Celeb Couples Who Fell In Love On-Set
Hollywood relationships start in the workplace, too!
Hollywood actors spend hours working in close proximity on film and TV sets, so it’s no surprise that romances between co-stars happen all the time. While some of these relationships end just as fast as they begin, others lead to a real-life walk down the aisle.
Here’s a look at some of the many celebrity couples who fell in love on-set:
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
We can thank the 1984 movie “Swing Shift” for creating one of Hollywood’s most adored and long-lasting couples. Though Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell had previously co-starred in 1968’s “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band,” it wasn’t until their second film together that they began dating. The two have been together ever since, going on to co-star a third time in 1987’s “Overboard.”
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds met while filming “Green Lantern” in 2010, although they didn’t start dating until late 2011. As the couple has since shared, they were on a double date with other people when they realized their chemistry wasn’t just for the screen. They got married in 2012 and have since welcomed two daughters, James and Inez.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
The dancing couple famously met while filming 2006’s “Step Up.” After dating for several years, they tied the knot in Malibu, California, in 2009 and welcomed a daughter, Everly, in 2013. After nearly nine years of marriage, the couple announced they were separating in early 2018.
At the time, they released a joint statement, reading in part, “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now.”
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
After playing historical couple Cleopatra and Mark Antony in the 1963 film named for the Egyptian queen, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton kicked off one of the most infamous Hollywood romances of all time. The iconic couple went on to star in a slew of movies together, including 1965’s “The Sandpiper” and 1966’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Between 1964 and 1976, they also got married and divorced — twice!
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Though they weren’t co-stars, Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied did meet on a movie set. Millepied worked as a choreographer on “Black Swan,” which starred Portman as a troubled ballerina (a performance that later earned her an Oscar). They wed in 2012 and have since welcomed two children, a son in 2011 and a daughter in 2017.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
After starring together in 2003’s “Daredevil,” Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner started dating in 2004. They tied the knot in a private Turks and Caicos ceremony in 2005 and went on to welcome three children together, two daughters and a son. After 10 years together, the duo announced their separation in 2015, officially filing for divorce in 2017.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Is there any on-set meeting more famous than that of Brangelina? The two first crossed paths while filming 2004’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” although — as tabloids wouldn’t let you forget — Pitt was still married to ex Jennifer Aniston at the time. Following his divorce from Aniston in 2005, Pitt began his decade-long relationship with Jolie, sharing six children, three of whom were adopted internationally. The two got married in 2014 but split in a messy divorce in 2016.
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus
This is one teenage love that seemed it would last. After meeting while filming “The Last Song” in 2009, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus dated for several years before getting engaged (for the first time) in 2012. They broke up a year later, but reunited in 2016 after taking some time apart. The two tied the knot at their Nashville home during the holiday season in 2018 but announced their separation just six months later.
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer met during a screen test for HBO’s “True Blood” and immediately hit it off. They began dating in 2007 and got married three years later. The co-stars-turned-couple welcomed a set of fraternal twins in 2012. Paquin is also a stepmother to two children from Moyer’s previous relationships.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
“Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met on set while filming the second season in 2012. After their characters became embroiled in an illicit on-screen relationship, the actors took their romance offscreen. Following several years of dating, the couple married in Scotland in 2018.
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar first met while filming the 1997 teen horror flick “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” but they didn’t become a real-life couple until 2000. They tied the knot in Mexico in 2002 and co-starred in several more movies together — most notably the “Scooby Doo” franchise, in which they played Fred and Daphne. The duo had two kids, a daughter born in 2009 and a son born in 2012.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell played Russian spies in an orchestrated marriage in the FX drama “The Americans.” However, the co-stars didn’t publicly confirm their real-life relationship until 2014. They welcomed a son in 2016 — the first child for Rhys and the third for Russell, who shares two kids with ex-husband Shane Deary.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
After starring in the iconic 2004 romance “The Notebook,” Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling embarked on their own real-life love story. Fans couldn’t get enough of the couple who dated on-and-off before splitting for good in 2007. Though they’re no longer together, their famous acceptance speech for Best Kiss at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards remains unbeatable.
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
Speaking of Gosling, his relationship with McAdams isn’t the only time he’s dated a co-star. In 2011, he met Eva Mendes while filming “The Place Beyond the Pines.” The two began dating shortly after, although they’ve kept their relationship notoriously private. They share two daughters, born in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
It’s a match made in teen-drama heaven. Leighton Meester and Adam Brody, former stars of “Gossip Girl” and “The OC” respectively, met while filming “The Oranges” in 2010. They got engaged in 2013 and married in a private ceremony a year later. In 2015, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
The “Twilight” co-stars made the dreams of fans everywhere come true when they publicly confirmed their off-screen romance. Although their relationship didn’t last (the couple survived a highly publicized cheating scandal, but eventually broke up in 2013), their chemistry lives on in the blockbuster franchise.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux met while filming the 2011 romantic comedy “Wanderlust.” They got engaged in 2012, but their top-secret nuptials didn’t take place until three years later, in 2015. After two years of marriage, the couple announced their separation in 2017.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel signed on to guest star on “Mad Men” in 2012, where she met on-screen love interest and future husband Vincent Kartheiser. Though the affair between their characters, Beth and Pete, didn’t end well, the actors’ real-life romance took off. They got married in 2014 and welcomed a son the following year.
Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy
After meeting on the set of the ensemble drama “Evening” in 2006, Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy began dating. They announced their engagement in 2009 and got married in France later that same year. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, in 2012. Their second son was born in 2018.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas experienced a real-life fairytale when they met and fell in love on the set of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” The co-stars, who played Snow White and Prince Charming in the series, married in 2014. They now share two sons.
Trai Byers and Grace Gealey
Trai Byers and Grace Gealey’s characters on Fox’s “Empire” never actually date, but the co-stars did find romance in real life. The two announced their engagement in 2015 and got married in the Cayman Islands a year later.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
Though the two met in 1991 while filming “Jamon Jamon,” they didn’t become a couple until over a decade later while reuniting for 2008’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” The duo, who tend to stay out of the public eye as much as possible, got married in 2010. They share two children, a son and a daughter.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Long before she got her own talk show, Kelly Ripa appeared opposite Mark Consuelos on the soap opera “All My Children.” The duo eloped in 1996 and have stayed strong ever since, with Consuelos occasionally popping up as a guest co-host on “Live With Kelly and Ryan.” The longtime couple share three kids, two sons and a daughter.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith met when the latter auditioned for a role in the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in 1994. Though she didn’t get the part, she did get the guy! The two married in 1997 and currently remain one of Hollywood’s fan-favorite couples. Their children, Jaden and Willow Smith, are also involved in the entertainment industry.
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender
Technically, uber-private couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender first met at the Toronto International Film Festival, before filming the romance-drama “The Light Between Oceans” in 2014, but their relationship blossomed on-set. Since then, they’ve kept their relationship largely under wraps, even pulling off a top-secret wedding in Ibiza, Spain, in 2017.
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
Though Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig were reportedly friends for years, they didn’t take their relationship to the next level until working on the set of “Dream House.” They married in 2011 and welcomed a child together in 2018. Both actors also have a child from their first marriages.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Megan Fox met husband Brian Austin Green when he made a guest appearance on the show “Hope & Faith” in 2004. The pair dated on and off for six years before getting married in 2010. After several years together, the two briefly separated in 2015, with Fox even filing for divorce. But they were back together and expecting their third child by early 2016, and the divorce case was later dismissed.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
Samira Wiley met her future wife, Lauren Morelli, while on the set of “Orange Is the New Black.” Morelli was a writer on the series on which Wiley co-starred. The two began dating shortly after Morelli’s first marriage ended and got engaged in October 2017. They tied the knot later that same year.
Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer
You know them as your favorite on-screen and off-screen couple from Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” The pair hit it off while filming the hit show and began dating shortly after. They went public as a couple in 2017 and are still going strong, with Dyer telling Refinery29, “It’s an interesting thing to work with somebody who you go home with. It’s always really fun.”
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon met on the set of the PBS film “Lemon Sky.” They married in 1988 and now share two children. They’ve also starred together in several other projects, including “Pyrates,” “Murder in the First,” “The Woodsman” and “Loverboy.”