Rami Malek, Rachel Bilson and More Stars You Never Knew Went to School Together

Rachel Bilson and Rami Malek, who recently had an uncomfortable exchange, aren't the only celebs who once walked the same school hallways. Check out all the pairs of surprising former classmates.

By Ryan Gajewski Mar 30, 2021 1:14 AMTags
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If you don't want to feel like your high school graduating class was comprised of a bunch of underachievers, you may have clicked on the wrong article. 

During her chat with Armchair Expert podcast hosts Dax Shepard and Monica Padma on Monday, March 29, Rachel Bilson reminded the world that she and Rami Malek go way back. During the sit-down, the 39-year-old Hart of Dixie alum recalled an awkward moment when Rami reached out about the throwback pic she had posted while he was in the middle of his 2019 Oscar campaign. 

The pair of then-budding thespians both attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. as part of the graduating class of 1999. In February 2019, Rachel shared a hysterical photo of the two visiting New York for a senior trip.

"Rami was a good friend of mine," she told Dax. "We were [in] the same crew. We did The Crucible together senior year, we were the leads in it together—all these things."

For this reason, Rachel explained she felt "super bummed" when the Mr. Robot standout, also 39, sent her a DM asking her to delete the post. Rami would go on to win the Best Actor Oscar later that month for portraying Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Keep scrolling to see which other stars hit the books together before hitting it big.

Rachel Bilson & Rami Malek

The O.C. alum attended high school with the Oscar winner, but after sharing a throwback photo from their senior trip to the Big Apple, Rami reached out asking Rachel to take it down. 

As she described on Armchair Expert, "...I even wrote to him a really nice message: 'I'm so sorry. Go get the Oscar! You're doing amazing.' And I never hear anything back, which is fine. But I was super bummed because he was always so nice and we were good friends."

Meghan Markle & Katharine McPhee

"Meghan and I did musicals together as kids," Kat wrote on Instagram in 2019. "She grew up to be the Duchess of Sussex and I grew up to star on the West End, so same life if you ask me."

Nowadays, the ladies are close friends and even double date with their S.O.'s, Prince Harry and David Foster

Ansel Elgort & Timothee Chalamet

As teens, the actors both attended the famed LaGuardia High School in New York City together. Just a few years later, the up-and-comers were both nominated for acting awards at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Cameron Diaz & Snoop Lion

The comedic actress and rapper attended Long Beach Polytechnic School, a California high school well regarded for their football program. Cam has mentioned she's "pretty sure" she bought pot from Snoop back in the day.

Zach Braff & Lauryn Hill

New Jersey's Columbia High School had a mix of comedy and music skills with this talented duo.

Lady Gaga & Nicky Hilton

Both stars attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic all-girl school in New York City. Paris Hilton also attended but didn't graduate.

Tupac Shakur & Jada Pinkett Smith

It's such a small world! The famous rapper and actress both attended Baltimore School of the Arts.

John Krasinski & B.J. Novak

Before co-starring together in The Office, the Boston area's Newton South High School classmates starred in the same school play.

Claire Danes & Morena Baccarin

Speaking of co-stars, these two Homeland actresses went to the same New York middle school before making it big. What a way to keep in touch!

Charlie Sheen & Rob Lowe

Both Hollywood actors began their friendships at the same high school in Santa Monica, Calif. At the time, Lowe wanted to get into theater, while Sheen hoped to become a baseball player.

Sean Penn & Robert Downey Jr.

The two A-list actors enjoyed their school days by the beach at Santa Monica High School.

Adele & Jessie J

Talk about a talented class! Both Adele and the "Domino" singer attended BRIT School for Performing Arts.

Rachael Leigh Cook & Josh Hartnett

Before she became a celeb mom and he became a famous actor, the duo were simply school friends at Minneapolis South High School.

Ed Helms & Brian Baumgartner

It's not every day you see classmates from years ago reunite on a network show. Lucky for these two, the Westminster High School alumni came together on The Office.

Kate Hudson & Liv Tyler

Even with a two-year age difference, the Hollywood actresses were able to attend Santa Monica's Crossroads School for a brief time together.

David Duchovny & John F. Kennedy Jr.

Before his untimely death in 1999, the famous politician shared a classroom with Duchovny at New York's Collegiate School.

Jay Z & Busta Rhymes

Let's hear it for New York! The famous rappers both attended George Westinghouse High near Brooklyn.

Anderon Cooper & Christian Slater

Before acting onscreen or covering wars for CNN, the twosome attended class together at New York's Dalton School.

Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

Long before they co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting together, the Hollywood actors were good pals at Cambridge Ridge and Latin High School in Boston.

Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond

How talented was this school?! The established singers perfected their talents at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn.

Neil Patrick Harris & Freddie Prinze Jr.

The comedic actors were the life of the party at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mex.

John Cusack & Jeremy Piven

In addition to living across the street from each other, the two actors also attended Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. They both also studied under Piven's parents, Byrne and Joyce Piven, famous acting teachers.

Nicole Kidman & Naomi Watts

Before they moved to Hollywood, the Australian actresses were pals at North Sydney Girls' High School.

Jennifer Aniston & Chaz Bono

Talk about a surprise pairing! The Friends star attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts with Cher's child.