Be­fore they were stars… they were CLASS­MATES!

THESE A-LIS­TERS GO WAY BACK — TO HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE THEY FIRST FORGED THEIR LAST­ING FRIEND­SHIPS

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JEN­NIFER ANISTON & CHAZ BONO

If you could turn back time… you’d see that the Mur­der Mys­tery ac­tress was there for Chaz, her class­mate and pal. The two, both 50 years old, at­tended New York’s LaGuardia High School of Mu­sic & Art and Per­form­ing Arts. Long be­fore Chaz, daugh­ter of Cher and Sonny Bono, un­der­went gen­der re­as­sign­ment and tran­si­tioned from Chastity to Chaz, he and Jen had more than a pass­ing friend­ship. “Every day a group of us would go to Chaz’s house af­ter school,” Jen has said.

ADAM LEVINE & JONAH HILL

The Ma­roon 5 front­man and the Wolf of Wall Street ac­tor may seem like an un­likely pair, but they grew up to­gether in Los An­ge­les. “Our dads met in the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice in ju­nior high,” said Jonah, 35. “We were in a car­pool; we lived at each other’s houses.” While Adam, 40, has be­come su­per­pop­u­lar not only as a rock star, per­form­ing at last year’s Su­per Bowl half­time show, but also as a judge on The Voice, it wasn’t al­ways that way: Jonah says Adam had a hard time find­ing dates be­cause he was “nerdy,” and also “had bad acne when he was grow­ing up.” But when Ma­roon 5 got signed in Adam’s se­nior year, things changed. “I al­ways looked up to him,” Jonah ad­mits. The two have stayed close friends: Jonah even of­fi­ci­ated at Adam’s 2014 wed­ding to model Be­hati Prinsloo. Quips Jonah, “How could you not be do­ing well with ladies when you’re a guy in a band?”

JADA PIN­KETT SMITH & TU­PAC SHAKUR

Be­fore he be­came known as one of the great­est rap­pers of his gen­er­a­tion — and be­fore he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996 — Tu­pac was just an­other kid at­tend­ing Bal­ti­more School for the Arts in Mary­land. Jada re­calls meet­ing the fu­ture rap god on her first day of school. “He came over to me and in­tro­duced him­self,” she’s re­called. “Pac was a lit­tle funny look­ing... [He] wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily the type of cat that I would even, like, deal with. But as soon as he ap­proached me, he was like a mag­net!” Jada went on to be­come an ac­tress, ap­pear­ing in both The Ma­trix and Mada­gas­car franchises, while Tu­pac moved to Cal­i­for­nia and be­came a rap leg­end. But their friend­ship re­mained close. “Jada is my heart,” he once said. “She will be my friend for my whole life.” Jada, for her part, called him “one of my best friends,” gush­ing, “He was like a brother. The type of re­la­tion­ship we had, you only get that once in a life­time.”

NI­COLE KID­MAN & NAOMI WATTS

The two Aussie ac­tors have shared more than screen time to­gether. Ni­cole, 52, and Naomi, 50, also at­tended North Syd­ney Girls High School to­gether be­fore they each moved to Los An­ge­les. “We’ve gone through a lot to­gether over a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time,” the King Kong ac­tress has said. The pair, who’ve known each other for nearly 30 years, both have kids around the same age — Naomi has sons Alexan­der, 12, and Sa­muel, 10, while the Big Lit­tle Lies star has daugh­ters Sun­day, 11, and Faith, 8 — and are re­spected Hol­ly­wood stars. They first worked to­gether in 1991’s Flirt­ing: “That’s when our friend­ship was forged,” Naomi ex­plains. “That his­tory binds you. We have a strong re­spect and love for each other.”

LADY GAGA & NICKY HIL­TON

It could’ve been a bad ro­mance when Ste­fani Ger­man­otta, bet­ter known as Lady Gaga, and ho­tel heiress Nicky at­tended Sa­cred Heart pri­vate high school in Man­hat­tan to­gether. And though Gaga, 33, has said that Nicky, 35, and her older sis­ter, Paris Hil­ton, were “very, very clean” while she was “al­ways a weird girl in school,” the two may have in­flu­enced each other more than they re­al­ized. “It’s al­most like they were there to make me aware, be­cause so much of what I do now is [to] try to twist my world into the com­mer­cial com­mu­nity,” said Gaga, who fo­cused her en­ergy on the­ater at the time. “I came to school with lots of red lip­stick on or my hair per­fectly curled, or what­ever I was do­ing to get at­ten­tion.” But she gives some credit to the Hil­tons for in­flu­enc­ing her idea of “the self-pro­claimed artist.”

ANSEL EL­GORT & TIMOTHÉE CHA­LA­MET

The two ac­tors, who’ve been mak­ing names for them­selves in emo­tional films like The Fault in Our Stars (Ansel) and Call Me by Your Name (Timothée), started out as team­mates. Like Jen­nifer Aniston and Chaz Bono, the pair went to NYC’s LaGuardia Per­form­ing Arts High School. “They were both quite pop­u­lar and very dif­fer­ent,” re­called their for­mer drama teacher. Ansel, 25, has said, “It’s re­ally crazy, Timmy and I played on the same bas­ket­ball team, we had the same drama teacher, Mr. Shif­man… and then in the same year both of us are nom­i­nated for a f**king Golden Globe!” To this day, the pair have stayed pals, at­tend­ing Knicks games to­gether.

JAY-Z & BUSTA RHYMES

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z had a hit with “Em­pire State of Mind,” but did you know he honed his skills in high school rap bat­tles against Busta Rhymes? The pair at­tended Brook­lyn’s Ge­orge West­ing­house Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion High School and Jay, 49, re­called things got com­pet­i­tive: “Me and Busta Rhymes ac­tu­ally had a rap bat­tle in the lunch­room.” Busta, 47, has also re­called their epic bat­tles, say­ing that Jay’s skills pushed him to im­prove his own rap­ping. “He had fi­nessed the speed rap­ping phe­nom­e­nally and I was new [to it],” Busta said. “But los­ing to Jay in speed rap­ping is what made me one of the most dan­ger­ous speed rap­pers today!”

CAMERON DIAZ & SNOOP DOGG

He now cooks with Martha Ste­wart, and she’s re­tired from act­ing, but back at Long Beach Polytech­nic High School, Snoop Dogg and the Char­lie’s An­gel star used to hang out! “She ran with my lit­tle cheer­lead­ing home­girls,” Snoop, 47, has re­called. “She was in [their] crew. She was fly and she was hip.” And Cameron, 46, has said, “I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him!” But it’s Snoop’s look in par­tic­u­lar she re­mem­bers. “He was very tall and skinny, wore lots of pony­tails on his head!” Still, Snoop says, he never dated Cameron. He mar­ried his high school sweet­heart, Shante Broadus, and Cameron’s now wed to mu­si­cian Benji Mad­den. Said Snoop, “I never got at her like that be­cause she was younger than me ”

RACHEL BILSON, RAMI MALEK & KIRSTEN DUNST

They were the fight­ing Ir­ish of Notre Dame… High School, in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Heart of Dixie ac­tress and the ac­tor whose em­bod­i­ment of Queen front­man Fred­die Mer­cury in Bo­hemian Rhap­sody won him an Os­car were once chummy class­mates dream­ing of star­dom. Rachel, 38, had fun post­ing an old can­did of the pair on so­cial me­dia and urg­ing Rami, 38 (whose ca­reer took off with his turn in Mr. Ro­bot), “#dont­for­get­the­lit­tlepeo­ple.” But the pair had an­other fu­ture ac­tor in their class: Kirsten Dunst, who’s cur­rently earn­ing rave re­views in Show­time’s On Be­com­ing a God in Cen­tral Florida. “We’re still friends,” Rami’s said. “I used to have a lit­tle crush on her.”

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