8 Celebrity Couples Who Met While Acting in the Same Movie

by Erin Dohony

Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor – Zoolander

Crediting their initial meeting and happy marriage to co-starring roles in the 2001 film, Zoolander, what’s Ben and Christine’s secret to a good relationship? “Have fun on set” they say, “We are very blessed have acted together in such great movies.” They also appear together in Tropic Thunder, Arrested Development, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. 

Anna Faris & Chris Pratt – Take Me Home Tonight

First appearing together in Take Me Home Tonight, Chris and Anna met at the table-read of the film in 2007. Something about that movie title sure planted an idea or two! The comedy power-couple married in 2009 and they have one son, Jack. 

Sally Field & Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump

What’s that sound you hear? Oh, just Freud spinning in his grave! Tom Hanks and Sally Field were first introduced when cast as mother and son in the 1994 classic, Forrest Gump. Their relationship was initially a discreet matter, but they went public when Hanks proposed to Field in 1998. Talk about love crossing all boundaries! The pair has enjoyed over 15 years of wedded bliss. 

Will Smith & Jeff Goldblum – Independence Day

Didn’t see this one coming, did you? Many people don’t know that the Independence Day co-stars began dating shortly after the 1996 epic wrapped filming. “We kept it secret for so long because the public would judge us and our careers might have been over” Smith said in a 2014 People interview, “But now we can be true to ourselves. That means the world to Jeff and I.” While not working, the couple resides on their ranch in southern California. 

Drew Barrymore & Pineapple Prop – 50 First Dates

“Trevor and I met in an elevator going to the 50 First Dates callbacks in 2002. He held the door while I was running to catch it, and that stood out to me right away. What a great pineapple.” Barrymore received some critical feedback when she and the tropical fruit made their courtship public. “No one tells you who or what kind of fruit to love. We’ve been together over 10 years now. I wouldn’t change a thing.” 

Nicolas Cage & Sean Bean – National Treasure

Wait really? Ok, our editor just kind of threw this one our way. Wikipedia is telling us it’s true. Nicolas Cage and Sean Bean first met while filming National Treasure in 2003. Despite their characters’ butting of heads, the actors couldn’t help the butting of hearts once the project ended. “Sean and I both came from long careers in a tough environment. Hollywood can really wear you down,” Cage was quoted in a 2014 red carpet interview, “He’s my real national treasure.” The two were married in New York in March of 2015.

Julia Roberts & Black Beret – Mona Lisa Smile

First introduced in 2002 on the set of Mona Lisa Smile, Roberts and her accessory-life-partner Shane had only one short scene together. “I was in my trailer when Shane came by and asked if I would like to go out sometime. I thought to myself ‘that is one confident hat!’ and the rest is history. People ask me why I wouldn’t marry a person, an actual human being. If I had chosen that path, Shane and I wouldn’t have been able to adopt and have our beautiful family of knit caps and berets!”

Bradley Cooper and Diner Booth Seat – Silver Linings Playbook

“I wouldn’t have been able to handle fame if not for the grounded mindset and difficult mobility that Gwen offers me.” Cooper says of his wife of 2 years, Gwen the Llanerch Diner Booth Seat. The lovebirds met while Brad was on location filming Silver Linings Playbook in 2011. “I didn’t know what it was when I sat down for that first take. All my stress melted away when that cold, laminated furniture hit my back. I knew that this was the diner booth who would change my life for the better.” 

Erin Dohony is a writer and stand up comedian in Philadelphia. When she's not telling jokes for discount tacos, she hangs out in dog parks hoping no one realizes that she didn't actually bring a pet.