To an outsider, Hollywood is like a super-tight friend group, a lunch table full of A-list stars who all know one another party together. Although that, of course, isn't the case, it is true that some celebrities rub shoulders with each other at industry events - and a number of them even go out of their way to help one another's careers. From co-workers to mentors to friends, we gathered a number of stars who have made a positive impact on other celebs' careers.
Jane Fonda mentored Meryl Streep.
It is pretty difficult to think of Meryl Streep needing any help, but if someone was going to guide the young actress, of course, it was "Grace & Frankie" star Jane Fonda. Streep heaped praises on her mentor in a speech at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony in 2014, appreciating her for her advice and guidance.
"All of the young actors I've worked with subsequently, in the years following, thank you too because that lesson and kindness got passed down," she said. "And it does keep going."
Shonda Rhimes encouraged Ellen Pompeo to know her worth
Grey's Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo is now the highest-paid actress on a prime-time drama - and Shonda Rhimes has a lot to do with that. Rhimes recalled telling the TV doctor:
"Decide what you think you're worth and then ask for what you think you're worth. Nobody's going to just give it to you."
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