Couples Who Dated On and Off Screen - Part I

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Last week, fans of the popular television series “Game of Thrones” celebrated the engagement of on and off screen couple Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). They aren't the only on-screen couple who were also a couple in real life. Check out our list of past and current relationships between Hollywood costars and Nollywood costars!

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
These two Hollywood stars met on the set of the 1990 movie “Days of Thunder”. They married that same year on Christmas Eve. The two adopted a girl named Isabella and a boy named Connor Anthony. However, in 2001, Cruise filed for divorce, not knowing that Kidman was pregnant with their first child. Unfortunately, Kidman had an ectopic pregnancy.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
This television couple met while filming “The Vampire Diaries”, playing a couple on the series. It wasn't before long that fans realized their intense chemistry went further than the show. It was reported in 2010 that the two were frequently seen on “dates”, despite never confirming a relationship. 

After countless paparazzi photos of them surfaced and they were photographed attending awards shows together, fans were sure that they were a couple in 2011. In 2012, rumors spread that she had rejected his marriage proposal, claiming she was too young for marriage, thus causing trouble in their relationship.

In 2013, the couple officially called it quits, even though they were still a couple on-screen. In 2015, Somerhalder married actress Nikki Reed, who happened to be a friend of Nina Dobrev, giving gossip magazines and websites something to talk about for months. Nowadays, Somerhalder and his wife remain friends with Dobrev, who is currently dating actor Glen Powell.

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder 

During the 1990s, actor Johnny Depp and actress Winona Ryder were considered to be one of the decade's most popular couples. The two met at the 1989 premiere of “Great Balls of Fire!” when Depp was 27 years old and Ryder was just 18. After five months of dating, the couple became engaged and Depp was seen with a tattoo that read “Winona Forever”. In 1990, they starred together in “Edward Scissorhands”.

However, three years later, in 1993, the couple informed fans and the media that their engagement was off and Depp had his tattoo altered. It wasn't long before Depp moved on to a relationship with supermodel Kate Moss and, well, the rest is history.


Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise 
The same year that Cruz filed for divorce from his second wife, Nicole Kidman, he met up-and-coming actress Penelope Cruz on the set of “Vanilla Sky” (2001). After three years together, they confirmed their breakup in 2004. Tabloids reported that the Church of Scientology was plotting to set up Cruz with a new girlfriend and that was the main reason for their breakup. Is the claim true? We may never know...

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

Unknowingly, Cruz met her future husband on the set of her first major movie “Jamon, Jamo´n”. While it would take several years for these two to spark the flame and begin dating, it was inevitable that they were made for each other from the moment they met.

In 2007, the two officially began dating and married three years later in the Bahamas. The couple has since starred in “Vicky Christina Barcelona” and “The Counselor” together. In 2011, they welcomed their first child, a son named Leo, and a daughter named Luna in 2013.


Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper
While filming “Mama Mia!” Seyfried met Dominic Cooper, her co-star, whom she dated for two years between 2008 and 2010. However, the couple split up and Seyfried began dating actor Justin Long from 2013 to 2015. 

Following her split from Long, Seyfried began dating her "The Last Word" co-star Thomas Sadoski. In March 2017, the two married in a private ceremony and welcomed their first child together.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor 

Elizabeth Taylor's personal life and relationships were highly publicized and criticized back in the day. However, her relationship with “Cleopatra” co-star Richard Burton sparked immense controversy, as they were both were married during the time. 

Their affair was so scandalous that they were banned from Italy by the United States Congress upon request from the Vatican. In 1964, Taylor divorced her husband Eddie Fisher. Just nine days after her divorce was granted, she married Burton in Canada.

During their affair and marriage, the couple starred in 11 movies together. They reportedly lived an extravagantly luxurious lifestyle together, spending millions of dollars on cars, jets, jewels, furs, and clothes. In 1974, they divorced but reconciled and married for a second time the following year in Botswana. However, in 1976, they divorced yet again. In the decade that they were together, the media referred to them as “the couple of the century”.


Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey
Shortly after Cruz's break-up with Tom Cruise, she met and began dating “Sahara” co-star Matthew McConaughey. After one year of dating, the couple called it quits. However, it wouldn't be long before Cruz would begin dating her current husband Javier Bardem and McConaughey would meet and marry his current wife Camila Alves.


Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn 

Russell and Hawn have one of the longest relationships in Hollywood and they claim that the secret to their long relationship is not marrying! In 1983, shortly after Russell's divorce from actress Season Hubley, he met actress Goldie Hawn after starring together in the films “Overboard”, “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band”, and “Swinging Shift”. 

Hawn's children Kate and Oliver Hudson, from her previous marriage to Bill Hudson, always considered Russell to be their father. Together, Hawn and Russell have a son named Wyatt.


Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

During the 2000s, Miley Cyrus rose to fame as country singer Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter and a child star on the hit television series “Hannah Montana”. The actress and singer became a global sensation amongst young and pre-teen girls, performing in live concerts and starring as the lead character in the “Hannah Montana” television series and movies.

In 2009, Cyrus was cast in the film adaptation of writer Nicholas Sparks' novel The Last Song, alongside Australian actor Liam Hemsworth. The two played young lovers in the movie and began soon dating in real-life. After several years of dating, the two became engaged in 2012 when Cyrus was just 19 years old. However, a year later, the two broke up and called off their engagement, devastating fans around the world.

Their story has a happy ending though! The two say that they needed several years apart to grow and realize that they were meant to be, as they reconnected and began dating again in the autumn of 2015. Several months after they were spotted together again, it was announced that they were engaged again and would definitely marry this time around.


Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
In 2011, Depp and Heard starred together in “The Rum Diary” which soon led to an off-screen relationship and sharing a house together. The two dated for several years before getting married in 2015. However, their relationship quickly turned sour as she filed for divorce in early 2016, claiming that he was both verbally and physically abusive towards her, even taking to social media to post pictures of herself with scratches and bruises.

In early 2017, their divorce was finalized and the restraining order she filed against him in 2016 was lifted. Heard received $7 million when their divorce was finalized. Several months later, Heard confirmed to the media that she was in a relationship with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. However, the two split up in the summer of 2017, after one year of dating.


Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen

Following Bilson's break-up with her “The O.C.” co-star Adam Brody, she began dating actor Hayden Christensen who she met on the set of “Jumper” in 2008. Questions arose after the two were seen on dates multiple times despite never confirming a relationship.

In early 2009, Bilson was seen with an engagement ring but several months later, it was confirmed that the engagement was called off. Later that year, the two got back together and had their first child together in 2014. However, in recent weeks, it was reported that Bilson and Christensen have broken up and have also been living separately for almost a year.


David Arquette and Courtney Cox

In 1995, actor David Arquette and Courtney Cox met while filming "Scream". They began dating and married in 1999. In 2004, the couple had their first child together, a daughter named Coco. The couple soon began facing rocky times in their marriage as they stated in interviews that they regularly attended couples therapy.

In the autumn of 2010, the two announced their separation and finalized their divorce in 2013. During their separation, Arquette began dating Christina McLarty, whom he had a child with in 2014 and married in 2015.


Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger
Prior to Ledger's tragic death, he dated and had a daughter with actress Michelle Williams, whom he met while filming "Brokeback Mountain" in 2004. In 2005, Williams gave birth to Matilda Rose Ledger. Over the next few years, they would live together as a family in New York City. However, in the autumn of 2007, the couple broke up, just months before Ledger would pass away from an overdose in January 2008.

Penn Badgley and Blake Lively
In 2007, Penn Badgley and Blake Lively starred on the television series "Gossip Girl", playing on-screen couple Dan Humphrey and Serena van der Woodsen. On the show, the two eventually broke up but in real-life they ended up dating for about 3 years before breaking up in real-life. However, the two have remained good friends and continued to film "Gossip Girl" until the series ended in 2012.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Considered to be one of Hollywood's most looked up to and genuine relationships, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds prove to us that romance in Hollywood can go the distance. The two met in 2010 while meeting on the set of "The Green Lantern". At the time, Reynolds was married to actress Scarlett Johansson and Lively was nearing the end of her long-term relationship with actor Penn Badgley.

In December 2010, Reynolds announced that he and Johansson were divorcing but it was not finalized until July 2011. During this time and several months after, fans and tabloids began to speculate that Reynolds and Lively were an item as photos of them surfaced in magazines and online. By 2012, it was confirmed that the two were dating and by September 2012, they had a surprise wedding.

In October 2014, the happy couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. In January 2015, they welcomed their first child together, a daughter named James. In September 2016, they welcomed their second child together, a daughter named Ines. The couple frequently gush over one another in the press and praising each other in the spotlight. Go them! 


Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally
Funnyman Nick Offerman met his future wife Megan Mullally while performing in a play together in 2000. After three years of dating, the two married in 2003. Offerman has starred on "Will & Grace", a series where Mullally played the role of Karen Walker. Mullally starred on "Parks and Recreation" for several seasons, a series where Offerman played the lead role of Ron Swanson.


Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
Actress Emma Stone and Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield met in 2010 while filming "The Amazing Spider-Man". The two were even engaged before ending their relationship in 2015. The media heavily covered their relationship, putting it in the spotlight for the entirety of their relationship. The two have since remained friendly towards one another but there haven't been any reports of a possible reconciliation.


Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf
During a break and before Megan Fox married actor Austin Brian Green, she briefly dated her "Transformers" co-star, Shia LaBeouf, whom she met on set in 2008. The two became close friends while filming "Transformers", sparking speculation that they were secretly dating, thus causing Fox and Green to break up. However, following her split from LaBeouf, Fox and Green reconciled and married in 2010.


Austin Nichols and Sophia Bush

"One Tree Hill" co-stars Austin Nichols and Sophia Bush began dating in 2006 but had an on-and-off relationship over the span of four years. Bush also dated and married her "One Tree Hill" co-star Chad Michael Murray in 2005. However, less than half a year into their marriage, Bush and Michael broke up and their divorce was finalized in 2006.

From 2008 to 2009, Bush dated her other "One Tree Hill" co-star James Lafferty before confirming the following year her rocky relationship with Austin Nichols. 

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

In the early 2000s, actress Jennifer Garner met actor Ben Affleck while filming "Pearl Harbor" and "Daredevil", becoming friends before dating and eventually getting married in 2005. In the winter of 2005, the couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Violet. In 2009, they welcomed their second child together, a daughter, and in 2012, they welcomed their third child together, a son named Samuel.

Several years later in 2015, the couple announced their separation. The two hoped to reconcile and work on their marriage but by the beginning of 2017, it was reported that they had filed and finalized their divorce. Affleck has since been reportedly dating Lindsay Shookus, a producer for "Saturday Night Live".


Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson is said to be actress Katie Holmes' "first love". The two met while filming the television series "Dawson's Creek" in 1998. However, after a year of dating, the two broke up and Holmes had met her future fiance´, Chris Klein, shortly after in 2000. In 2005, Holmes and Klein ended their engagement and she went on to meet Tom Cruise, whom she would marry in 2006.


Banky Wellington and Adesua Etomi
One of Nollywood's favourite couples, Banky Wellington and Adesua Etomi met in 2012 but filmed "The Wedding Party" together in 2016. The two starred as bride and groom in the immensely popular blockbuster and in early 2017, they announced that they had been secretly dating and were engaged in real-life.

The two will star, again, as a couple in the upcoming "The Wedding Party 2", but fans are waiting for their real wedding which will likely end up being the Nollywood wedding of the decade!

Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn
While filming "The Break-Up" in 2005, actress Jennifer Aniston and co-star Vince Vaughn began dating. However, Vaughn's scandalous nature led to a flurry of tabloid reports that he had been unfaithful to Aniston during their one-year relationship. In the autumn of 2006, the couple had broken up. Three years later, Vaughn would meet his current wife, Kyla Weber.

Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston 

Jennifer Aniston is known to be one of the Hollywood's most beautiful actresses but with a not so lucky relationship history. In the early 2000s, Aniston and actor Brad Pitt had divorced, after it was speculated that he was having an affair with his "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-star Angelina Jolie.

However, Aniston would soon meet her future (and current) husband, Justin Theroux, while filming "Wanderlust" in 2011. During this time, Theroux had been in a 14-year long relationship with Heidi Bivens. However, they split up following his role in "Wanderlust" and his relationship with Aniston went public shortly thereafter.

In 2012, the two became engaged and married in 2015. If you watched the movie, then you know that their chemistry was undeniable!


Lea Michele and Cory Monteith
Prior to Cory Monteith's death by a drug overdose in 2013, he dated "Glee" co-star Lea Michele. The on-and-off-screen couple met and began dating in 2009 when they starred in the award-winning television series as a high-school couple. The two were together until his tragic passing. After his passing, Michele wrote several songs as a tribute to the late actor. Several years later, the actress would find happiness again with clothing brand owner, Zandy Reich.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez 

After Jennifer Lopez's divorce from Cris Judd, the actress and singer began dating popular actor Ben Affleck in 2002. After just several months of dating, the two became engaged in November 2002. Crowned as one of Hollywood's power couples, their relationship drew a lot of media attention and fans even named them "Bennifer".

The couple was set to marry in 2003 but called off the wedding just days before, claiming that the media was the reason that they postponed the event. However, just a few months later, in 2004, the couple announced that they had broken up and their engagement was off. Shortly after their breakup, Lopez began dating her long-time friend Marc Anthony, whom she married that same year.


Drew Barrymore and Justin Long
In 2007, following the end of a five-year relationship, actress Drew Barrymore began dating actor Justin Long. However, less than one year later, the two broke up but their story doesn't end there: in 2009, while filming "Going the Distance", the two reconciled and briefly dated again before calling it quits for the second time in 2010. Barrymore has since dated, been married to, and divorced Will Kopelman, an art consultant.

Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens
While filming "Journey 2: Mystery Island" in 2011, young actor Josh Hutcherson and actress Vanessa Hudgens became friends, which had later sparked a brief romance. However, a short time later, the two had reportedly broken up, leaving Hutcherson broken-hearted. Hudgens has since moved on to actor Austin Butler, whom she is still dating today. 

Don't worry, "Part II" will be published next Monday, so check back for all the other on-and-off-screen couples that didn't make it in "Part I"!


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