Oh, celebrities. When they’re not out there entertaining us, they actually lead full, rich lives.
No, no, it’s true. They work, they play, they travel, and yes, they even date. Sometimes, those dates even lead to long-lasting and beautiful marriage.
Ah, they really are just like us. And sometimes, they even marry people just like us.
While most celebrities end up dating and making a family with other equally famous and interesting people, there are a whole slew of interesting A-graders who met, fell in love with, and married non-famous folk. We know it sounds like something out of a fairy tale or Hallmark movie, but these thing do happen.
Of course, more often than not, these “normal” people also happen to be incredibly attractive.
There’s a cross-selection of normal people who married the top tier of humanity who happen to be, in the words of another A-grade famous person: “Really really really ridiculously good looking.” Who knows, play your cards right, be charming and the next person on this list could be you.
In the spirit of that, we present to you 20 Stars Whose Non-Famous Spouses Are More Stunning Than Any Celeb.
20. Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian
Think you’re only going to a music festival to dance? Think again: you’re there to find love.
At least, that’s what happened to Aaron Paul when he met his wife, Kind Campaign co-founder Lauren Parsekian, at Coachella. That same night, he told her he was going to marry her. Of course, the adventure just continued on from there.
“Our first date after Coachella was a trip to Vegas… We also jumped into a cab and said, ‘Take us to the nearest chapel. We’re getting married.’ The Little White Chapel ended up being closed. We probably would have gone through with it,” Paul told Elle. “It would have been a pretty funny story. But I’m happy we got married when we did — a year later.”
19. Zoë Saldana and Marco Perego
You want to be married to Zoë Saldana? Well, then you better be ready to “ride or die.”
The actress has never revealed how she met the Italian artist Marco Perego, but they married only three months after dating. As she told Marie Claire, she doesn’t play around: “I don’t just window shop,’ she says. ‘I don’t have the time or the energy or the attention span for that. I need a pair of jeans, I go and – boom – get them. I met my husband I wasn’t going to try it out and see if it works. No I felt it. I went with the feeling.’
18. Bruce Willis and Emma Heming
It’s never cool to be awkwardly hit on by another person, and if you can save someone that embarrassment, well, that’s all the better.
Reese Witherspoon met Hollywood agent Jim Toth at a party after being cornered into an awkward situation. She told The Daily Mail that she was saved by her white knight:
“This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me. Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ And I remember thinking, his friend is such an a**, what a jerk. And that Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation.”
They pair started dating and were married in 2012.
You wouldn’t know that Toth reps stars instead of acting next to them in front of the camera, he’s always dressed to the nines and impeccably groomed. We didn’t think there could be a prettier pair than Reese and Ryan Phillippe back when they were married, but Reese and Jim give them a good run for their money.
17. Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink
Even McDreamy needs help looking, well, dreamy.
Patrick Dempsey met his soon to be wife, hairstylist and makeup artist Jillian Fink, at a salon in 1994. Fink had looked at her appointment book and saw the star’s name, but assumed it has to be a joke by one of the salon’s other employees. It wasn’t.
Dempsey showed up for a haircut and the rest is well-documented history.
“I was shocked,” Fink said to People. “But at the same time, I was happy because he was so cute.”
They wouldn’t become a couple for another three years, which were filled with haircuts and flirting. After that, when both were single, they went on their first official date, where Dempsey cooked pasta at his home. Three months later, she moved in and they were married in 1999.
16. Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe
Did you know that Neil Patrick Harris once said that Seth Meyers’ wife, and we quote: “Smells like heaven.” That is a true story. So who is this lovely fragrant beauty?
Well, apparently, the late night show host met this lawyer at the wedding of Chris Kattan, whom she knew through her sister, a set designer for Saturday Night Live.
The pair have been married since September, 2013 and it’s apparently been pretty wonderful since then. Their life advice for keeping a marriage strong? Make the time!
“We just have to find time for one another. But you know, my wife works at the Brooklyn D.A.’s office. She’s dealing in a far darker world than I am. And she manages to come home and still be bright-eyed and positive,” he said. “So I have to do the same.”
15. Gal Gadot and Yaron Varsano
It seems everyone in the world went from scratching their head at the unknown Israeli actress playing Wonder Woman to knowing overnight exactly how to pronounce Gal Gadot. So, let’s talk instead about her mysterious husband.
Yaron Carsao is an Israeli hotel owner and their meet-and-greet story is even stranger than you’d expect:
“We met nearly 10 years ago through mutual friends at this very strange party in the Israeli desert. It was all about yoga, chakras, and eating healthy — we didn’t exactly find ourselves there, but we found each other,” she told Glamour. “I think I [knew he was the one], but I was too young to get it. He did. He’s 10 years older than me. He told me on our second date he was serious and wasn’t going to wait more than two years to ask me to marry him. Fast-forward two years; he proposed. We were married in 2008.”
14. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Does love at first sight exist? Alec Baldwin certainly thinks it does.
As she told The New York Times, Hilaria Thomas, a yoga instructor, was at Pure Food and Wine, a restaurant in New York, with friends when Alec Baldwin walked up to her. “I was standing near the door with my friends when he walked up and took my hand and said, ‘I must know you,’ ” she said. “You must know me?’… And then he gave me his card.”
Our favorite part of the story is that Thomas “says she has never owned a television.” We’re hoping she’s gotten one now so she can at least see Baldwin’s unforgettable Trump impression.
13. Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
You’d think that Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo would have met music producer and her future husband Chris Ivery somewhere cool: drinks in an LA bar, a late-night screening at some underground cinema, or a secret rendezvous filled with up-and-coming bands.
Nope – they met in a grocery store in 2003.
Six months later, the two were dating. Strangely enough, they learned that they grew up about ten miles apart from one another, and Ivery had already met Pompeo’s father.
“We have a lot in common,” Pompeo told People. “We’re from the same hometown, almost.” It’s a small world after all!
12. Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers
When Armie Hammer met Elizabeth Chambers, she was actually seeing someone, and it took him a long time to convince her to change her mind and date him instead.
“Our friendship continued to grow and grow until one day when I was like, ‘I can’t be friends with you anymore. You’ve got to break up with your boyfriend, and we’ve got to start dating,'” he said to Vulture.
But apaprently not even dating was enough for Hammer.
“When we finally got together, Armie really wanted to get married,” she told Town and Country Magazine. “He sat me down and said, ‘Look, we don’t have to do this. We could just go our own ways, and then one day you’ll be 40 and divorced and we’ll run into each other, and we’ll laugh and go out to dinner and have this same connection, and we’ll wonder why we wasted all of that time. Or we could just do it now and enjoy the ride.'”
11. Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca
Think about the best day you’ve ever had. No, really, think about it. Now, know that Jessica Chastain has had a better day than you – the one where she met her future husband:
“We met in Paris,” Chastain said on Live with Kelly and Michael. “It’s incredible because the day Gian Luca and I met was the day I got nominated for an Oscar—I know, it’s probably the best day I ever had.”
Yeah, that’s hard to beat. Harder still to beat is the fact that her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, belongs to one of the noblest families in Italy and is an Italian Count. There’s been no ceremony to make her Countess Chastain yet, but stranger things have happened.
10. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are arguably the most adorable couple alive today, especially when it comes to family photos. So of course they have an equally adorable meet-cute story:
“I ran into my friend Kate one day and she was with this brooding, James Dean–type guy in a leather jacket who gave me the head nod and then turned away. I assumed he was Kate’s boyfriend and said, ‘Nicely done.’ And she said, “David? He’s not playing on my team, but he has a boyfriend,’” he told Out Magazine.
All that changed and the two started dating and were married in 2014. Of course, it wasn’t always that way: “I remember being in my mid-twenties, lying in bed thinking, I’ve never taken a shower with anyone before; I’ve never had any kind of long-term relationship. I remember thinking that the rest of my life would be solo,” he said.
9. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
If you asked 2006 Matthew McConaughey if he was going to get married, you might have gotten exactly the answer you think you would have gotten:
“I was very happily single and healthily single,” he told People. “I was not looking. I was sleeping well, I was spiritually sound, I was good hanging with me.”
However, then he was out with Lance Armstrong at a club, and he saw Camila Alves.
“My eye went up and I remember what came out of my mouth. I didn’t say ‘Who is that?’ I went, ‘What is that?’ As l was trying to get that’s attention across the room, I went in my head, ‘This is not the kind of woman you call over across the room, McConaughey. Get your a– out of your chair and go get her.’ Which I did.”
8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
Sometimes your meet-cute story is too embarrassing to actually tell people.
Case in point: if you asked Jesse Tyler Ferguson where he met husband, Justin Mikita, he might tell you one thing. But it would be a lie.
”I met my husband at the gym, but we always tell people it was through some mutual friends,” he told Us Weekly.
The two got married in New York City in 2013. Mikita is a lawyer who worked worked for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He’s also a tie entrepreneur, having started Tie the Knot with Ferguson. Their mission is to “to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and beyond, and to look damn good while doing it.” Now that’s a cause worth celebrating!
7. Zach Galifianakis & Quinn Lundberg
Zach Galifianakis bring joy to the world as one of the funniest people on the planet, hands down. Yet, he just can’t hold a candle to his wife when it comes to being a good person.
Quinn Lundberg is a social worker and philanthropist. She helped found the fantastic charity Growing Voices, which helps local leaders make sustainable changes in their community.
Of course, Zach Galifianakis has made some videos for her charity and they’re as charming as you think they would be.
The two married in a very small and private ceremony in Vancouver in 2012 at a University of British Columbia Farm. There’s very little info out there about how the two met but in all their pictures together, they seem happy and in love. They are now raising two adorable kids together. Sometimes, that’s really all you need.
6. Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Do you ever watch two characters on the screen and think, “Woah, there’s an insane amount of chemistry there.” Yeah, sometimes, they feel that too.
Natalie Portman not only won an Academy Award for being in Black Swan, she also met her soon to be husband and father of her children, Benjamin Millepied, on set. In fact, you’ve seen them dance together in the film, which he also choreographed.
“It was really special and making it was really wonderful and so fun. It was really incredible,” she said about meeting him, during Vulture Festival LA.
Portman and Millepied got married in 2012 after welcoming their son, Aleph in June 2011. They also have another daughter now, Amalia.
5. Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic
Christian Bale was another Hollywood bachelor with plans to never settle down.
“I never planned to marry. Everyone was divorced in my family so I didn’t have very healthy ideas about marriage,” he told the The Sydney Morning Herald.
His whole life turned upside down though when he met Sibi Blazic, who, at the time, was working as Winona Ryder’s assistant. They eloped in Las Vegas in 2000 and had their first daughter five years later. Since then, she’s actually taken on some new roles in life, including being a stunt driver in The Dark Knight Rises.
“My wife was a stunt driver — she was chasing me through the city in Batman. She was driving one of the cop cars. She can do 180s and stunts and all that,” he said in The Wall Street Journal. “She terrifies me. My wife terrifies me.”
4. Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal
If you were ever wondering how Julianna Margulies played such a good lawyer on The Good Wife, well, she may have gotten some help at home. She has been married to attorney Keith Lieberthal since 2007.
“I met my husband at a dinner party that I wasn’t going to go to through an agent I didn’t sign with… I remembered [the agent’s] birthday six months later and just texted him, ‘Happy birthday,’ and he said, ‘I’m actually here in the city, come have dinner with us.’ I was like, ‘I’ll come for a drink.’ I just started a Broadway show so I didn’t want to stay out late. Famous last words. I went, and there was Keith,” she said to Entertainment Weekly.
Lieberthal isn’t just a good-looking man – he’s also a great lawyer, having gone to Harvard Law. No doubt, Margulies is a powerhouse of an actress all on her own, but if she got to learn from the best, well, it only makes her that much better.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley
It’s all so adorable. He’s adorable. She’s adorable. It’s almost too much.
Now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley have been very private about how they met – and the fact that they have multiple kids. Did you know that? All they’ve ever said to ABC is that they met through “mutual friends.”
McCauley is co-founder and CEO of Fellow Robots, a robotics company based at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, California, which is pretty much the most coolest job in the entire world. Also, she speaks English, Spanish, and Arabic, because, again, of course she does.
2. Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich
If you’ve ever seen Bart Freundlich stare at his incredibly talented wife at any of the award shows they tend to go to together, you’re probably swooning in your seat. Those are the looks of love.
They have actually been together since Freundlich cast her in his movie, The Myth of Fingerprints. Although they have been married since 2003, he still remembers seeing her on set, out facing the elements.
“I came up to her and stood with my back to the wind. I didn’t want her to be cold, and I also didn’t want to put my arm around her, or smother her, because I didn’t know her that well…Even though I couldn’t have articulated it then, I understood that I could keep her warm up to a point. But then the rest was going to be for her to do.” he told The New Yorker. “We connected in that moment on an unspoken level, where she knew I saw that flame in her, and understood it, and was willing not to suffocate it but to protect it.”
1. Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso
You ever walk into a bar, make eyes with the bartender, and try to up your flirting game? Turns out, it’s not just you doing it, famous people are living these movie-moments in real life as well. While shooting Stuck on You in Miami, Matt Damon met Luciana Barroso while she was working as a bartender. It was love at first sight (or drink) and they’ve been married since 2005. They even have three adorable kids together: Isabella, Gia, and Stella.
‘We ended up at a bar where my wife was the bartender. I literally saw her across a crowded room,” Matt said to The Daily Mail. “I don’t know how else our paths would have crossed if that didn’t happen. The moral is that when you’re tired, suck it up and go to the bar because you might meet your wife.”
Next time you’re at a bar – or working a shift at a bar – keep your eyes open, you never know who you’re going to meet.
Would you rather be married to these stars or their beautiful spouses? Sound off in the comments!
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