One is a member of the sexiest boy band around.
The other has suffered a devastating personal tragedy.
But both turn a year older today, as Liam Payne is now 20 years old and Lea Michele is 27.
Payne is riding high these days, with One Direction winning an MTV Video Music Award Sunday night and with his group's new movie coming out tomorrow.
He does think Taylor Swift is sort of lame for continually bashing bandmate Harry Styles, but can you blame the cute for being loyal to a friend?