See 17 Celebrity Couples on Their First Red Carpet Together
These stars sent flashbulbs popping when they made their couple debuts.
The first date, the first kiss, meeting the parents, moving in…there are a handful of relationship milestones that almost every couple marks. For celebrity couples, that list includes a more public statement: the fateful red carpet debut. Some famous pairs were stepping out together when their relationships were brand new; others didn't walk their first press line arm-in-arm until after they were married. To see what it looked like when these romances became fully Hollywood official, we found photos of 17 beloved celebrity couples on their very first red carpet together.
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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski met each other when they were having separate dinners at the same restaurant in late 2008. They began dating soon after and confirmed their engagement less than a year later, in August 2009. A few months after that, the betrothed couple walked the carpet together for the first time at an Elle event.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shared red carpets many times as co-stars on That 70's Show. But their red carpet couple debut didn't come until 2017 when they attended the Breakthrough Prize ceremony together—and that was over two years after they got married!
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell has been married to Dax Shepard since 2013 and the pair have two children, but the first red carpet they officially walked together was the premiere of her 2009 movie Couples Retreat.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres brought new girlfriend Portia de Rossi as her date to the 2004 Golden Globes; in 2008, as soon as it became legal in California, the stars got married.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
How's this for some '80s nostalgia? One of Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks' first public dates was the premiere of the iconic 1986 comedy Three Amigos.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Singer John Legend and model/cookbook author Chrissy Teigen met on the set of his 2007 music video "Stereo." In 2008, they posed on the red carpet together on the way into Sony's Grammys party.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
They were already rumored to be engaged when Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas arrived at the premiere of her 1999 movie Entrapment together. They were married a year later.
Michelle Williams and Tommy Kail
In late 2019, it was revealed that not only was Michelle Williams engaged to her Fosse/Verdon director Thomas Kail—the two were also expecting a baby. In January 2020, they made their red carpet couple debut at the Golden Globes, where Williams won for her role in the miniseries.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Another couple who became red-carpet-official well into their relationship, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and tennis superstar Serena Williams were also engaged and expecting when they attended the 2017 Met Gala on each other's arms.
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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
In 2006, Neil Patrick Harris came out publicly, and the following year, he brought his boyfriend of almost three years, David Burtka, with him to the Emmys, where he was nominated for his role on How I Met Your Mother. They tied the knot in 2014 after a long engagement.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
To be honest, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively were just friends and co-stars when they posed on the carpet for the premiere of 2011's Green Lantern. But we can already see the chemistry, and they started dating soon after. (Their red carpet couple debut was no less high-profile than the 2014 Met Gala.)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Beyoncé and Jay-Z started dating sometime in 2000 or 2001 and launched some pretty memorable collaborations in the next couple of years. But they didn't walk a carpet together until the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004.
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari
Britney Spears met trainer and fitness model Sam Asghari on the set of her "Slumber Party" video in 2016. The two started dating, shared many Instagram updates about their relationship, and finally stepped out together at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in 2019.
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger
Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt's whirlwind relationship took a big step when they faced the photographers together at the premiere of 2019's Avengers: Endgame. They were already engaged after dating for just six months.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith were still a pretty brand new couple when they walked the carpet at the Devil in a Blue Dress premiere in 1995. By 1997, they'd be married and waiting on their first child together.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and country star Keith Urban met in 2005 and were married in 2006, but it would be another year before they experienced their first red carpet as a couple at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in early 2007.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Among the most private celebrity couples ever are Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. They'd been friends for several years when they got together romantically in 2007, and while they snuck into a couple of big industry events after that, they didn't do the whole red carpet thing as a pair (a married pair) until the Oscars in 2011.