Love is on the set! For Hollywood stars, the set of a movie or television show is a breeding ground for romance. Whether it’s rehearsing their lines or acting out their scenes, celebrities spend a lot of their time on set, making it the perfect spot to form a deeper connection with their co-stars. In fact, some of the most successful celebrity relationships all started behind the scenes.
Take Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who met on the set of Bosom Buddies in 1981 and have been married for over 30 years. Or, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who first connected in 2010 while shooting Green Lantern, got married the following year, and are proud parents of three. So many stars found love on set and got their happily ever after off screen.
Ahead are 21 famous couples who met on set and are still together today. While some turned their on-screen relationship into a reality, others developed a spark while working together behind the camera. Either way, you can’t deny that their chemistry is real.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
When Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds met on the set of Green Lantern in 2010, they were both dating other people. By the end of 2011, once the Gossip Girl alum and The Proposal star both found themselves single, they became romantically involved. A year later, the couple secretly tied the knot. Now, they share three children together–James, Inez, and Betty.
Grace Gealey and Trai Byers
Grace Gealey and Trai Byers first crossed paths while filming Empire in 2015. Although Anika (Gealey’s character) has relationships with Lucious and Hakeem on the show, she was into Andre (Byers’ character) in real life. The two started dating shortly after meeting, and they got engaged the same year. In 2016, the pair said “I do” in a private Caribbean wedding.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
That ‘70s Show fans rejoiced when Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher turned their on-screen relationship into a real-life love affair. The two played couple Jackie and Kelso in the sitcom, which first aired in 1998. Their characters' first kiss was even their own first kiss. But, the sparks didn’t fly until they reconnected at an awards show in 2012. The duo got married in 2014 and are parents to Wyatt and Dimitri.
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Although Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling keep their relationship under wraps, one thing’s for certain–they fell for each other on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines in 2012. Gosling actually suggested Mendes for the role of Romania, his love interest in the film. The duo never got married, but they have two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are one of Hollywood’s longest-standing couples, and it all started behind the camera. Although they met while acting in The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1966, they didn’t start seeing each other for another 17 years. In 1983, they crossed paths again on the set of Swing Shift, and they’ve been an item ever since. After nearly 40 years together, they never got married and have no intention of doing so.
Rose Leslie and Kit Harington
Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington’s Game of Thrones relationship might not have lasted on the show, but behind the scenes, it was just the beginning. The two first connected in 2012 while playing Ygritte and Jon Snow, love interests on the popular HBO series. Although they were rumored to be dating that year, they didn’t make their first public appearance as a couple until the 2016 Olivier Awards. Two years later, they recited promises to one another in Scotland. They’re now parents to a baby boy, whom they welcomed in 2021.
Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley
When Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley met in 2012 on the set of Orange Is the New Black, they immediately clicked. However, the screenwriter and producer was married to a man at the time. The writer started to explore a romantic relationship with Wiley, who played Poussey Washington on the show, in 2014. Two years later, the couple announced their engagement. By the following year, they were married.
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
Before Leighton Meester even met Adam Brody while filming The Oranges in 2012, the actress reportedly had a crush on The O.C. star. Once they started dating in 2013, things moved fast for the couple. Just nine months later, Brody proposed. Three months after that, the two wed in secret. They now have two children together, daughter Arlo and a son whose name they haven’t revealed yet.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Even though Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem met and starred in Jamón Jamón in 1992, they didn’t fall for each other until they worked on Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008. After dating for two years, they tied the knot during a private ceremony in the summer. The Vanilla Sky actress and Skyfall star are parents to Leo and Luna.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
For Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser, sparks flew both on and off screen. The two met in 2012 after Bledel scored a guest role on Mad Men as Beth Dawes, the woman who has an affair with Pete Campbell (Kartheiser’s character). After they wrapped up filming that year, the Gilmore Girls alum and Ultrasound actor went public with their relationship. In June 2014, they made their marriage official in Ojai, California. A year later, they welcomed their first son.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Everyone’s favorite ‘90s couple first linked up while shooting I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. However, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. didn’t start pursuing a romantic relationship until 2000. A year later, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress and She’s All That star were engaged, and a year after that, they exchanged vows in Mexico. The couple has added Charlotte Grace and Rocky James to their family since then.
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
Another celebrity couple who has stood the test of time is Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. The two happened upon one another on the set of Bosom Buddies in 1981. At the time, the Forest Gump actor was married to his college sweetheart. Once he and his then-wife separated in 1987, Hanks and Wilson became an item. They wed the following year and have two children together, Chet and Truman.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
When Jada Pinkett Smith auditioned to play Will Smith’s love interest on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1994, she wasn’t expecting to get something even better than the role: a life partner. Although she wasn’t cast, the two started going out shortly after. In 1997, they got married in a secret and lavish New Year’s Eve wedding. They’re parents to Jaden and Willow.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas’s love story is a real-life fairytale. They first connected in 2011 as Snow White and Prince Charming on Once Upon a Time. The chemistry between their characters? It was completely genuine and just as strong off air. Dallas popped the question in October 2013, and a year later, they were married. The couple shares two children, Oliver and Hugo.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
The original Bennifer fell in love on the set of Gigli in 2001. Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez in 2002, but the following year, they called off their engagement. After rekindling their relationship nearly 20 years later, the stars are back and better than ever. In July 2022, the Good Will Hunting actor and Marry Me actress said “I do” in Las Vegas.
Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons
While Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons were playing husband and wife Peggy and Ed Blumquist on Fargo in 2015, they were falling for each other in real life, too. Though, they didn’t become an official couple until 2016. In 2017, the Friday Night Lights alum got down on one knee, but they waited to walk down the aisle until July 2022. They are parents to Ennis and James Robert.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
When Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton met as judges on The Voice in 2014, they were married to other people. By 2015, the singers were divorced, and they started confiding in one another about their marriages ending. Amid dating rumors, Stefani and Shelton made their red carpet debut at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2016. In 2020, they got engaged, and the following July, they held an intimate ceremony at Shelton’s Oklahoma ranch.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer
It was love at first sight when Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer laid eyes on each other in 2007 while shooting True Blood. As their characters, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton, developed a relationship in the vampire drama, they navigated their own feelings in reality. Moyer proposed in 2009, and the twosome became newlyweds in August 2010. Paquin gave birth to twins, Poppy and Charlie, in 2012.
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
What began as a professional experience for Jessica Alba and Cash Warren turned into a full-blown romance. While working together on Fantastic Four in 2004–Alba as Susan Storm and Warren as a production assistant–they started seeing each other. In May 2008 in Beverly Hills, they swapped vows. They are proud parents of Honor, Haven, and Hayes.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Just like Hayley Vaughn and Mateo Santos had strong chemistry in All My Children, so too did the actors who played them. The drama was responsible for introducing Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in 1995. The couple eloped in 1996, and they share three children–Michael, Lola, and Joaquin.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Not only was Benjamin Millepied a dancer in the Black Swan, but he also helped choreograph the film. Cue spending a lot of time with Natalie Portman, the film’s main character. The couple wed in 2012, and they are parents to Aleph and Amalia.
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney
Actors Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney met and fell in love on the set of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and they officially began dating in 2006. They kept their relationship private for an entire year, and even costars of their hit series didn't know the pair were an item. Eventually, Olson and McElhenney came clean and the duo tied the knot two years after they first became an item, on September 27, 2008.