16 co-stars who made their romance real

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By Kristine Liao

Considering the amount of passion involved in on-screen chemistry, it’s not surprising so many co-stars continue their romance as couples in real life. Some of these relationships flourish into marriage, while others fizzle out within a few months. But no matter how long they last, it’s always heartwarming for fans to watch a fantasy turn into reality. 

Here are 16 celebrity couples who met on set, fell for each other and wrote the rest of their love story script from there.

Kit Harington & Rose Leslie

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In an interview with Italian Vogue, Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in the TV series "Game of Thrones," said his favorite memory from the show is filming season two in Iceland "because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love." 

"If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love," Harington said.

Rose Leslie, his girlfriend, played the free folk character Ygritte from season two to four. Although they have been relatively quiet about their romance, it has been reported that the couple has been dating on and off since 2012 and recently moved in together.

spider-man couples

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Maybe it’s the inescapable spider web or the seductive acrobatic moves, but whatever it is, Spider-Man co-stars seem fated to fall in love. Most recently, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya were rumored to be dating. It was also reported that Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire were seeing each other while filming Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy. And who could forget the picture-perfect couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone who played each other’s love interest in “The Amazing Spider-Man."

Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth


This story begins with love interests Ronnie and Will in "The Last Song" and continues with their respective actors Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth in real life. After meeting on set and sharing their first kiss together in 2009, the two became best friends, then dated on and off, eventually got engaged, broke up before a wedding, then reconciled their relationship about three years later. They are, as of this moment, once again engaged! This couple has come a long way, but their love just keeps bringing them back into each other's lives.

Gwyneth Paltrow & Brad pitt

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In the 1995 thriller, "Se7en", Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow played husband and wife. In the real world, they were on the road to marriage too, but they called off their engagement after dating from 1994 to 1997, reportedly because Paltrow wasn't ready for marriage.

"I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met," Paltrow said in an interview on SiriusXM. "It's taken me until 40 to get my head out of my ass... I wasn't ready, and he was too good for me."

Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds

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About a year after Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds starred as each other's love interest in "Green Lantern," the two best friends went on a double date, each with another date. 

"That was the most awkward date for the respective parties, because there was just fireworks coming across," Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly

Now, the couple is married with two daughters, and has yet to disappoint when it comes to stunning the world with their fairytale-perfect looks on the red carpet.


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The two met on the set of "Black Swan," with Benjamin Millepied as the choreographer and a dancer and Natalie Portman in the lead role. The couple got married in 2012 and welcomed their second child and first daughter into the family in February 2017. 

"Benjamin choreographed the film, and also you might remember him in the movie as the guy when they ask, 'Would you sleep with that girl?' And he's like, 'Pffsh, no.' He's the best actor. It's not true: He totally wants to sleep with me!" Portman said in her "Black Swan" Golden Globes award speech for Best Actress in a Drama.

MILA KUNIS & Ashton Kutcher

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They didn’t know it then, but the love story of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher began way back in 1998 when they starred as long-term couple Jackie and Kelso in the TV series “That 70s Show.” In fact, Kunis’ first kiss was actually an on-screen kiss with her future husband. The pair first started dating in 2012 (in real life, that is) years after the show ended. Now, the couple is married with two kids. 


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Everyone knows the story of Snow White and Prince Charming, but not everyone gets to live it. Actors Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin play the fairytale couple in the TV series "Once Upon a Time," and are also in love in real life. After meeting on set, the co-stars began dating in 2011 and got engaged two years later. They are now married with two sons, and will continue appearing on as Snow White and Prince Charming, with season seven premiering in October 2017.

The Tatums

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The story goes like this: Channing Tatum meets Jenna Dewan on the set of "Step Up" and they play each other's love interest. One night, Tatum comes back to the hotel drunk and...

"His room was right above mine, and he came down drunk with a sombrero on, banging on my door," Dewan told Cosmopolitan Magazine in an interview. "He was like, 'I couldn’t stop thinking about you. Let’s do this. I just want to be with you.' "

The Tatums have now been married for eight years and have a 4-year-old daughter.

Tom Cruise & Nicole kidman

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They were the couple of the '90s: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. They starred as lovers in three movies, beginning with "Days of Thunder" in 1990 where they first met. They got married that same year and eventually adopted two children. The couple went on to star in "Far and Away" in 1992 and then "Eyes Wide Shut" in 1999. Unfortunately, their marriage ended with Cruise filing for divorce in 2001.

Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux

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Although "Wanderlust" co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux didn't play each other's love interest in the 2012 movie, that didn't stop them from hitting it off in real life and eventually getting married. The couple first met back in 2007 on the set of "Tropic Thunder," which neither of them actually starred in. Ben Stiller, Aniston's co-star in "Along Came Polly," introduced her to Theroux, who was co-writing the "Tropic Thunder" script with Stiller. The couple's private wedding took place in 2015 at their Bel-Air estate.

Angelina Jolie & Brad pitt

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith turned into Mr. and Mrs. Pitt. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt met on the set of the 2005 film "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in which they starred as a married couple. After Pitt divorced his then wife Jennifer Aniston, he and Jolie started up a relationship that lasted for 12 years, becoming one of Hollywood's most glamorous couples and parents to six children. Unfortunately, after two years of marriage, the couple filed for divorce in 2016.


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This Hollywood couple has now been married for 15 years! Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. first met on the set of 1997 horror film "I Know What You Did Last Summer," where they did not play each other's love interest. Nevertheless, the two began dating in 2000, got married two years later, and have since starred as the couple Fred and Daphne "Scooby-Doo" films. 

Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams

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And finally, Noah and Allie from “The Notebook” -- the epitome of unforgettable, irresistible love. Although the co-stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had their chance to live this storybook romance in real life, the lovers broke it off in 2007, and have since both moved on to new relationships (Gosling is now married to his co-star from “The Place Beyond the Pines” Eva Mendes).

“I mean, God bless 'The Notebook,' ” Gosling told GQ Magazine in 2007. “It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.”

The two met on set in 2003 and went on to win the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss for their iconic smooch in the rain.

Up Next: Famous Kisses, then and now


Noah and Allie's kiss in "The Notebook" may have won the award in 2003, but would it have been just as successful decades before? The concept of romance and courtship has undoubtedly undergone great change in the past century, but has the ultimate show of affection, the kiss, changed at all?