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


Not personally but everyone in my town has a Dave Chapelle story. I worked with a guy who said he knew him, I called BS. We then met Dave and they were actually friends. Basically no one in town thought he would be much. Now he is a local hero really down to earth. You literally see this man just chilling in the park in normal cheap clothes. Nothing has changed him. You wouldn’t think he was famous. Maybe homeless but not famous.—u/Hurricane_45449


I can’t remember before my aunt was famous (Alex Kingston- played River Song in doctor who) but I remember going to her wedding and meeting Matt Smith who played the Doctor in doctor who and him fixing my flip-flop, the best moment of my life ever.—u/frozenpizza5


Jack Black is the same person he was as a teenager, funny, kind, caring, and spreading that joy of music.—u/DeadSheepLane


Chris Hemsworth and his brother Liam, both really good blokes before and after they became famous—u/danielson_105


My aunt had dinner with Keanu Reeves and other people before he did Matrix when he came to Spain. She said that Keanu was very handsome and incredibly polite.—u/Takkuk


I went to high school with Post Malone. We graduated the same year. He always wore a suit to class and was that nerdy dedicated kid. Glad to see how his life turned out. I hoped nothing for the best for him and now I listen to him all the time haha. I’m just a rando to him though. We never really talked—u/MastahFred


My aunt went to highschool with obama and apparently he was called barry. Otherwise he was basically the same.—u/duck_want_grapes


I went to middle school with Justin Bieber, even played on the school soccer team together. I always thought he was a dick, really stuck up and self centered.

But for the longest time I legitimately thought his name was Justin Beaver, and I would call him that every time I talked to him and I always wondered why he got to angry.

So maybe he was only a dick to me.—u/WhiteyMacfatson


I went to high school with, and sat by Tana Mongeau in 11th grade English. She was loud and fairly annoying then, so I’d say not much changed lol—u/Beasty_Billy


My Grandpa(RIP) owned a grocery store in Miami in the late 70s. Wesley Snipes and his friends once stole some candy from his store and when he caught them he let them have it. Since then Wesley and his friends were regulars. Once, Wesley left his bike in front of the store and it got stolen (was a pretty bad area).

My grandpa gave him his old bike that he kept in the back of the store. My uncle took over in 2001 when my grandpa died. In 2007 he came back to the store while my uncle and cousin were there, to ask about my grandpa. My uncle said they talked for a little over an hour about how he my grandpa treated him like a son.

When he found out my grandpa passed he felt guilty he didn’t visit sooner. He embraced my uncle and cousin and left. My uncle said he told him they plan on having the building repainted while they talked. About a week later a crew of painters arrived and told my uncle they were already paid to have the building repainted. Such a genuine dude.—ShakaZulu1

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