More often than not, fictional on-screen romances set the scene on what we expect in real life. Let’s face it: who hasn’t pictured Jeniffer Aniston and David Schwimmer as a real-life couple after the whole Ross and Rachel storyline in Friends? We could come up with thousands of similar examples, but do you know what the craziest part is? That many times, co-stars have actually started dating during the production of the show or film they were at. Even though this wasn’t the case for Aniston and Schwimmer, here are 20 famous onscreen couples who have taken things to the next level and dated in real life.
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#20. Blake Lively And Penn Badgley
Before marrying Ryan Reynolds, actress Blake Lively dated another Hollywood icon, Penn Badgley. They met in the famous teen drama Gossip Girl, which they co-starred for over half a decade. Not only were they one of the hottest couples on-screen, but off-screen as well, because they totally fell for each other!
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Lively and Badgley broke up in 2010, leaving all the Gossip Girl fans heart-wrenched. But two years later, people were thrilled to find out about Lively’s engagement with Reynolds. We shan’t feel sorry for Badgley though, as he is now happily married to Domino Kirke.
#19. Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes
If there were a prize for world serial workplace dater, then it would definitely go to Ryan Gosling. In 2012, he fell in love with Eva Mendes, whom he met in the 2012 crime drama film The Place Beyond the Pines.
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Their characters were a couple in the film, but once the movie was released, they took things to the next level and started dating in real life. Currently, they have 2 kids together. Can you guess which other co-star Gosling dated? Slide to #5 and find out the answer!
#18. Ewan McGregor And Mary Elizabeth Winstead
OK folks, let’s be straight: is there anyone out there who doesn’t find Ewan McGregor the cutest man on Earth? When the Scottish actor took on a role in the crime drama Fargo, little did he know he would fall for his co-star, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
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Winstead and McGregor played an on-screen couple in this show, but in the meantime, both of them were married to other people. When a picture of them both kissing was leaked by the media, they each separated from their spouses and started dating. We could make a rom-com out of their own lives!
#17. Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are one of the people’s favorite celebrity couples, but what many people don’t know is that these two lovebirds actually dated onscreen twice. Can you remember?
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They first starred as love interests in the 2010 rom-com When in Rome, exactly three years after they began dating. Then, two years later, they co-starred in the action film Hit and Run. They tied the knot in 2013, and are still happily together.
#16. Ian Somerhalder And Nina Dobrev
Ever since the fantasy drama show The Vampire Diaries started airing in 2009, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder became one of the world’s most favorite fictional couples, especially among teens.
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But guess what? During the filming of the show’s second season, Somerhalder and Dobrev began dating in real life. They were together for nearly three years until their romance came to an end in 2013. For another vampire romance, slide to #1!
#15. Kit Harington And Rose Leslie
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met while shooting the first season of the fantasy drama show Game of Thrones, and have never grown apart ever since. But while Jon Snow and Ygritte’s relationship hit rock bottom in the show, these two had more luck off-screen.
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They actually kept their relationship a secret during the first year, but in the end, the news finally leaked. After dating for nearly five years, the couple publicly announced their engagement in 2017 and finally got married in 2018.
#14. Emily Blunt And John Krasinski
The Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt and the famous comedy actor John Krasinski have been one of our favorite couples for nearly a decade since they got married in 2010. But while most couples on this list fell in love after starring in a movie, for these lovebirds it went the other way around.
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Last year, Blunt and Krasinski played husband and wife in the 2018 fantasy thriller film A Quiet Place, in what was Krasinski’s second directorial work. Oh, they’re also parents of two beautiful children, Hazel and Violet.
#13. Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck
One can’t help but love this celebrity couple, as Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are two of the most talented actors out there. But did you know that the two met in 2003 while filming the superhero action film Daredevil?
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Of course, Affleck played lead character Daredevil, while Garner was his fictional couple, Elektra. They publicly announced their relationship one year after the release of the film and had three children together. Fans were heartbroken when they announced their breakup in 2015.
#12. Alexis Bledel And Vincent Kartheiser
Vincent Kartheiser catapulted to fame after playing Pete Campbell in the drama period TV show Mad Men. Let’s be honest, his character is quite spiteful so we can’t help but wish him the worst throughout the show, even when he falls for Beth Dawes, portrayed by Alexis Bledel.
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However, it happens to be that Kartheiser and Bledel fell for each other in real life too! It’s needless to say that we do wish him the best in real life, and our prayers have been answered since they’ve tied the not in 2014 and have had one child together.
#11. Javier Bardem And Penelope Cruz
I know it seems like Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz have been together forever, but when they co-starred in Woody Allen’s drama film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, they barely knew each other.
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In this film, they played a dysfunctional couple which had went through more downs than ups, but shortly after the shooting of the film, they paired up and started dating in real life. They began dating in 2007 and got married in 2010, and have had two children together.
#10. Taylor Swift And Taylor Lautner
Taylor Swift is one of the world’s most legendary pop singers, but many people often forget that she also gave acting a try. In 2010, they took on a role in the rom-com film Valentine’s Day. Even though the film wasn’t much of a success, she ended up meeting the love of her life!
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Swift’s fictional boyfriend in the film was no other than actor Taylor Lautner, and as soon as the film was shot they began dating offscreen. However, it seems that their relationship wasn’t meant to be since they didn’t last more than a year together. What a shame!
#9. Emma Stone And Andrew Garfield
The Academy Award winner Emma Stone and the talented actor Andrew Garfield met in 2010 during the shooting of the superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man. They played boyfriend and girlfriend, and shortly after the release of the film, they began dating.
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Stone and Garfield were happily together for nearly five years until they split in 2015. However, they still keep in touch and after taking some distance from each other for nearly a year, they have become friends again.
#8. Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher portrayed Jackie and Kelso on That ’70s Show for nearly a decade, from 1998 to 2006. Even though they dated on the show, it wasn’t until ten years later that they actually fell for each other.
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After Kutcher divorced Hollywood icon Demi Moore, he started going out with Kunis, somewhere around 2012. Three years later, the two got married, and now they have two beautiful children, Wyat Isabelle and Dimitri.
#7. Adam Brody And Rachel Bilson
If you grew up during the turn of this century, then I’m sure you were a hardcore fan of the teen drama The O.C. Remember adorable and naive Seth Cohen and her gorgeous girlfriend Summer Roberts? Well, guess what? These two began dating off-screen during the middle of the show.
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These two lovebirds dated from 2003 to 2007, the same years in which the show was aired. Sadly, they broke up shortly after the season finale. Now, they have both found love again, as they have gotten married and are both parents.
#6. Zac Efron And Vanessa Hudgens
If you’re a millennial, then I’m 99% sure you grew up loving the teen musical film High School Musical, and I’m pretty sure you had a crush either on Zac Efron or on Vanessa Hudgens. Can they be any cuter?
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As you probably remember, they played couple Troy and Gabriella in the film, and fans were thrilled when they publicly announced they were officially dating in real life. Sadly, they broke up three years later in 2010.
#5. Rachel McAdams And Ryan Gosling
In 2004, Canadian actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling starred in one of the most heart-wrenching romantic dramas of this century: The Notebook. Gosling plays a young man who falls for a young rich woman, both of whom engage in a forbidden love where social difference proves to be the greatest obstacle.
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At first, fans went crazy with the news that their most beloved fictional couple were actually dating. Gosling and McAdams were together for nearly two years, from 2005 to 2007. They came back together in 2008, but after a long series of ups and downs, they broke up for good.
#4. Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have come to be the most famous celebrity couple in history, not only because they’re two of the most gorgeous people on the planet, but because of the way they met as well. How well do you know Brangelina’s past?
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The two met after playing the roles of married assassins in the action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. By that time, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston, but he filed for a divorce and went public with his new celebrity romance. Pitt and Jolie have been together for nearly a decade and have had 6 children together. Sadly, they separated in 2016.
#3. Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth
In 2010, American singer and actress Miley Cyrus starred in the romantic drama The Last Song, where she played a rebellious girl who travels to a beach in South USA to reconnect with her father. Her fictional couple in the film was Australian actor Liam Hemsworth, and that’s where it all began.
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Shortly after the film was shot, these two lovebirds started dating in real life too. They took a break somewhere around 2016, but they finally got back together and announced their engagement the following year.
#2. Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan-Tatum
American actor and heartthrob Channing Tatum played the role of an aspiring teenage dancer in the crime drama film Step Up, and Jenna Dewan was his fictional girlfriend. But it turns out that these two paired off-screen too.
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These two lovebirds tied the knot three years after the release of the film, in 2009. But the good news didn’t end here, as in 2013 they became parents to their first daughter, Everly. Kudos for them!
#1. Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson
In 2012, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson starred in what was one of the greatest teen dramas of this century. Twilight somehow triggered a vampire fever all over the world, and everyone was drooling over this fictional couple.
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But shortly after the release of the film, the fans were awestruck when they found out that these two had begun dating off-screen too. Sadly, their love didn’t last more than a year as they split in 2012.