Lights, Camera, Love: Actors Who Found Romance With Their Co-Stars
Sometimes there’s no denying when two actors have on-screen chemistry. Often times that can translate to real life. Many people in showbusiness have had their hearts struck by Cupid while working together on a project.
Whether it’s a match made in heaven or a one-time fling, here are the actors who fell madly in love with their co-stars.
Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart: To Have And Have Not
Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were one of the most well-known couples from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The two of them met on the set of To Have and Have Not.
Even though they had a bit of an age gap, their on and off-screen chemistry contributed to her becoming his third wife.
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos: All My Children
It was announced in 2023 that Ryan Seacrest would be leaving Kelly and Ryan. Kelly Ripa shared that his replacement would be her husband, Mark Consuelos.
The couple met while appearing on the soap opera All My Children in 1995. They have been married since 1996 and have three children.
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton: Cleopatra
The 1963 film, Cleopatra, is remembered for many reasons. Hollywood legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were chosen to play Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius.
While the two were married to other people at the time of filming, they ended up falling in love. They married in 1964 and divorced ten years later. Then, they remarried in 1975 and divorced again a year later.
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell: Swing Shift
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell actually met in 1966 on the set of a Disney movie but didn’t think much of each other.
Then, they were cast as romantic leads in 1984’s Swing Shift, and their romance started to sizzle. The couple is still together but never tied the knot.
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth: The Last Song
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth were teenagers when they met on the set of The Last Song. This was one of Miley’s first leading roles in a film.
There was no denying that their characters were madly in love, which led to an on-and-off again relationship. They married in 2018 but divorced a year later.
Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck: Gigli
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are one of the most popular celebrity couples of the 2020s, but their relationship history goes back decades.
They met while making a rom-com called Gigli in 2003 and fell in love. While their first time around didn’t last, they reconciled almost 20 years later and got married.
Lucy Boynton & Rami Malek: Bohemian Rhapsody
Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton met while making the biopic about Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody. Boynton was drawn to him because of his professionalism on set.
“Rami felt so much the leader of that set. The cast became so close going through that, as you always do when going through a particularly stressful experience, to put it politely,” said Boynton.
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively: Green Lantern
One of Hollywood’s most iconic power couples is Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. The pair met while filming Green Lantern in 2010 but didn’t start dating until the next year after a double date.
Their romance blossomed, and they eventually got married in 2012. They are now the proud parents.
Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan: D.O.A.
Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan were some of the biggest movie stars of the 80s and 90s. The couple fell in love in 1988 while filming D.O.A.
They married about three years later and had a son in 1992. Their relationship didn’t work out in the end, and they divorced in 2000.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
There’s a reason why Hollywood couples often get their names fused together. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie became Brangelina after starring in Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the early 2000s.
Their relationship had a lot of ups and downs but eventually ended. After a 12-year relationship and six children, they divorced in 2016.
Johnny Depp & Winona Ryder: Edward Scissorhands
Winona Ryder’s character in Edward Scissorhands couldn’t help but fall in love with the film’s timid outcast (Johnny Depp).
The two of them actually met at a movie premiere about a year before they started filming and felt love at first sight. They got engaged five months later, and Depp even had a tattoo made in her honor. However, the relationship ended after a few years.
Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis: That ’70s Show
Not only did Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher play love interests on That ’70s Show, but they fell in love in real life.
Since they have an age gap, they didn’t date during their time on the show. After running into each other as adults, their romance began to bloom. They are now married with two children.
Natalia Dyer & Charlie Heaton: Stranger Things
There have been many pairings of the characters in Stranger Things, but Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton let that romance continue off-camera and into real life.
They began dating at the start of filming in late 2015 and enjoy getting to work with their partner. “We’re really comfortable with each other…,” said Dyer.
Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes: The Place Beyond The Pines
While celebrity couple Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes tend to stay out of the spotlight, they should thank showbusiness for their relationship.
The two of them met while filming The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012. Gosling actually suggested Mendes for her role in the film. Now, they are married with two daughters.
Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke: Gattaca
Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman are Hollywood stars in their own right, but they have a rich romantic history. The pair met on the set of Gattaca in 1996 and were married after a couple of years.
They had a daughter and a son but ended up divorcing in 2003. Their daughter Maya Hawke has become one of Hollywood’s newest breakout stars.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson: Volunteers
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been by each other’s side for almost four decades. They met while working on Bosom Buddies in 1981 but fell in love while making Volunteers in 1985.
They got married in 1988 and have two sons together. Hanks even converted to her faith before they wed.
Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons: Fargo
Kirsten Dunst met her husband Jesse Plemons when the two were cast as a married couple on Fargo in 2015.
While making the show, Dunst and Plemons were very friendly with one another. However, they didn’t start dating for about another year and a half. They married in 2022 and have two sons.
Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco: The Big Bang Theory
Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco played the iconic characters of Leonard and Penny on The Big Bang Theory for almost a decade.
The pair started dating during the run of the show but eventually realized that they were better as friends. However, their characters stayed together and even got married.
Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart: Riverdale
One of the reasons why fans were initially drawn to Riverdale was because of the on-screen relationships. Not only did Betty and Jughead become one of Riverdale’s hottest couples, but Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse continued the relationship off-screen.
Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last forever, with the pair officially breaking up in 2020 after a few years of dating.
Molly Ringwald & Anthony Michael Hall: The Breakfast Club
Brat Pack members Molly Ringwald (second from right) and Anthony Michael Hall (far right) met on the set of Sixteen Candles in 1983 and became fast friends.
They worked on The Breakfast Club the following year and formed a brief romance. Since they were the youngest members of the cast, they spent most of their time together for schooling.
Jaz Sinclair & Ross Lynch: Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Fans who watched Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may have noticed the electric on-screen chemistry between Ross Lynch and Jaz Sinclair.
The pair ended up becoming an item while working on the supernatural drama and are still together today. Lynch and Sinclair are also musically gifted and have written some songs together.
Danielle Fishel & Matthew Lawrence: Boy Meets World
Those who are familiar with Boy Meets World know that one of the main focuses was the relationship between Cory and Topanga (Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel).
However, Fishel found love with a different co-star. She and Matthew Lawrence briefly dated while working on the show. They kept the relationship so private that most of the cast didn’t know they were dating.
Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson: Twilight
The love story between Edward and Bella became the catalyst for the Twilight saga. Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart felt that love off-camera as well.
They officially started dating around the time of the release of the second film in 2009. They split in 2013, and both found love elsewhere.
Daniel Radcliffe & Erin Darke: Kill Your Darlings
After shedding his Harry Potter persona, Daniel Radcliffe stepped into more mature roles. He met his girlfriend Erin Darke while filming the 2013 drama Kill Your Darlings.
“…You want that person to be your best friend. In the case of Erin, we definitely are,” said Radcliffe in an interview with Us Weekly.
Adam Brody & Leighton Meester: The Oranges
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody met while working on an indie film called The Oranges in 2011.
The two seemed to instantly hit it off and were married after a few years of dating. As of 2023, they have two children and have been able to act together in multiple projects.
Andrew Rannells & Tuc Watkins: The Boys In The Band
Based on the 1968 stage play of the same name, The Boys in the Band is an ensemble drama about a group of friends who discover things about each other at a birthday party.
Andrew Rannells and Tuc Watkins formed a romantic relationship while working on the 2018 stage and 2020 film versions.
Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have one of the longest relationships in Hollywood history. The pair met while filming the teen horror flick I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997.
It took them a few years to start dating, and they eventually married in 2002. The couple has two children.
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan: Family Ties
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan first met while playing boyfriend and girlfriend on the hit 80s sitcom Family Ties. Pollan was in a relationship with actor Kevin Bacon at the time.
Then, Fox and Pollan reunited on the Bright Lights, Big City set and formed a romantic relationship while filming. The pair married in 1988 and have four children, including a set of twin daughters.
Colleen Ballinger & Erik Stocklin: Haters Back Off
Colleen Ballinger’s claim to fame was the quirky character Miranda Sings on YouTube. She was able to take that character and form an original show for Netflix called Haters Back Off.
Ballinger cast Erik Stocklin to play her love interest, Patrick, on the series, and the pair fell in love. They married in 2018 and have three children.
Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens: High School Musical
High School Musical was one of the most popular movies for kids and teens during the 2000s. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens became household names for their lead roles in the franchise, Troy and Gabriella.
The pair fell in love while making the first film but broke up in 2010.