One of the biggest appeals when it comes to films and television shows is romance, and there have been some amazing love stories told over the years. We probably all have our favorite TV couples and our most memorable romcom moments… and we all probably have real-life celebrity couples we admire, as well.
And sometimes, those overlap and become the same thing!
That is right: there are lots of famous duos out there who fell in love while working together. Many of them played love interests in their movies or series, which surely made acting out intimate scenes easier. Some of them, though, just had brief guest spots together, but they could not stay away; they made sure that, in reality, their relationships lasted much longer than their characters' did.
Of course, there are also those actors and actresses who fans swear are into each other off the screen, yet who are, for instance, married to other people behind the scenes or who don’t even like each other, in any way, at all!
So who was really in love, and which celebs are actually just really good at their jobs?
Let’s find out, by going over 10 romantic stories and 10 that are just part of the world of acting...
20 True Love: Sarah Michelle Gellar And Freddie Prinze Jr.
One of the biggest couples from the ‘90s is this one right here, a couple that has played love interests on the big screen and that is still going strong today. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. met while filming a hit thriller from 1997; I Know What You Did Last Summer.
A couple of years later, they were married in Mexico, and now, they have two children together. They also went on to star as Daphne and Fred in Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. They seem to enjoy working together, in and out of films, and their long-lasting relationship is a true inspiration!
19 Just Good Acting: Monica And Chandler
And one of the biggest fictional couples from the ‘90s is Monica and Chandler from Friends. Of course, there were many couples on that show, but these two were main characters who really seemed to click (especially when compared to how Ross and Rachel took a while to get on the same page).
Their story is still a fan favorite, all these years later, yet these two were just good actors. According to some sources, though, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler, was linked to both Yasmine Bleeth and Julia Roberts, and Courteney Cox's husband of many years, David Arquette, guest starred on the show as Malcolm.
18 True Love: Eva Mendes And Ryan Gosling
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are two of the biggest names in Hollywood. They are also both very private, so some people may forget that they have been together since 2011 and they have two daughters together. Yes, these stars met in 2011, while working on The Place Beyond the Pines, a crime drama that also featured names like Bradley Cooper, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, and Ray Liotta.
But out of all of these people right here and out of all of the work that they have done over the years, Mendes and Gosling chose each other, which is sweet.
17 Just Good Acting: Carrie And Big
A notable couple from television is that of Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big from SATC. As fans know, Carrie wrote about the ups and downs of her life, which were focused on in this series and which usually had to do with love. In the end, though, she ended up with Big, and this is another example of good acting.
In real life, actor Chris Noth has been married to Tara Wilson since 2012, and actress Sarah Jessica Parker has been married to Matthew Broderick since 1997! So, no, for those wondering, she didn’t even end up with Aidan off the screen either.
16 True Love: Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem
Sometimes, celebrities meet but don’t fall in love until later, like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem; they were in Jamon Jamon back in 1992, though they did not become an item until 2007, on the set of another Woody Allen movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
After this director brought them together again, the two were wed in 2010, and they now have two children together. And many people may not have known that these two big names are, indeed, husband and wife and mother and father, but it is true—another real romance from the magical world of acting, cinema, and film!
15 Just Good Acting: Topanga And Cory
Boy Meets World was on the air from 1993 to 2000. Girl Meets World was on the Disney Channel from 2014 to 2017. And on both television shows, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel played Cory and Topanga. Many fans grew up watching these two, admiring their relationship and wanting something like they had.
So does it sadden anyone to learn that all of the sweet scenes and loving lines were all an act? Hopefully not, because even though these stars are not together in reality, their characters entertained fans of all ages for years and years, and for that, be grateful!
14 True Love: Ginnifer Goodwin And Josh Dallas
Let’s see which IRL item is next on this list… Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas met thanks to the hit show Once Upon a Time. It gets better, though: on the fantasy series, she was playing Snow White, while he was playing Prince Charming. Talk about a dream come true and a resulting fairytale couple!
If anyone was watching them on TV and thinking they looked good together, they were too right about that. Goodwin and Dallas ended up getting married in 2014, and together, they have two sons; Ginnifer's first pregnancy was even written into Once Upon a Time!
13 Just Good Acting: Pam And Jim
Another hit series that used to come on was called The Office, and it gave the world one of the most beloved couples of all time. Yes, people watched Pam and Jim fall in love and start a family… but just on the show and not in reality.
Outside of this funny and fictional world, they are in love with other people; Jenna Fischer is married to Lee Kirk, they have two kids, and her pregnancy was also written into the series. John Krasinski is married to Emily Blunt, they also have two children, and they played husband and wife in A Quiet Place!
12 True Love: Leighton Meester And Adam Brody
Leighton Meester is best known for playing Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl, and Adam Brody is best known for playing Seth Cohen on The O.C. Teen drama fans’ biggest dream came true when these stars ended up together! They met while working on a movie called The Oranges in 2011, and then they were married in 2014.
They have a daughter together, but this cute little family is very private, and they don’t seem as excited as fans or as interested about the fact that they used to be on teen dramas or that they brought Blair and Seth Cohen together.
11 Just Good Acting: Blair And Chuck
Speaking of Blair and Gossip Girl… Her relationship with Chuck was super romantic, and fans watched for years, wondering if they would actually end up together. These thoughts were fueled by the fact that several co-stars on this show dated in real life; Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen) dated Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey), and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams) dated Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass).
But, as stated in the above entry, Blair’s actress, Leighton Meester, ended up with another guy from another show with similar themes, vibes, and stories—Adam Brody, who was Seth Cohen on The O.C., another teen drama. Suffice it to say, Blair and Chuck only existed on-screen.
10 True Love: Alexis Bledel And Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser met in 2012 when Bledel appeared in Mad Men as Beth Dawes—a character who actually had an interesting relationship with Pete Campbell, who was Kartheiser’s character! These two were wed in 2014, and in May 2016, the world learned that they had also had a son in the fall of 2015.
As many people probably know, Bledel also previously dated Milo Ventimiglia, who played her boyfriend on Gilmore Girls. Who all is Team Jess in this debate? Well, it doesn't really matter, because what is meant to be will be, and she ended up with another co-star from another show.
9 Just Good Acting: Lorelai And Luke
Let’s continue this conversation about Gilmore Girls, a popular drama series that highlighted many exciting relationships over the years. One of the biggest was, of course, the one between Lorelai and Luke. However, these two are not even close in real life. In an interview with TV Guide, Graham said that the chemistry between these characters is not mirrored in their chemistry as people.
She did find chemistry with another costar, though, as she has been in a relationship with Peter Krause since 2010. They met on Caroline in the City in 1995, and then they actually played siblings on the show Parenthood!
8 True Love: Anna Paquin And Stephen Moyer
While working on True Blood, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer fell in love. They started dating right away when filming the series pilot in 2007, and their engagement was announced in 2009. Their wedding was the next year, and then they welcomed fraternal twins into the world in 2012. Moyer also has a son who was born in 2000 and a daughter who was born in 2002, so Paquin gained step-children, as well.
This is just another example of how film and television can bring people together and create real-life romance, all while entertaining all types of fans from all over the world.
7 Just Good Acting: Lily And Marshall
Lily And Marshall, the next item on this list, are a couple from How I Met Your Mother, but the stars who portrayed these characters are not together off the show. In fact, who knows if they even ever could be?! Jason Segel, who was Marshall, is a chain smoker, and in an interview from 2008, Alyson Hannigan, who was Lily, said she did not like kissing him! Due to the smell, she compared it to kissing an ashtray.
So, instead, she married her costar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel—Alexis Denisof—in 2003. This couple has two daughters, too.
6 True Love: Claire Danes And Hugh Dancy
Another couple that met on another drama series would be Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, who were both in Evening in 2006. Danes actually had her first kiss on My So-Called Life with Jared Leto, and she dated another costar, Billy Crudup, whom she was with during Princess Mononoke and Stage Beauty.
But then, everything aligned, as it seems to always do, and this actress ended up with this actor, after falling in love on the set of Evening. Yes, it’s true—she married Dancy in a secret ceremony in 2009, had a son in 2012, and had a second son in 2018.
5 Just Good Acting: Brittany And Santana
Brittany And Santana were girlfriends and then wives on Glee, but in reality, Heather Morris (Brittany) married Taylor Hubbell, who went to her high school, and she also had an experience with a female friend, just to make sure. Naya Rivera (Santana) dated Mark Salling (Puck) from 2007 to 2010, was briefly engaged to Big Sean, and then married Ryan Dorsey; they divorced (which was finalized last year) but share joint custody of their son.
And in 2015, while on The View, Rivera hinted that she may possibly be into men and women; Rosie O'Donnell said a study showed that women who are into both are more likely to have mental health problems, and Rivera replied it was no wonder that she was crazy then.
4 True Love: Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa is known for talk shows, but she used to star on All My Children… as did Mark Consuelos. These two ended up eloping in 1996, meaning they have been together longer than many, many couples in Hollywood! They also own a production company, Milojo, together, have three kids together and—back in the day—won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Romance.
It was true love all around, and it seems like a match made in heaven for these two successful and attractive celebrities. She is an actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer, and he is an actor who currently plays Hiram Lodge on Riverdale.
3 Just Good Acting: Hanna And Caleb
Pretty Little Liars was a thrilling teen drama series full of mystery, cliffhangers, and romances. One of the main characters, Hanna, fell for a bad boy named Caleb, and while these two had a close relationship and even ended up getting married and pregnant, they are not together in real life.
Actress Ashley Benson is rumored to be dating model Cara Delevingne, and actor Tyler Blackburn recently came out to The Advocate; he says he has known about his true feelings since he was a teenager and that he wants to feel powerful in his own skin, mind, and heart.
2 True Love: Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth
There is one more real-life romance to be mentioned on this list, and it is shared between Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. These two starred in The Last Song in 2009. They started dating. They got engaged. Then they broke up and called off the engagement in 2013. Then they got back together in 2016. Then they got engaged again.
And, as fans know, they had a private wedding ceremony at their home in Nashville in December 2018. It was not always smooth sailing, but these celebs are together now, and many people are anxious to see what is next for them.
1 Just Good Acting: Rebecca And Jack
And finally, here is the last fictional couple: Rebecca and Jack Pearson from the popular TV show This Is Us. In real life, Mandy Moore, who portrays Rebecca, has been married to Taylor Goldsmith since November 2018. Milo Ventimiglia, who portrays Jack, did date his Gilmore Girls costar, Alexis Bledel, from 2002 to 2006, as well as his Heroes costar, Hayden Panettiere, from 2007 to 2009.
So they did not date, and they are not dating right now either! But within this series, they are an inspiring, relatable, loving, and beloved couple… and just a really great actor and actress.
Sources: Wikipedia, Comedy Central, Ranker, Us Weekly, TV Guide, E Online