American society has an obsession with celebrities. Our fascination with them is part of what helps to keep tabloid magazines in business — we love seeing how our favorite movie stars or musicians live. Since most of us will never know what it’s like to walk a red carpet or have thousands of adoring fans screaming our name, getting a glimpse into the life of a celebrity is like peeking behind a closed door.
When you combine our fascination with celebrities with the rise of social media, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything we don’t know about celebrities anymore. After all, depending on how many social media accounts they’re active on, you could follow their whole day. Surely they can’t keep something like a marriage under wraps, right?
However, there are some actors and actresses who’ve managed to do just that. While there will always be the dedicated fans or pop culture enthusiasts who know everything about everyone, most of the general public doesn’t know about the couples below. These couples keep their relationships out of the magazines. Here are 15 actors and actresses you had no idea had famous spouses.
15. Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Chris Hemsworth is well on his way to becoming a household name, even if he is constantly mixed up with three other actors named Chris. (And another famous Hemsworth brother…or two.) Most people know him as the Norse god Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a role that he plays perfectly. His wife is also an actress in an extremely famous franchise, as he’s married to Elsa Pataky, who plays Elena Neves in the Fast and Furious film series.
Pataky and Hemsworth have been married since 2010, which also happens to be the year that they met. (Hey, when you know, you know.) They met early in the year after being introduced by their representatives — so not only did their agents land them great movie roles, they also found them great life partners. Pataky and Hemsworth got married over the Christmas holidays, and now the pair has three children together. We wouldn’t be surprised if they also work out together to prepare for their respective roles, because both of them are seriously ripped.
14. Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan
Depending on your taste in TV, you could know Alyson Hannigan from a few different popular series. She wrapped up her role as Lily Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother three years ago, and she memorably played Michelle Flaherty in American Pie. Of course, we can’t forget her breakout role as Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Playing Willow wasn’t just great for her career, however, as it ended up being fantastic for her love life as well. Hannigan married her recurring co-star Alexis Denisof in 2003.
Denisof is mostly known for playing Wesley on Buffy and its spinoff Angel, but he’s worked plenty outside of the Buffy world, too. He’s had recurring roles on Grimm (Viktor Beckendorf) and Finding Carter (David Wilson), and he even popped up with Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother for ten episodes. Denisof and Hannigan have two daughters together and are going on fourteen years of marriage, so it’s safe to say they’re a Hollywood success story. Who would have thought that the Watcher and a witch would end up together?
13. Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes
An FBI profiler who hunts down serial killers and a CIA agent on assignment in Iraq are a match made in heaven. Or at least, the actors who play them are. Hugh Dancy, who is best known for playing Will Graham on Hannibal, and Claire Danes, who plays Carrie Mathison on Homeland, have been married since 2009. They met on the set of the drama film Evening, in which both of them starred. (Don’t think this is a Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum situation, though, where you can watch the couple fall in love on screen — Dancy’s character was gay.)
Their off-screen romance is still incredibly sweet. They apparently bonded over Boggle and Scrabble and have been inseparable ever since. They got married in a private, subdued (of course) ceremony in France. Even though both of them are big TV stars and live in New York City’s West Village, they manage to keep their relationship hidden from the public eye. Maybe the collective years of playing government agents helps?
12. Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley
Michelle Pfeiffer is recognizable to moviegoers across several generations, thanks to her long and varied film career. She got her break in Scarface back in 1983, and since then, she’s appeared in movies like The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Batman Returns (1992), and Hairspray (2007). Her husband is just as accomplished, but a little less recognizable. David E. Kelley works behind the scenes as a television writer and producer — he’s one of the minds behind shows like L.A. Law and Ally McBeal.
Unlike Dancy and Danes above, Pfeiffer and Kelley didn’t meet while working together. They went on a blind date set up by Pfeiffer’s best friend. (That’s the kind of friend you want to have — someone who knows you so well that they introduce you to your eventual life partner.) Even though it’s easy to find information on either of them individually, they live privately enough that it’s tough to find stories about their relationship. Maybe that’s how they’ve stayed married since 1993.
11. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton
Given that Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the sadistic Negan on The Walking Dead, it might be difficult for TWD fans to picture the actor in any kind of loving relationship. It’s probably even more difficult to picture him with a cheerleader. So it might surprise you to learn that Morgan has been in a long-term relationship with Hilarie Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill, since 2009.
The two also met on a blind date, arranged by none other than Supernatural star Jensen Ackles. Their relationship was so secret that the couple didn’t even go public until after they welcomed a son in 2010. There’s even speculation about whether or not they’re married; they started referring to each other as husband and wife back in 2014, but good luck finding any details whatsoever about their nuptials. If you want a glimpse of the elusive couple off of the red carpet, though, you can always go to the candy store they own together in Rhineback, New York.
10. Julius Tennon and Viola Davis
Viola Davis has been working as an actress since the 1990s, but her career has taken off to new heights in the last few years. She plays the lead role of Annelise Keating on the Shondaland show How to Get Away With Murder, and she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Rose Maxon in 2016’s Fences adaptation. (She couldn’t save Suicide Squad, though, despite an admirable effort.) Even though Davis has been on televisions across the country, her marriage to Julius Tennon hasn’t been.
Tennon is an actor and producer — you may have seen him in Batman v Superman or Dazed and Confused. He met Viola Davis in the early 2000s, ironically just three weeks after Davis prayed for a husband. You can see the two of them in a scene together on the short-lived medical drama City of Angels, playing an anesthesiologist and a nurse. Tennon had two children from a previous relationship, but he and Davis also have an adopted daughter together. The two of them have been married since 2003.
9. Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet
Marion Cotillard is an international star, but American audiences probably know her best from La Vie En Rose, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. The French actress has an acting resume a mile long — she’s appeared in television, film, theater productions, and even music videos. Even though she’s achieved fame in the U.S., her partner is much bigger in their home country across the Atlantic.
Cotillard has been in a long-term relationship with Guillaume Canet since 2007. That wasn’t when they met, however — the two had been friends since 1997, and even co-starred together in Love Me If You Dare in 2003. Canet is an actor, but he’s also added director to his resume. (He’s directed his wife onscreen three times.) Their relationship was really only brought into the spotlight in American media after rumors started swirling that Brad Pitt and Cotillard had had an affair, which she vehemently denied via Instagram. Cotillard and Canet have two children together, and their youngest was just born in March 2017.
8. Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks
If you’re a fan of Mad Men — or if you follow Esquire’s list of the sexiest women in the world — then you’ll recognize Christina Hendricks, who played Joan Holloway on all seven seasons of Mad Men. One of her co-stars, Vincent Kartheiser, actually introduced her to husband Geoffrey Arend. While Arend isn’t quite as recognizable as Hendricks, you might recognize his voice from Daria, where he provided the vocals for the flirt Charles “Upchuck” Ruttheimer. Currently, he’s playing speechwriter Matt Mahoney on Madam Secretary.
Since Hendricks became such a sex symbol after her work on Mad Men, a lot of people expect her to have a husband who has a similar label. But don’t discount Hendricks and Arend’s relationship — they hit it off almost immediately. Hendricks says she got his number right after meeting him, they went on a date soon after, and it didn’t take long for her to say she wanted to start a family with him. They seem to have decided against that since then, though, since the couple has now said they don’t plan on having children.
7. Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders
There are a variety of places where you could have seen both Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders for the first time. Killam is widely known for his work on Saturday Night Live, but if you watched Nickelodeon or Disney Channel in the early 2000s, you might also recognize him from The Amanda Show or the DCOM Stuck In The Suburbs. He also just finished up a Broadway run as King George III in Hamilton. Smulders got her big break as Robin on How I Met Your Mother, but Marvel fans will know her as Maria Hill in films like The Avengers. She also plays the mother on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Even though both Killam and Smulders are highly recognizable, they’re rarely mentioned in the same breath. Impressive, considering they were together for eight years before tying the knot in 2012. Smulders moved to New York after finishing up HIMYM, where the family lives with their two children. Their oldest daughter, Shaelyn, was born before they tied the knot. So far, they’ve kept the name of their youngest under wraps.
6. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
Daniel Craig is one of the most recognizable actors alive, thanks to his (ongoing?) performance as James Bond. He’s one of the longest-running 007 actors ever, second only to the late Roger Moore. Although the actor is certainly different than the character, Craig is enigmatic in real life as well. That’s part of the reason why the general public doesn’t realize he’s married to Rachel Weisz, who you might know from The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.
Many of the celebrity couples on this list had minuscule weddings — kind of necessary, given their penchant for keeping their personal lives as private as possible — but Weisz and Craig’s ceremony might just take the proverbial cake. When they got hitched in 2011, only four guests were present to witness the nuptials, and two of them were their children from previous relationships. Their relationship has flown under the radar since then. Weisz has said this is to protect their marriage from scrutiny. Given the longevity of most of the couples on this list, it looks like she’s onto something.
5. Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa
Yep, you read that right — Denise Huxtable and Aquaman have been married since 2007. Even though Bonet’s marriage to Lenny Kravitz ended in 1993, she’s still commonly associated with him. Given that her daughter Zoe Kravitz has made a name for herself as well, this does make a bit of sense.
Bonet and Momoa met in 2005 through mutual friends and quickly hit it off despite the 12 year age difference between them. (Bonet is 49, while Momoa is 37.) Momoa actually had a crush on Bonet from afar when she played Denise on The Cosby Show. They married in 2007 and have two children together, and Momoa is Zoe Kravitz’s stepfather. The blended family apparently gets along quite well — there’s no bad blood between Lenny Kravitz and Bonet, and the “Fly Away” singer has a good relationship with Momoa as well.
4. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
Since Harrison Ford brought to life two rogue-ish, womanizing characters — Han Solo and Indiana Jones — it might be difficult for audiences to see him as a person instead of a big screen hero. Similar to both of his famous characters, who couldn’t make one marriage stick, Ford has been married three times. The third time appears to have been the charm, however, as he’s been married to Calista Flockhart since 2010, who is best known for portraying Ally McBeal on the eponymous TV show for all five seasons.
Flockhart and Ford met at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards and have been in a relationship ever since, even though Ford’s divorce with second wife Melissa Mathison wasn’t finalized until 2004. They were married in New Mexico in 2010, and the governor himself presided over their ceremony. (When you’re two super successful actors, you can apparently ask the governor to officiate your wedding.) The two apparently love to fly together, especially if Ford is the pilot. They take their adopted son Liam along with them, too.
3. Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest
You might know Jamie Lee Curtis from being the original scream queen from Halloween, playing Wanda in A Fish Called Wanda, or switching bodies with Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday. But did you know that in real life, she is also the Lady Haden-Guest? This is thanks to her her 1984 marriage to Christopher Guest, who became the 5th Baron Haden-Guest when his father died in 1996. Guest is her first and only husband — a rare achievement for normal people, let alone Hollywood stars.
Aside from being a member of the British nobility, Guest is an actor, director and a writer known for his whip-smart sense of humor. He wrote and starred in the 1984 comedy This Is Spinal Tap and played Count Rugen in The Princess Bride. Curtis actually saw two pictures of Guest in a magazine — one of him as Nigel in This Is Spinal Tap and one of himself — and said to her friend that she was going to marry him. She’s clearly a woman of her word.
2. Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg
Jennifer Grey is most famous for two of her late ’80s film roles — as Jeanie in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Baby in Dirty Dancing. Even though her husband Clark Gregg appears in several Marvel movies as Agent Coulson, he doesn’t quite have the power to pull off one of Grey’s best-known scenes. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star jokes that it was in their wedding vows for him to never attempt the famous Dirty Dancing lift. We all know our limits.
He might not have been her on-screen partner in Dirty Dancing, but the two have appeared on screen together; they play the two leads in the 2006 Lifetime movie The Road to Christmas. It’s probably a lot easier to create chemistry for the cameras when you’ve been in a relationship since 2000! They met through mutual friends, but Grey apparently swears by the book Getting To I Do as an eye-opener for long-term relationships.
1. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn
David Cross and Amber Tamblyn are an unlikely couple for a number of reasons. One that tends to surprise most people is their age difference — Cross, who is best known for playing Tobias on Arrested Development, is roughly 20 years older than Tamblyn, of 127 Hours and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame.
Cross and Tamblyn have been married since 2012, after meeting on a connecting flight from Houston to Louisiana. (To hear Cross tell it, Tamblyn was “aggressively staring” at him, but she’d probably tell a different story.) Humor may have been one of the things that brought them together. On the day that they met, they spent most of the time making fun of the SkyMall catalogue. And when they announced the birth of their daughter earlier this year, Tamblyn claimed her name was “Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr.” Seems legit.
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