Breaking into the Hollywood scene is a tough thing to do. Whether you’re an actor, director or producer, sometimes it’s hard to find work that is the right fit when the choices are out of your hands. To break into the mainstream, there are a number of industry heavyweights that took the power into their own hands and formed a movie writing team to make roles for themselves. They went on to become big stars, but not without thanks to their partners behind the scenes.
Let’s take a look at the Top 5 writing teams in Hollywood where one is more famous than the other!
|Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
You’ll recognize Seth Rogen as one of the biggest names in comedy. He has starred in films such as Superbad and This Is the End. But did you know he also co-wrote those movies with the help of his writing partner, Evan Goldberg? As teenagers growing up in Canada, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg penned the script for Superbad. The film helped to break Seth Rogen into mainstream comedy and solidify himself as both an actor and one half of a movie writing team.
|Rashida Jones & Will McCormack
Hot off the critical success of their debut film, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack are a writing team that you will definitely be seeing more of in the future. While both have worked as actors, Rashida Jones has become a familiar face to many television and film fans with roles in The Office and The Social Network, among others. The pair were recently hired as writers on Toy Story 4 by John Lasseter at Pixar after seeing their film Celeste & Jesse Forever.
|Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
This duo was the team behind the Oscar nominated movie Bridesmaids. You may recognize Kristen Wiig as the film’s lead or as a former cast member on Saturday Night Live. While both have a background in improvisational comedy, it’s Kristen Wiig who stepped into the limelight and became the A-list comedy star she is today.
|Tina Fey & Robert Carlock
Much like Kristen Wiig, it appears Tina Fey can do it all. Breaking onto the scene as a cast member on SNL, Tina also has written for both TV and movies and is responsible for the cult hit, Mean Girls. But it’s not just Tina behind some of your favorite lines. Along with partner Robert Carlock who wrote for both SNL and 30 Rock, this duo has most recently gone on to co-create the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
|Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
The humble beginnings of these star’s careers began with the Academy Award winning movie, Good Will Hunting. This movie writing team went from film extras to Oscar winners almost overnight. While they’re both stars in their own right, it’s Ben Affleck who has seen a surge in his career most recently with an Oscar win for his film Argo while also being cast as the newest incarnation of Batman.
Although being a screenplay writer may not get you the attention that being an actor does, these movie writing teams prove that, with the help of a good partner, sometimes you can do it all.
Who do you think should be on this list?