Celebrity room mates

Many famous faces shared living space as youngsters, and memories are mixed...


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon  became room mates as kids. The pair were at school together in Boston. They drew on that experience - and lived together once more - while they were writing their Oscar-winning film, Good Will Hunting. The firm friendship they forged as boys has since survived whatever life has thrown at them.

Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake also lived together as children. In their case, it was a practical solution to the demands of filming  The Mickey Mouse Club. Justin and his family took Ryan into their home near the set."We were probably a little closer than the rest of the kids that were on the show just because we had to share a bathroom!" Justin told Ellen DeGeneres in 2011.

For people starting out in Hollywood, living with someone in the same position means having someone who understands the struggle. Although when work is scarce, it might be nice to talk about something else, as British stars Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne discovered. The two shared an apartment in Los Angeles before they became well known. "The idea was 'this is going to be great'. People just would be like throwing work at us and - polar opposite. It was just tough. And we were at the same agency at the time," Jamie recalls.

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Comedian James Corden's flatshare with Mamma Mia actor Dominic Cooper seems to have been an equally bleak experience. James's £7.5million Brentwood home is a far cry from his earlier accommodation. "We only had one piece of cutlery, which was a spatula," Dominic has revealed. "And I remember a really depressing evening where he caught me - he came home and I was just eating baked beans with the spatula."

For Gwyneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder, it seems that support actually turned into competition. The actresses' time as room mates is reported to have come to an abrupt end in 1998 after a fall-out. Rumours suggest that Gwyneth found the script for Shakespeare in Love lying around in their apartment and auditioned for the part. She not only got it, she also won an Oscar for it.

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