If there’s one thing pop culture fans love, it’s seeing their favorite on-screen couples fall in love on and off-screen. Hollywood has seen its fair share of love stories that began on set, and they never fail to make fans believe in true love. While not every off-screen romance has a happy ending, fans can’t help but hope for sparks to fly between their favorite co-stars. After all, everyone loves a classic Hollywood romance, right?
From lifelong partnerships to short-lived flings, many celebrities are no stranger to pursuing relationships with their on-screen partners. Whether or not these relationships remain successful is unpredictable – but they never fail to captivate viewers. Here are 17 on-screen couples that made it to the altar (or found long-lasting love) once the cameras stopped rolling.
17. Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender (The Light Between Oceans)
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender tugged at heartstrings of viewers everywhere when they starred as husband and wife in the 2016 movie The Light Between Oceans. Their chemistry on-screen was almost too good, and many fans suspected that there was romance behind the scenes, too. The fiercely private couple then got married in a top-secret ceremony in Ibiza in 2016. While they remain tight-lipped about their relationship, Vikander recently revealed that she would love to work with her husband again on upcoming projects.
16. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time)
A fairytale come true! Once upon a time, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas met on the set of their ABC show Once Upon a Time and their love story was born. The show tells the story of a town where real life and fantasy collide, which is oddly similar to this love story. While they initially denied their romance, the two took their relationship public in 2011, got married in a small ceremony in 2014, and have since had two children together. The couple, who play Snow White and Prince Charming on the show, proved that fairytales do exist!
15. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, dubbed Brangelina by their fans, met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004. Though Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, the pair claims this is where they first fell in love but didn’t act until the marriage ended. They infamously went on to have six kids together, and though they both said they would never get married, they eventually did tie the knot in France in 2014. Ultimately, their relationship ended when Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. It was a move that shocked the world (and collectively broke everyone’s hearts).
14. Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men)
Rory Gilmore’s all grown up! Alexis Bledel, who played Rory on the hit series Gilmore Girls, met her current husband Vincent Kartheiser on the set of Mad Men in 2011. Though they kept their relationship professional on set, they made their official debut as a couple in 2012 and later wed in a small, intimate ceremony in 2014. They welcomed a child later in 2015, just before Bledel headed back to Stars Hollow for the Gilmore Girls revival series.
13. Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin (Veronica Mars)
If anyone knows the secret to making a marriage last, it’s Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin. The two met in 1992 and got married in 1997, so while they didn’t actually meet on a movie or TV set, they did play a married couple in the first season of The CW’s Veronica Mars in 2004. Rinna currently stars in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which gives their fans a behind-the-scenes peek at how the couple keeps their 20+ year relationship as strong as ever. They’ve both attributed their marriage success to their two daughters and to the fact that they consider each other “soulmates.”
12. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (True Blood)
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan have nothing on these vampires – it was love at first bite for True Blood’s Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The pair met while screening for the show in 2007, and sparks flew instantly. While the two played a couple on screen, they were developing a relationship off camera, too. They got married surrounded by fellow True Blood co-stars in 2010, and have since had three children together. When asked what makes their relationship work, Paquin attributes it to the fact that they’re “best friends.”
11. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett (Arrested Development)
Arguably two of the best comedians in the business, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett first met in 1996 when they were both performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv group in New York City. They took their relationship public in 2000, got married in 2003, and had two sons together. They starred in a number of projects together, including Arrested Development, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who! Spring Breakdown, and Parks and Recreation. While they were a couple on Arrested Development, they played SIBLINGS in Blades of Glory. The pair ultimately divorced in 2012, which Poehler opened up about in her book Yes Please. “I am beyond grateful he is their father, and I don’t think a ten-year marriage constitutes failure. That being said, getting a divorce really sucks.”
10. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Though their relationship on-screen was forced, the sparks that flew between Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were undeniable. The two play KGB spies pretending to be Americans in their hit show The Americans on FX, but their relationship in real life is anything but pretend. While they initially denied reports of an off-screen romance, they confirmed their relationship in 2013 after being spotted on numerous dates in New York City. They had a child together in 2016, and while these two have yet to *officially* walk down the aisle, we’d say having a kid together is just as much of a commitment – so it counts.
9. Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig (Dream House)
Actress Rachel Weisz claimed she would never get married, but she made one exception to her rule (for none other than the man who plays James Bond!). Weisz met actor Daniel Craig on the set of their thriller Dream House in 2011 where they played husband and wife. What started as a friendship blossomed into love, and after dating for only six the months the pair got hitched in a secret ceremony later in 2011.
8. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn (Swing Shift)
They’re the embodiment of one of Hollywood’s most endearing love stories – and they’re still going strong! Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn fell for each other while filming Swing Shift in 1984. Their romance has lasted 34 years, and they thrive off of time with each other and their blended families (they both have kids from previous relationships). While the pair remains unmarried, let’s face it – they basically are.
7. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem (Jamon, Jamon)
In 1992, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem met on the set of Jamon, Jamon where they played two lovers caught in a scandalous love triangle (it was also Cruz’s first movie!). Fifteen years later, rumors of a relationship swirled after they were caught on a trip to the Maldives together in 2007. They refused to confirm anything, but in 2010 Bardem professed his love for Cruz at the Cannes Film Festival. They got married in a small ceremony surrounded by family in the Bahamas, and they currently have two children together. Swoon!
6. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard (When in Rome, Hit and Run, CHIPS)
Arguably one of the internet’s favorite on-screen couples, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are no strangers to being co-stars. While they met at a dinner party in 2007 and got engaged in 2009, they starred in movies like When in Rome and Hit and Run together before officially tying the knot in 2013. They famously declared they wouldn’t get married until same-sex marriage was legal, so when the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (which prevented the government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by states) was ruled unconstitutional, Bell proposed to Shepard on Twitter. They’re still together today, and they have two daughters.
5. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions)
No cruel intentions here: co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe may be divorced, but that doesn’t mean she regrets her relationship with him. The co-stars dated each other while filming the movie Cruel Intentions, and by 1999 they were married. They had two children together, but ultimately their relationship didn’t stand the test of time. Ryan Phillippe allegedly cheated on his wife and the pair divorced in 2006. Witherspoon has said that their young age played a role in the reason for their separation, too, though she’s been vocal about not regretting being married at such a young age.
4. Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum (Step Up)
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum danced their way into viewers hearts in their 2006 movie Step Up. Their characters fell in love on screen, and an off-screen relationship developed as well. Shortly after their first movie premiered in, the two began dating and officially got married in 2009. They welcomed a daughter in 2013, but despite being one of Hollywood’s most loved couples for nine years, the pair just announced their divorce in April 2018. While they shared that they “lovingly” chose to separate, fans everywhere couldn’t help but mourn the loss of one of their favorite Hollywood couples.
3. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes (The Place Beyond the Pines)
They’re one of Hollywood’s most elusive couples, but Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have managed to keep their relationship strong. The pair met on set of The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011, where they played a couple on screen. It was during the filming of this movie that they began dating in real life, though details of their relationship have been kept quiet. They have two children together and have said that they remain committed to giving their kids a normal upbringing. Rumors swirled in 2016 that the couple got married, though news of an official wedding has yet to be confirmed. Despite their under-the-radar romance, it’s no secret that these two are committed to putting each other and their family first.
2. Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith (Ali)
In West Philadelphia was where Will Smith’s character on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was raised, but it was on that set where Smith found love with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith! Pinkett Smith met her future husband on set in 1994 when she auditioned to play the role of Will Smith’s girlfriend. But although they never officially became an on-screen couple for that show, they still found love off-screen and starred opposite each other in the 2001 movie Ali. The two started dating in 1995, got married on New Year’s Eve in 1997 and are still together to this day. They have two children and continue to produce movies together, maintaining their role as one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples.
1. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher (That ’70s Show)
It’s no secret that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are living an IRL rom-com. The two met while on set for That ’70s Show in 1998 (when Kunis was only 14!). Kunis then revealed that Kutcher was her first kiss and that she had a massive crush on Kutcher while filming the show! They remained friends and pursued other relationships (Kutcher was married to Demi Moore and Kunis dated Macaulay Culkin before they finally got together). It wasn’t until 2012 that rumors swirled of a possible relationship. Kutcher proposed in 2014, they welcomed their first child later that year, and tied the knot in 2015. Now they have two kids and are the definition of relationship goals.