A list of celebrities who did each other favors before they were super famous, whether that meant helping to launch their careers or helping them to get out of sticky situations. If you’re looking for an example of how true friendship can come in handy when you’re trying to make it big in Hollywood, look no further than these celebs who did a huge favor for other celebs before they were super famous.
1) Jennifer Lawrence
When it comes to doing huge favors for other celebs before they became super famous, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the first names that come to mind. Before she skyrocketed to international stardom with her iconic roles in franchises such as The Hunger Games and X-Men, Lawrence was already well-known in Hollywood circles.
One particular example of a huge favor that Lawrence did for another celebrity occurred when she made an appearance on MTV’s show My Super Sweet 16. She was there to surprise her friend and then-upcoming star Selena Gomez with a brand-new BMW. Lawrence took the time to set up the whole event, making it a huge surprise for Gomez who was overwhelmed with emotion at the gesture.
Since then, the two stars have gone on to become huge successes in their respective fields. This huge favor from Lawrence to Gomez serves as a reminder that even those who are not yet famous can still make a big difference in someone else’s life.
2) Lupita Nyong’o
Before she was an Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o did something that was a huge favor for another celeb: she helped her future Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman with his lines! While attending the same college at the Yale School of Drama, Nyong’o acted as Boseman’s scene partner in a play called Deep Azure, helping him to hone his craft and improve his performance.
Nyong’o is now a big name in Hollywood, but back when she and Boseman were still up-and-coming actors, she went above and beyond to help him out. After their stint at Yale, Boseman went on to become one of the most beloved superheroes of all time in Black Panther, while Nyong’o earned an Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave and starred in some of the biggest movies of the last few years.
It’s really heartwarming to see how two people who were just starting out in the industry ended up becoming such big names. It just goes to show that if you put in the hard work and support your friends, great things can happen!
3) Mindy Kaling
Before she was an acclaimed actress and writer, Mindy Kaling was best known as an assistant on The Office. But long before she became a star on the show, Mindy helped out a fellow up-and-coming comedian: Amy Poehler.
At the time, Mindy was working at a theater in Boston, MA, and Poehler was an unknown performer just starting out in the comedy scene. When Poehler asked for a slot in the theater’s lineup, Mindy pulled strings to get her a spot on the bill. She even lent Poehler money to pay for lodging so that she could stay in town for the gig.
In return, Poehler let Mindy tag along with her as she traveled to do various comedy shows, giving her invaluable experience and insight into the business. Thanks to Mindy’s generosity and friendship, Amy Poehler was able to make a name for herself in the world of comedy and eventually become one of the most successful comedians of our time.
4) Viola Davis
Viola Davis has been an amazing friend to several other celebs throughout her career. Before she became a household name, she did some pretty amazing things for some of her peers.
For example, back when she was just starting out in Hollywood, Viola came to the rescue of her close friend Cicely Tyson. Cicely was set to appear on a talk show and had not had the time to get her hair and makeup done beforehand. Viola offered to do Cicely’s makeup for her last-minute appearance and helped her look her best for the occasion.
Viola also helped out actor Blair Underwood before he made it big. Blair was preparing for an audition but had no one to help him practice his lines. Viola offered her assistance and rehearsed with him until he was confident and prepared. It worked out because Blair eventually booked the role!
Viola has proven that friendship is truly what matters most in life. She’s been a great example of how kindness can make all the difference in someone’s life, especially during their early years in the industry.
5) Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen is one of the most beloved comedic actors of this generation, and has been since his career began in the early 2000s. But before he was a big star, Seth was actually quite helpful to another now-famous actor: James Franco. When Franco was trying to break into Hollywood, he received little response from agents and studios. However, Seth Rogen took it upon himself to vouch for his friend and invite him to audition for Judd Apatow’s hit show Freaks and Geeks. The show ended up being canceled after only one season, but it launched both Franco and Rogen’s careers into stardom. This goes to show that even before he was a movie star, Seth was willing to lend a helping hand to a friend in need.
6) Bradley Cooper
When Bradley Cooper was an unknown actor, he took time out of his schedule to help out a fellow struggling thespian – future Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence.
When the two first met, Cooper had been trying to make it in Hollywood for years, and Lawrence had just moved to Los Angeles. Both were looking for their big break, but at the time Lawrence was relatively unknown. To help her get a leg up in Hollywood, Cooper helped Lawrence record a demo reel that she could use to land auditions.
The demo reel Cooper recorded with Lawrence was seen by some of the biggest directors in town, and it helped Lawrence launch her career and score major roles in movies like The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook.
7) Emma Stone
Before she was one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Emma Stone was a young actress trying to make her way in the entertainment industry. In an effort to help out a fellow aspiring actor, Stone did a HUGE favor for her friend, Ryan Gosling.
When Gosling had to audition for the lead role in the movie The Notebook, he asked Stone to come along and act as his scene partner. She agreed, and together they delivered a powerful performance that secured him the role. This favor likely played a part in helping Gosling launch his career, and now both actors are household names.
It’s always nice to hear stories like this, where two friends worked together to help each other reach their goals. It just goes to show that even those who are famous now were once just two people trying to get by. And it’s important to remember that behind every celebrity success story, there’s often a huge favor from someone else that made it possible.