Even though life is a really complicated thing, people love simple ideas. When any of us hear a phrase like "opposites attract" it can ring true right away. Thankfully for anyone that wants to hold onto that easily digestible concept, there have been several celebrity couples over the years who have definitely seemed unlike one another.
Of course, just because people enjoy saying that opposites attract it doesn’t mean that the sentiment always holds true. For instance, some celebrity couples seem like they are very similar people from the outside looking in, but this is not the case. With all of that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 18 celebrity couples that prove opposites attract and two that show they don’t.
In order for a celebrity couple to be considered for possible inclusion on this list, they first and foremost need to have dated at some point. For the purposes of this list, it makes no difference if they are currently involved or are a relic of the past. On top of that, the two people involved in the relationship either need to have seemed like they were opposites in some way or they need to come across like they are one and the same.
20 Opposites: Danny Boyle and Rosario Dawson
Easily one of the best actors of her generation, Rosario Dawson played a key role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has starred in films like Kids, He Got Game, Sin City, and 25th Hour. Also an acclaimed Hollywood figure, Danny Boyle has directed many beloved movies including Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, and Slumdog Millionaire.
Very secretive about their relationship, the only reason people knew these two were together is because they were spotted in a Brighton club sharing some serious PDA in 2012. Even though Dawson and Boyle have both attained success in the entertainment business, he spends most of his time behind the scenes while she is a huge star. On top of that, there is no denying that she seems out of his league.
19 Opposites: Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Brought up in a legendary acting family, David Arquette has appeared in a long list of movies including Never Been Kissed, Ready to Rumble, and Eight Legged Freaks. An even bigger deal, Courteney Cox starred in Cougar Town and the mind-bogglingly popular show Friends on top of appearing in a slew of other high profile projects over her career.
Both stars of a classic trilogy of horror films, after working on Scream together Cox and Arquette had a daughter together and were married from 1999 until 2013. Still very loyal to one another to this day, even though Cox is a classic acting star and Arquette is a lot more of an outsider, they seem like they will share a strong bond for the rest of their lives.
18 Opposites: David Spade and Heather Locklear
An actor who truly was a difference maker, when a once popular show’s ratings began to slide Heather Locklear would be added to the cast and they would rebound. Also able to find success on TV, David Spade was a star of Saturday Night Live and Just Shoot Me for several years, and he also appeared in many movies with people like Adam Sandler and Chris Farley.
Once married to Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for many years, Heather Locklear broke up with him and briefly dated David Spade. An extremely unlikely pairing to say the least, for years on end Locklear was seen as one of the most desirable celebrities in the world while Spade is considered funny but he is no hunk.
17 Very Similar: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Introduced to the world as a star of the squeaky clean show 7th Heaven, after leaving TV behind Jessica Biel has starred in several more mature films like The Rules of Attraction and Blade: Trinity. Currently one of the most beloved solo pop stars in the music business, Justin Timberlake also began his career differently as a member of the boy band NSYNC.
A couple since the year 2007, Timberlake and Biel went on to get married in 2012 and three years later they welcomed their first child into the world. Seemingly gleefully happy together, both stars appear to share a similar sense of humor during interviews, they are highly successful, and they are incredibly good looking.
16 Opposites: Johnny Depp and Jennifer Grey
Although Johnny Depp is now a controversial figure, at the height of his career his roles in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean turned him into a huge international superstar. Mainly famous for a single role, Jennifer Grey starred in one of the most memorable '80s movies, Dirty Dancing.
Even though many people may not remember these two were a couple, the fact of the matter is they were a pair in 1989 and at one point they were even rumored to be engaged. Extremely different people, at least in terms of their public reputation, Grey was viewed as a sweetheart while Depp loved to be seen as a bit of a weirdo.
15 Opposites: Colin Farrell and Britney Spears
One of those rare singers who has managed to remain successful for many decades, Britney Spears attained fame as a pop star when she was in her teens and has been a huge star ever since. Among the most unique actors in Hollywood today, Colin Farrell has turned heads in movies like Minority Report, In Bruges, Horrible Bosses, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Very briefly romantically involved, Spears and Farrell even walked a red carpet together at the premiere for his movie The Recruit. Two people who are so different that they seem like a couple straight out of a fever dream, his hard partying and OTT image was the opposite of her squeaky clean one.
14 Very Similar: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
The first of two Gossip Girl stars to appear on this list, Blake Lively starred in that OTT drama for many years before moving on to movies like The Town, The Shallows, and A Simple Favor. Another former TV star who has become a big deal in movies, Ryan Reynolds started out in the show Two Guys and a Girl but he is now most famous as the star and producer of the Deadpool movies.
Introduced when both starred in the movie Green Lantern, which has been lambasted over the years, this lovable couple sprung out of its production. Both gorgeous and hilarious actors, we love seeing Reynolds and Lively acting and they are a joy to see in interviews, too.
13 Opposites: Madonna and Vanilla Ice
One of a select few pop stars that truly deserves to be called a legend, Madonna released so many hit songs over her lengthy career that her voice provided the soundtrack for millions of people’s lives. Much more of a flash in the pan, Vanilla Ice rose to prominence when he released the song “Ice Ice Baby,” which sold staggering numbers of albums at the time.
Linked for eight months in 1991, at the time Vanilla Ice dated Madonna he was at the top of the music world and he even starred in the movie Cool as Ice that same year. Unfortunately, he was never able to attain that level of fame while his one-time girlfriend proved she could successfully reinvent herself.
12 Opposites: Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett
A four-time Grammy Award winner who made a name for himself in the country music world, Lyle Lovett has recorded 13 albums over his life. Known as America’s sweetheart throughout most of her acting career, Julia Roberts became internationally famous due to her roles in movies like Pretty Woman and Notting Hill.
Actually married from 1993 until 1995, Roberts and Lovett took millions of people by surprise when they tied the knot. One of the most glamorous actors in Hollywood throughout her career, nobody would have expected Roberts to wind up with Lovett, who cleans up well but always looked out of place on the red carpet.
11 Opposites: Jennifer Aniston and Adam Duritz
As the kind of band that has built up a loyal enough fanbase during its time in the spotlight to enable them to continue touring, Counting Crows also made its frontman Adam Duritz famous. Arguably the biggest star of the legendary '90s sitcom Friends, Jennifer Aniston has since gone on to play a pivotal role in a long list of hugely popular films.
Together so briefly in the '90s that they broke up after a single week, Duritz said of his relationship with Aniston “Wow, this is not the vacation I thought it would be,” as Herald Sun reports.
Perhaps he was so unhappy with the reality of his fling with Aniston because the two of them seem like they come from wildly different worlds.
10 Very Similar: Adam Brody and Leighton Meester
Although it may be hard to remember for some people today, during the years that Leighton Meester starred in Gossip Girl she was a part of one of the most controversial shows on TV. Involved with another huge show, Adam Brody was the most beloved part of The O.C. which at its height was such a big deal that many people held viewing parties each week.
Introduced when they both starred in a little-seen movie called The Oranges together, over time Brody and Meester became a couple and they got married in a private 2014 ceremony. Both made famous as TV stars, neither Brody nor Meester played the main character on their series but it could be argued that people invested in their characters more than any others.
9 Very Similar: Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
The winner of too many acting awards to list here, Emma Stone has even been named one of the most influential people in the world by magazines like Time and Forbes over the years. Also a big deal, Andrew Garfield has starred in movies like The Social Network, Hacksaw Ridge, and Silence, among many others.
Both made internationally famous as the stars of The Amazing Spider-Man, Stone and Garfield were a couple for many years in the early to mid-2010s. Remarkable in a lot of the same ways, one of the best aspects of both of these actors is they seem to enjoy their celebrity status while also not taking themselves too seriously.
8 Opposites: Katy Perry and Russell Brand
One of the most successful singers of her generation, aside from someone like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry has almost no peers in her generation of performers. Much more of a cult personality, Russell Brand is a stand-up comedian who has starred in movies, been an MTV presenter, hosted radio shows, and become an activist.
Introduced when Perry cameoed in Brand’s movie Get Him to the Greek, these two went on to get married in 2010 only to finalize their divorce two years later. They're celebrities who are seen as being wildly differently by the public: Brand has built up a reputation of being habitually OTT while Perry always seems carefully put-together.
7 Opposites: Julia Roberts and Daniel Day-Lewis
Unlike the vast majority of Hollywood stars, Daniel Day-Lewis only appeared in a select group of films including the likes of The Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York, and There Will Be Blood. As we already touched on earlier in this list, Julia Roberts has been able to garner incredible success in Hollywood.
Unlike most of the other couples on this list, Roberts and Day-Lewis have never confirmed they were a couple, but in the early '90s her ex-boyfriend Jason Patric revealed she’d moved on with Daniel. Two highly skilled performers who’ve both been incredible on the big screen, he seems to take himself very seriously while she is lovable at every turn.
6 Very Similar: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
First made famous when she starred in the movie Secretary, after that Maggie Gyllenhaal went on to a slew of other notable movies including Mona Lisa Smile, The Dark Knight and Stranger Than Fiction. Often hired to play jerks on the big screen, Peter Sarsgaard was the villain in movies like Boys Don't Cry and Green Lantern, on top of giving incredible performances in Shattered Glass and Garden State.
Married since 2009 and the parents of two daughters together, Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard seem to have a wonderful life from the outside looking in. Each the highlight of a long list of celebrated indie movies, these two have also both managed to play pivotal roles in high budget films.
5 Very Similar: Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
When the show Mad Men began, Vincent Kartheiser’s character Pete Campbell seemed rather boring, but due to his great acting skill and the show’s incredible writers, he grew to be much more interesting. An even bigger deal in the TV world, Alexis Bledel starred in the popular show Gilmore Girls for many years, and she has also appeared in movies like Sin City and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Married since 2014, Bledel and Kartheiser welcomed their first child, a boy, in 2015. So similar that their acting careers have gone down very similar roads, they even look remarkably alike whenever they appear in public together.
4 Opposites: Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale
Most famous for her role in the Underworld series of films, Kate Beckinsale is, without a doubt, a major star who has also appeared in other movies like Click, Van Helsing, and several others. First able to make his mark on the world as a stand-up comedian, Pete Davidson has starred in Saturday Night Live for several years now and he is currently making forays into the acting world, too.
First revealed to be a couple of sorts in early 2019, Davidson and Beckinsale went on to date for roughly four months before word broke that they’d broken up. Considering Beckinsale carries herself with dignity and grace while Davidson seems to say everything that comes to his mind even if it is controversial, their relationship took everyone by surprise.
3 Opposites: Benicio del Toro and Kimberly Stewart
As the daughter of a Rock and roll legend, Kimberly Stewart grew up in the shadow of her father Rod but has made a name for herself as a socialite, television personality, model, and fashion designer. An actor who has truly earned his place in Hollywood, Benicio del Toro has a special presence on the big screen that has earned him an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and many other trophies.
Only revealed to have briefly been involved when it was learned that Stewart was pregnant with del Toro’s child, these two have worked together to bring up their daughter. Wildly different in terms of their image, Stewart is best known for her father’s accomplishments while del Toro is a highly respected actor.
2 Opposites: Drew Barrymore and Tom Green
First made famous as a child star, Drew Barrymore has gone on to attain even more success in the acting world as an adult and she seems destined to continue to find roles worthy of her for years to come. Known for his love of making people laugh by doing surprising things to everyone in his life, most of all his parents, once Tom Green became a star he continued to keep people guessing.
Married briefly in the early 2000s, Barrymore and Green tied the knot in July of the year 2000 and they went their separate ways in December 2001. A pairing made up of a lovable movie star and a guy who seemed to relish surprising the world above all else, perhaps the most surprising thing that Tom Green ever did was marry someone so different.
1 Very Similar: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Able to beat the odds in order to become both a huge star and acclaimed actor, Tom Hanks has starred in fantastic films like Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and too many others to list here. Highly accomplished in her own right, Rita Wilson has appeared in movies like Sleepless in Seattle, Jingle All the Way, Runaway Bride, and It's Complicated.
Married since the year 1988, Wilson and Hanks have always seemed very happy together and they have two children together on top of bringing up Tom’s two kids from a previous relationship. Both are considered to be among the nicest people in the acting world. These two seem so genuine that it would be very surprising to find out either of them are less than awesome.
Sources: Cosmopolitan, Sun Herald, Glamour, Pop Sugar, Daily Mail, Us