In most jobs, there are usually rules in place that prevent romantic relationships between coworkers. Why? Because if two people who work together in a professional environment break up, things can get very awkward and unproductive. But being a major motion picture star isn’t exactly your typical job. When the lines between fiction and reality are blurred in an on-screen romance, who knows what can happen? These actors and actresses just couldn’t help themselves from falling head over heels in love with each other on set.
Some of these love stories seem to have jumped straight out of the pages of a fairy tale. After all, what’s more exciting than seeing one of your favorite on-screen couples start a relationship in real life? And, while some of the stories have ended up crashing and burning in a very public way, there are those who’ve managed to outlast any and all expectations that come along with romance in Hollywood. Take a look at this list of the most epic celebrity couples who fell in love while working together on set.
Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie
These two Game of Thrones stars hit it off pretty quickly when they were coupled as Ygritte and Jon Snow in the show’s second season.
But they kept their actual romance hidden until going public in 2016. Two years later, they tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in Scotland.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
These two hilarious (and gorgeous) A-listers have been together now for nearly a decade, and just welcomed a third child earlier this year. The stars first met on the set of 2010’s superhero film, The Green Lantern.
At the time, Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson, but by the following year, those two had split and he and Lively began dating.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
This couple is celebrating their 35th year together – but they never tied the knot. The two, who met on the set of a Disney film in the 1960s, have several children together.
Their daughter, Kate Hudson, is a successful actress and entrepreneur in her own right. Their relationship is widely regarded as one of the strongest (and longest) that Hollywood has ever seen.
Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley
According to an interview Wiley gave with BUST magazine, she fell in love with wife Lauren Morelli’s mind long before she even met her in person.
That’s because when she read the Orange is The New Black script she wrote, which included Wiley’s breakthrough character, Poussey, she just knew she was something special. The women were married in Palm Springs in 2017.
Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez
This pair fell for one another in the midst of the production of 2010’s Dark Tide, and made things official in 2013. They had a son during their marriage but wound up getting divorced just two years after they’d tied the knot.
Berry is currently in a heated custody battle over her daughter, Nahla, that she has from one of her other past relationships with model Gabriel Aubry.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
These two are just one of the most adorable (and longest-lasting) relationships in Hollywood. The pair met when they were both auditioning for the 90’s hit comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
They tied the knot later that same decade and they’re still married today. The couple has two children together, Willow and Jaden Smith, both of whom have followed in mom and dad’s footsteps and already made their own pretty major marks on the entertainment world.
Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki
Galecki and Cuoco met on the set of primetime favorite, The Big Bang Theory. They dated for a while but ultimately decided they were better off as friends.
Now, their characters on the show are married, which you’d think may make it awkward between exes. But Cuoco told CBS that Johnny is “one of her best friends.”
Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper
Saldana met Cooper on the set of The Words, in 2011. They spent several months as a couple, but broke up just before New Year’s Eve the following year.
Apparently, there were no hard feelings between the two, who recently shared the red carpet at the L.A premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
You may not hear about the romantic relationship between these A-listers, that’s spanned decades. That’s because the stars, who met while working together on The Place Beyond the Pines, in 2012, keep everything pretty private.
The gorgeous couple has two daughters and a rescue dog.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
These True Blood co-stars had some seriously steamy moments on the HBO series about vampires, werewolves and other creatures of the night. But as it turns out, what they shared on-screen turned into a real, off-screen romance.
The couple tied the knot in 2010 and are still together. Paquin gave birth to twins in 2012.
Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne
The actors met while filming the second installment of The Matrix trilogy, in 2001.
Things got serious and they tied the knot the following year. After 14 years as a married couple and one child, however, they split.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Cruz and Bardem first met on the set of the 1992 film, Jamón Jamón, when Cruz was just a teenager. But when they met again a decade later, things took a romantic turn.
The two were married in 2010 and have two children together.
Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin
Like in any good fairy tale, these two met once upon a time…or, they met on the set of Once Upon a Time, on which Josh plays the actual Prince Charming and Goodwin, his princess. Josh recalled the moment he woke Sleeping Beauty with a kiss in one scene and it started snowing in real life.
The actor said it seemed so “symbolic and magical.” And it seems it was, because a few years later, the two were married and have lived happily ever after ever since.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Jennifer Anniston’s extensive list of costars she’s gotten romantic with continues on with Justin Theroux. The stars met on the set of Wanderlust, in 2012, and started dating after filming wrapped.
They tied the knot in 2015, but divorced just a couple of years later.
Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes
This pair met on the set of Evening, in 2007, and started dating almost immediately. Two years later, they got married and are still together today.
The actors live in New York City with their two sons.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
These two hilarious actors have had an extensive on-again, off-again relationship over the course of basically the last decade. They first hit it off while filming The Amazing Spider-Man, in 2010.
They dated for four years before splitting up in 2015, although they remain friends.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Milliepied
The actress first met husband of seven years, French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Milliepied, on the set of Black Swan, in 2010.
The couple shares two children together - a son, Aleph, and daughter, Amalia. They recently helped raise over $1 million to fund the LA Dance Project Gala together.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
These two superstars probably have one of the most publicized relationships of all time. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that, while they got together, Brad was still married to Hollywood’s golden girl, Jennifer Aniston. The world was not happy when they heard what came next.
Jolie first met the actor when they worked together as the sultry spy couple, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Apparently, things got pretty hot and heavy fairly quickly, and they were together not long after. The two ended up having several children of their own and adopting several more from multiple countries.
Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer
These two stars both made their breakthrough debuts and met each other on the Netflix hit show, Stranger Things.
They are still together a year after, making their couple’s debut at the Emmy Awards in 2018.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
The Gilmore Girls and Handmaid’s Tale star met fellow actor and husband, Vincent Kartheiser when she played his mistress in the ’50s set drama, Mad Men.
The stars started dating when they wrapped filming, got married in 2014 and welcomed their son into the world the following year.
Camila Mendes and Charles Melton
These two Riverdale stars fell head over heels for each other on the set of the popular CW series, and announced their official relationship in 2018.
They are still going strong, although there have been recent rumors of potential turbulence between the two. They very well may just be that though, since they are known to be very private people.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
The former vampire slayer met her future husband while they were filming 90’s teen slasher flick, I Know What You Did Last Summer, near Wilmington, North Carolina in 1997.
The couple just celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary earlier this year. They have a son and daughter together and currently live in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall
They may have played siblings on the primetime serial killer series, Dexter, but off-screen they had an entirely different relationship going on.
The two dated for a year before tying the knot in 2008. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out between them and things ended in divorce in 2011.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
The Notebook may be one of the most popular romance movies of the 21st century, but as it turns out, the main actors actually couldn’t stand each other during filming.
Gosling and McAdams may have first met on the set of the 2005 film, but they didn’t realize their feelings for one another until they wrapped. They dated for a few years until calling it quits in 2007.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
These two stars were perhaps one of the most famous married couples of the 1990s. They first met during auditions for Days of Thunder, and hit it off almost immediately.
They were married and stayed that way throughout the majority of the decade, until they called it quits in 2001. The stars had two adopted children together during the course of their marriage, Connor and Isabella.
Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson
Bilson and Christensen first started dating while filming Jumper, in 2007. They officially split in 2017, but they share a 4-year old daughter named Briar Rose.
Recently, the two were spotted together in Los Angeles – perhaps on co-parenting duty.
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn
These two Hollywood veterans met on the set of their 2006 rom-com, The Break-Up. Things didn’t last very long, although Vince later said that he thought she “is great.”
The couple said they spent a lot of their time trying to avoid drawing too much attention to themselves, especially considering they started dating right around her (very public) divorce from Brad Pitt.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Teenagers all across America swooned when these Twilight costars first took their romance off-screen in 2008. But in 2012, rumors of Stewart being unfaithful led to their ultimate split.
She later had a steamy relationship with model Stella Maxwell, and is currently reported to be with screenwriter Dylan Meyer.
Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse
Reinhart and Sprouse are the second set of Riverdale stars on this list to have evolved from an on-screen couple to off-screen relationship.
They are still happily together and frequently post adorable couple stuff on their Instagram pages. The two are still very much together as Betty and Jughead on the show, as well.
Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky
The Hunger Games star first met Aronofsky while he directed her in the 2017 psychological horror thriller, Mother!.
But the same thing that brought them together would eventually drive them apart, as the turbulence and stress of the press tour and negative reviews took their toll on the relationship, which ended just a year after its inception.
Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie
These mega celebs met while filming the 1999 drama, Pushing Tin. The stars got married the following year. The actress even went so far as to get her new husband’s name tattooed on her shoulder.
Unfortunately, the marriage was short-lived, and they broke things off in 2003.
Jared and Genevieve Padalecki
The Supernatural co-stars had a steamy on-screen romance as a star-crossed demon and demon hunter couple. But while on set, they discovered their very real feelings for each other.
They have been together for a decade, but just recently tied the knot last year. The stars have three children together, sons Thomas and Austin, and the newest addition to the family, two-year-old daughter, Odette.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Brian Austin Green first met Megan Fox on the set of her 2004 show, Hope & Faith. The actress recounts that she felt “electricity shoot through and out of her” when she first met him.
They were together for 11 years before breaking things off in 2015.
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth
Actors Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth’s romance was born on the set of Nymphomaniac, in 2012.
The two got married in Las Vegas in 2016, which fans originally thought was some type of performance art. In 2018, however, Shia filed for divorce.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
These two stars met while filming the 2000’s show that is responsible for fast-tracking them both to fame: High School Musical.
Things got pretty serious between the two, who were together for five years before ultimately breaking things off in 2010.
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
It would only make sense that two brilliant, yet peculiar stars like Depp and Ryder would have started dating after filming their 1990’s film, Edward Scissorhands.
The relationship did get pretty serious, but was short-lived and ended after just a couple of years.
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
James Bond actor Daniel Craig and the beautiful Rachel Weisz had been friends for a while, but wound up working together in the 2010 film, The Dream House.
It was then that they realized their attraction for one another. The following year, they tied the knot and have been married ever since.
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
Tatum and Dewan met while starring together in the 2006 teen dance drama, Step Up. By the time the film premiered later that year, they had gone public as a couple. They got married a few years later and gave birth to their daughter, Everly, in 2013.
But just last year, they announced their legal separation, and earlier this year, it was announced that Jenna was having a child with her new boyfriend, Steve Kazee.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt
These A-listers met on the set of the 90’s creepy psychological thriller, Seven. In 1996, Pitt proposed to Paltrow and they were set to be married.
However, things didn’t end up working out and the pair split before actually going through with it. Paltrow later revealed she felt Brad was “too good for her.”
Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song
The former child stars met while filming Changeland, and started dating in 2017. They are still going strong, and Culkin recently joked that he wanted to “put some babies” in Brenda. He recently appeared as a guest on the Hulu original, Dollface, on which Song has been starring this year.
Song recently came out in an interview saying that one of the reasons that their relationship is so wonderful, is because they share the bond of being in the spotlight since a very young age.
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
British actor Dev Patel first met Freida Pinto while filming Slumdog Millionaire, the Oscar-winning 2008 drama. The couple was together until 2014, when they split after their 6-year relationship.
When asked why they broke up, Freida said she “had a midlife crisis at 28.” They remain good friends to this day.
Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman
Bowman met his future bride, both on-screen and off, when they started working together on the first season of Revenge. On the show, they played Daniel Grayson and Emily Thorne, who tied the knot, just as the couple did in real life.
They recently celebrated their eight-year anniversary as a couple, though they just made things (legally) official in 2018.
Blake Lively and Penn Badgley
Long before Lively was with current husband, Ryan Reynolds, she and Gossip Girl costar, Penn Badgley, reportedly had a brief coupling.
The two started dating during the first season of the show but cut things off before the start of season three. Things didn’t work out with them as an on-screen couple, either.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
The country turned pop star met the Hunger Games actor when they filmed 2009’s The Last Song. In it, the two played a couple of forbidden lovers that find a way to be together. But as it turns out, their romance then budded into a long-term relationship off-screen.
Cyrus and Hemsworth were together off and on for years, until they decided to get married in 2018. But not long after, rumors of turbulence between the pair started to emerge, until they publicly announced their split earlier this year.