With the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams set to face off in the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta on Feb. 3, you might assume that the rooting interests in Hollywood would favor the hometown Rams.
However, while there are a number of famous Los Angeles Rams fans, the team only moved to LA from St. Louis in 2016 and has struggled mightily with attendance issues, finishing 31st out of 32 in home game attendance percentage in 2018, per ESPN. They also have to compete for attention with the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved to LA from San Diego in 2017.
Plus, as most readers know, the locals who move from New England to LA to pursue fame and fortune don’t usually throw their fandom away. Celebs like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg tout their hometown with pride, at the games themselves and even through their on-screen roles. Beyond that, other celebrities with no New England ties, like British singer-songwriter Elton John, also have taken a shine to the team.
Here are some of the most famous fans of the New England Patriots, including a number of surprising names not originally from the area.
The Cambridge native showcases his Patriots fandom on a regular basis, though he went above and beyond with a lengthy rant about Deflategate on the first episode of Bill Simmons’ now-canceled HBO show in 2016.
SBNation’s Rams blog had the audacity to name the Pittsfield native one of the most “passionate Rams fans” in 2016 because Banks went to a single Rams game. We’d say she’s been pretty clear about her love of the Patriots.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 4, 2018
Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is a Jersey native, but is a frequent face at Patriots games, and has known both owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick for decades. According to Sports Illustrated, he’s attended every single Patriots training camp since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, and played the first-ever concert at the venue.
The former “Big Brother” host and wife of disgraced former CBS chairman Les Moonves is another non-New Englander whose admiration for the Patriots stems from her relationship with Kraft. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter whom she was supporting in the 2017 Super Bowl, Chen picked New England. “I’m a big Tom Brady fan,” Chen said. “Robert Kraft is a friend if ours — so there’s also that, you know.”
Damon’s bonafides as a Patriots fan aren’t really in question, but the Cambridge native sealed the deal with this 2015 “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” sketch from the early days of Deflategate.
The Sudbury native and “Captain America” star frequently boosts his Patriots fandom on Twitter, and had a fabulously giddy reaction (below) to the team’s comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 Super Bowl.
Sir Elton is a big sports fan, spending years as the chairman of English soccer club Watford F.C. He’s also a fan of the Patriots, thanks to his friendship with Kraft. The singer served as an honorary captain for the team in 2009, called Kraft “one of my best friends in the whole wide world” at a 2013 TD Garden concert, and played a private show for Kraft and friends at Gillette Stadium in 2017.
Like many fellow alums of NBC sitcom “The Office,” Mindy Kaling is from the Boston area, and the Cambridge native is also a supporter of the Patriots. Her toddler daughter Katherine will be rooting for the other team, however, if Kaling’s Twitter is to be believed.
Me cheering for the Pats, my daughter cheering on the Rams, my household in upheaval!!
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 21, 2019
Elton John isn’t the only English fan of the Patriots. Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is an unabashed supporter of Tom Brady, even naming one of his dogs after the Patriots quarterback. Kane told NFL Films he was inspired by Brady’s story of rising up from being a sixth-round draft pick to where he is now, comparing his own rise to stardom to Brady’s. Kane had to fight for a roster spot at Tottenham for years before becoming the club’s talisman, and more recently winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) September 7, 2017
Although WWE superstar Kofi Kingston was born in Ghana, he’s a longtime Patriots fan, having spent part of his childhood in Boston after moving to the US and later attending Boston College. Kingston recently changed his Twitter display name and his profile picture to showcase his New England devotion.
— Rob gronKOFski (@TrueKofi) January 30, 2019
Aside from his participation in the aforementioned “locker room guy” sketch, Krasinski discussed his love for the Patriots in a Wired video in which he answered the most Googled questions about himself. Apparently one of the most common queries was “Is John Krasinski an Eagles fan?” — presumably because the Newton native’s iconic “The Office” character, Jim Halpert, lives in Pennsylvania. “Absolutely not,” Krasinski said after reading the question. “I’m offended you even asked. I’m a Patriots fan, and I’m still not over it.”
Medford native Maria Menounos has been hardcore about the Patriots from the beginning, recently stopping by ESPN and expressing how confident she was that the Patriots will win Super Bowl LIII.
Singer and actress Lea Michele (“Glee”) told People that she’s always been pro-Patriots despite being born in New York City. “I’m a New Yorker, but I’ve always been a Patriots fan,” she said. “Tom Brady’s an incredible athlete. He will go down probably in my generation as one of the greatest athletes that I’ll get to see.”
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) February 6, 2017
Late-night host and Brookline native Conan O’Brien made a video for the NFL in 2015 discussing his Patriots fandom, jokingly saying that he got on board after they won their fourth ring. O’Brien made up for his bandwagon jokes by giving running back James White a truck on his show in 2017, after the running back scored the game-winning touchdown but lost out on the Super Bowl MVP award (and the free car that comes with it) to Tom Brady.
People can give the Dorchester native grief for leaving the 2017 Super Bowl early if they want, but Marky Mark has repped the Patriots every step of the way, even reportedly placing a large wager on the team to win Super Bowl LIII months before the season started, according to Page Six.