It’s been almost 20 years since Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps met on set of Dawson’s Creek and became the adorable BFFs we love spotting on award show red carpets today. This week, at long last, the pair will be seen in the same movie, I Feel Pretty (which stars Amy Schumer and was co-written and directed by Philipps’ husband Marc Silverstein). To celebrate, let’s honour their beautiful friendship. Then, text all your friends.
Dawson’s Creek, 2001
Friendship blossomed between the two BFFs when Philipps joined the cast of Dawson’s Creek in season five as Joey’s (Katie Holmes) college roommate. Thankfully, their (and our) fashion senses have evolved since then.
Academy Awards, 2006
Williams had two dates to the Oscars in 2006: Philipps and then-partner, the late Heath Ledger (both Williams and Ledger were nominated for their roles in Brokeback Mountain). Philipps has since attended three other Academy Awards ceremonies with her bestie, in 2011, 2012 and 2017.
Instagram Official, 2012
The besties publicly shared a selfie in one of the earlier posts on Philipps’ now-famous IG, back when it was still popular to use intense filters and borders on the app.
Philipps and Williams are glowing in this photo from their joint vacation in the Maldives to ring in the new year.
Selfie Break, 2015
Like any self-respecting BFFs, the stars stopped for a fun selfie during a trip to the bathroom (a frequent setting for selfies of the two on Philipps’ Insta).
Philipps made a trip out to Broadway to watch Williams star in the drama Blackbird. The pair also attended the Tonys later this same year when Williams was nominated for her performance in the play.
Manchester By The Sea, 2016
Always the proud and supportive BFF, Philipps attended a Manchester By The Sea screening with Williams—and ended up with crab cakes smushed into her. Oops!
The friends that eat pasta together stay together.
Flying is easier when you’re holding hands with your best friend.
I Feel Pretty, 2017
The two pals grabbed a quick bite to eat—while still in costume!—during filming of I Feel Pretty last year.
BFF Chic, 2017
Philipps celebrated Williams’ 37th birthday with the coolest matching jackets we’ve ever seen.
Emotional Support, 2018
Earlier this year, Philipps flew out to visit Williams on the 10-year anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death. Philipps was friends with the late actor as well, and is godmother to his child with Williams, Matilda.
Back to the Creek, 2018
I'll tell you a line that's in my book right now (you'll have to wait until fall for the rest of the book...) "Michelle is a very easy person to fall in love with. Anyone who really knows her will tell you that. And probably anyone who barely knows her would say that, too." #creekweek @entertainmentweekly
Entertainment Weekly reunited the cast of Dawson’s Creek to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show. In her Insta stories, Philipps revealed that Williams asked Philipps to be on her individual cover, and also called the show the start of their “love story.” Awww.
I Feel Pretty Premiere, 2018
My girlfriend is a dream in real life and in the movie @ifeelpretty. I hope you guys see this movie this weekend! We love it and the message and we hope you do too. 💞 Thank you to my loves @kmannmakeup @bobbyeliot @karlawelchstylist @gracewrightsell @csiriano for making me feel like a fucking princess. ❤️ #ifeelpretty
Williams and Philipps celebrated the premiere of their new movie in style for the most fab girl's night out.