Since the Golden Age of Hollywood, in the 1930s and ’40s, celebrity pairings have aroused the curiosity of the masses. Gossip magazines exist for this very reason and are largely responsible for launching the “star system,” giving actors an enormous amount of fame.
Throughout the years, there have been hundreds of celebrity couples who basked in the limelight of their union, taking full advantage of the publicity. Sometimes the pairing seems too perfect, sparking rumors that the whole thing was a sham (Michael Jackson and both his wives, anyone?). However, when huge A-listers marry, their images become almost inseparable, hence the Bennifer and Brangelina portmanteaus.
Although there are plenty of celebrity power couples, there are a lot more marriages that don’t make international headlines when they marry. Whether they worked together on a project or met through friends, some of the most interesting, and oftentimes long-lasting, celebrity couples are the ones you don’t hear much about.
Here are 30 Actors You Didn’t Realize Were Married to Each Other.
15. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Han Solo married Ally McBeal? Lucky for Calista Flockhart, she didn’t end up lonely and sad like her onscreen counterpart. Despite the 22-year age gap, Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford tied the knot in 2010 after dating for eight years. The couple eloped in New Mexico where Ford was filming Cowboys and Aliens, and were married by the state’s Governor and Chief Justice at the time. Aside from the officiators, the only other person in attendance was Flockhart’s nine-year-old adopted son, Liam, whom Ford eventually adopted as well.
The two first met at the 2002 Golden Globes, where Ford was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and Flockhart lost out to Sarah Jessica Parker for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series. While it was (and still is) rumored that Flockhart spilled wine on Ford just to get a little face time, she set the record straight in a 2003 interview with Hello! Magazine. “We were having a conversation for maybe 20 minutes before the wine spilled, and the truth is, Harrison spilled the wine!” Sounds like a meeting straight out of a movie.
14. Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s breakout role in 2002’s Secretary got her into Hollywood’s inner circle without having to rely on her famous father, director Stephen Gyllenhaal. It also provided her with an introduction to her future husband and fellow actor, Peter Sarsgaard. The two met at a dinner party after Secretary’s release, and the rest, as they say, is history. “In terms of who you’re going to spend your life with, I found pretty much everything I desire in a person – she’s a phenomenal actress, so hot, so intelligent – which I don’t think happens to that many people,” Sarsgaard gushed to The Telegraph in 2011.
Married in 2009 and with two school-aged daughters, Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard have mostly kept their marriage under the radar. A few years after their first meeting, the couple worked on the doomed Steven Soderbergh film, In God’s Hands, which never saw the light of day due to damaged negatives. Although they haven’t appeared in anything together on screen since, they have performed in a few Off-Broadway productions, where they play characters having an affair with one another. That has to work wonders for their marriage.
13. Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara
Even actors have celebrity crushes. Such was the case with Justice League‘s Deathstroke, Joe Manganiello, and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara. Although the two had an initial introduction by Vergara’s co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Vergara was still engaged to producer/entrepreneur Nick Loeb at that time. However, after finding out that their engagement had been broken off, Manganiello immediately pursued Vergara by asking Ferguson for her phone number and flying to New Orleans where she was filming Hot Pursuit. After only six months of dating, Manganiello popped the question while the couple was vacationing in Hawaii, and the two lovebirds were married a few months later in early 2015.
Despite their adorable love story, trouble might be brewing in paradise. Vergara can’t seem to shake her ex, who shockingly penned an Op-Ed in The New York Times about the frozen embryos the two created before they split. Aside from his obsession with becoming a parent at all costs, Loeb has sued Vergara over custody of the embryos, which he intends to find a surrogate for despite her objections.
12. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have a history of performing together on the London stage, but it wasn’t until they co-starred in 2011’s Dream House that things got a little more than friendly. During the production of the film, sparks flew between the two actors, and their onscreen romance became an offscreen one within a matter of months. Having both recently split from their long-time partners (Weisz was married to Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and Craig was engaged to Black Christmas producer Satsuki Mitchell) their timing couldn’t have been better.
Shortly after filming concluded for Dream House, Craig and Weisz married in a private New York ceremony with only their children and a few friends present. Despite being one of the world’s biggest stars due to his nearly ten-year stint as James Bond, Craig has kept the marriage rather hush-hush. In his own words, “I have a responsibility to protect the people around me,” he told Esquire magazine. “And I can’t protect them if I just give them up.” What a gentleman.
11. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Before he was an Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks appeared in an ’80s teen sex comedy, Bachelor Party. Only a few years later, he married actress Rita Wilson, and the A-lister hasn’t been a bachelor himself since. The two met on the set of Bosom Buddies, a short-lived TV show starring Hanks about two guys who dress in drag to get affordable housing. They then went on to star in the convoluted comedy Volunteers with John Candy, and co-starred as brother and sister pairing Sam and Suzy in Sleepless in Seattle.
Hanks was actually married to his college sweetheart when he met Wilson, but their marriage was already on the rocks at the time. When asked about how they got together, Hanks told GQ, “Rita and I just looked at each other and — ka-boing — that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn’t be denied.” In fact, their love is so strong, they called out The National Enquirer and Star magazine for spreading false rumors that they were divorcing and were even issued a rare apology from the famous tabloid papers.
10. Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan
Joss Whedon fans might not realize that two Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars had an off-screen romance. No, not Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, but Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan. While most fans are familiar with Hannigan’s character, Willow, Denisof played the Watcher who replaced Giles on Buffy, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce.
Although Hannigan was smitten with Denisof right away, the latter was wary about dating someone he worked with. It took two years for them to start dating, and another four to get married according to a 2012 interview with Contact Music. Needless to say, Denisof finally surprised Hannigan while on vacation together in 2003.
“We were driving up to his mom’s house for Christmas. It was this wonderful road trip and we were up in Sonoma and Napa (Calif.). We bought all these beautiful foods and Alexis found this lake pretty close by, so we went to the lake. I’m swallowing the food, and then he just started saying these beautiful, wonderful things,” she recounted to People magazine. The couple married soon after and have been together ever since. They even renewed their wedding vows in 2013 on their ten-year anniversary. How romantic!
9. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman
One of the longest running couples on this list, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman met in New York City in 1971 while he was acting in a play that Perlman’s friend was also in, called The Shrinking Bride. “We all went out afterward and I asked my friend if he could join us because I was immediately drawn to him,” Perlman explained in an interview with WENN. Two dates in, the actors had moved in together, and they were married eleven years later in 1982.
Since then, the couple has acted alongside each other in a number of TV shows and films, including Taxi, Cheers, and Matilda. They also have three children, Lucy, Grace, and Jake, who have all stayed in the arts, although Lucy’s the only sibling who acts. Devito and Perlman nearly split up in 2012, but managed to work things out and not get a divorce. However, divorce rumors are circulating once again after they sold their Beverly Hills mansion in 2015.
8. Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
Aquaman actor Jason Momoa found his real-life Mera over seven years ago. Momoa married former The Cosby Show actress Lisa Bonet (Denise Huxtable) after the two were introduced by a mutual friend. On Katie Couric’s former talk show Katie, Momoa admitted he wanted her ever since he watched The Cosby Show in the late ’80s. “I was definitely…that was the first time when I was like, ‘I want that one. I want her. I’m going to get her.’ I didn’t tell her till after we had our two children. But I told her–‘I kinda stalked ya. I was going to find ya.’”
While Momoa is instantly recognizable for appearing in Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, and in the DC Cinematic Universe as Aquaman, Bonet has mostly flown under the radar since her The Cosby Show days, focusing instead on raising her daughter Zoë, from her previous marriage with Lenny Kravitz. Aside from Zoë, Bonet also has two children with Momoa, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf, whose names reflect Momoa’s Hawaiian heritage.
7. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz have a long professional history and friendship together. Both actors appeared in the Spanish art house film, Jamón, Jamón, when Cruz was only eighteen years old in 1992. Since then, they have also appeared in 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2013’s The Counselor, and the upcoming film about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar entitled Escobar, set to release next year.
However, it was during the filming of Vicky Cristina Barcelona that the two fell in love and started dating. Cruz played Bardem’s crazy ex-wife who then enters a polygamous relationship with him and Scarlett Johansson’s character, Cristina. Although they mostly managed to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, Bardem openly declared his love for Cruz at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. “I share this joy with my friend, my companion, my love: Penelope: I owe you a lot and I love you so much.” Bardem and Cruz married shortly after in a private ceremony in the Bahamas and now have two children together, Leo and Luna.
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Married for over twenty-eight years, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick first got together on the set of Lemon Sky, a PBS production of Lanford Wilson’s play of the same name. However, that wasn’t the first time they actually met. Bacon and Sedgwick, who have a seven year age difference, first met when he was nineteen and she was twelve, respectively. In a 2014 episode of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Bacon revealed that his wife saw him in a play in New York City. While eating in a nearby deli, Bacon explained that “a little girl was in there who had just seen the matinee, and her brother said, ‘You liked that actor, go tell him you liked him,’ and it was Kyra.”
Despite the awkwardness of that initial meeting, both actors eventually grew up and married each other. When asked what has sustained their marriage Sedgwick had this to say: “I’m going to embarrass my kids — sex is important. When he walks into a room, I’m still … I mean, my heart gets a little fluttery and I think, ‘Oh! He’s so cute. He’s so hot.‘” It’s certainly wonderful to see that their attraction to each other hasn’t wavered.
5. Adam Brody and Leighton Meester
When the Fox drama The OC ended in 2007, many fans flocked to its teen-targeted successor, Gossip Girl. Both shows were produced by a Warner Brothers subsidiary, College Hill Pictures, although they were filmed on opposite coasts. Little did fans know that two of the stars from their favorite shows would eventually get together.
Like a fan fiction come to life, in an art imitates life sort of way, The OC’s Adam Brody and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester started dating after they appeared together in the 2011 dark family comedy, The Oranges, with Hugh Laurie and Oliver Platt. They were also in 2014’s Life Partners, and the pair got married in February of that year. Since their marriage, the couple has had one child, Arlo Day Brody, whom the actor loves bonding with in the early morning hours. “We hike around our house. Watching the sunrise with a kid is pretty fun,” Brody told People magazine.
4. Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks
The marriage between Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks is the stuff of nerd fantasy. It’s hard to believe that the guy who voiced the skeezy nerd Upchuck on Daria could ever end up with Mad Men’s voluptuous office manager, Joan Holloway. Arend, however, actually knows how to woo a woman, and did so in a thoughtful way with Hendricks.
“When I first started dating my husband, I had this weird fascination with the circus and clowns and old carnival things and sideshow freaks and all that. About a month after we started dating, he bought me this amazing black-and-white photo book on the circus in the 1930s, and I started sobbing. Which freaked him out,” she told Esquire. “I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I mentioned this three or four weeks ago and talked about it briefly, but he was really listening to me.’” The two were introduced by Hendricks’ fellow Mad Men co-star, Vincent Kartheiser, and married in 2009.
3. Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes
Another couple who met on set, transferring their on-screen romance off screen, is Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy and Homeland’s Claire Danes. Although they’re both well known for their TV roles, their introduction came before all that, during the 2007 film Evening, featuring an all-star cast that also included Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. Their co-star, Mamie Gummer, admitted she watched them bond and fall in love while playing board games together. “I was there when it was happening and it’s something that I will never forget. I’m incredibly happy for them. They are perfect for each other,” she told People magazine.
Two years later, they sealed the deal and got married in France. “Marriage is wonderful. It’s challenging, and… it just keeps getting deeper. I keep learning more things about him and myself, and that’s not always comfortable,” Danes told UK fashion magazine, The Edit. “But I have this incredible security, and it’s a huge asset to have a partnership with someone you trust and admire – and want to make out with.” Amen to that, sister.
2. Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis Bledel
Although he played matchmaker to Geoffrey Mead and Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser found his own true love on the set of Mad Men. In a season five storyline, his character, Pete Campbell, has a mistress played by Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. Apparently, there were sparks right from the start, evidenced by the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, comments on their union. “I told Vinnie that they would be great together. I was like, ‘Don’t blow it!’” he told New York Magazine. “Honestly, they’re a really good match. They’re both very down to earth, with a sense of responsibility and strong family ties.”
Even Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) couldn’t deny the chemistry between his co-stars. “All of us knew that it was going to happen, so it’s a very lovely thing,” he told Us Weekly. Kartheiser and Bledel were married in Ojai, CA in 2014, after the final season of Mad Men aired. One year later, they had a baby boy (whose name is still unknown), much to the surprise of the entire world. Neither Bledel nor Kartheiser spilled the beans on their new addition; it was none other than Bledel’s Gilmore Girls co-star Scott Patterson who spilled the beans.
1. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman
Talk about the patience of a saint. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman first met in a New York acting class. However, the two industry veterans dated on and off for fifteen years before Macy convinced Huffman to marry him. “I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would’ve preferred to step in front of a bus,” she told Trib Total Media. “I thought I’d disappear. Men’s stock when they get married goes up. Women’s stock goes down. Another thing, 60 percent of first marriages fail, 80 percent of second marriages fail.”
Miraculously, Huffman got over her marriage anxiety and finally tied the knot with Macy in 1997, which means they’ll be celebrating their twentieth anniversary next year. To date, they’ve appeared in over ten films together, more than any married couple on this list. Best of all, they both received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right next to each other in 2012, which garnered some of the most hilarious photos of a star dedication ceremony pretty much ever.
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