To Celebrate National Best Friends Day, Here Are My 5 Imaginary Celebrity BFFs


Gillian Anderson

She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s open to dating women (what a coincidence; I’m a woman!), and she’ll probably be the next Bond. I saw her onstage in Brooklyn and was so close I could have reached out and touched her — but of course, I didn’t, because boundaries — I’m almost sure she looked right at me, once. We’re practically BFFs already.


Gwendoline Christie


I have a lot of impromptu dance parties at my house, especially in the kitchen, and I feel like Gwendoline would be totally into that. Plus, we both love Star Wars and imitating Chewie, and we could have in-depth discussions about Brienne and Tormund Lustybane (RAWR). tormund-brienn


Idris Elba


Okay, I’m not going to lie; I partially want to hang out with Idris because…well, you know. But, also, I feel like we would have a lot in common. He likes clothes, I like clothes. He likes to rap, I rap to my kids all the time (granted, it’s not real rap — more like mom rap, but still). He probably likes to look in the mirror, and I like to look at him. I don’t even need to keep going with this, do I?

Tom Hiddleston


For real, this one is purely, totally platonic. I mean it. The Hiddles is just so funny, and we have the same sense of humor. Like Gwendoline, he’d be perfect for my kitchen dance parties and I could give him advice about chicks, or if he’s still into the Hemsworth, I can swing my advice the bromance way. We both like Shakespeare, and I could help him run lines — we head out to the patio and grab a few rays together while we chat.


Oh…well, there’s that.

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen (yes, they count as one)


Because, oh the stories they could tell! And sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting back with a pint and listening to your friends tell great tales.

Happy National Best Friends Day!

Who are your (imaginary) celebrity BFFs?



Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • Valhallaback Girl

    Aww good choice with Stewart and McKellen! So solid! I don’t know why, but I’d like to be friends with George Clooney. Probably because of his pranks. Emily Blunt/John Krasinski, Ryan Reynolds, Graham Norton, and new entry into my Fantasy Friend Fiction: Kate Beckinsale.

    • Wigamer

      Graham Norton is such a good choice!

      • Valhallaback Girl

        I just love him so much! He’s a stitch

        • Sean Gallagher

          Graham Norton seems to be THE late night show to appear on, they’re just all drunk and playing games and talking shit it’s incredible, it’s almost like you’re hanging out with them as you watch.

    • Ooh, Kate!

  • Wigamer

    1) Meryl Streep, because obvs.
    2) Craig T. Nelson–beloved since Poltergeist. I need a dad/friend in my life.
    3) Tina Fey (or maybe just Liz Lemon)
    4) Jon Hamm for the hot and the yuks.
    5) Joseph Gordon Levitt for the coolness.

    ETA: Jenna Fischer’s Instagram is the most real-world, normal-person celebrity Instagram I’ve ever seen. Maybe swapping for Tina Fey.

  • Sean Gallagher

    Peter Dinklage, David Duchovny, Pedro Pascal, Ava Duvernay, Rachel Bloom.

  • I love all of your choices, of course. Perhaps we could all hang out together.

    My 5 celebrity BFFs :

    1. Clark Gregg
    Well of course Clarkle .This friendship is beneficial on multiple levels. He’s slightly older than me. He’s that friend I can go to for sage advice. Not like a dad, he hates that. More like “cool uncle”. Plus I’ll get to go bowling with him and Ming Na. Chat with Chloe – you know. As you can see this is already in progress. just don’t ask him about it of course. it’s SEKRIT

    2. Zac Levi
    He’s a nerd. I’m a nerd. We watch the same shows, we like the same baseball teams (Dodgers) . He likes beer, I like beer. We get together to play video games, but then get stuck in deep philosophical convos. since he’s local we go to the beach, eat tacos and go on LA hikes, but not Runyon Canyon, cause of course not . (also in progress )

    3- Alison Haislip
    As a fellow nerd tomboy type person who loves to drink Alison and I are brought together by our common interests. Plus she’s friends with 1 and 2 so we run in the same circles. Plus as a fellow podcast host we share insider secrets. Insider being that she tells me what it’s like to host a podcast that people listen to and i nod and smile. We also hate running. She tries to get me more interested in space and I make her watch shield. We drink tequila and talk about both. (last in progress i swear )

    4. Dave Grohl
    we drink and talk about music for HOURS . He tries to give me pointers for better hair care. I tell him that’s why i cut it short

    5- Mindy Kaling
    she’s my funny fancy friend. She always tries to get me to dress up. I convince her to stay inside and eat junk food. We watch rom coms together. It’s really the only time i drink “cocktails” . We both tell each other we need to work out while we eat ben and jerry’s

    • I aaaaaalmost picked Grohl.

    • NateMan

      Good choice with Grohl!

    • AbbySaurus

      The picture of you and Zac is so amazing. Both of those grins are making me grin.

  • NateMan

    H. Jon Benjamin
    Aisha Tyler
    George Clooney (VG is right, he’d just be fun)
    Kristen Bell (and hubby comes as part of the set, of course)

  • emmalita

    Ok, so Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman (they count as one), Ilona Andrews (also two people who count as one), Amy Poehler (woman knows how to best friend), Rainbow Rowell (I love her Twitter feed), and Mindy Kaling.

    • Valhallaback Girl

      Mindy Kaling is a brilliant choice. Her costume designer, Salvador Perez, is astounding.

      • emmalita

        Maybe I can finally find someone to dress my short, fat, busty self.

  • AbbySaurus

    Gillian of course. For the rest of my crew it would be Hayley Atwell, Viola Davis, Tina Fey, and Emily Blunt. Lots of cuddling, tv watchin’, and the wine would flow freely. I feel like I’ve forgotten a bunch, but I wouldn’t close the door on them if they dropped by.

    • emmalita

      Yes, as soon as I hit post I thought of 15 more people. But, this is who came to mind.

  • My five are Hayley Atwell (obvs), RDJ because we could be smart-asses together, Aubrey Plaza because for the possibility of weird adventures, Jon Hamm (college connection), Patton Oswalt because we would have the nerdy comic conversations that I used to have when my college buddy ran a comic shop.

    • Valhallaback Girl

      Guilty Pleasure Confession: my only connection to comic books, really, is watching Comic Book Men on Netflix with Kevin Smith, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson, and the Lon Cheney of Kevin Smith movies: Walt Flanagan. I would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall between you and your college buddy.

    • It really works in my favor that you added Hayley and RDJ to your list. cause then i can just come hang out with your crew but then leave when i realize Hayley is too fancy

  • Haley Atwell (especially if she brings Jarvis with her), Mads, Diana Gabaldon, the cast of Parks & Rec (I mean, how do you pick?), and the Bell-Shepherds (they’re a single unit, after all).

  • Freetheklingons

    My imaginary BFF is Timothy Olyphant. First of all, he’s Raylan. I don’t need any other reason. But I have a few. Check out youtube clips of him on Conan’s show. He is a gem. He is the most sarcastic man alive and genuinely hilarious. Also, he’s friends with Walton Goggins, who is my double-secret boyfriend, so that’s convenient. Did I mention he’s Raylan Givens?

    Runner-up is Misha Collins because the man is a jewel on this earth. He’s not only hell-hot (mighty fine thing in a BFF), he’s very very funny, mischievous and inspiring. My daughter and I did his GISHWHES last year and it was the most fun I have ever had with my clothes on. See?