In an engaging revelation from Hollywood's nostalgic past, Jason Priestley, famed for his role in the iconic '90s series "Beverly Hills, 90210", shared a captivating anecdote about his early days in Tinseltown. Back in 1987, before the glitz and glamour, Priestley lived in a modest, two-bedroom apartment in a less sought-after area of Los Angeles.
His roommates? None other than Brad Pitt, now a celebrated two-time Oscar winner, and another male friend. This slice of life from their pre-stardom days offers a unique peek into the humble beginnings of these now-renowned actors.
During a recent engaging appearance on "LIVE with Kelly and Mark", Priestley, 54, took a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about those formative years. He shared amusing tales from their time together, including a particularly peculiar challenge they embarked on – a contest to see who could go the longest without showering.
Priestley, with a blend of humor and self-reflection, now cringes at the memory. "I think about it now and I'm like, 'Dude, how disgusting. What were you thinking?'" he remarked, revealing that Pitt often emerged victorious in this test of endurance.
Priestley's 2014 memoir further sheds light on their lifestyle during that period. He paints a picture of a frugal existence, sustained by the staples of ramen noodles, generic beer – humorously recalled as white cans simply labeled "beer" – and Marlboro Light cigarettes.
This glimpse into their lives underscores the typical struggles faced by young actors striving to make their mark in the competitive Hollywood landscape.
From Roommates to Stardom
However, not all memories from this era are tinged with hardship.
On "The Rachael Ray Show" in 2019, Priestley shared a heartwarming anecdote about a Christmas exchange where Pitt presented them with personalized Bibles. "Our names were [engraved] - they were really nice. I've still got mine, it's at home on my bookshelf," he fondly recalled, highlighting Pitt's thoughtful nature amidst their otherwise bohemian lifestyle.
Priestley's career took off with "Beverly Hills, 90210" in 1990, catapulting him to teen idol status. Pitt, meanwhile, had his breakout role in Ridley Scott's 1991 classic, "Thelma & Louise", a year later. Currently, Priestley is promoting his role in the upcoming 10-episode police procedural "Wild Cards", created by Michael Konyves.
The series, where he plays master conman George Graham, is set to premiere on The CW and CBC Gem. On a personal front, Priestley has been married for 18 years to makeup artist Naomi Lowde, with whom he shares two teenage children: Ava, 16, and Dashiell, 14.
Brad Pitt, on the other hand, continues to be a prominent figure in the industry. He recently produced and starred in Jon Watts' thriller "Wolves", opposite George Clooney, set for a September 20 release on Apple TV+. Additionally, he is set to earn a $30M paycheck for his role as retired racer Sonny Hayes in Joseph Kosinski's upcoming, yet untitled, Formula One action drama, with the release date still under wraps.