What woman wouldn’t want to marry a celebrity? Ordinary ladies dream of marrying into a lifestyle of fame and fortune. Most of the time, Hollywood men end up with actresses or models but there are those special cases where they fall in love with a non-famous person. The ladies on this list were lucky enough to land a celebrity husband.
These days, Hollywood marriages quickly end in divorce, but many of the couples on the list have defied the odds. They have some of the longest lasting relationships in tinsel town. Perhaps there is wisdom to be found in celebrities marrying a person who’s not in the industry.
Some of the women on this list had a stroke of luck and met their match out in the real world. A simple day at work or a trip to the gym turned into a case of being in the right place at the right time to find love with a celeb. Other times, they met before the person was famous and stood by them on their journey to fame. A lucky few were fans and met them through friends or even a moment of circumstance. Please enjoy this list of 20 celeb men who were swept off their feet by plain janes.
20 Kelsey Grammer Married A Flight Attendant
Kelsey met his wife, Kayte Walsh when she was a flight attendant on the plane that he was flying on. According to The DailyMail, Kelsey was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live when he dished about the night he met his bride. He told the talk show host, "We actually met in the air on a plane to England. It was very romantic, she was working on the plane”, Kelsey continued.
"We went out for coffee several days later and had this magical night in the snow in London around Christmas time."
They eventually married and are the parents of 2 children.
19 Aaron Paul Met His Wife At Coachella
Breaking Bad actor, Aaron Paul has been married to his wife, Lauren Parsekian, since 2013. She is a director turned actress but didn’t meet her hubby on the set or even on the streets of Hollywood as most celeb couples do. The two met at a three-day music festival, Coachella, in Indio, California.
According to Us Weekly, Aaron opened up about his wife during a discussion on Reddit. "We fell in love at Coachella," he revealed. "We had our first kiss on a ferris wheel at Coachella. So anything that reminds us of that we're very excited to do."
18 Chris O'Donnell Settled Down With A School Teacher
Chris O'Donnell’s wife, Caroline Fentress, was the sister of his college roommate and a school teacher when they met. He was a mere 26-years-old when they tied the knot. They’ve been married for 22 years and have 5 children. According to PEOPLE, Chris gushed about his wife at the NCIS: Los Angeles PaleyFest Fall TV Preview. “Caroline is a great mom,” he said.
“She has great common sense. She is thoughtful, reserved, and she takes a breath before she speaks.”
The actor even gave out some marriage advice. “I was very lucky. We work at it all the time and have good communication.”
17 Eddie Redmayne Married His Teenage Girlfriend
British actor, Eddie Redmayne, met his wife, Hannah Bagshaw when they were just teenagers. He was studying at Eton College and she attended a nearby girls’ school. They were just friends for years until that started dating in 2012. The two married in 2015 and have two children, Luke and Iris.
According to Daily Mail, Redmayne spoke to Time Out about his wife. “It's great that she found me attractive then and still does, through all the s***. That's good!' He said, 'It's also wonderful having a shared history and friends, even though we didn't get together for 15 years.'
16 Joseph Gordon-Levitt Met His Wife Through A Friend
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is very private about his personal life but found love when he met his wife, Tasha McCauley. She isn’t famous but is the co-founder and CEO of Fellow Robots, a robotics company based at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, California. They were married in a secret ceremony in 2014 and have 2 children. According to Glamour, he talked about his then-girlfriend on the Howard Stern Show.
"I think I'm a pretty good person and a good boyfriend.
Yeah, I just wouldn't want to be with someone who was disrespectful to me," he said, without identifying his love. "[She's] not in show business."
15 Billie Joe Armstrong Married A Greenday Fan
Greenday front man, Billie Joe met his wife, Adrienne, when she was a fan in the audience at a 1990 concert in Minnesota. The two met up but she was spoken for. Billie Joe reached out to her when he performed in her hometown. After a long-distance relationship, they were married in 1994 and had two sons.
Adrienne was a rock for Billie as he battled personal issues. He spoke with Rolling Stone about the role his wife played in his recovery. “Adrienne is a strong woman. She knew the deal. I'm sure it was rough for her to see me going through this,” Billie shared.
14 Toby Maguire Fell For His Boss' Daughter
Tobey Maguire’s ex-wife, Jennifer Meyer, is the daughter of his boss, Universal Studios President, Ronald Meyer. The two went public with their romance in 2003 and were married in 2007. They are the parents to two kids, Ruby and Otis.
After 9 years of marriage, the duo decided to divorce. An insider close to the family spoke with Entertainment Tonight about how they co-parent together. "They’re both great parents and their main focus right now is on Ruby and Otis," the source said. "Tobey and Jen love those kids so much and will make sure their lives don’t change overnight.
13 Vince Vaughn Married A Real Estate Agent
Vince Vaughn’s wife, Kyla Weber, was a real estate agent when they met at a wedding. They dated for 2 years and were married at a private ceremony in Chicago in 2008. They are the parents of two children, Lochlyn and Vernon. According to Us Weekly, Vince talked about his better half when he was a guest on The Ellen Show in 2011.
"I met the best girl in the world," Vince said. "It gives you such a great purpose in your life.
If I wouldn't have met her, I would've done it a long time ago, so I'm very, very happy."
12 Jerry Seinfeld Tied The Knot With A Girl He Met At The Gym
Love was in the air at the Reebok Sports Club in New York City when Jerry Seinfeld first saw his wife, Jessica Sklar. They met in 1990 while working out at the gym. She was the public relations executive for Tommy Hilfiger and was married at the time.
After returning from her honeymoon, she soon decided to leave her husband and moved on with Jerry. The duo wed on Christmas day later that year. Despite their questionable start, the couple has been happily married for 19 years and are now the parents of three children, Sascha, Sheperd, and Julian.
11 Christian Bale's Idea Of Marriage Changed When He Met His Future Wife
When Bale met Sibi Blazic, she was an assistant to Winona Ryder. Although he was a self-proclaimed bachelor and didn't think he would ever getting married because of his family's history with divorce, he fell in love with Blazic and they eloped to Vegas. Bale is also known for being an method actor, so that obviously has an effect on his wife and marriage. “[My wife] had to be married to so many different characters over our marriage. I know that it truly would be impossible to do it without her. She’s such a good, strong woman,"Bale told reporters after he won an Oscar for The Fighter.
10 Jeff Bridges Was Smitten By A Waitress
Jeff Bridges met his wife, Susan Geston, on the set of the movie Rancho Deluxe in Montana. She was a waitress who worked in the hotel and totally turned down his advances. The two later ran into each other at a bar and she decided to give him a chance. They were married in 1977 and have three daughters and one grandchild. Jeff talked about his wife in Oprah’s Master Class
"I said, 'Oh God, I can't let this woman go,'" Jeff shared. "I had this vision of an old guy thinking there was this girl from Montana, man, why didn't I marry her."
If that's not romantic, I don't know what is.
9 Alec Baldwin Married A Yoga Instructor
Alec Baldwin met his wife, Hilaria, at a restaurant in New York City in 2011. She was a 27-year-old yoga instructor at the time. Alec was 53, but age was just a number to them. They were married in 2012 and have 3 children and fourth one on the way. According to PEOPLE, Hilaria and Alec make it a point to get some one-on-one time despite their busy schedules.
“When the babies are sleeping, we always spend time together. We just like each other,”
she dished. “We’re very different — we’re extraordinarily different, the complete yin and yang, but we like each other.”
8 Jon Bon Jovi Is Still With His High-School Sweetheart
Jon Bon Jovi is one of the few celebrities who actually married his high school girlfriend. He met his wife, Dorothea Hurley Bongiovi, at Sayreville War Memorial High School in their New Jersey. They eloped in 1989 and were married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas. The couple now has four children. Jon spoke with People about how they managed to keep their relationship strong for 29 years!
“She’s the glue,” he shared. “I’m the crazy visionary with all kinds of things flying, and the seams are all splitting.
She’s the one following me with the glue and the thread and needle, keeping it all together.”
7 Seth Myers Married A Human Rights Lawyer
Comedian, Seth Meyers, met his wife, Alexi Ashe, on the set of Saturday Night Live. Her sister worked on the set of SNL and introduced them. Although Alexi isn’t famous, she does very important work. She works as an assistant district attorney with the King's County District Attorney in Brooklyn. According to Country Living, Meyers revealed how they make their relationship work.
"We just have to find time for one another," he said. "She's dealing in a far darker world than I am. And she manages to come home and still be bright-eyed and positive.
So I have to do the same."
6 Jon Stewart Met His Wife On A Blind Date
Jon Stewart met his wife, Tracey Lynn Stewart, when a mutual friend set them up on a blind date. Sparks flew and they dated for 4 years until they tied the knot in 2000. They’ve enjoyed 18 years of wedded bliss. Tracy spoke with Oprah Winfrey about how they met.
“It's a fairy tale from my end. I had just gotten out of a seven-year relationship. I was depressed, and my friends were trying to set me up all the time.”
When they asked what she was looking for she told them someone who was “funny and sweet, like Jon Stewart." Her roommate knew John and set them up.
5 Jimmy Fallon Married A Film Producer
Jimmy Fallon first met his wife, Nancy Juvonen, when she was the producer for the film Fever Pitch. The couple dated for three years and were hitched on December 22, 2007. They have two daughters, Winnie and Frances. Jimmy spoke to PEOPLE about the night that he proposed and admitted that he was a bit emotional.
“I went out to the dock and said, ‘Don’t cry. Let her cry first,’”
Fallon recalled. “I’m a pretty mushy guy and I just wanted it to be perfect. I got down on one knee and I immediately [started weeping]. She’s like, ‘Are you having a stroke?’”
4 Paul Rudd's Wife Is A Publicist
Paul Rudd met his wife, Julie Yaeger when she was a publicist. He arrived late for an audition and left his suitcase in her office. When she returned his luggage, he asked her out on a date. The duo dated for five years and wed in 2003. They’re the parents to two children and have a solid Hollywood relationship.
“I don’t think I’m going to sell a lot of tabloids,” he told Elle during an interview. “My wife (Julie Yaeger) and I have been together for 16 years. My parents have been married my whole life until my father passed away a few years ago.”
3 Patrick Dempsey Married His Hairdresser
Patrick Dempsey met his wife, Jillian Fink when she was a hairdresser in Los Angeles. They met in 1994 and he was her client for 3 years before they began dating. They are now happily married and are the parents of 3 children. They separated in 2016 but decided to fight for their marriage. According to PEOPLE, Patrick admitted they just weren’t ready to give up.
“Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of,” Dempsey said.
“I didn’t feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That’s where it started.”
2 Matt Damon Fell In Love With A Bartender
Matt Damon met his wife, Luciana Barroso when she was a bartender in Miami. He was filming the movie Stuck On You when he went out to get drinks with friends. He saw Luciana working behind the bar and the rest is history. Vogue asked Luciana the secret to a successful Hollywood marriage. “I have no idea!” she said,
“I just know I think we both feel, really, really lucky to have met each other so we don’t take that for granted.
It’s life and marriage, so there’s ups and downs you know, but overall it’s easy and it’s fun. And he’s such a good dad.”
1 George Clooney Married A Lawyer He Met At A Party
George Clooney met his wife, Amal, at a party of a mutual friend. She was a human rights lawyer who totally swept him off his feet. They started communicating through e-mail but decided to take their relationship to the next level. They were married in 2014 and are the parents of twins, Ella and Alexander. According to PEOPLE George gushed about Amal when he spoke with Entertainment Tonight.
“She’s an amazing human being,” he shared. “And she’s caring. And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever met.
And she’s got a great sense of humor.”