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Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson: The wholesome celeb bromance we never knew we needed


By Sarah Finnan
10th Jul 2022
Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson: The wholesome celeb bromance we never knew we needed

Imagine hanging out with Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson on your J1, thinking they were just average guys… only for them all to become world-famous megastars just a few years later?!

So, we just found out that Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield and Robert Pattinson were all pals before they got really, super famous… and it’s kind of blown our minds. Apparently, Dornan and Redmayne even used to be housemates at one point?

I’ll set the scene. 

The year is 2009. Obama is in office. Hannah Montana: The Movie hit cinemas in April. A couple of months later Glee premiered for the first time and in September, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift during her MTV VMA acceptance speech. It’s a pivotal moment in time – particularly for pop culture – and somewhere in LA, Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne are busy trying to break their way into the industry. 

Both struggling actors on the cusp of stardom, the duo find themselves living together… and well, the rest is history as they say. Recalling how he, Redmayne, Garfield and Pattison (along with Charlie Cox and even Tom Sturridge) all used to hang out, Dornan told SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show that they used to be “pretty messy” back then. 

“Garfield and Robert were always around, and Charlie Cox,” the Belfast star remembered. “I mean, there’s loads of us who actually ended up going on to do pretty well for ourselves,” he continued. “But at the time, we, we weren’t… We were pretty, yeah, pretty, pretty messy.”

“It’s now weird to think about it,” Dornan continued. “Well, particularly for Eddie and I who lived together. Eddie’s been one of my best mates for a long time, and now we’ve got, you know, five kids between us, and we’re very much more sort of together people and stable people, probably,” he said. “But we had a lot of fun then.”

Dornan also revealed that no one used to be “competitive” with each other despite being “up for the same stuff a lot of the time”.

“They’re all really great guys and really good actors,” he added. Surprisingly, they were never competitive with each other. “We were up for the same stuff a lot of the time, but that was, we were cool with that, you know, and, and it all sort of worked out in their own kind of individual way in the end. And, they’re all really great guys and really good actors. And it’s, it’s cool that it kind of all happened for us in a way,” Dornan finished. 

Also previously talking about when they all lived in LA, Garfield joked that they were very much living the struggling actor lifestyle at the time. “[We] were the kind of guys who would go to the Standard Hotel on Sunset Boulevard to play ping-pong and order one cocktail between us because we couldn’t afford any more. And we would spend six or seven hours [there],” he laughed. To which Dornan added, “but you had to order food or they would kick you out. So, we’d order, like, a burger and have, like, a bite each.” 

Friends that share burgers together, stay together… or something like that. 

In other wholesome bromance stories, 007 stars Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem are also pretty good pals in real life too. So much so that Bardem once hid inside a giant birthday cake as a special surprise for Craig. Did I mention that he was dressed in drag? 

“I was supposed to be the Bond girl that night, and, oh my God, I was,” Bardem smiled. He even did his best Marilyn Monroe impression and serenaded his co-star with a rendition of “Happy Birthday, Mr President”. Oh, what larks.