We've officially surpassed the year mark of the Covid-19 lockdown, meaning that some of us have been WFH for a whole year. The last year has been challenging enough, but the added the toll of being sequestered with your S.O. 24/7 has put a strain on even the most solid relationships. But before we were all forced to alternate zoom calls in our living rooms, some celebrity couples were already working together — yes, willingly.
Couples like Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have created beautiful art together. And they're not alone. From Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton dropping tracks to Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone giving us box office hits, here are the celeb couples who work together (and as equally impressive), stay together.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
This insanely talented duo first met on the set of Baumbach’s film Greenberg and started dating after his divorce from first wife Jennifer Jason Leigh. Since then, they've worked together on Frances Ha in 2012 and Mistress America in 2015. Of course, Gerwig has also gone on to create Oscar-nominated and winning masterpieces like Ladybird and Little Women on her own.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
These Hollywood-favorites first collaborated on their 2018 horror hit, co-written and directed by Krasinksi, A Quiet Place. The pair received accolades for their work as a couple, Evelyn and Lee, trying to protect their family from monsters with ultra sensitive hearing in a post-apocalyptic world. A Quiet Place Part II is set to be released this May.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
This couple is known for their honesty and banter, especially on Instagram. They’ve also put their fun dynamic to good use in their careers. In 2016, they voiced characters on Terrific Trucks, an animated children’s TV series, and admittedly love working together.
Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg
Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg first started dating in 2012 after being introduced by producers they had both worked with. In 2015, they tied the knot and co-starred in Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, which they approached with a method acting technique, getting separate hotel rooms to build chemistry for filming.
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone
This iconic comedic duo has been collaborating since they met—actually, it’s how they met. The couple first crossed paths in 1998 while working on an improv sketch together at the famous and legendary theater and troup, Groundlings in L.A. They’ve now gone on to work on a number of films together (Falcone loves to make cameos in McCarthy’s movies), including The Boss, which they co-wrote and Falcone directed.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Queen Bey and her king make a great partnership, in life and in music. They often collaborate on tracks, starting with "03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Crazy In Love" in the early aughts. The two famously collaborated on “Drunk in Love” on Beyonce’s Lemonade album. Most recently, the two collaborated on the Grammy-winning song “Black Parade.”
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
This Hollywood power couple actually met while Pinkett Smith was auditioning to play one of Will’s girlfriends on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She didn’t end up getting the role, but she and Will stayed in touch and soon began a romantic relationship. The couple still works together today, as they’re partners in Will’s production company and launched a “multi-media venture” in 2019, according to Insider.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
You may think this is an odd pairing both romantically and musically, but it works! When this couple met as judges on NBC’s The Voice, they immediately hit it off. Now they have collaborated on three songs, "If I'm Honest," "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," and, most recently, "Nobody But You," which was released in May 2020. The two also bring their banter to work on The Voice.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
This couple first met in 1992 while on set for the film Jamón Jamón, but they didn’t wed until 2010 after reconnecting during Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008. Since tying the knot, the actors have gone on to star in The Counselor in 2013, Loving Pablo in 2017, and Everybody Knows in 2018.
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
This couple first met while shooting Bugsy in 1991 and tied the knot a year after the drama was released . They then went on to star in the 1994 film Love Affair, but didn’t collaborate again for nearly two decades. In 2016, they started working together again on Beatty’s film Rules Don’t Apply, which he wrote, directed and starred in, and Bening appeared alongside her husband.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats
There's so much musical genius in this couple it feels like it should be illegal. And they’ve combined their talents to produce some hit tracks, even before they were a couple. In 2010, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats tied the knot and now share many important projects. Swizz has produced some of Alicia’s music since their nuptials including "Put It In a Love Song" and "New Day." And the couple co-produced “Million Dollar Bill,” which Keys wroe in honor of the late Whitney Houston.
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow
Mann and Apatow tied the knot in 1997, and since then, she has appeared in a number of Apatow’s projects, including "Freaks and Geeks," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People," and "This Is 40."
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
The country superstars wed in 1996 and have been making amazing music together ever since. They’ve collabed on hit singles, including "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me" in 1998, "Let's Make Love" in 2000, "I Need You" in 2007, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" in 2014, and "Speak to a Girl" in 2017. The couple released their first collaborative album, “The Rest of Our Life,” in 2017.
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
The two first connected in 2013 on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines. In 2015, Mendes starred in Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River. They also share their two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson
The Grammy and Tony-award winning Hamilton star met his wife while they were both working on the Broadway show Once On This Island. They wed in 2012 and have since appeared in several projects together, including One Night in Miami, for which Odom Jr. is nominated for two Academy Awards for his work as musician Sam Cooke. The couple shares a daughter and has a second baby on the way!
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
This couple of over 30 years has withstood the pressures Hollywood together. They first met on set of Bosom Buddies in 1981, and tied the knot in 1988. The couple has worked on several projects over the years, including Sleepless in Seattle, and the movie they were filming in Australia last year at the start of the pandemic when they both contracted Covid-19.
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale
The couple has worked together on movies from 2014’s Annie remake to 2015’s Spy alongside another couple on our list Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. More recently, they played a married couple in the indie comedy Adult Beginners and starred in Christopher Weekes’s short Martha the Monster. In 2020, the couple also starred in the play Medea at the Harvey Theater of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Both these stars have accolades in their own right, but the duo took their shared passions and talents to the Broadway stage in 2020 in Plaza Suite until the performances to be suspended until May 30, 2021 due to the pandemic. We’re looking forward to getting back to Broadway and seeing this star couple excel together on stage.
Dave Franco and Alison Brie
These two tied the knot in 2017, the same year The Disaster Artist and The Little Hours —two films they worked on together—were released. In 2020, Brie starred in The Rental, which was Franco’s directorial debut.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
This beautiful couple tied the knot in 2010, and in 2018, the two co-starred in 12 Strong, their first movie together. They’ve also teamed up to create the cutest little family, which includes their two sons, Sasha and Tristan, and a daughter, India Rose.