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7 Celebrities Whose Taste in Romantic Partners Took a Complete 180

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | November 2, 2012 | Comments ()


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This morning I read that Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) married Evan Rachel Wood earlier this week, which came as a surprise because 1) I had no idea they were dating, and 2) how did Evan Rachel Wood go from Marilyn Manson to Jamie Bell? That makes no sense to me.

Here are several other coupling dichotomies that make no sense to me, either.


Angelina Jolie -- Billy Bob Thornton and Brad Pitt

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Drew Barrymore -- Tom Green and Will Kopelman

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Evan Rachel Wood -- Marilyn Manson and Jamie Bell

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Ryan Reynolds -- Alannis Morisette and Blake Lively

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Nicolas Cage -- Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Presley and Alice Kim

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Lisa Marie Presley -- Michael Jackson and Nic Cage

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Halle Berry -- David Justice and Olivier Martinez

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  • Captain_Tuttle

    Say what you will about Tom Green's attractiveness (or lack thereof) or funniness (or lack thereof), but he always struck me as a good egg. And good egginess (eggy goodness?) can often trump many other less important qualities.

  • e jerry powell

    Talking about Tom Green and eggs makes me feel all ooky around the junk place. And not in a Dr. Suess way.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Sorry 'bout that. Forgot about his egg issues. So to speak.

  • e jerry powell

    But he is such a ham.

  • kirbyjay

    No Mila/Mac/Ashton weird turnaround? I would have thought that they'd star in this production of Love180
    To go from "troll-like has-been" to "man-pretty douche-nozzle" is quite the headspinner.

  • Yocean

    I don't think Nic Cage is doing a 180 so much as a downward spiral of desperation and derangement. Or rather, white male derangement from progressively going from someone right for you to > someone in your fantasy is perfect but so wrong to > white girls are bitches, let's find a nice young Asian girl who does not yet realize the gentleman upbringing and riches do not cancel out the lifetime of douchefuckery!

    I mean, I am not gonna deny White male, Asian female coupling (otherwise I would not exist) but I seen too many co-abusive partnerships like this and frankly disgusted.

  • Yocean

    I think in Nic Cage's case, he is not doing a 180 so much as a downward spiral of desperation and derangement.

  • annie

    Evan started with Jamie then Marilyn then back to Jamie. She made the whole 360. And while she pulled off the Dita 2.0 look off, she and Jamie are at the leve of adorable that can only be matched by double-dating with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. And you know, it's nice to see Evan with someone who lets her be herself.

  • e jerry powell

    Evan Rachel Wood needs to hook up with Rose McGowan. Or Dita Von Teese. Manson cast-offs have hot three-way!

    Hella hotter than Charlie Manson's girls.

  • Bert_McGurt

    You could say that ol' Angie "The Leg" has done a near 360, starting with Jonny Lee Miller (who, while less talented has got much more of a Pitt-ian vibe) before shackin' up with Billy Bob.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Anne Heche - Steve Martin to Ellen DeGeneres...oh wait.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Um, Halle Berry chose the hot, and nothing but the hot.

    Wood's turn is pretty understandable (aside from ANYONE dating Marilyn Manson) for a woman her age.

  • TheEverGuest

    Speaking of Jamie Bell, did you see this? http://www.fastcocreate.com/16...

  • melissa82

    Thank you for this. I will watch it always.

  • AvaLehra

    That's good stuff...

  • Other Brian

    Great <sexism>Alice Kim - HOT DAMN!!!</sexism> post Dustin.

  • Legally Insignificant

    How do you include Ryan Reynolds without including Alanis Morrisette? She went from Dave "Cut. It. Out." Coulier to Ryan Reynolds. In literary terms, that would be like Stephanie Meyer's next book winning a Nobel Prize for Literature. Girl definitely upgraded.

  • oilybohunk7

    And she married a rapper, defnitely another flip.

  • e jerry powell

    What about Halle's babydaddy? Gabriel Aubry isn't exactly chopped liver...

  • layla

    From the female perspective at least, it seems the only changes here are that the ladies themselves simply grew up and matured, so of course their spousal selection would be different.

    I got nothing for the men.

  • FrayedMachine

    Well, Ryan Reynold's switch is pretty clear. He went from pursuing a girl with an edge to a girl who's a bit more wholesome. Nic Cage's choices confuse me, though. Patricia Arquette is the bomb.

  • BWeaves

    I don't know, some of these before and afters look alike to me. Plus, they're all in the entertainment biz.

    How about Ann Heche?

    Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres to cameraman Coleman 'Coley' Laffoon to actor James Tupper.

    How about Portia de Rossi?

    Film-maker Mel Metcalfe to Ringo Starr's stepdaughter Francesca Gregorini to Ellen DeGeneres.

    Jackie O?

    Kennedy to Onassis to Maurice Tempelsman, a Belgian-born industrialist and diamond merchant who was long separated from his wife.

  • Fredo

    So you're telling me that people make odd decisions throughout their life as to who they let in their vajayjay or who they stick with their peen?

  • Natallica

    I think Halle never took a turn, she's been consistently dating douchebags

  • e jerry powell

    Yes, but they're progressively prettier douchebags.

  • Natallica

    Olivier Martinez didn't aged well. Gabriel Aubry was waaaaay prettier

  • Groundloop

    The triptych of Nic Cage relationships from Patricia Arquette (hello girls!), to Lisa Marie Presley to Alice Kim could be titled "(D)-Evolution of a Hairline".

  • bleujayone

    Correction- if it were truly 180 degrees, they would have hooked up with someone who was not involved in the entertainment industry and was not interested in being a full-time lookatme famewhore too. The fact is that everyone on this list is still getting scoops at the same crazy ice cream stand. That they're getting different flavors of swirled egos or opting for sprinkles is irrelevant. When someone dumps their former A-lister beau in Los Angeles for a successful small business owner in suburban Portland who happily owns a 2-story colonial, then maybe you might have something there.

  • AngelenoEwok

    If you were a successful small business owner in Portland, would you approach a wildly famous starlet and ask her on a date to your two story colonial? If so, what would your strategy be?

  • bleujayone

    Well first of all, I would spend the day before polishing my big brass balls...because I've discovered people find confidence can count for a lot. Then I would ask if she would like a normal night out on the town where she could just blend into obscurity and enjoy a decent meal and stirring conversation in peace without always playing up to a camera. I would also ask that she wear a comfortable outfit and wear make-up only if she wants to and to be prepared to talk about things that don't necessarily involve work. If after this she accepted my offer, I would give her the same romantic night on the town I would give any woman I found attractive, famous or not. If she turned me down, I would graciously walk away knowing full well that fame doesn't account for taste or judge of character.

  • AngelenoEwok

    Your balls are made of steel, sir, not brass. Also, that stuff in your veins? Ice water.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well. Only if he actually does this.

  • AngelenoEwok

    You could probably line up pictures of my husband and my exes for an even more stark comparison, but I feel like the traits I'm attracted to have stayed fairly consistent. More than anything I like a very specific dynamic in my relationships, and that's not something you can see in a picture.

  • Blake

    Portia De Rossi: Mel Metcalfe to Ellen DeGeneres

    From peen to va-jay-jay...

    Or:

    Rachel McAdams: Ryan Gosling to Michael Sheen

  • FrayedMachine

    What. I did not hear about Rachel McAdams. Is this for real?

  • Blake

    It is... Not that there is anything wrong with MS.

  • FrayedMachine

    Nono, don't take that response as a bad thing as Michael Sheen is in kind of a nice fuzzy spot for me. That's... that's pretty awesome.

  • John G.

    Angelina Jolie used to be an interesting person who had a lust for life. Now, she's a mannequin that the UN takes to functions in the third world.

  • Sirilicious

    I think she still has a big lust for life. And if with "interesting", you mean "wacko", yeah, she grew out of that.

  • John G.

    I found her interesting, not whacko. Different than you, and different than boring, does not mean you're mentally unstable. Billy Bob Thornton, though, is afraid of furniture, so yeah, he's nuts.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Are we really saying the Lisa-Marie and MJ thing was a real relationship? Cause no. And actually everybody on this list with the possible exception of RR (cause I still think Alanis is cool as shit) seems to have upgraded. Sounds like the trajectory you want, no?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    and he skipped over ScarJo

  • Fredo

    they did say THIS couldn't last...and they were right!

  • Maybe their taste has more to do with what they're looking for emotionally at a given stage in their lives. In most cases, it looks like the women gravitated toward more stable partners - or ones they assumed were more stable, anyway.

  • $1754390

    Evan Rachel wood dated Jamie Bell before she was with Marilyn Manson, I think they got together when they were in that Green Day video

  • Natallica

    Yes, I think she dated Manson while in a break with Jamie. It's like a last sip of vinegar before going back to your martini

  • Well, damn, Billy Elliott grew up fiiiiiiine.

  • Sirilicious

    I agree. I also think these photos do him no justice at all, especially the second. He looks horrible in that one, i wish they had picked a better one.

  • annie

    He's not the most photogenic boy IMO, but he's hella fine.

  • He's even better looking standing next to Evan.

  • I don't know man, there's a whole lot of pretty between Halle and Olivier. I get it.

    Angie just likes 'em dirty and scruffy and dirty. Apparently it's not a phase.

    Damn but Lisa Marie was striking.

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