Look, when I click on a Reddit thread literally called “Redditors who went to school with a celebrity, What were they like before they became rich and famous?,” I braced myself for terrible things.
And I didn’t really find them. There are a few negative stories to be found, but the number of positive stories is so refreshing for me that I’m filing this under Humanity. You might find a few negative celebrity stories here, but enjoy the (mostly) positive stories of celebrities being pretty decent people.
Cool, a topic I can contribute to. Went to high school with John Legend. He was a year older than me. He was clearly very talented, lead role in most school plays, musical acts at talent shows etc. But he was basically just a really nice, humble guy. I wasn’t friends with him but I was an athlete who hung out with the theatre crowd. I helped on set construction and sound for shows. He was a basketball fan and came to most of our school’s games. His cousin was also on the team and a year younger than me.
My dad went to school with Vanilla Ice, he said he was nice
I went to high school with Hayden Christensen before he was in Star Wars. He was artsy and seemed shy. Spent his time in the drama department, and was a nice guy from every memory I have.
Frank Abagnale is my dad’s cousin. We were at a family wedding and he was telling us, “yeah, they’re making a movie about my life. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing me.” He’s a professional liar, so we all just laughed at him. Then Catch Me If You Can came out.
I went to Northwestern w David Schwimmer. He lived with my best friend in a house after graduating. He’s an outstanding actor with a huge range — only actor ever to make me tear up in the middle of a play. Too bad he’s been so typecast now. Nice guy.
Tom Hanks was in this midwestern theater troop (way before he got famous) that visted my mom’s highschool. I believe it was a specific workshop for the school’s theater department, where the students got to work with the visiting actors. She and her friend both thought he was the best one in the troop and also thought he was insanely nice
Edit: This was in Doylestown, Ohio if anyone’s curious 🙂
Kit ‘Jon Snow’ Harington went to the same Sixth Form College as me, year below me. Super quiet and shy. Literally the last person you’d think would end up being famous.
I went to high school with Joe Keery. I wasn’t personally friends with him but had a few classes here and there and he was relatively well known in our class (then again, in a class of 150 people it’s more unusual NOT to know somebody). He was always very nice and friendly, the complete opposite of Steve at the start of S1 of Stranger Things. I’m really glad to see him succeed as much as he has and wish him all the best in his career (which we will watch with great interest).
Went to school with a guy who is in the WWE, Bo Dallas. His real name is Taylor Rotunda. He was pretty outgoing and popular but very polite and respectful. I can’t speak for others but he was always very nice to me. He did once headbutt a kid without saying a word because he was making fun of a kid with special needs. So the story goes, anyway. I watched it happen so can confirm the headbutting, but the story behind it is what was told to me.
Not a super famous connection…but Avril Lavigne (Canadian musician) was the bat girl for my baseball team. She was a cute kid and respectful…it was years later when she had a hit song that I realized it was actually her.
James Corden. God was he a show-off. When a bunch of 10-11 year old kids are trying to get a school play together it helps if you don’t start making up your own lines and throwing everyone into a state of utter confusion.
Chloe Moretz is from my hometown but is a good bit younger than I am. She went to my ballet school briefly and her family was friends with one of my best friend’s family growing up, so I was around her a good bit. She would’ve been maybe 6-8 at the time and she was just a cute, polite, kind of shy kid.
There was some drama that caused her family to move to Atlanta and then New York, and I remember her older brother was the ham of the family that wanted to get into acting first. I was surprised when I heard that she was the one who’d gotten famous out of them.
The gaudy mcmansion her dad had built at the front lot of the local “rich people” subdivision still sits vacant and one time my friends and I got drunk and went skinny dipping in the Moretz’ pool in high school. I don’t mean to sound snarky, it really is a weird house.
Went to middle school with Raven-Symone (post-Cosby, pre-That’s So Raven). She was just a normal kid, but if you asked for an autograph/made a big deal about her you got detention.
I went to highschool with emily ratajkowski. She is a year older than me and was in a grade above me. We weren’t friends ourselves, but she was friends with a lot of people I was friends in. In no way did I know her well, but i remember she was always smiling and very nice.
The most memorable thing though, is I had her dad as my art teacher for a semester when I was a sophomore. He had been with the school for SO many years and I think he retired the year after I had him. My highschool was relaxed as fuck but he was the ultimate DGAF teacher. He would take attendance and then leave for the rest of the class, came back 5 minutes prior and would take attendance again. He was a super nice guy, very very talented.
Back to emily though, the only thing I truly remember from her in highschool is she was cute but not like DAMN! She had gnarly eyebrows, not in a bad way at all, they were just intimidating but also really cute in a way. Great girl (from what I could tell) and I’m happy she’s big and famous now.
I was on the wrestling team with Rachel Brosnahan. She was always super chill and nice. Always treated me with respect. Much better actor than wrestler.
My ex-mother-in-law was close friends with Johnny Knoxville, except everyone around here calls him PJ. He absolutely adores her father. So anytime he came into town, he’s visit my ex-wife’s grandfather, who happened to live next door to my ex-mother-in-law. She said he was just a sweet, goofy kid growing up who was always doing stunts even back then. He used to wear a football helmet around for his stunt work or something like that.
Anywho, he came in town for his parents’ 50th and we were all invited. Then we hung around outside and walked around and I gotta say, I don’t know any celebrities, but I’ve heard they can be dicks to fans (looking at you Daniel Craig, you Bondly SOB, you). This just cannot be said about PJ. He’s just as friendly after 3 hours of fans stopping him as he was the first fan of the night. He smiles from ear-ear, gives each fan a great big hug, takes pictures with them, gives them that Johnny Knoxville laugh, and just genuinely appreciates their support. He’s just an all around nice guy from the sticks.
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