Sometimes we need a reminder that even celebrities struggled to pay their bills at one point in their lives. While it’s hard to picture people like Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling living anywhere other than sprawling Hollywood mansions with infinity pools and marble flooring, in reality, they had to work their way up the ladder just like we all do—and that often means splitting the rent.
Plenty of struggling actors and singers shack up with other aspiring artists to save cash. There, we imagine they live the typical roommate life: eating ramen, throwing together mismatched furniture, and pinching pennies wherever they can. After all, everyone’s got to start somewhere—even when you eventually reach the pinnacle life of luxury and glamour.
Ahead, take a peek at 20 celebrities who you might be surprised to learn were once roommates.
Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling
As kids, Timberlake and Gosling were as thick as thieves. They lived together in the early '90s when Gosling lived with Timberlake's family for six months as the two shot "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club." Of course, they were bound to get into some trouble.
"We used to do terrible things. We thought we were so cool," Timberlake told Ellen DeGeneres in October 2011. "We stole a golf cart."
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Raven Symone and Lindsay Lohan
After becoming friends during a Vanity Fair cover shoot, Lohan and Symone decided to room together. However, in an interview with Us Weekly, the "That's So Raven" actress revealed that the situation wasn't the typical roommate experience.
"She paid rent, and she was there probably three times," Symone said. "She had her clothes in the apartment we were supposed to live in together."
Jax Taylor and Channing Tatum
It might seem like an odd pairing, but the "Magic Mike" star and "Vanderpump Rules" cast member are indeed former roommates. The Bravo personality opened up about the experience on "Watch What Happens Live," saying, "he was my first roommate in New York when I first started modeling."
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Justin Long and Jonah Hill
For awhile, the "Accepted" costars tried out the roommate thing before they realized they were incompatible. Believe it or not, the tension came from Hill's dedication to recycling.
"Jonah would recycle everything," Long said. "We started getting in little fights—he left the bathroom door open, didn't clean up after himself. Little things like that."
Lauren Graham and Connie Britton
Graham and Britton were roommates in the late '90s. The "Gilmore Girls" star mentioned it during a 2013 episode of "Watch What Happens Live," in which she said that the actresses lived in an empty house they "weren't supposed to be living in," had no furniture, and survived on Rice Krispies Treats.
As for how they fared as roommates, the "Parenthood" actress said Britton would leave her dishes in the sink "forever" and Graham would secretly borrow her roommate's shoes.
Ilana Glazer and Rachel Bloom
Around 2010, the comedians were roomed together in Brooklyn. The "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" actress spilled the deets on "Watch What Happens Live," where she revealed that Glazer smoked more pot than she did, and the weirdest thing the "Broad City" actress brought home from the supermarket was almond butter.
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Andrew Garfield, Eddie Redmayne, Jamie Dornan
When they were first starting out in Hollywood, the three British actors roomed together in Los Angeles. The friendship was organic and born out of seeing each other in the same auditions over and over. Of course, money was also tough, but the actors found their way.
“We used to go to the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, and split a sandwich between us because that meant we could get cheaper parking,” Dornan told Variety.
Jude Law and Ewan McGregor
Early in their career, the British actors shared a bunk bed before taking their relationship to the next level in 1997 when co-founded the British film and theater production company, Natural Nylon.
Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Before they teamed up for films like "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Anderson and Wilson were roommates at the University of Texas at Austin, where the two lived in the same dorm.