On-Screen Love Turns Into Real-Life Romance

The cliches "life imitates art" and "art imitates life" are overused and stale for a reason. The best media frequently reflects the reality in which we live, and as a result, the media that we watch and listen to affects our life. For example, "embiggens" wasn't a real word until our culture adopted it as a result of years of Simpsons repeats.
In that line, there are numerous films and TV series where the two leads have wonderful chemistry as staged lovers. Many times, the on-screen chemistry transforms into on-screen chemistry in real life. There are a lot of famous couples that you have read about in the tabloids who fell in love on-screen before continuing their relationship after the cameras stopped rolling.
Continue reading to find out about some famous couples that met for the first time while filming a movie or TV show and later developed a romantic relationship.

1. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Real-Life Romance, Mila Kunis and Ashton KutcherSource: 20th Century Fox

The two were co-stars on That ‘70s Show, but didn’t begin dating until over 15 years later. They got married in 2015.

2. Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie

Real-Life Romance, Kit Harrington and Rose LeslieSource: HBO

The two met on Game of Thrones as Jon Snow and Ygritte. While their characters’ relationship did not last on Westeros, they got married on Earth in 2018.

3. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe

Real-Life Romance, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan PhilippeSource: Columbia Pictures

While many report they met on the set of Cruel Intentions, some believe they were living together secretly for over a year before shooting began. They married in 1999 and divorced in 2007.

4. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

Real-Life Romance, Daniel Craig and Rachel WeiszSource: Warner Bros.

They were friends for years but didn’t really see each other romantically until they played a couple in Dream House. They’ve been married since 2011.

5. Andrew Rannells and Tuc Watkins

Real-Life Romance, Andrew Rannells and Tuc WatkinsSource: Netflix

Rannells and Watkins fell for one another while making the Broadway production, and then the Netflix version, of The Boys in the Band. They’ve been an item since 2019.

6. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell

Real-Life Romance, Matthew Rhys and Keri RussellSource: FX

The actors played a married couple on The Americans, and then officially became partners in 2014.

7. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

Real-Life RomanceSource: HBO

They got to know one another while shooting the pilot episode of True Blood and dated throughout the series, marrying in 2010.

8. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Real-Life Romance, Ryan Gosling and Eva MendesSource: Focus Pictures

After being friendly for years, the two got more intimate while shooting The Palace Beyond the Pines and have been partners ever since.

9. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Real-Life Romance, Ryan Reynolds and Blake LivelySource: Warner Bros.

They became fast friends on the set of Green Lantern while Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson and Lively was dating Penn Badgley. When they were both single, it was on a double date (but not dating each other) that they were sparks for another.

10. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt

Real-Life Romance, Anna Faris and Chris PrattSource: Universal

They met on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, playing love interests-turned-exes. This foreshadowed their divorce in 2017.

11. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons

Real-Life Romance, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse PlemonsSource: FX

They met on the set of the TV series Fargo, and bonded over the fact that they were both child actors. They had two children together, then married in 2022.

12. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

Real-Life Romance,Channing Tatum and Jenna DewanSource: Shutterstock

They met while shooting the movie Step Up together and got married in 2009. They divorced in 2020.

13. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Real-Life Romance, Miley Cyrus and Liam HemsworthSource: Shutterstock

Remember the movie The Last Song? Neither do we, but that’s where they met and started dating. They had an on-and-off relationship that ended with marriage, then ultimately divorce in 2019.

14. Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen

Real-Life RomanceSource: 20th Century Fox

Sparks flew between the two on the set of Jumper and they even got engaged, but broke it off in 2017.

15. Real Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Real-Life Romance, Real Brad Pitt and Angelina JolieSource: 20th Century Fox

They played married spies in Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2003. They got together after Pitt’s divorce in 2005 and married in 2014, but filed for divorce in 2016.
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