It’s hard to believe, but most movie and TV stars actually had lives before they were discovered for the silver screen. Some of those stars even had love lives that weren’t constantly scrutinized by a celebrity-obsessed media willing to pay reporters big bucks to snap pictures while following their every move.
Not that we’re judging or anything. It does pay the bills, after all.
But every so often, a few up-and-coming actors and actresses will get together before they hit the big time, and the dirt the press (like US Magazine) can dig up early relationships can dig up is juicier than a tub of ice cream left in your car on a hot summer’s day, and just as messy.
Here are five stars that dated before they were famous.
5. Ashton Kutcher & January Jones
Before finding fame on the set of X-Men: First Class and Mad Men, January Jones and Ashton Kutcher were a thing. They dated from 1998 to 2001, well before Kutcher became a household name, and evidently, he wasn’t exactly a great boyfriend, according to Jones. “He was not supportive of my acting,” Jones said in a 2009 GQ interview. “He was like, ‘I don’t think you’re going to be good at this.’ So, f–k you!”
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4. Matthew Morrison & Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell rose to fame after her breakout movie role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but Matthew Morrison really wasn’t known outside of Broadway and soap operas until he landed a gig on Glee. Despite coming from different backgrounds, the two met in 2010 and dated while both attending NYU. “We actually dated very briefly,” Bell said to US Weekly at the time. “So I’ll have to say maybe Matt Morrison is my favorite part of Glee for various reasons.”
3. Justin Timberlake & Fergie
The new King of Pop actually had a fling with Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie way back in the day. In 1997, the same year NSYNC released their first album, Justin Timberlake would date a very young Fergie. “He was 16 and I was 23,” she said to Australia’s Courier Mail. “It was before he got real heavy with Britney.”
2. Ryan Reynolds & Melissa Joan Hart
Before Scarlett Johansson, before Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds had a fling with yet another blonde bombshell, Melissa Joan Hart. After working together on the movie set of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (which would eventually lead to a TV series of the same name), Reynolds tried to win Hart’s heart with a Beluga watch. “He was 17 and I was, like, 19. I was like, “You’re too young for me,” Hart told Chelsea Handler on her talk show. “I wasn’t sure so I just grabbed him and started kissing him. You get a piece of jewelry like that, you gotta make out with the guy!”
1. Lisa Kudrow & Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien had been a big name in Hollywood for some time before Lisa Kudrow found fame on the set of Friends in 1994, but the two would have a fateful encounter in an improv class that led to the two of them dating. “He was really smart, really funny, and he thought I was funny,” Kudrow said, but after dating briefly they two “found we were better as friends.”
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