For purely nostalgic reasons, it is almost a pity that Kelly McGillis wasn’t called up for the 2022 “Top Gun” sequel. We know that the producers had their reasons, but it would have been nice to see a reunion between her and her former classmate, Val Kilmer. Interestingly, Kilmer and McGillis’ love for acting took them both from the Golden State to the Big Apple.
And it was in the Big Apple that they first met. The two actors both attended the prestigious performance art, Julliard, in the 1970s. The two would later join the cast of the action-packed flying film “Top Gun,” but sadly, their reunion in the sequel was never to be.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Maya Rudolph
These ladies are the only two to know each other before they became public figures, but their fathers go way back. Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Maya Ruldolph’s father attended Tulane University. Bruce Paltrow studied painting and Richard Ruldolph's music at New Orleans University. Interestingly, their daughters met in Santa Monica.
Both families would later settle in Santa Monica where Gwyneth and Maya would eventually bump into each other. However, they would bump into each other more than once. As young girls, they attended St. Augustine By-the-Sea and later Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. It seemed like the two actresses had little choice but to be friends as they went to the same primary and high schools. Decades later, they’re still close buddies.
Justin Timberlake & Ryan Gosling
As a cast member of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” you got to rub shoulders with people long before they were famous. Though JT and Ryan Gosling are some of the biggest names and biggest earners in the entertainment industry, the two were big buddies all those years ago during their time on the TV program. Even calling them ‘big buddies’ is an understatement.
During their second year on the TV show, they were so tight that they lived with each for 6 months. Gosling’s mother had to leave for Canada, so Timberlake’s mother became Gosling’s legal guardian. Even though they were as close as brothers, nowadays they hardly meet up, but we’re sure they occasionally reminisce about all the mousing around and funny antics they got up to.
Sterling K. Brown & Danai Gurira
After looking at the 2019 SAG afterparty photos, you’d not be wrong for thinking that “Black Panther” stars, Sterling K. Brown and Danai Gurira, looked a bit too comfortable to be just co-stars. Their friendship began not on the set of Wakanda but in NY. When Gurira went live on “The Tonight Show,” she called Sterling “her big brother.”
She also states that it was thanks to NYU Tisch’s acting graduate program that the co-stars became so close, like a little family. Gurira was not kidding about it being like a little family. The “Black Panther” stars were so close that they almost became roommates in Brooklyn. Years later, the two are still close and celebrate each other’s achievements like at the 2019 SAG awards.
Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Rob Lowe, and Robert Downey Jr.
Okay, it is true that only one of them was ever a musketeer – Charlie Sheen played Aramis in the 1993 “The Three Musketeers” film – but you can’t have all these actors, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Rob Lowe, and Robert Downey Jr., in the same school and not be tempted to put on a school production of Duma’s classic, “The Three Musketeers.”
However, considering the slightly wild history of these actors, perhaps, there is a reason why no school production went ahead. Sheen, Penn, Lowe, and Downey all attended Santa Monica High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s. From Lowe’s description, the school appeared a bit like the Wild Wild West. But Lowe also said these Santa Monica types had a knack for acting and scooping up awards.