In Hollywood, the saying 'birds of a feather flock together' certainly applies. Famous people tend to marry other famous people, because that’s usually the way it happens. Celebrities socialize with other celebrities, or at least, other people in the industry. They don’t often get the same opportunities to mingle with non-famous people, so it’s understandable that stars frequently marry other stars.
Many celebrities are also reluctant to marry people who don’t share their wealth or fame because being famous can be quite hard to get used to for outsiders. And at the same time, they don’t want to open themselves to gold diggers and other opportunistic love interests.
That said, it is possible for stars and normal people to live happily ever after. Several of the most famous celebrities in the world have fallen in love with people who are virtually unknown. But just because they don’t have legions of fans and can walk into a grocery store without hordes of paparazzi following them doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to offer.
After all, they have to have a little something special to be able to get our favorite celebs to fall in love with them!
Check out these celebrity spouses who aren’t as famous as their husbands and wives but deserve their own spotlight for their achievements!
20 Marco Perego: Married To Zoë Saldana
Zoë Saldana has a lot going for her, and it turns out that one of those things is her husband Marco Perego. This pair married only three months after dating, but it’s all worked out for the best.
“I don’t just window shop,” the actress told Marie Claire (via Screen Rant). “I don’t have the time or the energy or the attention span for that. I need a pair of jeans, I go and—boom—get them. I met my husband I wasn’t going to try it out and see if it works. No I felt it. I went with the feelings.” Perego is an also an artist and can hold his own next to his famous wife’s talent.
19 Hilaria Thomas: Married To Alec Baldwin
For Hilaria Thomas and Alec Baldwin, it was love at first sight. Thomas, who was a yoga instructor at the time, was at a restaurant in New York City when the famous actor first approached her. “I was standing near the door with my friends when he walked up and took my hand and said, ‘I must know you,’” she said (via Screen Rant).
Shortly after, Baldwin gave her his card, and the rest is history. The pair have four children together, and we’re not sure whether they’re going to follow in their father’s footsteps. Thomas claimed that she has never owned a TV before, so perhaps acting won’t be high on the priority list for these kids.
18 Gian Luca Passi De Preposulo: Married To Jessica Chastain
Anyone would have to be lucky to be married to a talented, smart, and beautiful woman like Jessica Chastain. But by the same token, anyone would have to be lucky to be married to Gian Luca Passa de Preposulo, so it looks like these spouses are a match made in heaven.
What’s so great about this hunk? He’s a Count from one of the noblest families in Italy. “We met in Paris,” Chastain said in an interview on Live with Kelly and Michael. “It’s incredible because the day Gian Luca and I met was the day I got nominated for an Oscar—I know, it’s probably the best day I ever had.”
17 Camilla Alves: Married To Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey has called Camilla Alves his wife ever since 2012 when the two wed in Texas. Originally, McConaughey was happy being a bachelor, until he stumbled upon Alves at a club while he was out with friend Lance Armstrong. “My eyes went up and I remember what came out of my mouth. I didn’t say, ‘Who is that?’ I went, ‘What is that?’” he said in an interview with People.
“As I was trying to get [her] attention across the room, I went in my head, ‘This is not the kind of woman you call over across the room, McConaughey. [Get out of] your chair and go get her.’ Which I did.”
16 Sibi Blazic: Married To Christian Bale
Another actor who was more than happy to lead the single life was Christian Bale. “I never planned to marry,” he revealed in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, later explaining that he didn’t have many positive examples of successful relationships around him. All that changed when he met Sibi Blazic, who was working as an assistant for Winona Ryder.
Blazic has also worked as a stunt driver on film sets, which majorly impressed Bale, who became her husband in 2000 after the pair eloped in Vegas. “My wife was a stunt driver—she was chasing me through the city in Batman. She was driving one of the cop cars," he said (via The Wall Street Journal).
15 Romain Dauriac: Was Married To Scarlett Johansson
France is a country which has long been associated with all things romantic, and that’s exactly where Scarlett Johansson’s lesser-known ex-husband, Romain Dauriac, hails from. Though these two aren’t together anymore, we still think Dauriac deserves a mention!
He isn’t as famous as his movie star ex, who’s appeared in a string of major films and has been turning heads on red carpets for many years now. While he doesn’t have the fame that she has, he can bring his own creative talents to the table, as he is a successful artist and he also manages a creative agency. Johansson and Dauriac were married in 2014.
14 Hannah Bagshawe: Married To Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne was friends with Hannah Bagshawe for longer than a decade before they eventually realized how they really felt about each other. “We’d been good friends for 12 years—and we had a wonderful evening and I suddenly said, ‘You don’t want to come to Florence with me next week, do you?' the actor explained. “She said, ‘That’s absurd, you don’t mean it.’ I said, ‘Yes I do!’ So our first proper date was in Florence.”
Redmayne married Bagshawe, who’s in PR, in 2014, but the two couldn’t take a long honeymoon because he was nominated for so many awards in 2015.
13 Bart Freundlich: Married To Julianne Moore
Bart Freundlich loves his wife, actress Julianne Moore, and nobody can deny it. The two have been together since he cast her in his movie, The Myth of Fingerprints.“I came up to her and stood with my back to the wind. I didn’t want her to be cold, and I also didn’t want to put my arm around her, or smother her, because I didn’t know her that well,” he revealed to The New Yorker (via Screen Rant).
“We connected in that moment on an unspoken level, where she knew I saw that flame in her, and understood it, and was willing not to suffocate it but to protect it.”
12 Justin Mikita: Married To Jesse Tyler Ferguson
We wonder how many relationships begin in the passionately charged rooms at the gym! At least one did, and that’s of Jesse Tyler Ferguson's of Modern Family fame, alongside his beau Justin Mikita. Mikita may not be a famous actor, but he is a lawyer who has worked for the Foundation for Equal Rights, which is pretty admirable too!
He is also an entrepreneur and started Tie the Knot, a tie company which promotes equality and civil rights. “I met my husband at the gym,” Ferguson recalled to Us Weekly, “but we always tell people it was through some mutual friends.”
11 Benjamin Millepied: Married To Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman first met husband Benjamin Millepied on the set of her film Black Swan, for which she won an Academy Award. You can tell just from watching these two dance together that there’s an insane amount of chemistry between them, so it’s not surprising that their relationship has lasted.
In addition to having acting talents himself, Millepied also choreographed the dances in the film. “It was really special and making it was really wonderful and so fun,” Portman said about her experiences doing the film with Millepied. “It was really incredible.” These two talented folks welcomed their first child, Aleph, in 2011 and were then married in 2012. They also share another child now: a daughter named Amalia.
10 Adam Shulman: Married To Anne Hathaway
We never hear about Anne Hathaway’s husband, Adam Shulman, but we should! He’s a talented jewelry designer, businessman, producer, and actor. Talk about multi-talented! The two met over ten years ago in 2008 and are still going strong. They were officially married in September of 2012, in an interfaith ceremony in Big Sur.
In 2016, they had a child together named Jonathan. Shulman may not receive the spotlight that his wife does, but he is always there to support her and publicly backs her up. He also can’t take his eyes off her when they step on red carpets together. Talk about true love!
9 Don Gummer: Married To Meryl Streep
Don Gummer is nowhere near as famous as his wife, Meryl Streep, who is often regarded as the greatest actress of the era and has appeared in countless blockbusters. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got anything to offer himself!
Gummer is a sculptor who is well-known and respected in the art community and has always supported his wife in her professional endeavors. The two share three daughters, Mamie, Grace, and Louisa. While Mamie and Grace are actresses like their mom, Louisa is a model. Streep and Gummer also share a son called Henry and have been happily married since 1978.
8 Luciana Barroso: Married To Matt Damon
This is the story of when the actor fell in love with the bartender, and it will make you believe in the power of true love! While Matt Damon was filming the movie Stuck on You in Miami, he was intrigued by Luciana Barroso, who was working behind the bar.
“We ended up at the bar where my wife was the bartender. I literally saw her across a crowded room,” he said to The Daily Mail. “I don’t know how else our paths would have crossed if that didn’t happen. The moral is that when you’re tired, suck it up and go to the bar because you might meet your wife.” Wise words!
7 Tasha McCauley: Married To Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is notoriously private about his relationship with Tasha McCauley. What we do know is that they met through mutual friends and they have two children together. We also know that, even though Gordon-Levitt is the famous one, McCauley is one smart cookie!
She is the co-founder and CEO of Fellow Robots, a robotics company that is based in the Silicon Valley in California, at NASA Research Park. McCauley also speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and Arabic. Not a lot more is known about this pair’s mysterious relationship, but we can confirm that she is one seriously impressive gal.
6 Jillian Fink: Married To Patrick Dempsey
It turns out you don’t have to work at a hospital to meet McDreamy. Jillian Fink met husband Patrick Dempsey at a salon, where she was working as a hairstylist and makeup artist. She saw his name in her appointment book and thought someone was playing a joke on her. And then the actor walked into the salon.
“I was shocked,” she told People. “But at the same time, I was happy because he was so cute." He continued seeing her for haircuts and flirting for three years until they went on their first official date, which involved Dempsey cooking her pasta at home. Fink deserves recognition simply for being the woman who won Patrick Dempsey’s heart.
5 Kyla Weber: Married To Vince Vaughn
Not a lot is known about Kyla Weber, the real-estate agent who fell in love with Vince Vaughn. But according to Vaughn, she’s quite a catch. “I met the best girl in the world,” he gushed (via InStyle). “It gives you such a great purpose in your life. If I would’ve met her, I would’ve done it a long time ago so I’m very, very happy.”
Weber must be a catch and a half! Vaughn has previously dated big names like Jennifer Aniston, but it looks like he’s found his happy ending with Weber. The two now share two children together.
4 Quinn Lundberg: Married To Zach Galifianakis
Being married to Zach Galifianakis would be a barrel of laughs, but it looks like the actor also got lucky when he married Quinn Lundberg. Lundberg may not be an actor, or one of the funniest people on the planet, but she is a social worker and a philanthropist. So just like her husband, she wakes up every day and makes the world a better place.
She helped to found the charity Growing Voices, which supports local leaders who make sustainable changes. These two married in a private ceremony in 2012, and are now raising their family together, earning plenty of good karma points as they go.
3 David Burtka: Married To Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris loves to tell the story of how he met husband David Burtka. “I ran into my friend Kate one day and she was with this brooding, James Dean-type guy in a leather jacket who gave me the head nod and then turned away. I assumed he was Kate’s boyfriend and said, ‘Nicely done.’ And she said, ‘David? He’s not playing on my team, but he has a boyfriend',” he said in an interview with Out Magazine (via Screen Rant).
In 2014, Burtka and Harris began dating, both finding true love at last. So happy endings do exist after all!
2 Chris Ivery: Married To Ellen Pompeo
Patrick Dempsey isn’t the only Grey’s Anatomy star who’s married to a catch that happens to be less famous than himself. Ellen Pompeo met Chris Ivery in a grocery store in 2003—forever giving us all the motivation to head out to do our grocery shopping, even if we don’t feel like it!
Ivery is a music producer and actually knew the actress’s father before they met, since they come from the same part of the country. Six months after the run-in in the grocery store, they started dating, and were wed four years later in 2007. Today they have three children together: Stella, Sienna, and Eli.
1 Jim Toth: Married To Reese Witherspoon
Jim Toth isn’t as famous as wife Reese Witherspoon, but he is a white knight in shining armour. Well, the modern version of a white knight, anyway. These two met when another man that Witherspoon wasn’t interested in at all was hitting on her.
“Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’” So Toth was a good friend to his buddy who was making a fool of himself, and he also helped Witherspoon to feel more comfortable in the situation. The couple soon started dating and were married in 2012. They share a son together called Tennessee.
References: Screen Rant, People, E! News, InStyle