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50 People Who Knew Celebrities Before They Were Famous Share How They’ve Changed—Or Not

It’s always interesting to find out what celebrities were like before they were famous. Famous people who are known to be jerks in the industry—were they always jerks, even in high school? Or were they once nice people and were ruined by ego and fame? Responses to a recent AskReddit question by u/RogueWolf300 reveal that it just depends on the celebrity.

“People of Reddit who knew celebrities before they were famous,” they asked, “how different do they act now?”

Apparently, Keanu Reeves and Tom Hanks were always nice. Madonna used to be cool, pre-Madonna and Tom Cruise used to be a good guy but then turned into a jerk (bet Scientology didn’t help!!!). That a**hole from Stranger Things was always an a**shole. Dave Chappelle and Paul Rudd were always just the best. Makes sense.

Scroll through and check out what your favorite celebrities were like before they were famous:


I went to Junior High with Norah Jones. She was the most sincere and serene person. She was fun to talk to and she never gave a hint of who her father was. The night she won all those Grammys was very telling that she hadn’t changed a bit.—u/imbackwards


My mom used to ride the bus to work in downtown Cleveland with Steve Harvey’s first wife. Apparently she supported him while he was trying to get his career started. And then basically as soon as he got successful he divorced her for a younger woman.

My mom always hated him because she felt that he treated his first wife like shit and always yells “bastard!” at the TV when he pops up.—u/Cows0303


Went to middle school with Megan Fox for a bit. She rode my bus and she mostly kept to herself. Most of the guys would fight over who was going to sit next to her but she was very shy and didn’t really have much to say.—u/binnygeo

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I went to high school with Emma Chamberlain. She was a huge bully in high school and pretty much a brat who thought she could get away with whatever she wanted (before she got famous). Her parents were divorced which led to them both always trying to be her friend and never actually parenting her, so they basically let her do whatever she wanted.

When she said that people from her high school made fun of her because she was “poor” and that the parking lot was all bmws and range rovers I lost my mind because SHE was the bully in high school, and while the school definitely had some wealthy students it was mostly a middle-class crowd.—u/klay-stan


My mum knew Mel B from her high school. Apparently she always copied other peoples work.—u/BigPP_man


My mom is friends with Johnny Knoxville’s cousin. She met him once and had no idea who he was. She said he was nice and funny as all hell. She didn’t realize until years later she’d even met him until I showed her one of his movies. From what I gather he’s a normal dude and pretty hilarious.—u/GudatPickinUsernames


My grandfather taught Jack Nicholson in High School math class. Said he was rebellious but wasn’t too bad at math.—u/detroit_smash_ur_dad


My coworkers dad grew up with Queen Latifah in North Jersey. His whole family loves her because they were about to lose their house, so she paid it off for them. They’ve never said a bad thing about her.

(Queen Latifah, if this gets back to you, thanks for what you did for your friends in NJ. Phil’s a really cool guy.)—u/sashimi_girl

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I had a teacher who taught drake. Apparently he was a nice kid but then got really douchey when he started getting famous.—u/tryingmybset


A friend of mine is buddies with Paul Rudd. Says he’s exactly the same and a great human.—u/toodleoo57