From Shadows to Spotlight: Celebrities Dish on Pre-Fame Secrets


Discover how famous people became stars in this interesting story. Learn about their secrets before they became famous, and see the difficulties and successes that led to their fame. Come with us to uncover the real stories behind the fancy and exciting parts of their lives, and find out more about the normal side of these well-known people.

  1. 1 NYU with Lady Gaga

    In college, Carly Waddell, from The Bachelor, told a funny story about Lady Gaga. Carly remembered that Gaga used to play and sing Wicked loudly on the piano in their dance studio during lunchtime. Even though Carly thought Gaga was talented, she ended up eating in the hallway to avoid the loud music every day.Well, if you ask me, that lunch scenario and impromptu concert sound perfect, but hey, who am I to judge?! Waddell added, describing the now famous Lady Gaga, "She's so over-the-top. She used to wear these super tight leotards, and she had quite large boobs at the time, and they were just spilling out. She's just so over-the-top."

  2. 2 Craig Mazin with Senator Ted Cruz

    The person behind "The Last of Us" TV show, Craig Mazin, and Senator Ted Cruz were college roommates at Princeton. Craig didn't like Cruz and used to post mean tweets about him, calling him a jerk and commenting on his political moves. However, those tweets have been deleted."I prefer anyone else to be the President of the United States. Anyone. I'd rather randomly pick someone from the phone book," Mazin told the Daily Beast.

  3. 3 Ellie Kemper with Jon Hamm

    Ellie Kemper revealed that Jon Hamm, her high school drama teacher, who later became famous for The Office and Mad Men, was not only 10 years older but also good-looking and dreamy, especially as a drama teacher.On the other hand, Jon remembered Ellie as an exceptional actor, even as a freshman. "You were in ninth grade, and the class had students from ninth grade to seniors — so you were one of the younger ones," Hamm mentioned in an Entertainment Weekly interview with Ellie. "Yet, I recall you being very talented."

  4. 4 Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong'o

    Before starring in movies like Black Panther and Us, Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong'o were classmates at Yale School of Drama. Winston fondly recalled their friendship, describing them as nerds who enjoyed academic and theater activities together, from watching each other's plays to working at the Yale Repertory Theater and even singing in the streets of New Haven.

  5. 5 Lauren Graham and Connie Britton

    When Lauren Graham and Connie Britton were starting out in Hollywood, they lived together in a nearly empty house surviving on Rice Krispies Treats. Lauren joked about Connie's habits, but overall, they had a good time, with Lauren adding that Connie was a "breath of fresh air."

  6. 6 B.J. Novak and John Krasinski

    B.J. Novak and John Krasinski, who were on The Office together, grew up in the same town and even played on the same little league team. They were also in the same graduating class at Newtown South High School in Massachusetts. When asked on Watch What Happens Live if they were both into theater in school, B.J. said, "I was, he wasn't. He was a jock, a basketball captain, and stuff like that. He got into acting a bit later."

  7. 7 Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg

    Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg were at the same high school, Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California, with Snoop being a year older. Cameron mentioned in an interview with George Lopez that Snoop was tall, skinny, and often had ponytails in his hair. She jokingly added, "I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him. I had to have."When George asked Snoop if Cameron's story was true, he playfully responded, "I might've sold her some of that white girl weed."

  8. 8 Drake and Elliot

    Drake and Elliot Page attended the same high school in Toronto. Drake admitted to being mean to Elliot but later apologized, expressing pride in Elliot's achievements. In 2009, he wrote on his blog, acknowledging Elliot's intelligence and wit during their school days.Years later, Elliot tweeted at Drake, recalling their school days and suggesting that everything was forgiven: "Hey @Drake, remember when we read @JoyceCarolOates' Black Water in Dirk's class? Good times. What have you been up to since high school?"

  9. 9 Jessica Simpson with Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling

    Jessica Simpson revealed that Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling had a bet at age 12 about who would kiss her first. After Jessica's divorce, she shared a nostalgic kiss with Justin. When he texted Ryan about winning the bet, Jessica found it amusing and joked, "So we don’t kiss again? That’s done."When Jessica was younger, she had a crush on Ryan. Despite auditioning for The Mickey Mouse Club, the show where both Ryan and Justin were, she didn't get a spot on the program.

  10. 10 Jonah Hill with Adam Levine

    Jonah Hill and Adam Levine were childhood friends who met in junior high and even carpooled together. Jonah shared that Adam, though considered "nerdy" with acne growing up, remained the same down-to-earth person after becoming famous. According to Jonah, unlike many famous people, Adam has not changed.

  11. 11 Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt

    Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt are still best friends. They first met at a Bat Mitzvah and later went to the same high school in Los Angeles, where they would sometimes get in trouble for hanging out too much. Beanie shared that Ben was always very bright and did well in school, while she had more ups and downs academically, especially in college.

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