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Top 10 Celebs You Didn’t Know Went to School Together

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Sadie Perkins

Pssst... What’s the answer to question 6? For this list, we’ll be looking at famous individuals who attended school at the same time, not just those who attended the same school. We’ve included famous schoolmates like Matthew Perry & Justin Trudeau, Tupac & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Chaz Bono & Jennifer Aniston for our list of the Top 10 Stars You Didn’t Know Went to School Together.

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Top 10 Celebs You Didn’t Know Went to School Together


Pssst... What’s the answer to question 6? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 celebrities who went to school together.

For this list, we’ll be looking at famous individuals who attended school at the same time, not just those who attended the same school. Bonus points goes to those celebs who interacted or were friends!

#10: Matthew Perry & Justin Trudeau

Rockcliffe Park Public School, Ottawa, Canada
You might not want to bring this one up at the high school reunion. The Friends star and the current Prime Minister of Canada attended the same Ontario high school and did know each other, though not exactly in a good way. Perry stated in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that he and another friend had actually beaten up Trudeau, though Perry had forgotten about it for years. The actor said Trudeau had been “excelling at a sport we weren’t as good at” and that it had been “pure jealousy”. Though stuffing the future Prime Minister of a country into a locker isn’t the greatest idea, we imagine Perry hopes Trudeau’s forgotten about it too.

#9: Prince William, Prince Harry & Eddie Redmayne

Eton College, Berkshire, England
Not everybody gets to tackle the future King of England - but Eddie Redmayne did. Or at least… we think he did. Back when the boys were attending the prestigious Eton College, they competed on the same rugby team - practicing together, playing together, and occasionally chatting as teammates. Prince Harry also went to Eton College, with the two staying friends after graduating. Redmayne says he remembers Prince William as a nice guy, though he often took the biggest hits on the field. Did the actor ever tackle the future King? If he did, he’s not telling.

#8: Jack Antonoff & Scarlett Johansson

Professional Children’s School, New York City, US
Ah, high school relationships - fuelled by hormones, passion, and lasting about as long as the pizza in your fridge does after a night out. The guitarist of indie pop/ alt rock band “fun.” and this Hollywood starlet actually dated briefly while attending the Professional Children’s School in NYC. Though the affair was short-lived, occurring right before Johansson’s career took off, Antonoff was rumored to have written songs about her. Though the duo have long since gone their separate ways, we’d still like to get confirmation on those songs, and something tells us Johansson wouldn’t say no to a dedication or two either.

#7: Chaz Bono & Jennifer Aniston

The High School of Performing Arts, New York City, US
Nothing says high school like the whole gang heading to someone’s house together after the last bell of the day to hang out. Bono and Aniston both attended the same performing arts school, and in 2011, a photo of the two stars hanging out in the late ‘80s surfaced. When asked about it, Aniston said that the two of them had been on friendly terms, and that Bono’s house was THE place to be after school for her and her friends. Though the two don’t frequent each other's houses anymore, it’s still fun to think of them palling around in their younger years, before all the fame.

#6: Tupac & Jada Pinkett Smith

Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, US
Since the release of All Eyez on Me, the biopic about the life of Tupac Shakur, the relationship between this rapper and actress has become more common knowledge - even if, according to Jada Pinkett Smith, the movie contained a number of inaccuracies. Creative liberties aside, the film was mostly true in its depiction of their deep connection. Attending the Baltimore School for the Arts together, the two developed a friendship that lasted until Tupac’s death. Creating a mini music video together and ironically using Will Smith’s song “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, the pair were clearly very close back in the day, though their relationship, according to Pinkett Smith, was never romantic.

#5: Sean Penn, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr. & Rob Lowe

Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, US
Though this sounds like a cast list of a film, it is in fact simply a sampling of the attendance sheet for Santa Monica High back in the day. Attending the high school within a few years of one another, these young future stars all knew each other in various degrees, with some developing legitimate friendships at the time. Of course, only two of the four, Lowe and Penn, actually graduated, with Downey dropping out and Sheen getting kicked out. A veritable who’s who of then soon to be Hollywood troublemakers, we can only imagine the headaches these four gave their teachers.

#4: Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes & The Notorious B.I.G

George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School, New York City, US

What happens when you stick three future rap legends together in the same school? Rap battles, of course. In an interview with Dj Skee, Busta claimed that he and Jay-Z actually had speed rap battles in the lunchroom. In fact, he says that getting beat by Jay Z is one of the things that motivated him to improve. It must’ve been some seriously inspiring work courtesy of HOV, given that Busta Rhymes went on to become one of the fastest rappers in the game. Though The Notorious B.I.G attended the school simultaneously, they didn’t get a chance to hear his rhymes in the classroom.

#3: Jessie J, Leona Lewis & Adele

BRIT School, Croydon, England
The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology has produced many big names, including Imogen Heap, Amy Winehouse, King Krule and Tom Holland, just to name a few. But still, having all three of these women there simultaneously is almost too much budding talent to handle. Leona Lewis was 3 years ahead of them, but Adele and Jessie J were actually in the same year, and knew each other well. Opening up in interviews about their time together, Jessie has reminisced about how they used to sing together during their lunch hour, honing the vocal skills that would one day rocket them both to the world stage.

#2: John Krasinski & B.J. Novak

Newton South High School, Newton, US
It seems like quite a few of The Office cast knew each other before stumbling onto the famous series, like Brian Baumgartner and Ed Helms did in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re just happy they all found their way back together to offer us such a hilarious show. Working together on the high school stage long before they stepped foot in front of television cameras, The Office stars Krasinski and Novak even appeared in a play together during their senior year at Newton South High. Though they respected each other’s talent and enjoyed the show, neither expected to stay in touch after high school. How many of your classmates can you imagine working beside for years after graduation?

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Lauryn Hill & Zach Braff
Columbia High School, Maplewood, US

Lady Gaga & Paris Hilton
Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City, US

#1: Cameron Diaz & Snoop Dogg

Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, US
Why is it that we aren’t shocked to hear that Snoop was connected to the green even back in high school? It turns out that, although one year apart, the Charlie’s Angel actress and the rapper, back when he was still known as Calvin Broadus, attended the same Long Beach high school. Diaz has stated that she remembers him as the tall, skinny kid who wore a lot of ponytails. She also has confessed she believes she purchased weed from him. But the question remains - does Snoop remember Diaz, or was he too busy sparkin’? Just kidding… he seems to remember too.
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