50 Celebrity Couples Who Met on Set
Some of your favorite stars were onscreen couples before they fell in love off-screen.
Meeting at work is a pretty common way to find a significant other, and that goes for celebrities, too. Many of the most beloved celebrity couples first crossed paths when they worked on the same movie or TV show—and the rest was history. While some of these couples are still together and others have parted ways, these celebrity couples who met on set have formed some of Hollywood's most iconic relationships.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
Before they were married with three kids, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds met on the set of Green Lantern in 2011—and it wasn't until they went on a date with other people that they realized they should actually be dating each other.
"About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and we were both single, we went on a double date. She was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl," Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly's SiriusXM show in 2016. "That was the most awkward date because we were just like fireworks coming across."
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher first met on the set of That '70s Show when she was only 14 and he was 19, so it took them a long time to find their way to each other. Between the time they met and when they got together, Kutcher was married to Demi Moore, and according to what Kunis told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast, it was actually for the best that they didn't end up together sooner.
"We would have never been together if we didn't both go through what we went through in order to be the people that we were when we reconnected," she said.
Kunis and Kutcher have now been married for four years, and have two children together.
Eva Mendes & Ryan Gosling
While Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling were filming 2011's The Place Beyond The Pines, they were quickly spotted out and about together, including on a date to Disneyland. Although they never married—at least, not as far as fans know—Gosling and Mendes are still together and have two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.
Adam Brody & Leighton Meester
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester might be known for starring on their respective teen TV shows The O.C. and Gossip Girl, but they didn't meet until they ended up working on a different project, the 2011 movie The Oranges. This married couple likes to keep things pretty private, but they reportedly didn't start dating until 2012, and news of their engagement went public in 2013. Meester and Brody tied the knot in 2014, and they have one daughter together, Arlo.
Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas
It was love at first sight for Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, now married for more than five years, when they met on the set of Once Upon a Time in 2011.
"On- and off-screen it was magical," Dallas told HelloGiggles in 2016. "And I think, particularly the first season, [it] had that kind of quality to it, and it was really exciting to play that couple Snow White and Charming, that couple that has that pure love, that real pure love from the start."
Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz were with other people when they met while filming Dream House—Weisz was married to Darren Aronofsky while Craig was engaged to Satsuki Mitchell. But by the time the movie was released, Weisz and Craig had married, and they've been living happily (and privately) ever after since. They both have children from previous relationships, and in September 2018, they welcomed their first child together.
Javier Bardem & Penelope Cruz
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz met while filming the movie Jamón Jamón in the early '90s, but it wasn't until they reunited on the set of 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona that they fell in love for real—and in July 2010, they married. They have two kids, Leo and Luna.
Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were teenagers when they met for the first time on the set of The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1968. But when they again crossed paths professionally while filming Swing Shift in 1983, sparks flew.
"What really got me was when I watched my kids when they'd come to the set, and how he was with them," Hawn said in a 2017 interview with People. "He was amazing with them. He was such a natural."
Although they never married, Hawn and Russell have been together ever since.
Kelly Ripa & Mark Conseulos
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first met when he joined the cast of All My Children, which Ripa was starring on. The following year, in 1996, Ripa and Consuelos eloped in Las Vegas, and the rest is history. They're still together today, and have four children.
LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
The beginning of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's relationship was a bit controversial, given that they were both married to other people when they fell in love on the set of the 2009 TV movie Northern Lights. Rimes was with Dean Cheremet, and Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville. When news broke about their cheating scandal, it was everywhere—but the couple stuck together, despite the headlines.
"The truth is that we're human beings," Cibrian told ABC News in 2010. "We make mistakes and we learn from them, but we're human. We fell in love."
A decade later, they're still together.
Hugh Dancy & Claire Danes
In 2007, Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes met while filming the movie The Evening. At the time, Dancy was based in England, but was living in New York while working on Broadway. It was supposed to be a temporary stay—and then he met Danes.
"My personal life changed and I ended up staying there," Dancy told Evening Standard in 2013. "I made a movie and met my wife."
In 2009, Dancy and Danes tied the knot, and they have a son together, Cyrus.
Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof
Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be over, but the romance that started on set definitely isn't. Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof met while filming the show together in 1999, and in 2003, they got married in Palm Springs, California. They are raising two daughters, Satyana and Keeva.
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's story goes all the way back to 1997 when they first met on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada auditioned for the role of Will's girlfriend but ultimately wasn't cast. By the time Smith saw her on A Different World, he realized there was a connection—even though he was still married to Sheree Fletcher at the time.
"I had a realization I wasn't with the person I was supposed to be with," Smith said on a 2018 episode of Red Table Talk. "I was sitting in a stall and I was crying and laughing uncontrollably, and I knew [Jada] was the woman I was supposed to be with, but I was never getting divorced … I went back out, sat down with Sheree, and started going back on with my life."
Fletcher eventually ended things, though, clearing the way for the Smiths to find their way to each other.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli's relationship began on the set of Orange Is the New Black, where Wiley played Poussey Washington and Morelli was working as a writer on the show. When they met, Morelli was married to a man, and it was in working on OITNB that she realizes she was actually interested in women—and in Wiley specifically.
"Not even necessarily flirting on set, but on the phone, thousands of miles apart, talking about 'Who are we? And does this make me a different person? Does this actually make me who I am now?'" Wiley told BUST. "That's how we fell in love."
Morelli and Wiley dated for three years before getting married in 2017.
Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied
Not only was Black Swan a huge moment in Natalie Portman's career, but it also ended up being a big one in her personal life. While filming the movie, she met now-husband Benjamin Millepied, who worked as a choreographer and dancer on the film.
"It was really special and making it was really wonderful and so fun. It was really incredible," Portman said at Vulture Festival in 2017.
Portman and Millepied have been married since 2012 and have two children together.
Kit Harington & Rose Leslie
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie's romance started back in 2012 on the set of Game of Thrones as they played love interests, but they kept their relationship private for years. It wasn't until 2016 that Harington finally opened up to Vogue Italia about falling in love with Leslie, calling the time they spent together in Iceland filming the show's second season his best Game of Thrones memory.
"If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love," he said.
Harington and Leslie tied the knot in 2018.
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
When Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green first met on the set of Hope & Faith in 2004, it wasn't exactly love at first sight—but over time, the attraction grew.
"I had just gotten out of a relationship … and I wasn't looking for a relationship at the time," Green admitted to Barstool Radio.
Fox and Green married six years later in 2010, and now they're raising three children together.
Emily Van Camp & Josh Bowman
Although the exact timeline of their relationship isn't quite clear, Emily Van Camp and Josh Bowman met when Revenge started filming in 2011, and by the beginning of 2012, they were caught engaging in PDA while out on a lunch date. They finally married in 2018.
Freddie Prinze, Jr. & Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar met while they were filming I Know What You Did Last Summer, but they didn't start dating until three years later.
"We were fortunate enough to be at the right times in our lives where we both wanted something serious and it worked," Prinze, Jr. said at AOL Build panel in 2016, attributing their strong relationship to the fact that they were friends first. "So we're lucky, but we also work very hard at it. It's not just dumb luck, it's work."
They recently celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary, and they have two children, Charlotte and Rocky.
Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin first crossed paths when they screen tested for their True Blood roles together. They ended up being cast in the show as Bill and Sookie, and were onscreen lovers first. But according to Moyer, it was love at first sight, especially when they came back together to start filming three months after that initial screen test.
"I didn't see her for three months, and she had gone from having dark hair to this beautiful blond, and I had gone from being blond to this dark vampire," Moyer told Watch What Happens Live. "By day three or four—oh, this is going to sound so syrupy—but I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. It was within seconds, really, and it just became a thing."
Moyer and Paquin married in 2010, and they have two children.
Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser
Although Alexis Bledel is best known for her role on Gilmore Girls, she didn't end up meeting Vincent Kartheiser until she guest starred on his show, Mad Men. But Kartheiser maintained that nothing happened between them on set—they waited two months after filming together to start dating.
"We were completely professional," Kartheiser told Vulture. We never saw each other out. We never—it was nothing, it was just work."
As two very private celebrities, it's hard to pinpoint the details of their relationship, but Kartheiser and Bledel have been married since 2014, and they welcomed their first child together in May 2016.
Grace Gealey & Trai Byers
Grace Gealey and Trai Byers met on the set of Empire and started dating in 2015. Although they've both been very quiet about their relationship, they do occasionally open up about their love for each other on social media. Byers and Gealey quietly tied the knot in 2016.
Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani
Shortly after Blake Shelton's marriage to Miranda Lambert ended, and Gwen Stefani's marriage to Gavin Rossdale came to a close, the Voice coaches met and fell in love on the set of the singing competition. Reports that they were dating first began surfacing in 2015, and it didn't take long before they took their budding relationship public. As Shelton tells it, the fact that they were both going through painful breakups is what brought them together.
"It went from that, to checking in on each other once a week through email—'This shit happened to me, what happened to you?'—to maybe three times a week, then every day, to 'Hey, here's my phone number if you ever want to text,'" Shelton told Billboard in 2016. "Next thing I know, I wake up and she's all I care about, and I'm wondering if she feels the same about me."
Although Stefani has moved on from her coaching gig on The Voice, she and Shelton are still together.
Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender met and fell in love while playing a married couple in The Light Between Oceans in 2015, and two years later, they tied the knot. They've remained extremely private about their relationship, but it sounds like it was love at first sight.
"The chemistry was immediate, the spark, the intensity," Fassbender told The Sun. "I said early on, 'This girl frightens me.' She's so fierce and brave … it kind of bowled me over."
Jennifer Connelly & Paul Bettany
Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany first met in 2001 on the set of A Beautiful Mind, but it wasn't until after they finished filming that their relationship truly took off. During an interview with Larry King, Bettany revealed that after 9/11, he felt more compelled to act on his feelings, and that inspired him to pop the question before he and Connelly had even dated.
"I got her on the phone, and said, 'I'm coming over, let's get married,'" Bettany said. "And that's really what happened. We had never dated."
By 2003, they were wed, and they have two children together, Agnes and Stellan, along with Connelly's son from her previous marriage.
Frances McDormand & Joel Coen
Going all the way back to 1983, Frances McDormand met Joel Coen when she starred in his movie, Blood Simple. A year later, they married—but it almost didn't happen, since McDormand originally refused to come to her callback audition for the film. Together they have one son, Pedro.
Julia Roberts & Danny Moder
In 2000, Julia Roberts met her now-husband Danny Moder while filming The Mexican, and as she told Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop podcast, that moment ended up being one that caused a major "shift" in her life.
"I think that first kind of real… 'seismic shift' was meeting Danny," she said. "Getting married to Danny. That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way … He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human. I'm more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody. Really, we're so lucky in that way. We just really, really like each other and we just enjoy each other's company."
They tied the knot in 2002, and they're still together today—and parents to children Hazel, Henry, and Phinnaeus.
Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons
While filming the second season of Fargo in 2015, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons met for the first time, but according to the actress herself, it wasn't until a year later that they actually started a relationship.
"We got together a year after [meeting]. We became really good friends first," she said on The Tonight Show.
Although some speculate that Dunst and Plemons may be secretly married, they've given no confirmation of that themselves, but they welcomed their first child together in 2018.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Brad Falchuk
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk met for the first time in 2014, she was guest starring on Glee, a show that Falchuk co-created, and they'd both recently become single after their marriages ended. In 2015, word spread that they were dating, and in September 2018, they made things official with a private ceremony in the Hamptons.
Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys met when they both starred in The Americans, and they hit it off from the moment of their first screen test. Apparently, it all started with a slap.
"The first audition that I had, the chemistry read that I had with Keri … she was told by Gavin O'Connor, the director, to slap me in the scene, completely unbeknownst to me, and did incredibly hard, and has consequently continued to do so in two seasons now," Rhys told E! News.
They share a son, Sam, as well as Russell's children from her previous marriage to Shane Deary.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
It's hard to imagine a time when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson weren't one of Hollywood's most iconic couples, but their love story had to begin somewhere—and as it turns out, that would be the set of Bosom Buddies in 1981. In 1985, they came back together on the set of Volunteers, and the rest is history.
"Rita and I just looked at each other and—kaboing—that was that," Hanks said in an interview with GQ. "I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn't be denied."
More than 31 years (and 2 kids) later, Hanks and Wilson are still living happily ever after.
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan's relationship goes all the way back to the set of Family Ties, where Pollan played Fox's girlfriend. Their onscreen chemistry ended up translating to real life, but it wasn't until later, when Fox's character was dating a character played by Courteney Cox, that they ended up getting together.
"I'm having a great personal relationship with Tracy and a great professional relationship with Courteney," Fox told People in 1987.
They married in 1988, and have four children together.
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
After meeting on the set of Lemon Sky in the '80s, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are still together, and they're parents to a daughter, Sosie, and a son, Travis.
"If someone had told me that at 22 I was going to meet the man I was going to marry, and at 23 I would marry him and have a child, I would have told them they were out of their mind," Sedgwick said in a 2008 interview with Redbook.
Annette Bening & Warren Beatty
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty connected while filming the 1991 movie Bugsy, and Beatty said in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly that he knew something major had happened as soon as he met her.
"When I met Annette over lunch for Bugsy, I felt immediately that this was going to change my life," Beatty said. "I remember losing interest in the garlic chicken I was eating within 20 seconds. And the garlic chicken had been very good!"
He was right, and he and Bening have been married since 1992, with four children together.
Leslie Mann & Judd Apatow
In 1996, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow first crossed paths when she auditioned for The Cable Guy, and Apatow knew at that moment he was looking at his future wife.
"'There goes the future Mrs. Apatow,'" Apatow said in an interview with Elle. "I had a soul connection instantly. I meant it. That's why I remember it."
Just as he predicted, Apatow and Mann were married in 1997, and they have two daughters, Maude and Iris.
Lauren Graham & Peter Krause
Lauren Graham and Peter Krause didn't meet while playing onscreen love interests—oddly enough, they were playing brother and sister on Parenthood.
"Once we got together, there was no game play," Graham told Good Housekeeping. "It was like, 'You like me, and I like you.' It gave me an understanding of life: This is how things happen, and it's completely random."
Although they aren't married, these two have been going strong since 2010.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Of course, not all of the beloved celebrity couples who met on set are still together—even if, at one time, it seemed as though Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would be together forever.
Although Pitt was famously married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, he met Jolie while they were filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004. Less than a year later, Pitt and Aniston announced their divorce, but it wasn't until 2014 that Pitt and Jolie ended up getting married.
And in August 2016, Brangelina announced their split. "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement released to People at the time. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
For 13 years of marriage, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were the quintessential Hollywood couple after meeting on the set of Pearl Harbor in 2001.
"We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil," Affleck told Playboy.
After three children together, Affleck and Garner called it quits. On the bright side, they seem to be on pretty good terms as they continue to co-parent their kids.
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
Talk about an iconic Hollywood couple! Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton first met in the '60s while filming Cleopatra and fell in love, which caused a major scandal at the time, since Taylor was married to Eddie Fisher. Burton and Taylor were married twice—first in 1964, then again in 1975. Ultimately, their second marriage suffered the same fate as their first one, but the former couple was said to have remained close until Burton's death in 1984.
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum
It was heartbreaking to hear that Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum had decided to divorce in 2018, more than a decade after they first met on the set of Step Up. Today, Dewan is expecting her first child with boyfriend Steve Kazee, while Tatum has been dating singer Jessie J for more than a year. Dewan and Tatum co-parent their daughter, Everly.
Michelle Williams & Heath Ledger
Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger met and fell in love while filming the 2004 movie Brokeback Mountain together. During their three-year relationship, they had a child, Matilda. The couple had recently separated before Ledger's sudden death in 2008.
"I always say to Matilda, 'Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes,'" Williams said in a 2018 interview with Vanity Fair.
Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
Although Humphrey Bogart was married to Mayo Methot at the time, he couldn't help but fall in love with Lauren Bacall on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944. They married a year later, and had two children, staying together until Bogart's death in 1957—despite the 26-year age difference that made their relationship so scandalous.
Rachel Bilson & Hayden Christensen
After meeting on the set of Jumper, Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen kept their relationship as private as possible, spending more than 10 years together before deciding to go their separate ways. They never married, but they did welcome one child in 2014: a daughter named Briar Rose.
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux
When former couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux met, it was on set—just not on the set of a movie they were both starring in. As Theroux worked on Tropic Thunder with their mutual friend, Ben Stiller, he and Aniston were introduced.
"I thought he was very sweet and he was always very nice," Aniston told PopSugar. "But I remember thinking he was very dark. At first you think he could be like a serial killer, but he is actually the nicest person in the world."
Later, they finally did work together on Wanderlust in 2010, and in 2015, they tied the knot. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be—two years later, they split.
Skylar Astin & Anna Camp
Anna Camp and Skylar Astin first met while filming Pitch Perfect in 2013, and they started dating soon after Camp split with ex-husband Michael Mosley.
"We were friends first and just hit it off," Camp told Glamour. "He's literally my best friend. He's a magical person."
Camp and Astin tied the knot in 2016. But just three years later, they announced their divorce, and this former couple has now officially parted.
Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco
Somehow, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco managed to have an entire relationship from beginning to end while working on The Big Bang Theory together, and fans weren't aware until after the fact.
"It was such a huge part of my life and no one knew about it," Cuoco told CBS Watch. "It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together."
Their relationship spanned almost two years before they decided to end things on good terms, and they have remained friends ever since.
Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn first met in 1941 on the set of Woman of the Year, and their relationship carried on while Tracy stayed married to his wife, Louise Tracy. Their 26-year relationship was something of an open secret in Hollywood, and Hepburn didn't speak about it publicly until after Louise's death.
Freida Pinto & Dev Patel
After meeting on the set of Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto and Dev Patel started dating in 2008. They decided to split in 2014, but Pinto said in an interview with The Daily Mail that they're still good friends.
"You can be with someone and it can be really good for your growth. That's what Dev was for me," Pinto told the outlet. "The seven years I was with him were so impactful. But I ended up being single when I started thinking about these other things."
Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens
After meeting and falling in love on the set of High School Musical, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens seemed like a match made in Disney Channel heaven—even though Hudgens did admit they had spats on set.
"I remember Kenny Ortega coming around the corner with the most concerned look on his face, like, 'Oh no, is our movie going to fall apart right now?'" Hudgens told The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast. "But I pride myself on being a professional."
Efron and Hudgens' relationship lasted five years, and in 2010, they announced their split.
Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult
While they were together, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult kept their relationship very private after meeting on the set of X-Men: First Class. But after five years of dating, the couple split in 2014. Today, Lawrence is married to Cooke Maroney, while Hoult is dating Bryana Holly.