Sure, we’re obsessed with certain fictional relationships in both television shows and movies, but friendships can be even better. Hanna and Caleb from Pretty Little Liars? Cute. Hanna and Emily? Lifelong BFFs that are the foundation for all of our #FriendshipGoals. The only thing that we, as invested fans of everything revolving around those characters, love more than a close-knit on-screen friendship is an off-screen friendship that is even stronger.
From being the BFF they go in during to tough times, to being the bridesmaids or groomsmen at each other’s weddings or the godparent to one another’s children, we can’t get enough of these celeb besties. Take a seat, grab a snack, and prepare to say ‘awwwwwwww‘ with us as we showcase some of our favorite former (and current!) co-stars who are best friends IRL.
1. Sophie Turner and Masie Williams from Game of Thrones
Okay, okay, so Sansa and Arya might not be the best of friends on-screen, but the Game of Thrones actresses, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams make up for it IRL. Take a look at either of their social media accounts and cute photos of them are sure to be at the top of their feed. These pics basically breathe life into us when times get tough.
Need further proof of their best friendship? They even got matching tattoos that read ’07.08.09’ on their forearms — which is the date that both of them found out they were cast on the show. They’ve been together through it all and we’ve got a feeling that this friendship was meant to last.
2. Dylan and Cole Sprouse from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Suite Life On Deck
Obviously, these two are not only best friends — they’re also brothers! Twins, nonetheless! Dylan and Cole Sprouse got their big break on the set of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, but the two have been sharing the set of several TV shows and commercials since they were babies. After wrapping up Suite Life on Deck, the two attended New York University together, and although they are no longer working together, their Twitter bromance (*literally*) is alive and well.
3. The Cast of Victorious
Victorious ending brought about one of the most dramatic falling outs that we’ve ever seen on Nickelodeon. Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande had a bit of a feud in the media concerning the finale and Victoria opting to go on a solo tour, but as she later went on to explain that most of that so-called fight wasn’t even true. Phew!
Good news is that the show actually brought about a powerful friendship between the cast that lives on to this day, like last year when Daniella Monet, Matt Bennett, Leon Thomas III, and Avan Jogia celebrated with Ari for her 23rd birthday. Squad goals AF. The cast tries to have a yearly reunion and they’re constantly singing one another’s praises in the media. We love it!
4. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis from That ’70s Show
Not only are these two lovebirds (and our favorite on-screen couple from That 70’s Show, FYI) but best friends, too. After years of platonic friendship after filming the show together, Ashton and Mila started dating IRL, got married, and now have two children. We know, we know, we screamed too. You can tell from their interviews (where they totally gush over one another) that it’s their friendship that keeps the love alive and their marriage thriving. Elvira and Mark sure are #blessed to have two of the coolest parents ever — not to mention one of the rare couples that are keeping our hope alive for true love actually existing.
5. Chris Colfer and Lea Michele from Glee
Chris Colfer and Lea Michele played Kurt and Rachel on Glee. On-screen, their characters had a rocky beginning but became the best of friends. Turns out, Chris and Lea have a close-knit friendship off-screen, too, which almost makes our hearts explode with happiness.
Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on Glee, was the actress’ fiancé on the show and IRL before he tragically passed from a drug overdose in 2013. Obviously, it was a tough time for Lea and a lot of her costars were there for her afterward — but especially Chris.
He spent the following Valentine’s Day with her on the set of Glee, lending her love and support on a day that likely was very tough for the girl.
6. Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox from Friends
There is something so comforting in knowing that one of the best friendships we’ve ever seen on TV, Rachel and Monica on Friends, was actually a thing in real life, too. We knew that no one could act that well!
Jen and Court were glued at the hip from the start of the show and no matter how much time passed, seeing them in photos together made us feel like the show never actually ended. Cox was even a bridesmaid at Aniston’s wedding to fellow actor Justin Theroux in 2015.
“There’s absolutely no judgment in Court. You’ll never feel scolded. She’s extremely fair, ridiculously loyal and fiercely loving.” Jen said on her old friend, Courtney. Awe! To this day the two are pretty consistently spotted hanging out in L.A. and we love ’em for it!
7. Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Posey from Teen Wolf
From their matching plaid shirts to their promises to be the best man at each other’s weddings, D. O’B and T. Pose are actual friendship goals.
The two have had their fair share of tough times — like when Tyler lost his mother to cancer and ended things with his fiancée, or Dylan’s accident on the set of The Maze Runner — but they’ve always had the other to help them get through it.
Ty and Dyl even lived together for a couple of years, taking their bromance to a whole new level (and frequently posted goofy videos on YouTube), while filming seasons one and two of Teen Wolf. Oh, and they hug a lot on-set and off-set, which is pretty frickin’ cute if you ask us.
8. Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps from Dawson’s Creek
You know a friendship is solid when it stands the test of time. Dawson’s Creek might have ended back in 2003, but it’s 14 years later and Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips are still close as ever.
Seriously! Like our love for this TV show, some things never die — and their friendship further exemplifies that.
Back in 2006, Michaelle took two dates to the Oscars: then-boyfriend Heath Ledger, and Busy. Heath passed in 2008 (still not over it), and Busy was right by her side, without hesitation, throughout the entire ordeal. That’s how you know a friendship is true.
9. Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl
Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick were the two main men of our favorite teenage drama, Gossip Girl. But the series being over does not mean that their friendship is, too. In fact, when Chase turned 31 last year, Ed was obviously invited to the family celebration.
“Ed’s redeeming quality was that my grandmother loves to dance and he grabbed my grandmother and danced with her for ten minutes to a live band. So no matter what he did for the rest of the night he was clear.” Chase said about the party.
You can’t even argue that isn’t adorable, can you?
10. Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak from The Office
Ryan and Kelly might have a strained, complicated relationship on The Office, but there is nothing complicated about the friendship between the actors that play them, Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak. While the two did date on and off for a while, that is all behind them and the remain the best of friends. Friends? After a breakup? Somehow, they’ve done it. And they’ve done it with flying colors.
Like, seriously, these two are the best of friends, according to Mindy.
11. Zach Braff and Donald Faison from Scrubs
Scrubs ended in 2010, but nine seasons of a show are bound to make any two co-stars close. Zach Braff and Donald Faison starred on the show together, and despite it being off the air for so long, whenever we visit one of their pages on social media, we can see that their friendship is still strong and sweet.
Zach was a groomsmen for Donald’s wedding to Cacee Cobb, and later become the godfather to their son, Rocco. We’re not crying, you’re crying! Okay, we might be crying too — no shame, these dudes are too cute.
12. Ashley Benson and Tyler Blackburn from Pretty Little Liars
Ashley B. is allowed to have multiple friendships with former Pretty Little Liars cast members. Tyler Blackburn might have played her long-term, on-and-off-again love interest on the show, but the two are actually best buddies when the cameras aren’t rolling.
Could it ever evolve into a real life #Haleb? Maybe, and we would totally ship it, but their platonic friendship is still pretty dang cute, too. Each of the adorable photos they post to social media together (as friends!) makes our hearts soar.
13. Candace Cameron Bure and Andrea Barber from Full House and Fuller House
Did anything make us happier than when we found out the dynamic duo that was DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibler would be running the brand new, spinoff series Fuller House? Answer: no, nothing has ever made us smile so much. But, between the two different shows, Candace and Andrea, remaining close friends — and it totally shows on the new show.
“[She’s] one of my longest friendships. And this is how we smile & laugh every single time we’re together.” Barber said about Bure on her birthday.
14. Jwoww and Snooki from Jersey Shore and Snooki & Jwoww
Jersey Shore brought us a lot of binge drinking, hair gel, faux tans, and of course, G.T.L. (Gym, Tan, Laundry). But, something surprising that came out of the show was a lasting friendship between Nicole Polizzi and Jenni Farley, AKA Snooki and JWoww.
The dynamic duo got their own spinoff called Snooki & JWoww, that was the start of their more mature lives of getting engaged, married, and pregnant. Now, the two Jersey-ish girls have children, who are also growing up to be the best of friends. Their wild, partying days might be over, but their best friendship is far from.
15. Miranda Cosgrove and Jeanette McCurdy from iCarly
Carly and Sam built the foundation for a real-life friendship that we’re all living for. Miranda and Jeanette starred on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly together and even years after the final episode aired, these two have kept up a special bond.
You can scroll on their social media pages and see photos of each other, including these from a few months ago, when they actually made our heart melt and went to Tokyo Disney together. Last year, they dressed as Daphne and Velma from Scooby Doo in a group costume for Halloween, and it was adorbs.
“I love her and so does everybody else. She’s been making life better since I met her over ten years ago. She’s honest and hilarious and she makes me wanna be as funny and perfect as she is!” Miranda captioned a photo of the two on McCurdy’s birthday. So, so cute!
16. Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars
Your best friend might be cool and all, but do you guys have your own hashtag? Didn’t think so. Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell do and the hashtag has been a thing since 2010. #ButtahBenzo — we’re obsessed. Despite the fact that Pretty Little Liars sadly came to an end, their friendship off-screen remains even stronger than the one that we saw on-screen and it doesn’t look as though that is changing anytime soon. Most of the time, if one PLL girl is spotted on a red carpet then the other isn’t far behind — and there are a ton of photos of the two of them hanging out on their social media. #PLL5Ever
17. The Cast of Orange Is The New Black
Yes, our favorite female prisoners from Orange is the New Black are best friends in real life, posting photos of each other all the time on social media — and I mean it: all the time.
The ladies of Litchfield traveled to Paris together, took photos in front of Le Louvre and Eiffel Tower, giving us a good dose of both #Wanderlust and #FriendshipGoals. Everyone really is best friends, and that makes us love them and the show even more than we already did.