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12 Real-Life Hollywood Romances That Started On Set

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12 Real-Life Hollywood Romances That Started On Set

Long hours of pretending to be passionate toward each other is sure to create the illusion of, or in some cases, real feelings among gorgeous Hollywood co-stars. Sometimes the real romance between two actors makes the chemistry between their characters even more believable, and makes the movie even better.

Many of the couples who date while on-screen don’t have the picture-perfect relationship of their fictional characters. Most of these relationships only last a few months, some a couple years. But, as is common in real-life Hollywood love stories, most end in tears. Clearly, playing a happy couple in a movie is much easier than being a happy couple in real life. However, some actors who met while filming are able to translate their chemistry to real life and have long-term relationships.

Most of the star couples that made this list are famous either for their impossibly adorable romances or for crazy scandals that the media buzzed about for months. In some cases, it seems that their real-life romances created more buzz than their movie. Perhaps some of the on-screen to real life romances were just a ploy to create hype around the movie, but it seems like quite a few of the stars had true feelings toward each other.

A lot of these romances moved quickly; perhaps playing through years of romance in the space of a movie gave these stars the false confidence that their relationship would move just as fast? Check out these famous, stunning couples who fell in love on Hollywood sets.

12. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

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While these two didn’t meet on the set of Ali, a movie for which they’re famous for co-starring, they met on the set of a much more famous show — The Fresh Prince of Bel-air. Will Smith is known for his starring role as a fictionalized version of himself in this comedic sitcom. His future-wife, Jada, auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend. Although she didn’t land the role on screen, she did become Will’s real-life girlfriend. The two began dating and got married in 1997 so by the time they filmed Ali, they had been married for several years.

In Ali, Will plays boxer Muhammed Ali and Jada plays his wife, Sonji. This marriage ended in divorce, but Will and Jada were much more fortunate; they two have been married for nearly 10 years and have two children, Willow and Jaden. These teens have been in the spotlight a lot lately for their “enlightened” tweets and are starting to make a name for themselves outside of their parents’ famous footprint.

11. Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor

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These two comedy stars met on set of a pilot episode for a series starring Jack Black, Heat Vision and Jack, that never aired. The two were married in 2000 and began a long career of starring in movies together.

Most notably, the couple played at romance in Zoolander. Ben plays Derek, a model, and Christine appears as Matilda, a reporter for Time magazine. The two have a mutual disdain for each other at the initial meeting, but later fall for each other during an orgy. They’ve also starred together in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and Arrested Development. They seem to be able to balance their career and their relationship since their real lives are filled with a happy marriage and two children.

10. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens

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One of the most popular recent young-romances is between Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, co-stars of High School Musical. Their love story is the quintessential tale of the star jock, Troy played by Zac, falling in love with the quiet nerdy, but also very pretty girl, Gabriella played by Vanessa. In the movie, their love trumps all high school odds and results in lots of singing.

Playing all this passion probably encouraged the child stars to date in real life. They began dating in 2006, while filming the first movie in the sequence. Unfortunately, their real-life relationship wasn’t as magical as the one scripted one. The two split ways in 2010, much to the disappointment of the mass of fans the movie created. Zac has appeared in many more movies since the breakup and has become a teen heartthrob, but Vanessa has been more low-key (save for those leaked photos) with her current boyfriend, Austin Butler. The two have been dating since 2011. Even though her romantic relationship from High School Musical came to an end, the star has been close friends with Ashley Tisdale since the filming.

9. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

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Step Up  is another tale of lovers from “different sides of the tracks”. Jenna plays Nora, a rich girl classically trained in ballet, while Channing plays the bad boy, Tyler, who happens to be a great hip hop dancer. The two meet at her school, end up dancing in the talent show and along the way fall madly in love.

Their real life story doesn’t have much in common with their on-screen romance, other than the fact that both stories have them randomly meeting at a creative location. Jenna and Channing met on set of Step Up and like the movie, fell in love somewhere along the way of filming. Just like their characters, these two had a real life happy ending. They got married in 2009 and in 2013 had a daughter, Everly. It’s nice to see real life ending as happily has a movie.

8. Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn

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This love tale is wonderfully ironic because they met on set of The Breakup, which can either be read as describing where Jennifer had just been or foreshadowing what was to come. Either way, you have to laugh at that poetic irony. The two co-starred in this film where their characters met at a baseball game, dated and bought a condo together. Unfortunately, their minute personality details caused the relationship to end.

The two started dating while filming the movie in 2005 and less than a year later ended up breaking up, just like their characters. The two reported to have a good friendship, perhaps they were inspired by their on-screen romance. Their relationship was swarmed by rumors that Vince constantly tried to deny, which continued even after their breakup.

7. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto

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The movie that made a huge splash at the box-office and in the media, Slumdog Millionaire, also spurred a new romance. The story revolves around the young romance between Jamal, played by Dev, and Latika, played by Freida, kids who met on the street in Mumbai. After being separated and overcoming outrageous circumstances, the two end up together.

In real life, Dev and Freida met on set while filming, but didn’t date until after the movie hit the big screen. Their relationship lasted for six years, but unfortunately, couldn’t overcome everything real life threw at them the way their characters could. That’s probably because when they met, Dev was only 18 and had already called Freida his soulmate.

6. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone

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The Amazing Spider-man began a relationship, but not an amazing one of superhuman proportions, just a regular one. Andrew plays the part of Peter Parker and Emma is Gwen Stacy. In the film, the two meet in high school and fall in love, but unbeknownst to her, Peter Parker (her bf) is actually Spiderman. Throughout the movie, she is faithfully by his side and their relationship even survives a sequel!

While their relationship mirrors that of normal people, the two are still going strong! Last year they were spotted shopping for engagement rings and this summer they plan to get married in Rome, Italy. They’re going for something small, but memorable…maybe Spider-man will swing in when it’s time to say their vows.

5. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

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The relationship that made almost as much buzz as the hit-sensation movie Twilight. Robert, plays the lead role of Edward — the standoffish vampire who has a soft-spot for mortal Bella, Kristen Stewart. Theirs is the epic tale of a mortal woman giving up her family to become a vampire and live happily ever after with her husband’s vampire family while battling other supernatural creatures. Kristen’s character is demure and susceptible to vampire charms and it seems Kristen is as well.

In the film, Bella chooses Edward over Jacob, her werewolf friend; the real life plot is also pretty similar. Kristen had been with Michael Angarano during the filming of the first Twilight movie, but later left him to be with Edward. This was one of the most volatile relationships in the past couple years — the two broke up in 2012 after Kristen was exposed for cheating and then got back together and then broke up AGAIN in 2013. Good thing they’ve finally made their mind up. Maybe she’ll go find herself a nice werewolf now that the vampire didn’t work out.

4. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

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The Last Song was more like the last normal appearance Miley made. Before she was a blonde, buzz-cut rocking edgy girl, she was the rebellious (but sweet) love interest, Ronnie, of Liam‘s rich and well-educated character, Will. The two bond throughout the summer and eventually come together in a relationship that’s forced to end with the summer.

In real life, their story is almost just as sad. The two met on set of The Last Song and felt sparks fly. They began to date and a year later broke it off, but that wasn’t the end of their story. They got back together 4 years later, in 2013, and became engaged, only to have it go up in flames. Throughout that following year, Miley became the wild child we see today.

3. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

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The set of Green Lantern doesn’t seem to be a likely place for romance to start, but for these two stars, it was the perfect place. In the movie, Ryan, who played Hal — the Green Lantern, wins over his childhood crush, Carol, played by Blake. The movie ends with them defeating evil and living happily ever after.

Their real-life story had just as much action. When the two met on set, they clicked instantly, but Ryan was married to Scarlett Johansson. However, they didn’t let that get in the way of their romance. Ryan and Scarlett’s relationship came to a quick end and Blake stepped in. The two have been together since 2013 and have recently been in the media for their beautiful baby.

2. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

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One of the most iconic celebrity couples…and they met on set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Remember way back when Brad and Jennifer Aniston were a thing? Well this movie ended that relationship because it introduced him to Angelina. In the movie, the two are already married and are fighting to rekindle their flame, which they eventually do.

The on-screen rekindling must’ve kindled enough real feelings to encourage Brad to leave Jen. It caused quite an uproar, but it’s hard to argue against how great a couple Brangelina is. With adopting kids from around the world and their extensive philanthropy work, the two seem to be made for each other. They’re also one of the most stable Hollywood relationships — they avoid scandals and instead are talked about for their saintly actions.

1. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams

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The Notebook is the quintessential romantic movie. Girls everywhere swoon at the true love this movie exemplifies. It must’ve gotten to Ryan and Rachel as well since they started dating while on set. In the movie, poor mill worker Noah, played by Ryan, and rich girl Allie, played by Rachel, are in love. Noah gets shipped off to war, which ends their relationship and while he’s gone Allie finds a new love. Noah comes back just in time to stop her wedding and it’s clear they’re still in love.

Their real life feelings toward each other probably made the movie so magically believable. Unfortunately, after two years, real life must’ve hit because they broke up. To many people’s regret the two never got back together. Ryan has been with Eva Mendes and Rachel has been with Canuck Sambrook and they both seem to be happy without each other.

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