Hollywood can often pit celebrity friends against each other, but these duos have managed to stay close. To mark Malika Haqq's 37th birthday on March 10, 2020, we're taking a look at some of the stars who are besties in real life, starting with Khloe Kardashian and the "ATL" actress. KoKo and Malika have been inseparable ever since they met as teens. "Malika was dating one of my male best friends. He would always keep us apart because I am sure he knew we would just hit it off," Khloe explained on her blog. "One day we met and we did. Malika and [her twin sister] Khadijah have been my best friends ever since." Keep reading to see more celebrity BFFs…
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It was "Dawson's Creek" that brought Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps into each other's lives. And their bond grew so deep that even after the show was canceled, the former co-stars remained BFFs. Michelle leaned on Busy when ex Heath Ledger passed away and she had to move forward as a single mom. They've been each other's dates to awards shows. They even often vacation together! "I'm so in love with her," Michelle told People magazine in 2016. "She's proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man! That's the love of my life right there."
To witness the bond between "The Office" co-stars Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak, just follow them both on Twitter — it's all inside jokes and silliness. Though the "Mindy Project" star has walked the Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet with B.J. four times in recent years, they are just friends. The pair, who dated on and off for years, constantly have to confirm that they aren't dating again. B.J. has said, "We are pretty inseparable best friends with a lot of chemistry."
Alexander Skarsgard and Jack McBrayer's friendship might have flown under the radar for a while but the bromance is now front and center. It turns out the pair have been close for years. "30 Rock" star Jack attended the Season 5 premiere of "True Blood" to support Alexander back in 2012 and the duo were spotted hanging out in 2013 too. They worked together on a "Funny Or Die" project in 2015 and spent all night side-by-side at the 2017 Emmys and the 2018 SAG Awards. "Well, we were [friends] before, but not so much anymore. We were incredibly close until we spent nine days together on a boat in bunk beds," Alexander joked to Esquire.
Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev hit it off after they were introduced by a hairstylist in 2012 and have been close ever since. "It feels like we met when we were 2 years old, because I feel like I have known you my entire life," Nina told People magazine about Julianne. "We are goofy, we like to laugh, we like to play with our dogs and hang out and watch movies and get ready together and go places together. We just like to be around each other. I can only speak for myself, but Julianne is such a positive, awesome person. She has an infectious energy that you just want to be around, so selfishly I am just trying to get a little bit of her energy transferred to me."
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been buddies ever since they were kids growing up in Boston. They were undeniable best friends for years after they co-wrote and co-starred in "Good Will Hunting" and often joked about their bond. When Ben found out that Michael Douglas kissed his buddy during filming of "Behind the Candelabra," he quipped, "It burns me up. You know, I feel the envy in my heart. I can't stand it." They haven't been as inseparable lately, but Matt has another celebrity bestie who's filled the void — perhaps making Ben even more jealous…
Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth grew close in 2014 and have been incredibly tight ever since. The two A-listers are often seen chumming it up on on red carpets, on the beach in Chris's native Australia and on double dates with their wives. Ben Affleck jokingly waved his white flag on Twitter. "Hey @chrishemsworth, you can have him! I'm Team @JimmyKimmel anyways," Ben wrote in April 2018. Chris and Matt have even taken things to the next level with family vacations…
Matt Damon, Chris Hemsworth and their respective wives, Luciana Barroso and Elsa Pataky, have been spotted on multiple globe-trotting family vacays in recent years. They were seen holidaying together in Byron Bay, Australia, as well as San Sebastian, Spain, and enjoyed a winter getaway together in Montana. In fact, Elsa and Luciana might even be closer BFFs than their husbands! "Chris has been a big fan of Matt Damon, me too, and then when I met his wife, I'm even more a fan of his wife," Elsa told People magazine. "They are such amazing people. We have three kids, they have four kids, so we ended up making the same plans because everything we do, we do with the kids, so it's easier to do things with people that understand you."
Millie Bobby Brown and Maddie Ziegler are joined at the hip. The "Stranger Things" actress and the dancer have walked red carpets hand-in-hand and bonded over their shared sense of humor. "A lot of girls this age can be super-jealous of each other, but Millie and I are so supportive of each other," Maddie told PopSugar. "She's always cheering me on in every single thing that I do. We have the best friendship, and she's probably the funniest friend I know. She always makes me laugh till I pee my pants."
Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio have basically grown up together in the spotlight. Leo took a walk down memory lane with HuffPo and explained how his bromance began with his "The Great Gatsby" co-star. "After I met Tobey at an audition, I felt like I wanted this guy to be my friend. I remember driving back from school and he was doing "Hot Rod Brown Class Clown" with Whoopi Goldberg outside Hollywood High. It was a high school. And I jumped out of my car in the middle of the scene, as they were shooting, practically. I was like, 'Tobey! Tobey! Tobey! Give me your number.' He was like, 'Yeah, who are you again?'"
If we could be part of any celebrity friendship, it'd be Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's. These hilarious gals have kept us laughing through movies, "Saturday Night Live" skits and award shows — their chemistry is undeniable! Though women in Hollywood (and especially comedy) seem to always be in competition, these BFFs have done nothing but support each other since the beginning.
You've seen Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake perform the "History of Rap," right? What about on "Saturday Night Live"? Just by watching them together, you can tell how much fun they must have when the cameras stop rolling too. Justin has said that during a pause in his heartfelt wedding speech to bride Jessica Biel, BFF Jimmy shouted a joke that sparked a five-minute improv sesh. The wedding party and guests were in tears — Justin called it "a moment that everyone there will remember forever."
These guidettes have been through lots of drama, but it's only made their hairspray-enforced bond stronger! After we saw the lengths they'd go to for each other on "Jersey Shore," the duo snagged their own spinoff, "Snooki & JWoww." Jenni "JWoww" Farley has said of her godson's mom, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, "We hug, we spoon, we sleep in the same bed, [and we] text each other 5,000 times a day."
These "Friends" have had each other's backs ever since they met on the set of the hit '90s television series. Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston both live in Los Angeles and can be found hanging out around town together, but they also love to vacation in Mexico with one another too. Another true testament to their friendship? Jennifer is Courteney's daughter's godmother.
Kim Kardashian West and Jonathan Cheban are the definition of celebrity best friends. The two have been close for years after meeting at a birthday party and Jonathan has been there to support Kim through numerous business ventures, multiple marriages and every season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
These lovely ladies have been besties ever since Penelope Cruz moved to the United States. She and Salma Hayek have seen each other through everything from breakups to babies and even co-starred in the 2006 film "Bandidas." Penelope has said that she and gal pal Salma are "like sisters."
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are two peas in a musical pod. Though Taylor has famously enjoyed the friendship of a whole squad of Hollywood stars over the years, Selena has remained someone special. The superstar singers have so much history with one another, they've considered themselves to be family and can often be spotted supporting one another at concerts and events (like Taylor's 2018 "Reputation" tour stop in California, pictured here). When a fan once asked Selena about Taylor during an Instagram Live session, she responded, "How's Taylor? Taylor's awesome. I love her. She's amazing. I talked to her today. She's literally like my big sister. I tell her everything. She's so smart it freaks me out." Selena has another Hollywood bestie, however, who literally saved her life…
"Grown-ish" actress Francia Raisa is so close to Selena Gomez that she became an organ donor to save her BFF's life. Selena was diagnosed with lupus in the early 2010s and needed a kidney transplant in 2017. Her bestie, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" alum Francia, selflessly donated her own kidney — an act that Selena said she'll never forget. "There aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa," Selena wrote on Instagram in September 2017. "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis."
These two have a serious sisterhood. Victoria Beckham has been there to support gal pal Eva Longoria over the years, including when she was a witness to Eva's 2016 nuptials to José Antonio Bastón and when she was right there at the unveiling of Eva's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Eva is also godmother to Victoria's daughter, Harper.
Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence quickly became BFFs as they navigated Hollywood as up-and-coming actresses. The duo were once inseparable: Jennifer interviewed Emma for ELLE magazine in 2017 and Emma was often spotted cheering on her bestie on red carpets. "She texted me that she got my number from Woody [Harrelson]," J.Law told Vanity Fair of Emma. "I replied, 'F— off!' And we've been really good friends ever since."
Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore bonded when they were wearing leather pants and talking to a box on the set of "Charlie's Angels." Drew once said, "Cameron Diaz is one of the greatest friends anyone can ever have. She has so much love to give. We also support each other through the bad times." And in good times too: Cameron went wedding dress shopping with Drew leading up to her 2012 nuptials to (now ex) hubby Will Kopelman.
This powerhouse celebrity duo have done everything together — dinner dates, play dates, you name it! Beyonce and Gwyneth get along so well because each understands the demands of fame and family. The singer told E! News of the actress in 2013, "[Gwyneth] is incredible. She's a great friend on every level."
Though there have been rift rumors surrounding George Clooney and Brad Pitt's friendship, the pair have been pals for years. Brad addressed their alleged broken bromance and George's claim that he's been "unreachable" during an interview in 2015. "Well, you know, George is extremely accessible. He's one of our best representatives," Brad told GQ. "He's funny as s—. He's a joy to be around. I guess maybe I'm more of a miserable b——. I'm a bit of a loner, you know? I'm more quiet by nature. And coming from hillbilly country, I'm probably more reserved." Here's hoping their friendship can endure!
Many don't realize that Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman have been best mates since high school! "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," Nicole revealed to the Telegraph.
J.D. and Turk didn't just have a bromance on "Scrubs." The actors who played them have been equally inseparable in real life. Zach Braff was a groomsman in Donald Faison's wedding and the guys cover Christmas songs together, team up to encourage people to vote, and grope each other on the red carpet. Their strong friendship also extends to the far reaches of Twitter. It's sometimes as if the site exists purely for them to chat.
They seem like an unlikely pair, but Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart couldn't be closer. The two hosted "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party" together on VH1 and continue to be there for one another. "She lets me do me and accepts me for who I am," Snoop explained to People magazine.