Love can blossom anywhere. For most actors and celebrities, love usually springs forth with a fellow star but these 15 celebs bucked Hollywood trends and married ordinary people.
Proving that Cupid can strike anywhere, Matt Damon was on location in Miami in 2003 to film the movie Stuck On You. While visiting a local bar one night, Damon would meet the love of his life, Luciana Barroso, behind the counter. Damon made his move on the single mother of one. Two years later they were married. Now the couple has four daughters. In an interview with UK’s “The Guardian,” Damon gushed about “My wife is my soul mate. I can’t imagine being without her.”
There’s nothing like a woman who knows what she wants. On a trip to the flower shop to pick up a bouquet, “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross also picked up a man. Cross gave her number to stockbroker Tom Mahoney. The red-headed actress and her man dated for a couple years before tying the knot. Cross credits her husband to her radiant glow: “I think that beauty comes from being happy and connected to the people we love, and his love makes me feel beautiful.”
It takes a special kind of woman to keep the perfectly coiffed hair on Patrick Dempsey’s head coiffed perfectly. When the “Grey’s Anatomy” star walked into the beauty salon for a hair appointment, there was an immediate attraction with hairdresser Jill Fink. They waited for three years until they were both officially single to start and they have been going out together ever since. Dempsey and his wife have been happily married for years. They have three children together, and, yes, she still cuts his hair.
Cynthia Nixon sure loves an intellectual spouse. While still married to husband and professor Danny Mozes, the “Sex and the City” actress met Christine Marinoni at an education rally back in 2002. After her divorce, Nixon reconnected with Marinoni, an education activist, a few years later. Both remain active in politcs and activism. The happy couple welcomed their first child together in 2011. Nixon has two other children with Mozes.
Actor Jeff Bridges met his soon-to-be wife while on the set of Rancho Deluxe. Bridges took all day to muster up the courage to approach waitress Susan Getson and although she said no, Bridges would not be deterred. The award-winning actor knew that was the one for him after just one week of shooting and he was right; Bridges and Getson have been married since and have children together.
Love can bloom anywhere, even at work. Even with the boss’ daughter. Actor Tobey Maguire was on the set of the 2003 movie Seabiscuit when he met Universal Studio head Ronald Meyer’s daughter. Throwing all caution, and potentially his career, to the wind, Maguire asked Jennifer out. Maguire and Jennifer, a jewelry designer, dated for four years before tying the knot. They now have two children together.
Actress Reese Witherspoon was a serial celebrity dater until she met Jim Toth. After her divorce from fellow actor Ryan Phillipe, Witherspoon was romantically linked to Jake Gyllenhaal, Stephen Dorff and Chris O’Donnell before finding husband number two. The Sweet Home Alabama actress met the talent agent when an inebriated friend of Toth’s acted inappropriate with Witherspoon. Despite swearing off marriage, Witherspoon found herself walking down the aisle again because “Jim said, ‘I’m gonna show you every day what a good partner is, what a good person is. I’m going to take care of you. I’m gonna do this so much that you’re gonna get used to it.’” Witherspoon and Toth were recently arrested together in Atlanta.
Normally the men in front of the camera snag the superstar celebrities but that wasn’t the case with Julia Roberts. The award-winning actress fell for cameraman Danny Moder in 2001 while filming the movie The Mexican with Brad Pitt. Although Roberts and Moder were both in relationships with other people, true love could not be denied. They married a year later and now have three children together. Roberts attributes her youthful glow to her marriage: “It’s just happiness and the love of a good man,” Roberts said. “I think that keeps you. I’ve got my Prince Charming, I’m good.”
Funnyman Vince Vaughn dated his co-star Jennifer Aniston during the filming of the 2006 movie The Break-Up. After the film wrapped, so did their relationship. Vaughn finally found his match in real estate agent Kyla Weber. The happy couple wed at the top of 2010. By the end of the year, Vaughn and his wife welcomed their first child together. During a recent taping of the “Ellen” show, Vaughn announced he is going to be a dad once again.
While hosting “Late Night,” funnyman Conan O’Brien met his future wife Elizabeth Ann Powel on the set of his show in 2000. Powel worked as an adverstising agency copywriter at Foote, Cone & Belding and agreed to be in a sketch for O’Brien’s show. The couple married two years later and have two children together. After his now infamous departure as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” O’Brien found a home on TBS with “Conan.”
A trip to the grocery store proved to be very fruitful for Ellen Pompeo. The “Grey’s Anatomy” actress crossed paths with music producer Chris Ivery while shopping for food. Pompeo and Ivery tied the knot in November; New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was the legal witness to the ceremony. Pompeo gave birth to her first child, daughter Stella Luna, in 2009.
After his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley ended, Nicolas Cage was a man on the prowl. In February of 2005, the then 40-year-old Cage met and fell in love with a waitress half his age. The National Treasure actor married Kim Alice in August of the same year. Even though she had zero acting experience, Cage was able to land a minor role for his wife in the 2007 movie Next. They have one son together, named Kal-El after Superman.
Actor Ethan Hawke made headlines in 2003 when details of his extramarital affair with the nanny emerged. The Assault on Precinct 13 actor divorced his wife of five years actress Uma Thurman and continued his relationship with Shawhughes. Several years later, Hawke made an honest woman out of Shawhughes. Hawke and the former nanny have two children together. Hawke also has two other children with Thurman.
While his third wife Camille had dreams of becoming a reality television star, Kelsey Grammer had his eyes set on a flight attendant. The then 55-year-old “Frasier” star began an extramarital affair with Kayte Walsh, a woman 25 years his junior. After the nasty and public divorce with Camille was finalized in 2011, the “Frasier” actor tied the knot with wife number four two weeks later. Kelsey and Walsh welcomed daughter Faith Evangeline Elisa in July 2012. Grammer has two children with Camille and two other children with his first wife.
Usher famously dated TLC singer Chilli for two years but it was his relationship with stylist Tameka Foster that turned heads. The R&B singer and the divorced mother of two planned to get married in a lavish ceremony in July 0f 2007 but it was canceled at the last minute. They couple ended up tying the knot in a private ceremony a month later. Foster gave birth to two sons during their union but the “Burn” singer called it quits and filed for divorce in 2009.