Which Famous People Do You Want to Be Friends With?

Okay, here’s our pressing question for the day: Which celebrities or characters would you like to be friends with? (My answer is always and forever Jennifer Garner, plus Mike Myers from So I Married an Axe Murderer.) Above is Emily McDowell’s answer, and share yours below…

This is part of a series with illustrator Emily McDowell, who asks us a burning question every month, such as what are your pet peeves and what’s in the back of your fridge?

(Illustration by Emily McDowell for Cup of Jo)

  1. Jimmy Fallon.. but then again I think i would get really weird around him.. I kind of love him.

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Peet and Ansel Elgort:)

  3. so many great answers! I would say Steve Carrell; he always seems so genuine during interviews and I love that he and his wife have been together for so long! Also, I’d love to be part of the whole Ben Affleck, Jen Garner and Matt Damon gang. That’s got to be the coolest group of friends in Hollywood :) Also, Jimmy Fallon, of course, and Ina Garten and Jeffrey! Wouldn’t you love to get invited over to one of Ina’s fabulous parties at her house in the Hampton’s? oh my!

  4. Oh, there’s so many! Emma stone, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Steve Carrell. Basically, all of the funny and nice celebrities I can think of!

  5. Definitely Jimmy Fallon! He would be the best at parties! Or just to hang out with. Or Mindy Kaling! She’s so funny and down to earth.

  6. Kristen Wiig! And Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Donna Meagle…the list goes on and on!

  7. Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph. Plus, Kyle Maclachlan to round out the trifecta.

  8. Mine is Emily Blunt. I am convinced we are best friends who’ve never met!

  9. Joanna Goddard! Since I’ve been reading your blog for years, you’re practically a celebrity to me, and I really think we’d be BFFs! Tina Fey and Lena Dunham are a close 2nd and 3rd.

  10. YES to Jimmy Fallon! Also, the Clintons, Prince, the Clooneys, Reese Witherspoon… and Ina Garten. How bad could that be? ;)

  11. Andy Cohen seems like he’d be such a great buddy. Also would love Martha Stewart’s number for her expertise and as a happy hour companion.

    As far as characters go – I would love the pep talks of Leslie Knope and the snack time with Liz Lemon.

  12. Justine Frischmann from elastica, Carrie and Fred (Brownstein and Armisen) , Kim and Kelly Deal from the Breeders, Cheryl Strayed the author, Julie Louis Dreyfuss, Frances MCdormand, Patricia Arquette and Bob Odenkirkand Courtney Taylor-Taylor from the Dandy Warhols.

  13. Mae Whitman from “Parenthood.” Love her.

  14. I’ve been lucky enough to meet many celebs and I must say both Jennifer Garner and her husband were very gracious. Bill Murray is a local here and beloved, as is Darius Rucker. My son charmed Reese Witherspoon and entertained Jon Stewart. But, hands down, our entire family loves Laura Linney.

  15. Will i am – he just makes me laugh. Amy Pohler would be a great friend to have in your book club.

  16. Jennifer Lawrence, Aubrey Plaza, Emma Stone, Daria from Daria, Jess from New Girl, Leslie Nope, Joseph Gordon Lewitt and above all else: BILL MURRAY! <3

  17. Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Watson. Hey please can you take a look at my blog and my current post on feminism!

  18. Jenifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Florence Foresti for the women and Omar Sy and Gad Elmaleh for the men

  19. Frances McDormand

  20. Rory and Lorelai Gilmore. Definitely.

  21. Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin!

  22. Tavi Gevinson and Lena Dunham and the chicks in Broad City, we should be in a girl gang together!

  23. Aww, Jennifer Garner seems so sweet! I would love to be friends with Mike Gordon, the bassist of Phish. He is so strange and hilarious and I would love to try to match his level of nonsense. I would also love to be friends with Jennifer Lawrence, Zooey Deschanel, and Mindy Kaling, obvi. Also Reese Witherspoon because she is the cutest!

  24. Tina Fey- as Liz Lemon, and as Tina Fey, and Paul Rudd

  25. I’ve always felt a friend connection to Anthony Bourdain, even though he could be my grandfather. Also, Carrie Bradshaw!

  26. I love this so much. First I must say that your pick of Jennifer Garner is so perfect because if I had to pick a “celebrity to play you in a movie” from the impression I get from this wonderful blog, it would totally be her! As for who I’d like to be friends with, right now I’d say its Emma Stone, Joseph Gordon Levit, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, with Julianne Moore as a mentor. Also, I’d love to drink cocktails with Lady Mary, Lady Rose and Tom at Downton Abbey.

  27. Sarah Koenig. (Is she famous enough?) And Jimmy Fallon.

  28. Jennifer Gardner, Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp

  29. Amy Pohler, Audrey Plaza, Maia Mitchel, total high school crush but Big Time Rush (though I will have to say I would like to date Logan haha!), Ciara Bravo (loved her character on Red Band Society), Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Gayle Foreman (do authors count?), Sarah Dessen, J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, Chloe Grace Mortez, Hilary Duff, honestly my list is so long!

  30. Definitely Jennifer Garner! She seems like she’d be a fun mom friend. Also, Emma Stone (just awesome!), Fred Armisen (a little weird but so funny), Dax Shepard (and the rest of the cast from Parenthood), Jennifer Aniston (she seems down to earth despite her celebrity and has great taste), Jim Gaffigan (hilarious!), and Cate Blanchett (seems solid and is so talented).

  31. Tom Petty, Willy Nelson, Dave Mathews, Eddie Veder, Kate Hudson, Tina Fey, Ellen Degeneres, Terry Gross and Charley Rose.

  32. Helena Christensen – we can thrift shopping together. Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver – Id let them hangout in my kitchen anyday! Grace Coddington, she’s so super talented also the sisters Emma and Elsie, we can craft and cook and hangout!

  33. ELLEN! She’s hilarious and she makes crazy fun pranks!
    I think we also need a post to ask ACupOfJo readers if they are already friends with a famous people, and who that person is… They can answer anonymously!

  34. Hmmmm…definitely Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and you!! :-)

  35. Ru, Dolly and Mindy for sure… and my dog basically is Falcor…I think Emily and I would get a long!

  36. Cate Blanchett for the class, Michael Simon for food & fun, Emily Henderson for mama friendship & decor tips, Cameron Diaz funny & would keep me in fitness check! Haha!

  37. Amy Poehler and Jon Stewart (entertainers), Rainbow Rowell and Margaret Atwood (writers), and the Obamas and the Clintons. Ooh, and Jimmy Carter!

  38. Rashida Jones, Tavi Gevinson, Jenny Slate, Deb Talan, Sheila Heti, Tig Notaro, Bianca Giaever

  39. Charlie Rose, Steve Martin, and Nora Ephron.

  40. We’re watching The Voice and my husband was just saying Blake Shelton would be the funnest to be friends with. Love him!

  41. I know these are fictitious people/characters – but I want to meet Lorelai and Rory Gilmore! Take me to Stars Hollow!

  42. Jennifer Lawrence! Of course her!

  43. Tom Hiddleston; Mindy Kaling; Amy Poehler; You and Erin Meanley ( from Singlish on glamour) I used to love her column; Emily Blunt and John Krazsinski.

  44. Oh, and for sure Jimmy Fallon! How could I forget my Jimmy……. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  45. Queen Latifah, I think she would be a hoot to hang out with, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock…

    Girard Butler, Keanu Reeves, Sir Anthony Hopkins and alas… I would have always included Robin Williams. I first loved him as an actor in Moscow on the Hudson…

    My sympathys to you And Alex…..

  46. I think everyone could use a Larry David in their life.

  47. I love this! We actually play a “game” in which you are going to host a dinner party and you want to have the right mix of guests, plan the right menu, have flowing conversation, etc. Who do you invite? They have to be real, alive people (and of course you include their spouses, it would be rude not to). My list changes but my current guest list includes Terry Gross, Stephen Colbert, Quest Love, Meryl Streep, Jimmy Falon, and my aunt and uncle.

  48. @nina HOW DID I FORGET JULIE DELPY!!!! i adore her. so smart and funny and real.

  49. LOVING THESE ANSWERS. making me lol and also nod my head with recognition.

  50. So many of us have the same “best friends” :-D
    Mine would be – Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Mindy Kaling & Amy Poehler

  51. @ursula, i fell for her on 13 going on 30!

  52. Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Jimmy Fallon. I mean, come on, can you think of a better evening than just sitting around drinking beer with those three?!

  53. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Emma Stone, Nick Offerman – for the custom furniture!

  54. Anthony Bourdain and Susan Sarandon. Also Ricky Gervais – his laugh makes me happy.

  55. Ellen, Alton Brown (Good Eats), Dennis Leary, Lyndsey Dyer and Kit DesLauriers (not actresses, but you didn’t say they had to be, right?).

  56. Mindy Kaling forever <3 but also Leslie Knope and Clint Eastwood.

  57. Jimmy Fallon, Nigella Lawson, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Fiona Apple ( I think she’d be too cool for me though), Regina Spektor, Kanye West.

    I think Jennifer Garner is so real and funny but I also get this conservative vibe from her where I’d feel like I’d have to stand up straight and brush my hair around her!

  58. Bill Murray. And every character he’s played in Wes Anderson films.

  59. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert <3 <3 <3

    …and Calvin and Hobbes!

  60. Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne (the most sweet and gentle guy)

  61. Well you of course. You write as though we are your friends, so, how could we not want it to be true? :)

  62. amy and tina! we’d be the three best friends that anyone could have.

  63. Emma Thompson, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Kristen Bell

  64. Tilda Swinton, Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, Jane Austen & Edith Wharton. Plus the old lady in Babar:)

  65. Easy one! Jimmy Fallon, Ina Garten, Tina Fey, Ree Drummond and Glen Beck!

  66. One of my very good friends is close with Jennifer Garner’s former college roommate and from all the stories I’ve heard (and there have been quite a few), she is just as sweet and down to earth as she appears to be!!

    And I’ve always wanted to be friends with Jennifer Aniston…cliche but true!

  67. Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Wilde!

  68. I love Jennifer Gardner! I’d want to be her friend. And Mary McDonnell’s as she’s the only famous person I’ve ever tried to meet and far exceeded my expectations!

  69. I forgot — the entire cast of New Girl! And David Sedaris!

  70. My husband and I talk about this all the time! Jason Segel, Bret McKenzie, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon, Emma Stone, Emma Watson. Pretty much any celebrity that comes off as laid back and fun.

  71. This is going to sound weird, but PBS travel show producer/host Rick Steves! He’s so doofy, but I totally share his enthusiasm for inspiring fanny-pack wearing folks to venture forth into the big, wide world and learn!

    Also, Mindy Kaling. Of course.

  72. Emma Watson! Meryl Streep’s characters in: Out of Africa and It’s Complicated. Anna Kendrick. Emma Stone. Mindy Kahling. Taylor Swift. So many cool chicks to befriend!

  73. Love the “Mindy Kaling: Duh!” illustration (and I feel exactly the same way). Huge fan of Stana Katic, down to earth and can talk about almost anything. If fashion celebrities count, I would have croissants with Garance Dore in a heartbeat.

  74. Oh yeah, Grumpy Cat for sure. I think Richard Branson would be an interesting person to know. And Tina Fey!

  75. Mark Ruffalo, Jimmy Fallon, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman.

  76. I will always and forever wish to be friends with Taylor Swift!! She’s always just felt like my best friend to me especially since we’re going through life at similar ages.

  77. I’d love to be friends with Anthony Bourdain, Andy Cohen and the guy from Shahs of Sunset – ha!

  78. Julie Delpy. Ever since Before Sunset, I’ve had a girl crush. So smart and real and unafraid to have a voice. Love her!

  79. Jim Carrey.
    Author Dave Eggers.
    Author Brene Brown.

    These people just “get it”. More specifically they recognize the importance of connection and of supporting/encouraging other people. Plus there wouldn’t be a dull moment during a dinner party with them in attendance.

  80. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Louis CK.

  81. Emma Stone!


  82. Leslie Knope is my idol. Amy Pohler is a close second!

  83. The fact that you specify the Mike Myers from So I married an Ax Murderer is why YOU would be on my list :) (that movie is so underrated, i love it!!)

  84. Melinda Gates. She is so impressive and seems like such a great mom.

  85. Penelope [Christina Ricci], Eliza Dushku, Angelina Jolie and Joss Whedon… just top of my head.

  86. Lauren Graham! Love Gilmore Girls :)

  87. emma stone and eddie redmayne. i also think that they would make a cute couple.

  88. Olivia Wilde! She always seems so articulate and smart and funny–every time I see an interview with you I think that she seems like she’d be great fun to drink some afternoon beers with.

  89. Love this! I think I would be best friends with Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence because they are both hilarious and goofy. Oh, and Jimmy Fallon because he’s just awesome :)

  90. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Regina Spektor, every cast member of Parenthood.

  91. Jennifer Garner is a great answer- ditto!
    Plus, Emma Thompson, Bruno Mars (dance parties galore, I’d hope…), Julia Roberts, and Tom Hanks.

  92. Oprah! I feel like she knows everyone and has a million stories to share. :)

  93. There are quite a few celebrities I’d want to be friends with but for now the first two names that came to mind were Solange Knowles and Stacy London. Two smart, fashionable, and sassy women!

  94. Tina Fey, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars, Emma Stone and Anna Kendrick. Jon Stewart and Matt Damon.

  95. I would love to be friends with Tom Hiddleston (although I’d rather date him), Sandra Bullock, and Kate Winslet. I have loved Kate since I first saw Titanic, but I love several other films she has been in, and I love her positive body image. I’d also like to be buds with Tony Stark, A.K.A. Iron Man, because he’d know all the good sushi spots.

  96. Easy. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. You can throw in Amy Poehler too.

  97. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia. Haha! I just think their humor is so soooo weird and unique that they must be hilarious to meet in person. I feel like they are actually that quirky in real life. I’m not even a super fan.. I don’t even watch their show religiously, but they are WEIRD and I love it.

  98. Kirsten Dunst. And then everyone in Veronica Mars/ Party Down world.

  99. I definitely want to be BFFs with Mindy Kaling. She’s hilarious and so relate-able!

  100. Amy from Big Bang Theory. She cracks me up.

  101. Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone.

  102. Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. I read some Redbook interview they gave together about how they became mom friends on the Stranger Than Fiction set and my cheeks were burning with envy.

  103. Easy: Louis CK and Karl Pilkington.

  104. Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Chrissy Teigen, and Mindy Kaling!

  105. Pink and Carey Hart, Dave Grohl, Jim and Pam from the Office, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ellen!

  106. Without a doubt–Emma Thompson & Alan Rickman! I want to go to lunch then the theatre then afternoon tea with them!! ET has dominated the top of my list ever since I saw her in Much Ado About Nothing when i was 16…and she’s FLAWLESS in anything she’s ever done. I have never cringed at her performances.
    Also, Dame Judi Dench :) (I’ve got a thing for Brits!)

  107. Emma Stone! Her lip sync on Jimmy Fallon really sealed the deal for me.

  108. Martha Stewart and Julia Roberts. Think of all you could learn from Martha. And Jules seems like a good time in general. That laugh of hers is fantastic. Can I choose s third? Robert Downey Jr. You know you could get into some real trouble with him.

  109. abbi and ilana from broad city.
    amy poehler, tina fey, amy sedaris, david sedaris, kristen wiig, maya rudoph, will arnett, chris pratt, paul rudd, h. jon benjamin, kristen schaal, eugene mirman, melissa mccarthy, zach galifinakis, nick kroll, louis ck, carrie brownstein, nick offerman, megan mulaley, john krasinski, emily blunt, martin starr, joseph gordon levitt, vince vaughn, sarah jessica parker, haniball buress, stephan merchant, questlove, rebel wilson, leslie mann, bryan safi and jeffery self, amy schumer, anthony bourdain.. for a start..

  110. Tim Gunn. <3

  111. Loesie, I’d like to be married to Noah Wyle rather than be her friend!

  112. I think Andy Cohen and I would be fast friends!

  113. Definitely Emma Stone !
    She is just cool and I think we would get on.

    The Beauty Load

  114. Mindy Kaling! too much fun!

  115. Noah Wyle from ER :-) (sweet, smart and I like his nose)
    This Dutch TV news presenter called Herman van der Zandt (cute,smart and funny)
    Nathan Fillion from Castle (big teddybear)

    Oops only good looking male friends haha :-)

  116. Anna Kendrick is hilarious and real on Twitter. I think she’d be an awesome friend.

  117. Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jason Bateman, the Krasinskis, Aubrey Plaza, Kristen Bell… Could go on and on!

  118. Jennifer Garner – is it possible she’s as awesome as she appears? Love. And Matt Damon, and Amy Poehler. Fun question!

  119. Reese Witherspoon!

  120. You!

  121. Taylor Swift and her posse of beautiful and talented girlfriends!

  122. Nathan Fillion, he is a sci-fi fun, so am I (watched Firefly in 2 day, such a shame it’s cancelled), besides he seems like a very nice guy :)

  123. Betsy Johnson. I’d love to know how after all these years in fashion she has been able to be herself and stay relevant.

  124. I love this! I would definitely want Grumpy Cat as a friend. Also, Tori Amos. I’m a huge fan and have gotten to meet her a couple of times, but I secretly wish she was my best friend. Or actually, that I were her best friend. ;)
    On a side note, I’ve commented on every post today. I swear I have a life outside of cup of jo!

  125. Jennifer Garner, absolutely. Also Lloyd Dobbler from “Say Anything,” Jim and Pam from “The Office.” Mindy Kaling AND Mindy Lahiri. Tina Fey.

  126. Jennifer Garner!!! That was my answer before reading your answer ;) She just looks so genuine and beautiful inside out! I fell in love with her on “Alias” and she is my FCC “Forever Celebrity Crush”! Ha, just made this up ;)