Mixing A Little Bi’ness With A Lot Of Pleasure: Celeb Couples Who Met On Set
A budding relationship can start to grow anywhere but more often than not a relationship will bloom at work. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie weren’t the only celebrities to fall in love at work and they won’t be the last. Here are 15 stars who hooked up with their co-workers when the camera lights went off.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston starred in the box office bomb The Experts back in 1987 but unfortunately Preston was married at the time. Her marriage ended a year later but it wasn’t until her relationship with actor Charlie Sheen ended that Travolta finally had the chance to snag his leading lady. The couple wed in 1991. Their marriage experienced hardship when their 16-year-old son Jett passed away in 2009. Travolta and Preston have two other children together.
Sometimes art imitates life. In singer Monica’s case, it is the other way around. “The Boy Is Mine” singer met her current husband NBA player Shannon Brown on the set of her music video “Love All Over Me” after the Phoenix Suns star was cast as her husband. “We met on the video and I always say we had one long date that’s gone on,” said Monica. “We dated about six and half months before we married.” Although there’s speculation that Monica is currently pregnant with their first child together, she has two children with Atlanta rapper Rocko. Brown has one child from a previous relationship.
Model turned actor Boris Kodjoe had plenty of women swooning over him but it was his “Soul Food: The Series” co-star Nicole Ari Parker that landed the hot bachelor. The couple played lovers on the popular Showtime show and their on-screen romance turned into love away from the cameras. In 2005, the couple wed in a lavish ceremony in Germany. They have two children together. Kodjoe currently stars in the reality TV parody “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
Before she became a daytime television darling, Kelly Ripa was a soap opera star on ABC’s “All My Children.” Sparks flew the moment Ripa locked eyes with Mark Consuelos who was hired to play her love interest. The couple secretly dated for over a year then snuck off the Vegas to elope in 1996. They have three children together. After a 12-year stint at “All My Children,” Ripa went on to replace Kathy Lee Giffords on ABC’s “Live!”
Funny man David Arquette met his future wife Courtney Cox on the set of 1996’s Scream. After dating for a few years, the couple wed in June of 1999. Five years later, they welcomed their only child, daughter Coco. Although Arquette and Cox were married longer than most Hollywood couples, their love couldn’t stand the test of time. The couple split in 2010 and after a trial separation, Arquette filed for divorce in 2012. They vow to remain friends for the sake of Coco.
Hollywood’s power couple Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith met back in 1995 on the set of Smith’s show “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” after Pinkett-Smith auditioned to play the role of Smith’s girlfriend. Pinkett-Smith didn’t get the part because she was considered too short but two years later she ended up with the biggest role of her life – Mrs. Will Smith. The couple shared their first date in Mexico and the rest is history. “After we had known each other for many years, we went out for dinner one night with mutual friends,” Pinkett-Smith said of their budding romance. “And I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man. We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance.”
Katy may have kissed a girl and liked it but she fell head over heels for comedian Russell Brand. The two originally met while filming 2009’s Get Him To The Greek and started dating after reconnecting at the MTV Video Music Awards that same year. The pop singer and British star married in Hindu ceremony as part of a lavish, over the top wedding in India. Unfortunately, the couple split 14 months later citing irreconcilable differences. Most recently Perry has been linked with John Mayer but the two called it quits after dating on and off for a few months.
Ben Affleck developed a habit for dating his movie co-stars. In 2002, the actor turned director fell in love with Jennifer Lopez on the set of Gigli. Their relationship proved to be bigger than the movie, which was a flop. Their much-publicized relationship almost made it down the aisle but the couple, dubbed ‘Bennifer,’ broke up in 2004. Affleck would soon set his sights on another Jennifer on another movie set. Affleck met and fell in love with Jennifer Garner while filming Daredevil. The couple married in 2005 and has three children together.
Michael Hall plays a serial killer who seeks revenge but the Emmy awarding actor also met his wife on set. Falling in love with his character’s adoptive sister on the hit Showtime show “Dexter,” Hall and Jennifer Carpenter dated for a year. The couple eloped at the end of 2008 after dating for a year. Unfortunately, the show’s run lasted longer than their marriage. Carpenter filed for divorce two years later. Season 8 of “Dexter” will air beginning in June.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson met while filming Twilight back in 2008. Although they didn’t come out as a couple publicly, their relationship was no secret. Fans of the franchise were just as heartbroken as Pattinson when Stewart was caught having an affair with the much older director of Snow White and the Huntsmen Rupert Sanders during the summer of 2012. Ironically when their relationship was on the brink of ending, Stewart finally admitted she and Pattinson were involved in a public apology: “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” The couple has since patched things up.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. first met on the set of 1997’s scary movie I Know What You Did Last Summer but actually didn’t start dating each other until a few years later. After a two-year courtship, the happy couple tied the knot in with a wedding in Mexico in 2002. Gellar gave birth to their first child, daughter Charlotte Grace, in 2009 and son Rocky James three years later.
The set of HBO’s “True Blood” is filled with vampires and blood but it was also filled with love for the show’s two stars. Despite the age difference of 12 years, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin starting dating almost immediately after meeting. The couple kept their relationship a secret because they didn’t want to distract the rest of the cast or crew of the HBO hit show. They’ve since tied the knot. Paquin gave birth to twins in 2012. Moyer also has two other children from previous relationships.
LeAnn Rimes was already married for seven years to backup dancer Dean Sheremet when she began filming Lifetime’s Northern Lights movie. It was on this set that the country singer fell head over heels for co-star Eddie Cibrian, who was also married. After news of their affair broke, Rimes and Cibrian divorced their respective spouses and eventually married each other a couple years later. “I take responsibility for everything I’ve done,” Rimes said of the affair that led to the destruction of two marriages. “I hate that people got hurt…But I don’t regret the outcome.”
Country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill met in 1996 while on tour with each other. Although they were seeing other people at the time, sparks flew and there was no denying the love developing between the two. McGraw and Hill were caught up in a whirlwind courtship when they found out Hill was pregnant with their first child. Wanting to make an honest woman out of Hill, McGraw proposed before a gig. The two are now happily married with three daughters who frequently join their parents out on tour.
Before he became one of the most successful actors on the big screen, Tom Hanks starred in ABC’s “Bosom Buddies.” It was on the set of this television show where Hanks met his future wife Rita Wilson in 1981 but since Hanks was already married nothing happened. When they were reunited on the set of Volunteers four years later, Hanks was still married but an affair began anyway. Hanks ended up divorcing his first wife Samantha Lewes in 1987 and married Wilson the following year. They have two children together. Hanks has two other children with his first wife.