Hollywood Hunks Who Are Also Certified Mama's Boys

With Mother's Day around the corner, these stars haven't forgotten about their original leading ladies: their moms

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Chris Evans

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There's being close with your mom, and then there's "racing home" to tell her as soon as you lost your virginity. The Avengers star falls into the latter camp, he said on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

"I raced home and I said, 'I did it! I don't know what I was doing, but I think I did it!' " he said, also joking that he might have cried, as reported by Refinery29.

Evans said that his parents get the credit for being so cool, he just couldn't help himself from oversharing. "That's one of the best things my parents both achieved. Somehow, they felt like my friends," he said. "You don't want to be so cool with your parents that you can do anything, but when big things happen, you wanted to share it with them."

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Matt James

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The season 25 Bachelor lead frequently shouts out his beloved mom, Patty, on social media; in June, he wished her a "Happy Father's Day" and recognized the hard work she put in as a single mother. James has previously shared several photos of him and his mom, enjoying everything from bike rides and dinners around New York City to attending his football games.

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Timothée Chalamet

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The Beautiful Boy actor brought his mom, Nicole Flender, as his date to the 2019 Golden Globes. The then-24-year-old (and second-time nominee) and his mom both wore clothing designed by Virgil Abloh, the men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton. Only the best for Chalamet's biggest (and first!) fan.

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Noah Centineo

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The To All the Boys I've Loved Before heartthrob has had a fast rise to fame since the Netflix film's release, but he's quick to turn the spotlight on the most important lady in his life — his mom, Kellee Janel.

During his first-ever visit to The Tonight Show, he barely said hello to Jimmy Fallon before pointing out his supportive mom in the crowd. When the camera cut to her, she pointed to her son and proudly said, "I did that."

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Pete Davidson

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The Saturday Night Live star — who appeared beside his mom Amy Waters Davidson in a Mother's Day sketch for the show — is a certified mama's boy. Despite his comedy and acting success, for a long time Davidson lived in the basement of the home he shared with his mom, he told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. "I live with my mom," he joked. "Well, we bought a house together, but nobody believes that."

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Bradley Cooper

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The A Star Is Born star brought mom Gloria Campano as his date to the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. "She's a cool chick," Cooper told Details about living with his mom two years after the death of his father. "We can hang. And she can roll with the punches. If that wasn't the case, there's no way … It's not like I live in a compound and she's in the guesthouse. No, she's in the next room."

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Ryan Gosling

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The way the actor beamed at his mom, Donna, at the 2011 premiere of Ides of March is proof enough of his mama's boy status. Gosling also made sure girlfriend Eva Mendes, mother to his two daughters, spent quality time with his mother early on in their relationship in 2012. That same year, Gosling proudly watched as Donna graduated from Brock University in Ontario. "I grew up with two incredible women, my mother and sister, and naturally my way of looking at the world was shaped by a female perspective," the star said at a 2015 screening of his film Lost River.

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Justin Timberlake

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Timberlake paid permanent homage to his mother Lynn Bomar Harless by including her initials in his back tattoo. "We have a very special relationship," the star told Rolling Stone of Harless in 2003. "She's been my best friend since I figured out who I wanted to be. She's great, and such a fun woman. She goes out with me and stays out later than I do. She's always been there beside me, and I think that's part of my problem with girls. You keep searching for somebody as good as your mother, and that's a losing battle."

Clearly, Timberlake eventually won that battle in finding wife of nine years, Jessica Biel. But his love for mama Harless is still strong. "We have been through so much together and I love you more than words can begin to describe," he wrote on Instagram in honor of her 2015 birthday. "Everything I am and continue to strive to be is because of you. I love you, Momma."

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

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There's no doubt that the one-time Sexiest Man Alive loves his mama, Ata Johnson. The actor brought her along to the premiere of Moana, and shared a tear-jerking Instagram post about her for Mother's Day 2015. "Early am flight and I'm sittin' across from my mom when out of the blue she looks around the plane, then looks at me and says 'Son, I can't believe the life I have.. grandma and grandpa would be so proud,' " Johnson recalled. "I asked her, 'Are you happy ma?' Just then the flight attendant placed my moms breakfast down on the table and my mom said to me, 'Am I happy?.. I used to worry about how I was going to buy groceries for us and now I just had my breakfast placed down in front of me.' She bursts into tears and says 'Yes, son, I couldn't be happier.' "

"At this moment Im shaking my head and smiling quietly (as my mom blows her nose;) 'cause she just told me she's happy. And y'all know when our parents tell us they're happy, it's so satisfying for us, 'cause it means we've done a good job for them as their kids."

The all-star son is also an accomplished gift-giver. In 2012, he gave his mom a huge holiday surprise with a brand new car.

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Colin Farrell

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Farrell has enlisted mom Rita as his date for a number of awards shows, including the 2017 Golden Globes. And the actor considers 2011's Fright Night his greatest success because it was on that set that Rita met her future husband, producer Joel Michaels. "The two of them have companionship and love together for the rest of their days," Farrell told Entertainment Weekly of their romance. "My mother is in her 70s and so is her husband, and that's it, done. So excuse me for being an idealist for a second, but anyone can create their own definitions of success and failure in their life or career. If my being in Fright Night led to my mother's happiness, then, yes, absolutely, that film will always be the greatest success of my career."

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Jared Leto

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Leto had an unforgettable 2014 awards season thanks to his role in Dallas Buyers Club, but the now-Oscar winner said that the best part about being recognized for his work was getting the chance to thank his mom, Constance. "We were born very poor and into pretty humble surroundings," Leto shared with reporters at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon. "My mother always wanted to do something better with her life [and] for her children…She taught me to dream and then to do the work that it takes to make dreams become reality. It's been fun to bring her around." Adding, "The best part is to be able to thank the people that believed in you for so long. I could spend every single one of these moments talking about my mom. She's the best!"

When Oscar night came, the actor had the chance to once again pay tribute to his mother, this time with statuette in hand. "In 1971," Leto said during his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech, "there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high-school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. That girl is my mother, and she's here tonight. And I just wanna say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream."

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The rapper's love for his mom, Sandi, is well documented in his music and on his Instagram. "Happy Mothers Day to my tiny hero. Love you so much," he captioned a sweet photo in 2015. His emotional track "You & The 6" serves as a tribute to his beloved mom: "They will not tear nothing down I built this home for you momma/ Know I don't call enough momma/ I just been working with so little time for personal momma/ Hard labor let me pay the price/ You and the six raised me right that s--- saved my life."

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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DiCaprio's mom, Irmelin, has remained an essential figure in his life, whether she's going along on vacations with his girlfriends, serving as his red carpet date or being thanked from awards show stages. "There's one person I have to thank," DiCaprio said while accepting his BAFTA award for The Revenant on what happened to be Irmelin's birthday. "I would not be standing up here if it weren't for this person. I didn't grow up in a life of privilege — I grew up in a very rough neighborhood in East Los Angeles, and this woman drove me for three hours a day to a different school to show me a different opportunity. It is her birthday today. So Mom, happy birthday. I love you very much."

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Ryan Lochte

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The Olympic swimmer proudly claims to have the best mother around. "To the world's greatest mother. Thank you for everything you have done for me," he wrote on Instagram for Mother's Day 2016. "Her support and her love that she's given me throughout the years have been – I can't even repay her for what she's done," Lochte told PEOPLE of his mother, Ileana, ahead of the Rio Games. "We have that unconditional love and that's never to be taken for granted and we stick by each other."

While competing on Dancing with the Stars, Lochte tearfully dedicated a performance to Ileana. "I want to dedicate this routine to my mom," he said. "This is just a little, little small token to say 'Thank you mom. Thanks for being you.' "

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Matthew McConaughey

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McConaughey affectionately calls his mom, whose real name is Kay, "K-Mac," and revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic that she'd moved in with his family ahead of her 90th birthday.

She opened up about living with the actor, his wife Camila and their three young kids in Austin, Texas, on a 2020 episode of Red Table Talk, calling the experience "really, really lovely."

"I'm enjoying so much being around my grandchildren. I'm very comfortable with them," she said at the time. "Matthew is a very good son. I tell him that all the time. He's good to me."

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