PHOTO: Jennifer Aniston & Chaz Bono Together -- in High School!

Long before they were famous, Jen and Chaz (then known as Chastity) where just two pals with dreams of making it in showbiz

Long before Jennifer Aniston was on Friends and even longer before Chaz Bono was, well, Chaz Bono, they were just two teens with a dream attending New York's famed Laguardia High School of Performing Arts (you know, the one that Fame is based on).

Photographed in the school's locker room in June 1987 (they sure are rockin' that '80s hair!), Aniston and a pre-female-to-male-transition Chastity Bono were actually pretty tight back in those days -- though they've since lost touch.

"Every day a group of us would go to Chaz's house after school," Aniston, 42, revealed in an interview with Allure in January. "I haven't spoken to him in awhile."

And while Aniston said that Chaz's 2009 sexual reassignment surgery was confusing to her -- she fumbled with her pronouns a bit -- she's nothing but supportive of her high-school pal. "Well, obviously, yeah. I mean, (it's confusing) even for his -- her -- mother, I think. His mother," Aniston said. "But, you know, good for her."

Bono's mother would be the legendary singer-actress Cher, who defended Chaz, also 42, when his appointment to the season 13 cast of Dancing with the Stars caused fans to threaten to boycott the show.

Thankfully, things have cooled off on that front recently, and Chaz is likely to have plenty of fans in his corner when the new season of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on Sept. 19.

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