LOS ANGELES -- It's hardly mere chance that new superstar TV actresses Jessica Pare of Mad Men and Homeland's Morena Baccarin became roommates just before they made it big.
They most likely made it big because they were together.
"Hey, after breakfast, I'm running off to an audition. You?" That was probably a typical morning conversation between the glam gals.
And in the evening, it was likely, "Hey, let's go take a yoga class and work on our bods before we practice our lines."
Pare, the lovely Montreal sensation melting viewers' hearts as the kind-hearted Megan Draper, needed a place to stay last year after splitting with her husband of four years, American writer and producer Joe Smith.
It so happens that Baccarin, 32, had a spare flat in her duplex in Santa Monica she needed to rent out, according to an interview she gave to Esquire magazine.
Pare and Baccarin had a lot in common.
They were both strangers in a strange land -- Pare, as we know, is Canadian. Baccarin was born in Brazil to Italian parents.
Plus, there was that career to work on.
Both were making a living in the business -- Pare had appeared in B-movies (Hot Tub Time Machine and Suck) while Baccarin appeared in a few sci-fi TV shows -- but neither were household names.
Within weeks of living under one roof, Pare was cast as Megan Draper in Seasons 4 and 5 of Mad Men -- a role that has literally taken over the award-winning show.
And Baccarin became Jessica Brody, the brave wife of the very complex lead male character in Homeland, one of the smartest shows I've ever seen.
Sure, the combination of living together and rising stardom could all be just a big coincidence.
But there are simply too many instances of struggling actor roommates making it together in the big time for it to be just chance.
A young, broke Gene Hackman famously slept on Dustin Hoffman's floor before both became Oscar-winning stars.
Funnyman Robin Williams and future Superman star Christopher Reeves shared an apartment before they could afford their own.
Director Wes Anderson wrote his first film, Bottle Rocket, with his college roommate Owen Wilson, which Wilson starred in.
Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr. roomed together for years while trying to make it in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. So did Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. As did Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand.
So what's the moral of the story?
If you want to make it in Hollywood choose your roommate wisely.
TAX BOOB: I think Pam Anderson is cute and nice and all that, but she's in serious need of a financial smackdown.
The 44-year-old former Baywatch actress was outed this month by the state of California for not paying her personal income taxes. In fact, according to the state, she owes $524,241 in back taxes.
Why is California embarrassing Anderson -- and others such as singer Lionel Richie, who all made the list of the state's 500 biggest income tax delinquents?
"When taxpayers do not pay their fair share, it places an unfair burden on those who do," the tax board said on its website. Amen.
Anderson is a very wealthy one-percenter who already has a tax rate of less than 20%.
Yet, she uses plenty of public services. She sends her two children to public schools.
The sex kitten also uses a lot of state services that others don't.
It's tax-paid police officers who provide her with extra security against stalkers and paparazzi -- something a regular Jane doesn't need.