Aniston and Cox were paid to be pals on NBC’s sitcom Friends in the 1990s, but these days, their quality time is off the clock and just for fun. Recent reports have suggested that the two had a falling out (first over Cox’s separation from her husband, actor David Arquette, and then over Aniston’s new romance with Justin Theroux), but both stars insist they’re still tight.
“We grew up together emotionally,” Cox told the Daily Mail of their lasting bond. “I lost my father, Jen got divorced, and I had a baby. We’ve been through huge life changes together. I can be myself around her. We never judge each other. We support each other, but we’re honest with each other, too. I feel lucky to have her.”
Aniston, who has guest-starred on both of Cox’s post-Friends series (Dirt and Cougar Town) and is godmother to her pal’s daughter, Coco, returns the sentiment. “Courteney has been there for me in a lot of ways,” she said on The Oprah Show. “She really is the most dependable and loyal — and funny as all get-out.”
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts
Leading ladies Kidman and Watts have been friends ever since they met as teenagers growing up in Australia. Their bond has spanned decades and continents, enduring even when Kidman moved to Hollywood, became a movie star, and married Tom Cruise. Watts’ career was slower to take off — she didn’t get her big break until 2001’s Mulholland Drive— but Kidman was by her friend’s side the entire time and in fact convinced Watts not to give up and go back to Australia.
The women’s lives have changed a lot over the years — Kidman divorced Cruise in 2001 and married country star Keith Urban in 2006; Watts fell in love with the late Heath Ledger in 2002 before settling down with actor Liev Schrieber in 2005 — but their friendship has remained a constant.
“Naomi is like my sister,” Kidman told Newsweek. “We’ve shared boyfriends, breakups, bottles of wine when we thought our lives were over. I mean, every single thing you can imagine. She moved into my house when I got divorced and took care of me.”
Added Watts in an interview for October’s More magazine: “We’ve seen each other go through a lot, and we’ve both consistently been there for each other. Nicole has been a great friend and an inspiration.”