Famous Relationships That Started on the Screen

     January 7, 2019

Famous relationships often occur on-set, where stars fall in love both on-screen and in real life.

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds, Smokey and the Bandit

Sally Field and Burt Reynolds met in 1977 on the set of Smokey and the Bandit, and they fell in love almost immediately. They were together for three years, then had an on-again, off-again relationship for two years after that. Their entire relationship was high-profile, and the passionate pair made several other films together. However, Sally later revealed that Burt was too controlling throughout one of Hollywood’s most turbulent famous relationships.


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Although the two went their separate ways in the early 1980’s Burt Reynolds referred to Sally Field as the love of his life in a 2015 interview with Vanity Fair. He took responsibility for having “screwed” up the relationship and expressed his regrets. When Burt Reynolds passed away in September 2018 at the age of 82, Sally released a statement saying that, among other things, he would always be in her heart.

Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Lemon Sky

Married lovebirds Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon have been happily together for 30 years. They seem to be genuinely in love to this day, and they light up in the presence of each other. However, everything wasn’t always sweet and light between them. Kyra’s first impression of Kevin was that he was egotistical, yet that impression swiftly changed.


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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick fell in love while filming the 1988 film Lemon Sky. They also married in 1988. While some may have thought they were rushing into things at the time, they have shown true love and commitment to their marriage, including collaborating on other films such as The Woodsman (pictured above). The couple have two children, Sosie and Travis.

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions is a wicked comedy-drama that focused on a mischievous pair of step-siblings played by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. Reese Witherspoon plays a conquest that Ryan’s character pursues. They had dated prior to filming, but the two fell madly in love on the set of the film.


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Everything moved quickly for Witherspoon and Phillippe. Reese announced that she was pregnant not long after the film had wrapped. Cruel Intentions was released in 1999. That’s also the year that Witherspoon had their first child Ava, and the pair also wed in 1999. They went on to have a son named Deacon. Reese and Ryan divorced in 2007, but they continued to be friendly for their kids.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Overboard

Together for over 35 years, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting famous couples. They have undeniable chemistry on and off-screen. While the best-known film they made together is the popular comedy Overboard, they met on the set of Disney’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in the late 1960s. Their romance didn’t officially start until they starred as lovers in another film.


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While Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn were filming Swing Shift when they fell in love. They played lovers in the film, and they have been together ever since. Kurt Russell even helped raise Goldie’s two children, Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson. To this day, Oliver and Kate sing Kurt’s praising, going so far as to post affectionate Father’s Day messages to him on social media. Their romance led to the pair truly becoming family although they have never officially tied the knot.

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands

Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp had a magical connection on screen in Edward Scissorhands, and their relationship also blossomed in real life. Winona and Johnny were absolutely in awe of each other during their openly loving relationship, with Johnny enthusiastically getting a tattoo on his arm that read “Winona Forever.”


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The lovestruck pair became engaged in 1990, the same year that Edward Scissorhands was released. However, the two broke off their engagement in 1993, partly blaming the media and their youth. Winona Ryder would later state that Johnny Depp had been her first boyfriend and her first kiss. She went so far as to reveal that he had also taken her virginity. Johnny eventually changed his tattoo from “Winona Forever” to “Wino Forever.”

Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, The Marrying Man

Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin were one of the most talked about famous relationships in Hollywood in the 1990s. They met on the set of The Marrying Man and fell madly in love. One of the things that impressed Kim was Alec’s love for animals, and the two are both committed vegetarians. They had a daughter, Ireland, and raised her with the same respect and care for animals.


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While Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin were married from 1993 to 2002, their divorce was so explosive that it made headlines years after it was finalized. Their custody feud was even more heated. However, things have calmed down in more recent years, with Alec referring to Kim as one of the most beautiful women who ever lived. Kim has said she is cool with Alec now, so time seems to have healed their wounds.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Daredevil

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were considered one of the most solid Hollywood couples during much of their much-publicized union. Their romance was initially slow to develop, though. Ben and Jennifer initially met on the set of Pearl Harbor in the summer of 2000, according to Cosmopolitan. However, Jennifer was married to her Felicity co-star Scott Foley at the time. The two instead fell in love during the next film they shot together.


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Ben Affleck told Playboy that he and Jennifer Garner fell in love while they were filming Daredevil in 2002. Unfortunately, both were involved in other relationships, so they went back to their partners. When they both found themselves single in late 2004, they started making public appearances as a couple. They enjoyed a red-hot romance and a marriage that produced three children before the pair divorced.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, Days of Thunder

Anyone who watched Days of Thunder could see the sparks between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the roles they played on screen, and that same magic was happening behind the scenes. The two started one of the most gossiped about famous relationships in Hollywood during the making of the movie in 1990, and they married that same year.


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From the outside looking in, all looked perfect for the gorgeous couple. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman adopted their first child within the first couple of years of their marriage. In an interview with the magazine Tatler, Nicole later revealed that she suffered a traumatic miscarriage before choosing to adopt. The couple were reportedly divided by several issues, including Tom’s devotion to Scientology, and they divorced in 2001.

Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi, Xanadu

Olivia Newton-John was the leading lady of Xanadu when she was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The mega-successful musical film Grease had been released only a couple of years earlier, and her album Totally Hot was a hit. When Olivia walked on the set of Xanadu and saw fresh-faced actor and dancer Matt Lattanzi, she immediately fancied him, and sparks flew.


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Olivia and Matt enjoyed a friendship that blossomed into romance after sharing time on the silver screen in Xanadu. Matt would go on to appear in many of Olivia Newton-John’s music videos such as “Soul Kiss”, “Landslide”, and “Physical”. The two were in love throughout the early 1980s, and they married in 1985. The next year, Olivia and Matt had their daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi. Sadly, the pair split in the early 1990s, but they remain friends for the sake of their daughter.

Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox, Family Ties

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan met on the set of Family Ties. The charming family sitcom was one of the biggest hits of the 1980s, and Tracy played the girlfriend of Alex (Michael J. Fox). There was an attraction between the two, and when they met again on the set of Bright Lights, Big City, they fell deeply in love.


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Tracy Pollan wed Michael J. Fox on July 16, 1988. They were only in their twenties at the time of their marriage, but they both proved to be ready and fully committed to their union. They have now been married over 30 years and are still in love. They’re also the parents of four children. Sadly, Michael has battled Parkinson’s Disease for years, but the couple continues to support each other through all their challenges.

Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, The Break-Up

Meeting on the set of a film named The Break-Up might not have been the best sign for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. However, the two fell in love during the making of the 2006 movie. They were besotted with each other, and the public was cheering on the high-profile pairing.


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Vince Vaughn would later bemoan the attention he received because of his involvement with Jennifer Aniston. According to Us Weekly, Vince thought Jennifer was great and still thinks highly of her. However, he hated being so much in the spotlight because of the relationship. For her part, Jennifer has praised Vince for helping to bring her back to life after her painful divorce from Brad Pitt.

Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen, The Getaway

Ali MacGraw had developed a crush on actor Steve McQueen when she saw him in a movie as a kid. When Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen made The Getaway together in 1972, the two fell madly in love and began an affair. Ali divorced her then-husband Robert Evans to be with Steve.


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Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw got married on August 31, 1973. The lovebirds wed in a city park by a justice of the peace in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Steve had two sons from a previous marriage, and Ali had one with Robert Evans. Their sons were the only guests at their wedding. They were an “it” couple for years until they divorced in 1978.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Scream

Scream is a far cry from being a romantic movie, but love did blossom on the set of the successful horror flick. Courteney Cox and David Arquette both have rather zany parts in the movie, and they started dating not long after meeting on the set. Courteney was enjoying a huge amount of success with her role in Friends at the time. Courteney Cox and David Arquette enjoyed a strong relationship for a few years before tying the knot in 1999.


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Their union was one where they genuinely enjoyed each other’s company and loved working together. They even formed a production company together. They had a daughter named Coco in 2004. After eleven years of marriage, the two divorced but remain friends as they raise their daughter. Keep reading to learn how romance also started on another epic 1990s horror film.

Chelsea Noble and Kirk Cameron, Growing Pains

Kirk Cameron was a teenage heartthrob and the star of Growing Pains when he fell for his future wife of the set of his hit TV show. Chelsea Noble had a successful career as well, making guest appearances on shows such as Who’s the Boss? and Cheers. The two would fall in love quickly and forever on the set of Growing Pains.


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Chelsea Noble was a few years older than Kirk Cameron, but that was no obstacle for the couple. Kirk was a devoted Christian, and the two shared a strong faith and a strong love. Kirk and Chelsea got married in 1991, and Kirk has been so happy in the union that he has given seminars on the topic of having a happy faith-based marriage. The two will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary in 2019.

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, Glee

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were a beautiful couple who fell in love while they were filming Glee together. It wasn’t an instant romance, though. Lea was seeing someone else at first. However, when she was single in early 2012, the two became an item. Their romance came at a time when their series was a mega-hit, and the two were a much-discussed couple.


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Cory Monteith tragically died at the young age of 31. The cause of death was a combination of alcohol and heroin that reached toxic levels. Lea Michele had supported Cory through a stay in rehab not long before his death, and she has spoken of her great love for Cory since his passing.

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Bugsy

Warren Beatty is perhaps as well-known for being a playboy as he is for his iconic films. However, he fell head over heels for Annette Bening not long after casting her for Bugsy. The attraction was immediate, and the two fell head over heels in love with each other as they made the film.


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Although Warren had promised Annette that he wouldn’t hit on her during the filming of Bugsy, he broke his word and asked her to dinner near the end of the shoot. Bugsy was released in 1991, and the movie poster shows the two in an adoring embrace. That affection was clearly not faked. They wed in 1992 and have been blissfully married for nearly 27 years now. They have four children.

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington, Wilma

Denzel Washington met his wife Pauletta on the set of Wilma, a television film they both acted in. They have now been married for more than 35 years, and Denzel has been outspoken about his admiration and love for his wife. However, why did Denzel call it a marathon, not a sprint?


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Denzel revealed to Oprah Winfrey that he and Pauletta Washington didn’t experience love at first sight, going so far as to say that people who do claim to have that experience are lying. Although the love wasn’t automatic, it was soon going strong, and the pair wed in 1983. Denzel has largely credited Pauletta for the success of their union, and the power couple have four children together.

Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson, Dawson’s Creek

Dawson’s Creek became an absolute phenomenon when it debuted on the WB in 1998. While Joey (Katie Holmes) pined for Dawson (James Van Der Beek), it was Pacey (Joshua Jackson) who she sparked with behind the scenes. Throughout the first season of Dawson’s Creek, Joshua and Katie enjoyed a sweet romance. Katie later revealed to Rolling Stone that Joshua was her first love.


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Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson drew some raised eyebrows when they seemed especially affectionate at a Dawson’s Creek reunion in 2018. Rumors spread that the two had reignited their romance, but any such romantic connection was never confirmed. However, the two still speak very fondly of each other any time they are interviewed about their time together, and it seems their friendship outlasted their romance.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., I Know What You Did Last Summer

What is it about 1990’s teen horror flicks that sparked epic romances? Devoted couple Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have now been married for over 16 years, but they first met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer. That successful horror movie led to several sequels and the eventual romance of Michelle and Freddie.


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Sarah was enjoying the huge success of starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she acted in I Know What You Did Last Summer. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar dated for a few years before they got married in Mexico on September 1, 2002. They have since worked together on several projects including Scooby-Doo. The happily married couple have two young children.

Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones

Kit Harrington plays the perpetually exhausted Jon Snow on HBO’s global phenomenon Game of Thrones. As unexpected as his sudden worldwide fame must have been, we’re willing to bet the even more unexpected event was meeting his future wife Rose Leslie while filming the show.


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Leslie appears in the show’s second season as the hard-as-iron wildling Ygritte. Initially believing all wildlings to be cutthroat savages, Jon Snow falls in love with Ygritte, which ends up changing his entire worldview. It’s an appropriately life-changing moment for the character, as Leslie and Harrington began dating offscreen and eventually got married in 2018.

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook

For a movie that’s widely considered one of the greatest love stories to be put on celluloid, the truth was that the stars of Nick Cassavetes‘s The Notebook could barely tolerate each other at the beginning of the shoot. Famously, Ryan Gosling pulled Cassavetes aside during an early scene and ask that another actress come and read co-star Rachel McAdams‘ lines off-line, because “I’m not getting anything from her.”


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Luckily the feud between the co-stars didn’t last, and in fact turned into an IRL romance to rival the pair’s on-screen chemistry. Near the end of shooting in 2003, the couple extended their relationship off-screen, which, as McAdams said in an interview to The Independent, “certainly wasn’t something that either of us had expected would come out of that filmmaking experience.” But hey, who among us hasn’t developed a crush on annoying co-worker before?

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, All My Children

Married for over two decades, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first fell in love on the set of All My Children. Mark auditioned to play the love interest of Kelly’s character on the show. The couple was immediately attracted to each other, and Mark won the part to the delight of both actors.


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As Mark and Kelly continued to film All My Children, they fell madly in love. They eloped in Las Vegas in 1996 not long after their romance began. It was 2001 when Kelly was named an official co-host of Live! She continued to act with Mark on All My Children until 2002. Meanwhile, Mark and Kelly’s relationship is going strong, and the pair have three children.

Uma Thurman Ethan Hawke, Gattaca

Ethan Hawke met Uma Thurman on the set of 1997’s Gattaca, a science fiction flick that wasn’t a hit at the time but now has a cult following. The two stars were instantly drawn to each other, and their high-profile romance developed into a deep love for both stars. Ethan and Uma knew it was for keeps, and they got married not long after they met.


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What a difference a year can make! Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke both wed and had their first child, Maya, in 1998. They would go on to have two other children, and the two tried hard to make their marriage work. Both have spoken about how devastated they were by their 2005 divorce, but the two are dedicated to co-parenting their children together.

Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams portray an utterly heartbreaking romance in the critically acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain, but they began a joyful romance behind the scenes. The movie achieved both box office and critical success, garnering Academy Award nominations for both Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger. The two were a devoted couple by the time of the Oscar ceremony.


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Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger seemed to move very quickly in their romance. Michelle later described it to GQ as having a cosmic connection with Heath and how it was like they were doing a lot of things at once because they didn’t have much time. Michelle and Heath had their only child Matilda in 2005, the same year that Brokeback Mountain was released. Tragically, Heath passed away in 2008.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, The Last Song

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus met on the set of The Last Song, a romantic movie that was based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. Like their characters in the film, Liam and Miley fell head over heels in love with each other while making the movie. Miley was still in her teens while making The Last Song, and she was trying to break free from her Hannah Montana role.


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Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus were a high-profile couple until their split in 2013. The break-up was very painful for both stars. However, they were able to sort out their problems, and they reunited in 2015. The vegan couple married on December 23, 2018, and they chose to blissfully spend time with family during their honeymoon.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bull Durham

For 20 years, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were one of Hollywood’s power couples, although they certainly did things their own way. The duo first met in the late 1980s on the set of Bull Durham, a sports flick that doubled as a romance. Susan had previously dated such stars as David Bowie and Sean Penn, but there was something special about the connection she had with Tim Robbins.


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Although the two decided not to marry, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon enjoyed a long and joyful union. They had two sons together, and Tim helped raise Susan’s daughter from a previous marriage. They were often lauded for their long relationship when Hollywood’s romances are often short-lived, and Tim later blamed their split on his mid-life crisis.

Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan, Love Potion No. 9

Sandra Bullock and Tate Donovan fell in love while starring as lovers in 1992’s Love Potion No. 9. Although the movie may not be the most memorable film of either star’s careers, it brought them together for a passionate two-year love affair where they were one of Hollywood’s “it” couples.


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Sandra Bullock became a superstar in the early 1990s, but Sandra later refused to believe that it was her success that contributed to the downfall of the relationship. Tate and Sandra decided to call it quits in 2004, and Tate Donovan started dating Jennifer Aniston shortly after the break-up. Both actors have long since moved on, but both still are friendly with each other.

Matt Damon and Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting jump-started the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and it also provided Robin Williams with the role that would earn him an Oscar. Romance was afire behind the scenes of the successful film and co-stars Matt Damon and Minnie Driver fell in love. They were one of the “it” famous relationships as the movie enjoyed stratospheric success.


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Minnie Driver felt all was well in her romance with Matt Damon until he essentially dumped her during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Ouch! She told The Los Angeles Times that she found it “fantastically inappropriate” for Matt to share the news this way. However, she got over it, and two have long since moved on with their lives.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt, Seven

Brad Pitt was at the peak of his stardom when he met Gwyneth Paltrow on the set of Seven in 1994. Gwyneth had only had relatively small roles before playing the ultimately beheaded wife of Brad Pitt’s character in Seven. The two felt drawn to one another, and they were soon enjoying a passionate relationship.


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Brad Pitt proposed to Gwyneth Paltrow after only two years of dating in 1996, and the pair were happily engaged for a few months. They were the ultimate “it” couple of the 1990s, but they broke up in 1997. They both have long moved on and had kids with different partners.

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, A Beautiful Mind

When Paul Bettany met Jennifer Connelly on the set of A Beautiful Mind. The two had an instant spark to one another but didn’t get together then. The movie came out in 2001, and both Jennifer and Paul split with their partners they were with during the making of the film.


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When both Paul and Jennifer were single, they pursued their romance, and the pair were married on January 1, 2003, in Scotland. Jennifer had a son from a previous relationship, and she and Paul had their first child together the same year they were married. The beautiful duo have been blissfully married since 2003. They’ve since appeared in several films together, including Creation (pictured above).

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Twilight

The Twilight series of books and movies enjoyed incredible popularity. People everywhere were asking whether Jacob or Edward deserved Bella’s love. The fan frenzy was almost inescapable. Fans were so excited to learn that the film’s stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson fell in love on the set of the first Twilight movie.


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Although Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson tried to keep their relationship somewhat private at first, the news spread about their relationship. After keeping it under wraps for a long time, they were photographed looking madly in love, and they both praised each other to the press. Despite enjoying a romance throughout much of the filming of the Twilight movies, the pair split in 2012 after three years together.

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