Love in Hollywood seems to be a complicated thing. Celebrities have dated celebrities, celebrities have married celebrities and celebrities have divorced celebrities, time and time again. But the real news is not when Hollywood stars and starlets date each other and make celebrity power couples that are enviously good looking and ridiculously rich. What makes us all excited are the Cinderella stories, the stories where celebrities find their true love when they go out mingling with us mere mortals. Ordinary people like you and I, ordinary people with ordinary jobs and ordinary lives, at least right up till the point they got dazzled with Hollywood glitter and limelight.
It actually happens more often than we may think, and to prove that, here are 13 Hollywood celebrities who have dated (and some have eventually married) ordinary people like you and I.
13 Ashley Greene & Paul Khoury
Ashley Greene, the beautiful vampire from the popular Twilight saga, has had a string of non-celebrity boyfriends before, so it is hardly surprising that her current beau is a commoner too. Ashley is currently dating Paul Khoury and though Paul is hardly a commoner, he is definitely not as widely known as the gorgeous actress. Paul is a TV personality and voice artist from Australia. He has previously also been a band member for the Melbourne band Gravel, where he was much loved as their bass guitarist.
12 Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni
Cynthia Nixon of the Sex and the City fame has previously been married to Danny Mozes, an English professor. So, she was hardly a stranger to relationships with non-celebrities. Yet, even before this couple split, Cynthia had begun dating Christine Marinoni, who she met at an education rally. Christine is an education activist and the couple has been together since 2004. Cynthia has since been pretty open about her sexual identity, as she openly proclaims to be ‘a woman in love with another woman’. As of March 2014, Cynthia’s relatively lesser-known wife has been hired as a Community Partnerships special adviser with the Department of Education. As a gig that pays $120,000 a year, we must say, not bad, not bad at all!
11 Heather Morris & Taylor Hubbell
Glee starlet Heather Morris is also an established dancer, singer and model. Heather is now engaged to former boyfriend Taylor Hubbel, who was a college baseball player. The actress had attended the same high school as Taylor in Arizona, but they only got to know each other when the actress contacted Taylor via MySpace. Heather has always been pretty clear about her priorities and in an interview with Fitness, the actress had gushed about her wanting to marry Taylor real bad and her willingness to give up acting if it were to ever affect her relationship with him.
10 Chris O’Donnell & Caroline Fentress
When we talk of celebrities that married their high school or college sweethearts, we must mention the NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell, for once the star had been with his college sweetheart Caroline Fentress, he has never strayed to anyone else since. For all those of us who hold ordinary jobs, Caroline Fentress, who is an elementary school teacher, presents the hope that true love is possible for even the most common of Cinderellas. The couple has been married and together for years and have five beautiful children together.
9 Marcia Cross & Tom Mahoney
All it takes to find true love they say, is the right setting and a little sprinkle of destiny. Even for the supposedly boring business, finance and stock market people! When the Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross met stockbroker Tom Mahoney at a flower shop, it seems that both these forces were perfectly aligned. Marcia hit quite the pot of luck when she left her personal number with the store owner so that she could connect with Tom. Two years after that, there were wedding bells for the couple and the two seem to be beautifully in love.
8 Christian Bale & Sibi Blazic
Sibi Blazic was just a personal assistant, and not for anyone, for the Hollywood star Winona Ryder, when she first met famous actor Christian Bale of the Batman fame. Their love story had all the right ingredients for an epic romance that has had them hitched for the last 15 years. Sibi, who is 4 years older than her famous man, eloped to Las Vegas with him on her 26th birthday. An unlikely romance, a romantic elopement, a wonderful, long-lasting marriage and a couple of lovely kids; this is a love story that has all the right ingredients.
7 Meryl Streep & Don Gummer
Almost everyone knows Meryl Streep, the Hollywood A-lister that has ruled the roost for as far as we can remember, but not many know her sculptor husband of over 30 years! The romance story of this iron lady and her talented hubby is certainly different if nothing else. Reports suggest that Meryl met her husband Don Gummer, through her brother. Her brother had arranged for Meryl to stay over at Don’s apartment while he was away. As fate would have it, Don returned earlier than expected and love blossomed. They dated, they married and they seem to be living happily ever after for the last 30 plus years, sharing happy days with their four children.
6 Eric Bana & Rebecca Gleeson
After dating publicist Rebecca Gleeson for about 2 years, Eric Bana of the Troy fame married her in 1997. It was incredible timing when the leading man proposed to his ladylove on a trip that he had won as Cleo Magazine’s ‘ Bachelor of the Year’. Rebecca is the daughter of an Australian Chief Justice and she was working with Australia’s Seven Network. The two still make a rock solid pair after almost two decades together as a loving man and wife. If this doesn't make you believe that true Cinderella love stories do exist, nothing will.
5 Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Justin Mikita
Modern Family’s funny man (and apparently not only when in character), Jesse Tyler Ferguson has always maintained his openly gay status, but after dating the love of his life, lawyer Justin Mikita for nearly two years, an engagement and marriage followed in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The couple met each other at the gym though, they like to state that they met through common friends. Justin is a lawyer who was working for the Mamiya Mikita industries when the two met and fell in love.
4 Julie Bowen & Scott Phillips
Another Modern Family star Julie Bowen, who is now a household name, has also actually dated and eventually married a non celebrity. Bowen’s husband Scott Phillips, is a real estate investor and software developer. The couple has been happily married since 2004 and Julie happily gives away the credit for this to her husband’s understanding personality that perfectly counterbalances her hyper and anxious one. The couple has three beautiful kids together and seems to be going rock steady on their togetherness.
3 Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth
Sometimes relationships have the most unique of starts and that seems to be the case with actress Reese Witherspoon’s relationship with talent agent Jim Toth. When her marriage to Ryan Phillippe ended, Reese had a string of celebrity boyfriends, right up til Jim that is. When his friend made a drunken fool of himself in front of Reese at a party, Jim swooped in on a rescue. Not only did Jim rescue the damsel in distress, but he even showed her enough of a good time that she not only considered, but actually did get married again!
2 Vince Vaughn & Kyla Weber
No one in their right minds ever considered Hollywood’s player Vince Vaughn to ever settle down on a single girl, and when we knew it was a mere commoner that got him to do so, the shock of it was even more profound. Vince seems to have bagged, dated and now married a beautiful real estate agent from Calgary, Canada. Kyla Weber is nine years his junior and the two were introduced by a producer friend at a wedding. It didn’t take long after that for Ms. Weber to weave her magic and become the original Mrs. Vaughn.
1 Dakota Fanning & Jamie Strachan
Well, Jamie Strachan is definitely not a complete non-celebrity, being an established model in his own right; but he’s nowhere near the household name his current girlfriend Dakota Fanning is (and is building up to be). In Jamie’s 11 years as a working fashion model, he has posed for acclaimed designers such as Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors. If Jamie’s Instagram account is anything to go by, the model is also quite a talented photographer as well. Despite a 13 year age gap, Dakota and Jamie seem to be very much in love and happy with their choice of each other.