," Aniston said of her best friend, "You'll never feel scolded. She's extremely fair, ridiculously loyal and fiercely loving."
9. Seth Rogen and James Franco
Seth and James met in 1999 when they were both cast in the (tragically) short-lived series, Freaks and Geeks. The pair quickly became best friends and went on to costar in the films Pineapple Express, This is the End, Knocked Up and The Interview (which caused threats from North Korea and the infamous Sony hack). Franco credits Rogen with helping him get through the media circus surrounding The Interview. "At one point he texted me and said 'I’m glad it’s you I’m going through this with,'" Franco said of Rogen.
10. Oprah and Gayle (Duh.)
Gayle and Oprah's friendship is legendary. They two worked together at a TV station in Baltimore in the 70s, where Oprah was a news anchor and Gayle was a production assistant. When a snowstorm hit the area, Oprah offered to let Gayle stay at her house. "We didn't really know each other," Gayle said, "but she was just that kind of girl even then." The two have been best friends ever since.
“She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want,” Winfrey said in an interview with Barbara Walters. “She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.”
11. Brad Pitt and George Clooney
Brad and George became close in 2001 after filming Oceans 11. The buds are known for pulling elaborate pranks on each other, but there's also a sincere friendship behind all of the boyish jokes. Clooney told The Advocate, "Not only do I enjoy him as a person and respect his talent, but I also love what he does in the world. I can't speak highly enough about how hard he works at making the world better. I'm very proud to call him my friend."
11. John Hamm and Paul Rudd
John and Paul met back in the early 90s when they were Midwestern teenagers both interested in the same lucky girl. They were rivals back then, but soon became best friends and, oh yeah, rich and famous actors.
13. Katy Perry and Rihanna
In 2009, Katy complimented Rihanna on her Valentino bag, so Rihanna sent her one. The two singers have been BFF ever since. Rihanna told Elle she loves how Katy tells it like it is. "I feel safe around people who tell me the [bleeped]-up [bleep], because I know they’ll always tell me the truth.”
14. Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong
Matthew and Lance became buddies in 2005, and many shirtless pictures followed. Matthew said about his pal, "I'd do anything he asked me to, even though he'd probably never ask me to, and he feels the same way. It's fun going out and living life and doing things at the drop of a hat. LiveStrong just happens to be the most deliberate guy I’ve ever met."
He calls Lance "LiveStrong." Just let that sink in.
15. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Kate and Leo's friendship started with Titanic in 1997, when they were just 21 and 22. Years later, in 2008, while promoting their film Revolutionary Road on The Today Show, Leo gushed about his friend and costar: "She's still as beautiful and radiant as the day I met her. She is the consummate professional; she keeps pushing herself to an emotional truth when she's working. That's why I keep saying she's the best." Almost 20 years after Titanic, the two are still best buds, as you could see from their embrace at this year's Oscars.
BONUS: Kim Kardashian and her reflection
No one knows the exact date Kim became best friends with the sight of herself, but it would appear to pre-date the sex tape which made her famous.