15 Real-Life Celebrity Couples Whose On-Set Romances Have Lasted Longer than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
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15 Real-Life Celebrity Couples Whose On-Set Romances Have Lasted Longer than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | July 21, 2014 | Comments ()


On Friday, it was announced that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would be starring together in By the Sea, which will be directed by Angelina Jolie. Details on the plot are scant so far, but the important thing for purposes of this post is that Jolie and Pitt are set to become the rare couple that have worked together on two films.

After all, tales of celebrity couples meeting on set and falling in love are a dime a dozen. The odds of those relationships surviving as long as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s relationship, however, are incredibly rare. The two have been together since they connected in 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and nine years is practically an eternity in Hollywood time.

In fact, the number of celebrity relationships that grew out of on-set connections that have lasted longer AND continue to exist is a fairly short list. Here are the major representatives from that list ranked in order of how long they’ve been together (and I have not included relationships between actors and directors/crew members, i.e., Danny Elfman and Bridget Fonda, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, or Frances McDormand and Joel Coen).

15. James McAvoy met his future wife Anne-Marie Duff on the set of Shameless in 2004. They are still married and have a son together.


14. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been together since 2003’s Daredevil. They’re married and have two children.


13. Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof met on Buffy, got involved when Denisof went to Angel, and the two have been happily married since 2003. They have two children.


12. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer and have been married since 2002. They have two children together.


11. Sarah Clarke met her husband Xander Berkeley on the set of 24 in 2001 and were married a year later. They are still married with two daughters.


10. Ben Stiller met Christine Taylor on Jack Black’s 1999 show, Heat Vision and Jack (written and executive produced by Dan Harmon). They’ve been married for 14 years and have two children.


9. Will Smith met Jada Pinkett Smith on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel Air (she auditioned to play his girlfriend but was rejected. She did, however, play other roles). They’ve been married since 1997, and have two children together.


8. Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa met on All My Children and were married in 1996. They have three children together.


7. Hugh Jackman met and his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness while filming the 1995 television drama Correlli. They have two adopted children together.


6. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty have been married since meeting on the set of 1992’s Bugsy. They have four children together.


5. John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been together since 1989’s The Experts


4. Tom Hanks met Rita Wilson while filming Bosom Buddies, fell in love during Volunteers and have been married since 1988. They have two children together (plus two children from Tom’s previous marriage).

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3. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick met during the PBS American Playhouse production of Lemon Sky . They have been married since 1988 and have two children.


2. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan met on The Family Ties and, again, on a movie set years later. They’ve been married since 1988 and have four children together.


1. Denzel Washington met his wife, Pauletta, on the set of Wilma in 1977. They have four children together.


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  • Mario Gp

    If Kyra and Kevin ever separate I will feel exactly the same as I did when Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins went separate ways :(

  • Jifaner

    I wish Ben Affleck and Jen Garner had been together since 2003. We would have avoided the whole "Bennifer" mess with Lopez if they had.

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  • Maydays

    I still hear "At This Moment" every time I see a picture of Fox and Pollan. And I just checked Wikipedia to find out that I was EIGHT when I saw that episode. That chemistry must have made a serious impression!

  • Sandra Riley

    Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have not been together since Daredevil, he did have his moment with Jennifer Lopez unless all have purged the memory. She was married to whats his face also..

    - I need to get my shit together.. I meant Pearl Harbor.. carry on

  • Jenn Hamm

    And they three kids. Two girls and a boy.

  • emmalita

    You still aren't wrong. Officially, they didn't start dating until Electra. Yes, I am ashamed I know that.

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  • laylaness

    Tom and Rita <3

  • e jerry powell
    James McAvoy met his future wife Anne-Marie Duff on the set of Shameless in 2004.

    Hell, they've been together longer than either was on the show at this point.

    Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa met on All My Children and were married in 1996.

    And somehow Consuelos still hasn't risen above the status of "man candy."

  • Kirstini

    It's not really relevant that the Jackman-Furness kids are adopted, is it?

  • mairimba

    I swear I thought Deborra-Lee was pregnant a few years ago.

  • BWeaves

    She miscarried.

  • Ginger McFlea

    The Family Ties? Is that its proper name?

  • Billybob

    Everything The Denzel works on automatically gains a definite article.

  • Skyler Durden

    Um...John Travolta and Kelly Preston DID have a child who died. It still counts, you know.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Don't they have three? A boy and a girl, as well as the son who died?

  • AngelenoEwok

    You're right. They had two, their oldest died, and then they had a third child.

  • kirbyjay

    Co$ says you must replace the "imperfect" child who died with a healthier option. Since they don't believe in mental illness, they couldn't have an autistic child on their membership list.

  • BlackRabbit

    FFS really? That's some crazy stuff they're peddling.

  • Guest

    When I read that headline, I thought for a second that they had broken up, and I was really upset. I am worried about what it says about me that I reacted so strongly.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Bruce Campbell? He met his wife on the set of Mindwarp in the 90s. She could not resist the chin.

  • emmelemm

    Technically, though, she was a member of the crew (costume designer), so as defined in the list above, it doesn't count.


  • ZbornakSyndrome

    But, but, they met on set! And she got to measure Bruce Campbell! Surely that's like a half-point?

  • The Replicant Brooke

    Who could resist that chin though? I saw it in person once, briefly, and nearly swooned.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I would not resist the chin, I wouldn't even try. (There's a boomstick joke to be made, but I'm sleep deprived so I'll leave it to the experts).

  • The Replicant Brooke
  • wonkeythemonkey

    Poor Xander Berkeley…
    After 12 years, he'll never see it coming when Sarah murders everyone he loves and sells his secrets to the highest bidder.

  • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are like fine wine: they've gotten more attractive with age.

  • amberdragonfly

    So true. I do not watch The Following, but I have been known to hit play and turn down the volume. It actually makes a pretty good video for a Violent Femmes jam.

  • Kirk

    Bennifer actually have 3 children although I still hope to be her 3rd husband..

  • emmalita

    It could still happen.

  • TK

    What about Kirk Cameron? He and whatshername met on the set of Growing Pains in like '91 and are still together.


    However much you hate me for knowing that, rest assured that I hate myself exponentially more. Goddamn you, Mercy Rule.

    God. Damn. You.

  • amberdragonfly

    I don't hate you for knowing it nearly as much as I pity you for speaking up.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Oh, SNAP!

  • TK

    No. No snap. Pity is what I came here seeking. It's all I deserve.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm snapping and clicking and popping, baby!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Do Goldie and Kurt count? Together since 1983.

  • The Replicant Brooke

    They should, but they lose on a technicality for never having signed the paperwork.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    But Brad and Angie haven't either, right?

  • The Replicant Brooke

    I thought they had? Wait. Didn't Goldie and Kurt split?

  • kirbyjay

    No, it was Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

  • TQB

    Which was terribly sad.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    The last time I passed an US Weekly, it said something about Brad and Angie's wedding planning, so I assumed they hadn't tied the knot officially.

    As for Goldie and Kurt, please don't tell me that. It will break my little heart.


  • Sara_Tonin00

    Goldie: bandana or snood. You must make a choice.

  • emmalita

    Is that the title of her autobiography?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    at least the title of a Goldie Hawn-themed "Choose Your Own Adventure"

  • emmalita

    I would play that.

  • The Replicant Brooke

    Them dimps tho.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    They are a gift from above.

  • Mrs. Julien

    More the side, really.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I appreciate them from any angle.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I was wondering that as well.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I know they're insanely private and rarely seen together at public events, but somehow it warms my heart to know that Freddie Prinze Jr. and SMG are still together.

    And if Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson ever split, I will cry ALL of the tears.

  • barcia

    I hear that sentiment about Hanks and Wilson every time they come up, but I always have the feeling that Hanks is not quite as "Mr. Nice Guy" as all that. He's said as much in interviews, and awhile back there were some BI's floating around about his cheating with Amanda--the one who looks like an alien--oh! Seyfried.

  • kirbyjay

    Tom Hanks cheating with Amanda Seyfried? BLASPHEMY!!!!
    If Tom and Rita ever divorced, I will give up on humanity, and I'm pretty much half way there after reading Yahoo comments over the years.

  • Modernlove

    Not to be that person, but did you have to specify that Hugh Jackman and his wife have adopted their kids? It doesn't make them any less their children.

    Someone with adopted family members she just considers family

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I get what you are saying, but Mrs. Jackman does a lot of volunteer work for Orphans and helped create a National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia, so I don't think for them it's about not being family in the slightest but something they talk about. Plus, I always thought the Jackman-Furness story was especially sweet. She's a good bit older than him and I like the idea of happiness coming later in life, maybe at a point when having kids wasn't so much an option. It may be stupid, but people not living the cookie cutter life gives me a warm spot in my heart.

  • Modernlove

    I wasn't aware of that! It does make it make more sense, knowing her background. Without the context, though, it just seemed strange.

  • The Replicant Brooke

    Thank you. I was just going to say the same thing.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    You saved me some typing!

  • mrsdalgliesh

    You got there first, or I would have been that person.

  • Stu Rat

    I certainly agree with you on adoption is family; I think the comment might have been more directed at the "Jackman's gay and she's his beard" rumors.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    You know, I don't even mind if those rumors are true. They clearly have so much love for each other regardless.

  • Skyler Durden

    He's not gay, he's just very musical. And yeah, adopted kids are still kids. The differentiation is not really necessary (but still interesting).

  • Even if it was, it's still kind of shitty. There are better ways to indicate beard-dom. Hauling out a qualifier on their relationship with their kids is profoundly uncool.

  • Modernlove

    I should have phrased my original comment better and said something more along the lines of wondering why he added the adopted qualifier in. It came out a little harsher than I meant! But that's a good possibility.

  • ljridley

    I don't think your original comment was harsh at all. I find the need to make the designation curious, though not at all unusual.

  • Is Ben Stiller really doing Blue Steel there?

  • HasenKlub

    No that is softer than Blue Steel. It's definitely Le Tigre.

    Or he's just holding in a fart...

  • LittleMissPonderer

    My vote is for Magnum.

  • cranky_chick

    He always looks constipated in red carpet pictures.

  • John W

    Good luck to all of them.

    Fun fact: Rita Wilson played a satanist on Bosom Buddies.

    They also starred together in one of my favorite comedies of all time: The Volunteers which also starred John Candy and Tim Thomerson.

  • dizzylucy

    I loved that show as a kid, and am now baffled that there was a satanist character on it at one point.
    Just last week, 2 male coworkers were discussing how they were going to schedule a time to go into a ladies restroom on a building we're working on. I said, "Eh, just do it Bosom Buddies style." I don't think either of them had any idea what I was talking about, and they're both older than me.

  • John W

    She wasn't a recurring character, it's a blink and you'll miss it appearance. It's an ep where Tom Hank's character is looking for a date and he's talking to Rita's character and she says she worships Satan which causes Hanks (and Peter Scolari) to run out of the room.

    If you want to see them really interact watch The Volunteers. Makes me wish Hanks would go back to his comedy roots.

  • CeciliaBedelia

    Oh how I wish Paul Newman was still alive so he and Joanne Woodward could win this list

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    I really wish Paul Newman was still alive in general. One of the world's most beautiful people inside and out

  • BWeaves

    Oh man, his forehead wrinkles and eye crinkles were SO SEXY!

    Can you imagine what he would have looked like with Botox? EW!

  • LMo

    Gawd I developed the most unholy crush on Paul Newman when I was around 17 after I randomly saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof random sometime on TCM.

  • BWeaves

    Or Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.

    Or Martin Short and Nancy Dolman.

  • barcia

    Whoa. I had no idea about Brooks and Bancroft. How awesome is that pairing?

  • loo shag brolley

    Can you handle more? Together they spawned the man who wrote World War Z (the novel, not the movie.)

  • um. jen and ben have 3 kids. but ya know that's any easy mistake

  • oilybohunk7

    You beat me to it.

  • Dulce et Banana

    Who can keep track of those dang kids? And somebody get me a vodka neat.

    Whoa, sorry, was channeling Mom there for a second.

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  • Mario Gp

    if you share it in here, I am definitely going to check that out. Who would lie about her aunty??

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