Hollywood is a small town and it seems even smaller when you learn two stars went to the same high school. Did their home towns pump star juice into the water fountains? Were their plays considered off off off Broadway? Did agents attend their talent shows? If we had known schools like this existed, we would've given our kidneys to attend one and drink from the fountains of famous juice. Instead we went to dumb Regular People High School. Thanks mom and dad!
Some famous high school stars even stayed buddies after graduation (or dropping out) and helped each other achieve success. Anybody familiar with Matt and Ben? It's a nice story, but we think it’s even more interesting when stars take different paths and end up bumping into each other at their 10 year reunion. Here are some examples of that:
Lady Gaga and the Hilton sisters
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Convent of the Sacred Heart (NYC)
Nikki Hilton (g. 2001)
Stefani Germanotta (g. 2004)
Paris Hilton attended the same school but did not graduate. She later earned her GED and used her education to make a sex tape.
Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer and Mare Winningham
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Spacey graduated as valedictorian and in his senior year starred in a production of "The Sound of Music." He played the part of Captain Georg von Trapp, while Mare Winningham (she was in "Turner and Hooch") played Maria. Off-stage a pre-bloated Val Kilmer dated Winningham throughout high school. She stroked his ego... and other things.
Josh Hartnett and Rachael Leigh Cook
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Hartnett was two years ahead of Cook, who says she remembers thinking he was a dreamboat. In a few years so would the rest of America. A few years after that, they would both end up back in Minnesota wondering what happened to their careers. It reminds us of the PSA that made Cook famous: This is your career... this is your career when everybody realizes you're not very talented.
John Krasinski and BJ Novak
When they were high school seniors, BJ Novak cast John Krasinski in a satirical play he wrote. We have no idea what the play was about. But, we hope it was called "The Job" where Krasinski played a salesman named Jim and BJ was an intern-turned-Jim's boss, who stole Jim's wife Pam and renamed Jim's little girl Ryan Jr.
Anderson Cooper and Christian Slater
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Apparently people who go to the Dalton School remain handsome for life.
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts
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Kidman and Watts were friends. It's unknown if they had sleepovers with pillow fights, but we like to think they did. We'd also like to think that someone has video proof.
John Cusack and Jeremy Piven
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They lived across the street from each other and studied acting at the Piven Theater Workshop, which was owned by Piven's parents. Piven also taught Cusack how to wear a trenchcoat and hold a boombox in a way that would make thousands of teenage girls fall in love with him and occasionally stalk him. Good job, Piven!
Ed Helms and Brian Baumgartner
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They were in the high school chorale group and starred in several plays together. They also spent a lot of time being huge dorks together.
Neil Patrick Harris and Freddie Prinze Jr.
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It is unknown if they ever met. We'd like Neil Patick Harris to address the issue by creating a video short called "How I met Freddie Prinze Jr." C'mon, don't disappoint the fans.
Zach Braff and Lauryn Hill
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They were childhood friends. Hill attended Braff's Bar Mitzvah in 1988. There are rumors that "Garden State" is about Hill's afro and the people that live inside it.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur
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Before Shakur could finish his education, he was forced to relocate to California and become famous. Pinkett and Shakur were good friends, up until his death in 1996. We do not know if she hangs out with his hologram but who wouldn't want to be friends with a hologram???
Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr. & Sean Penn
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Around the same time, Chris Penn, Chad Lowe, Holly Robinson, Dean Cain and Emilio Estevez also attended Santa Monica High School where they studied subjects like "sex," "drugs" and "Rock and Roll." Sheen chose an elective called "porn stars" which is the only class he didn't fail.
Sheen was also the pitcher for the school's baseball team. However, according to his former coach Jose Lopez, Sheen did not finish the season or high school because he was expelled a few weeks before graduation. Years later, something similar happened on the set of "Two and a Half Men."