Ever wonder how actors wind up dating and falling in love on set? It happens more often than one might think. Sure, in many senses, celebrities have it easier than most, but it's never easy braving the dating world under a microscope. Bennifer. Brangelina. Robsten. All too often, celebrity couples we once thought were destined to last forever, break up for, well, completely normal reasons most of the time. And guess who's there, more often than not, to capture the final embarrassing moments? Those nosy folks with the cameras who chase down famous people to ask multitudes of invasive questions about themselves and their private lives.
The paparazzi aren't always there to make things easier for celebrity couples, and, sometimes, they can capture those under the spotlight at some of their worst moments Refreshingly, this article doesn't feature any of those moments. Instead, it focuses on couples that met on set and have managed to stay together through the maelstrom that is Hollywood. Whether acting together, working as director and actor, screenwriter and director, screenwriter and actor, or in any number of collaborative capacities on a film together, sparks between those working together on a creative project can indisputably ignite. The following couples not only met while working together on a film or television project, but are still going strong long after their respective, collective projects wrapped up.
20 Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
This famously hip couple didn't exactly mean in the most popular, sophisticated of circumstances. The duo, now married with two daughters, met on the set of the critical and financial flop Green Lantern. However, a few bad reviews and an overwhelming worldwide box office underperformance weren't enough to put out the sparks emanating from Reynolds and Lively's newfound romance.
Yes, Green Lantern hurt Reynolds's professional career. He even got rid of his former self before reading the Green Lantern script in a post-credits Deadpool 2 scene. All jokes aside, being in that DC disaster was a small price to pay for the accomplished actor to find the love of his life in Lively. The two have two daughters: James and Inez.
19 Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer
Don't we all, deep down, want to believe in love at first sight (for those of us that don't already believe in such a thing)? Well, according to People, that's more or less how it happened for True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. After a steamy screen test, wherein two actors will read lines of dialogue as a "chemistry read," the two had their eyes set on each other. Once principal photography began, things heated up from there.
Perhaps, when one is shooting such a sensual show like True Blood, romance is more abundant in the air? Whatever the case may be, Paquin and Moyer are still enamoured with each other. The couple is currently happily raising twins.
18 Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness
Even Wolverine gets nervous sometimes. That's right. It took Hugh Jackman some time to build up the courage to ask out his Correlli co-star Deborra-lee Furness, whom he met on set in 1995 fresh out of drama school. Even then, after agreeing, Furness who 13 years his senior, tried to break it off with Jackman three weeks into the relationship. It worked out, obviously, as the couple is still together in 2018, 22 years after getting married in 1996.
Tragically, Furness suffered two miscarriages before the couple decided to adopt. Today, Jackman and Furness have two children: Oscar and Ava.
17 Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
It all started in 1998, when Ashton Kutcher, then 20, and Mila Kunis, then 15, were cast in That 70s Show as mutual love interests. In fact, Kutcher was Kunis's first kiss. Although she had a crush on him during the filming of the show, their relationship remained plutonic. Kunis would go on to marry Demi Moore, and Kunis would move on to date childhood actor Macaulay Culkin.
The on-screen, on-again, off-again lovers remained friends long after the hit television series ended, until they officially started dating in 2012. Now married, the couple has two children: Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher and Dimitri Portwood Kutcher. And to think, it all started with an on-screen kiss.
16 Eva Mendes & Ryan Gosling
We all appreciate our privacy, especially when it comes to our romantic lives. This famously secretive couple met on the set of Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011. Ryan Gosling played a bad-boy biker and stunt rider and Eva Mendes played his love interest and the mother of his child. Suffice to say, there was instant chemistry, on and off the screen.
After seven years, the couple now has two young daughters: Esmerelda and Amanda. Mendes is now a a designer, and Gosling took a break from acting to focus on their family before returning to the craft. Now, Gosling chooses his roles more selectively. After all, family comes first.
15 Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz starred together in the critical and financial catastrophe, Dream House in 2011. However, that didn't cause any relationship riffs and stop them from creating their own dream house in real life. Interestingly, Craig and Weisz didn't exact meet on set. They had been friends for years before Dream House, began dating in 2010, and wed in 2011 before the release of their film.
The couple recently welcomed their first child together, daughter Ella. Weisz has a child from a previous relationship with The Wrester director Darren Aronofsky, and Craig has a child from a prior marriage to actor Fiona Loudon.
14 Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem
Sometimes, a couple is so ridiculously good looking, that it makes us common folk wonder what it must be like to turn heads by simply existing. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem first met on the set of Jamón, Jamón in 1992, so their friendship spans almost three decades. There was an attraction, according to Bardem, but Cruz was underage at the time. It wasn't until they spent time together on the set of Woody Allen's critically acclaimed film Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2007 that Cruz and Bardem took their friendship to the next level. They couple wed in 2010, and have a son, Leonardo, and a daughter, Luna, together. And to think, it almost never happened, Bardem explained to GQ.
“Oh, boy. She has that feistiness. There are those scenes where we are arguing, she’s throwing plates and so on. I had to wonder, ‘Do I really want this?’
She has what I call the loving blood. Passion for everything. That’s what I find attractive. There is beauty and there is being [foxy]. Penélope has both.”
13 Sarah Michelle Geller & Freddie Prinze Jr.
You may be asking yourself, whatever happened to Sarah Michelle Geller and Freddie Prinze Jr.? Well, after getting married in 2002, the couple has since shied away from acting to raise their two children, 8-year-old daughter Charlotte Grace and 6-year-old son Rocky James. Geller and Prinze Jr. met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. Maybe there's something about acting in a creepy film that makes you want to cozy up next to your co-star. Whatever the case may be, the couple recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. Gellar's thoughts on marriage?
"Someone told me, "Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning, all you need is two hearts and a diamond. But years later, you wish you had a club and a spade."
There you have it: the key to a healthy marriage.
12 Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn
One of the more famous and enduring Hollywood couples, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn first met on the set of The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1967. Though Russell had a few screen credits to his name and it was only Hawn's first feature film appearance, Russell was only 16 and Hawn was 21. Despite their age difference, the two remained friends as their professional and romantic lives went their separate ways.
It wasn't until Swing Shift in 1983 that the two actors were reunited. Flustered, Russell's awfully corny and dated pick-up line, “Man, you’ve got a great figure,” worked. Today, the couple have six grandchildren. It appears the Hudson and Russell names will live on in showbiz for generations to come.
11 Hugh Dancy & Claire Danes
Those who haven't been living under a rock for the past 20 years know Claire Danes as this generation's Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's modern reimagining of Romeo + Juliet. Fortunately, her real life hasn't paralleled the Shakespearean tragedy in film. She met actor Hugh Dancy on the set of the 2007 film Evening, and the couple couldn't be further from star-crossed lovers.
Danes and Dancy wed in 2011, have a 5-year-old son named Cyrus Michael Christopher, and just recently welcomed their second child. The the two love birds have their hands full in raising their young family, but that isn't to say one can't hope for more Homeland and Hannibal episodes down the road. Fingers crossed!
10 Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys
Speaking of Homeland, The Americans is another critically-acclaimed television spy drama featuring a strong female lead. It's also the set where actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys first decided to become more than friends. There's a little more to this story, however. Rhys drunkenly asked Russell out at a kickball party 17 years ago when he was 26 years old. Russell politely rejected him, but fate has a funny way of bringing people together again.
Russell and Rhys had their first child in 2016. Russell has two children: River, 10 years old, and daughter Willa, 6 years old, with ex-husband, carpenter, and amateur surfer Shane Deary.
9 Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
When the term power couple comes to mind, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are some of the first people in the public arena that come to mind. Although technically, then Jada Pinkett, didn't get a part on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to pay his girlfriend because she was deemed too short at 5'0," Smith felt an instant connection with her.
They began dating in 1995, wed on New Year's Eve in 1997, and are as in love today as they were over 21 years ago.
Will and Jada have two children together: actor and musician Jaden Smith, and musician Willow Smith. The couple have been overtly open about their leniency in raising their children to allow them the freedom to be and do what they want. That's peak progressive parenting, right there.
8 Kit Harington & Rose Leslie
"You know nothing, Jon Snow" is a line that will go down in TV history. Jon Snow may know nothing, but Harington knows true love with his Game of Thrones co-star, Leslie. In June of 2018, the jubilant couple wed in Scotland. Harington's favorite memory filming Game of Thrones?
"It's the three weeks in Iceland in which we shot the second season, because it was there that I fell in love. If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it's becomes very easy to fall in love."
Here's to finding love in far away places.
7 Adam Brody & Leighton Meester
Can you spot the future couple in the picture above? Millennials who grew up in the early 2000s likely know two of the most iconic, beloved teenage television characters of their generation, Seth Cohen on The O.C., played by Adam Brody, and Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, played by Leighton Meester. Brace yourselves, because Seth and Blair got married in real life! That's right, Brody and Meester tied the knot in 2014. The two actors met on the set of the 2011 film The Oranges.
The private couple has a 3-year-old daughter named Arlo. They must be doing something right because Arlo already has fantastic taste in the arts. According to Meester, her favorite movie is Edward Scissorhands. Brody and Meester just might have a cinephile on their hands, and even another actor in the family. Only time will tell.
6 Alexis Bledel & Vincent Kartheiser
Remember what Kit Harington said about how easy it is to fall for your costar if they already play your love interest on the show or movie that you're working on together? Well, the same goes for lust, apparently. Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser met on the set of Mad Men in 2012. Bledel guest-starred in 3 episodes as the mentally-unhinged Beth Dawes who seduces Kartheiser's sketchy character Pete Campbell. The two have since kept their romantic lives hidden from the public eye.
Bledel and Kartheiser wed in 2014, and welcomed their first child in 2015. Though they rarely make public appearances as a couple, they were last seen together at the 2017 Emmy Awards after Bledel won an Emmy for her guest appearance on A Handmaid's Tale.
5 Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied
One can say Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied had their wedding dance long before they tied the knot. Portman met Millepied on the set of Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece Black Swan in 2010. Millepied was a dancer in the film as David/The Prince in the play within the film. However, he also served as the ballet choreographer for Black Swan.
Portman thanked a lot of people in her Oscar acceptance speech, including, "my beautiful love, Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the film and has now given me my most important role of my life.”
The dynamic duo have wed in 2012 and have two children: Aleph, 6 years old, and Amalia, almost 2 years old. It's safe to assume the couple had a more official dance together on their wedding night.
4 Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas
It's a real life fairytale, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Snow White and Prince Charming are married in real life! The The Once Upon a Time costars, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, met on set in 2011. Was the romance as magical as it seemed on-screen? According to Dallas, yes, and then some:
"On and off screen, it was magical. I remember it had started to snow when we were there, and it seemed so symbolic and magical."
Dallas is describing the scene where Prince Charming kissed Snow White to awake her from her eternal slumber. Sounds like he was smitten with her from the beginning. Goodwin and Dallas wed in 2014 and are parents to two sons: Hugo, 2 years old, and Oliver, 4 years old.
3 Trai Byers & Grace Gealey
Empire fans, unite! Empire stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey, who play Andre Lyon and Anika Calhoun, respectively on Fox's hit television series, met on-set in 2014. Byers and Gealy are, perhaps, one of the more public celebrity couples in the entertainment world. The two are never ones to shy away from expressing how they feel about each other on Instagram. Here's what Byers had to say about his wife on their 4-year anniversary:
“I remember being caught in your eyes, and deciding I would never leave. I remember watching you dance the Bachata, and thinking I want to be the man you dance with.
I remember sitting next to you at the “Selma” premiere, I was so nervous and I wanted to impress you. I remember when you looked me in the eyes and told me what I’d waited my whole life to hear, 'I’m ready.' God remains the tether that binds us together. Two years feels like two seconds for me with you. I’m caught in your love, and I’ll never, ever leave. Happy Anniversary My Blessed Queen. I love you now and forever!”
If that isn't true love, then I don't know what is. It's safe to assume their relationship will last long after Empire's run ends.
2 Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender
The chances are, if you get cast in a Derek Cianfrance romance film (Blue Valentine, the aforementioned The Place Beyond the Pines), you're signing up to put yourself in considerably intense, intimate situations with your costar or costars. Such was the case with Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender, who, ultimately, had a great experience filming Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans. So much so that they became a couple after filming. Turns out, they had no problems filming their intimate scenes.
Vikander and Fassbender wed in October of 2017 in front of family and friends a the opulent La Granja farmstead resort in Ibiza. Another couple that understandably values their privacy, not much else is known about their relationship other than the fact that they would like to work together again, professionally, under the right circumstances.
1 Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
This is one whirlwind of a relationship, to put in mildly. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are the poster couple for the "on again, off again," casual millennial dating culture of today. Cyrus and Hemsworth met on the set of the Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) teen romance film The Last Song. They became best friends and started publicly dating in 2010. After that, they broke up and got back together at least 4 different times, including 1 failed engagement. The engagement was called off after Cyrus's infamous twerking performance at the VMAs in 2013
Today, the couple is engaged to get married again, and, both have seemingly matured during their times apart from each other. They even reportedly call each other "husband" and "wife." It seems couple is planning for a family, but, as they're still young, are in no rush to have kids. Cheers to young, complicated love.