Over the years, some celebrities have taken their on-screen connection off the screen forming some enviable real-life friendships. The first meeting of some of these icons is surprising.
Celebrities have cultivated some notable relationships with their co-stars which sustained long after their first meeting on screen. While some of these relationships have blossomed into a fairytale romance, eventually leading down the aisle, others have developed into a bigger-than-life friendship.
Celebrity pairs like Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera, have easily become friendship goals in decades past, thanks to their onscreen connections.
To know more about these celebrity onscreen friendships which made it in the real world, read through the list below.
1. B.J NOVAK AND MINDY KALING
Mindy Kaling and B.J Novak met while starring in the “Office,” alongside each other. They forged an instant connection and kicked off their romance thereon. However, the duo soon broke up, deciding they were better off as friends.
Since then, the twosome has remained each other’s, bosom friend. During an interview, Kaling opened up about how their friendship has extended to her daughter, Kathrine. The actress considers Novak as family, and he has managed to snag a special place in his goddaughter, Kathrine’s heart.
2. JENNIFER ANISTON AND COURTENEY COX
“Friends” co-stars, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox have maintained their BFF status since their run on the dramedy series. The twosome took their friendship a notch further, having cute monikers for each other.
Cox refers to Aniston as Jenny Louise, a nickname she unveiled on Instagram while paying tribute to her pal on her 52nd birthday. Notably, Aniston is also a goddaughter to Cox’s daughter, Coco.
3. STEPHEN AMELL AND EMILY RICKARDS
After playing love interests on “Arrow” Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards took their relationship offscreen. However, rather than take the romantic path, the duo resolved to keep their relationship strictly platonic.
They have remained the best of friends to date, with Amell’s wife, Cassandra Jean Amell making up one-third of their friend group.
4. HILARIE BURTON AND SOPHIA BUSH
Actresses, Sophia Bush, and Hilarie Burton played onscreen BFFs in the coming-of-age series, “One Tree Hill,” throughout its run. Burton once admitted that like their characters onscreen, their friendship did not come easy, as many tried to put them against each other through incessant comparison on set.
Yet, they managed to fight hard for the idealized “love story.” Years later, their friendship has only evolved to greater heights.
5. MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND BUSY PHILIPS
Busy Philips and Michelle Williams first met while co-starring on the noughties series, “Dawson’s Creek,” in the early 2000s. Although they rarely had joint scenes throughout the show’s run, the pair spent so much time together on-set that they became the closest pals.
In a later interview, Philips divulged the secret to their lasting friendship as putting in the time and understanding, while working out any issues that might arise. That secret has kept their platonic relationship blossoming to date, with the duo accompanying each other on red carpets.
6. CHRIS EVANS AND SCARLETT JOHANSSON
Celebrity pair, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson met on the set of “The Perfect Score” in 2004. They went on to co-star on “The Nanny Diaries,” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, starring as Black Widow and Captain America.
Their friendship has blossomed off-screen for years, defying the odds to remain purely platonic.
7. KATE WINSLET AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO
“Titanic” remains etched in everyone’s hearts, with Jack and Rose’s love story taking center stage. Yet, the roleplayers in this iconic movie, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio never dated in real life, which seems hard to believe.
For over two decades, the twosome has remained the best of friends, disappointing a long trail of fans hoping for an offscreen romance between them.
8. SOPHIE TURNER AND MAISIE WILLIAMS
After playing Arya and Sansa Stark, two sisters who couldn’t have been more opposite on the HBO series, “Game Of Thrones,” Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams built their connection off-screen.
They have remained the ultimate besties, with Williams gracing Turner’s wedding to Joe Jonas in 2019 as the maid of honor.
9. PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND SALMA HAYEK
In 2006, Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek captured hearts as the bank-robbing pair on “Bandidas.” However, their friendship began long before that.
During an interview, Cruz revealed their friendship dated back to 2001. As best friends, the duo adopted the moniker, Huevos as their special nicknames for each other. The word, which means eggs was admittedly a nod at how much they enjoyed sleeping.
10. BLAKE LIVELY, ALEXIS BLEDEL, AMBER TAMBLYN, AND AMERICA FERRERA
The four female idols, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, and America Ferrera who starred as the inseparable quad on “The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants,” took their friendship off the screen.
In real life, they remain friendship goals, attending each other’s weddings, baby showers, and social events in a show of support.