Most people who pursue money and fame seek out relationships that will land them more money and more fame. Rarely does a person find success in Hollywood and marry someone from their hometown. When you’re a celebrity, your dating pool is limitless. Celebs get together with celebs, and we just know this to be true, but there have been a few exceptions.
There are those who never imagined themselves becoming famous. They either get thrown into the “high life,” or they realize they don’t like it very much once they arrive. They take comfort in being with someone who reminds them of home and who adds simplicity to their very chaotic lives. When two famous people wed, the odds of their relationship lasting aren’t good. Schedules conflict, they can’t support each other as they should, and time passes quickly by with little interaction and intimacy.
It shouldn’t be such a surprise to us when some of our famous choose to marry individuals they know will be home for them, and most “normals” are more than willing to make their lives about their famous spouses if it means they get to live comfortably.
Marrying a celeb doesn’t mean your dreams will see their end, though. Some of the famous on our list have married painters and yoga instructors, jewelry designers and aspiring artists. These normals can afford to pursue their dreams without having to worry about how bills will be paid, thanks to the celebs they’ve synced hearts with. It sure seems like a win-win situation, but it’s still odd to see a celeb out with a normal person.
22. Ellen Pompeo Fell In Love With Chris Ivery In The Produce Aisle
Ellen Pompeo met Chris Ivery back in 2003 before we ever knew her as Meredith Grey. She was shopping for groceries in LA when she made eye contact with Chris, who, though intimidated, mustered up enough courage to ask her out. The two struck up a conversation and discovered they’d been living 10 miles from each other their whole lives.
Chris might have graduated from Harvard, but he didn’t get there because of his last name or dollar. He worked hard, and in the end, had only a piece of paper to show for it. His chosen career in the music industry didn’t take off right away but it eventually did skyrocket. The two now have a combined worth of $40 million.
21. Julia Roberts Could’ve Had Brad Pitt But Married A Cameraman Named Danny Moder Instead
“When I think about what makes my life my life, and makes sense and just shine inside of me, it’s him. Everything has come from that for me.” Julia Roberts met Danny Moder on the set of The Mexican. He happened to be one of the cameramen filming her. Though already married to a makeup artist, Danny started seeing Julia, who he ended up leaving his wife for.
15 years later, the two are still going strong and have three children together: Hazel and Finn (their 12-year-old twins) and Henry, their 10-year-old son.
Danny started his career working in the electrical department on films as a production assistant for no pay. After he had enough experience under his belt and had made enough connections, he debuted as a cinematographer in the comedy Kid Quick. It’s only been up from there. Together he and Julia have a net worth of $225 million. Fun fact: Julia and Brad Pitt were rumored to be more than co-stars while filming The Mexican. Looks like Brad lost to Danny.
20. Eric Bana Married A Publicist Named Rebecca Gleeson That He Met In Australia
“I knew my wife, Rebecca, was “the one” because she was the greatest and most fun friend — who I could also date!” Eric Bana met Rebecca Gleeson in Melbourne, Australia in 1997 where they both grew up. Eric desires to keep digging in roots there, even though Hollywood demands his time. His wife led a normal life when she met him, and still does, just with a whole lot more money. Rebecca works as a publicist.
Eric and Rebecca have two children together and are intentional about keeping their family out of the limelight. In fact, it’s really hard to find photos of them. Eric wants all his fans to know that he isn’t a celebrity, even though he’s been in 25 successful films. His big break was in Black Hawk Down back in 2001, and his most recent role was in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Instead of joining Eric in his world, Eric joined Rebecca in hers. He does have to fly a lot, but Rebecca is just fine holding it down at home.
19. Marcia Cross Married Tom Mahoney, A Stockbroker She Met In A Flower Shop
Marcia Cross was the one to make the move on Tom Mahoney, who she met just outside a flower shop in 2004. She was walking behind him and fell in love with the sound of his voice. She asked the shop owner if she knew who Tom was. The shop owner did, and asked Marcia if she wanted to leave her number for him, which she did.
Tom jumped at the opportunity and called right away. The two were married two years later. They now have twin girls and love how normal their lives have become. Their days are full of soccer games and ice cream runs, play dates, and family dinners. Sure, Marcia is still acting and Tom has a demanding career, but they’re really intentional about making sure they connect as a family. Tom might not have as much money as his wife, but his career has become quite the contribution.
18. Jessica Alba Met Cash Warren On The Set Of Fantastic Four
Cash Warren was a production assistant on the set of Fantastic Four when he beheld Jessica Alba for the first time. He worked his way into her heart with his charm and sense of humor. The two started dating and never looked back. He definitely wasn’t loaded like she was, but that didn’t matter to Jessica at all.
She rushed off set one day and called her family to tell them she’d met the man she was going to spend the rest of her life with. Sure enough, they were married in the spring of 2008 and are more in love than ever.
The two have three kids: Honor, Haven, and Hayes. Hayes was born on December 31st, just a few weeks ago, officially completing their family. The tabloids have been busy printing rumors saying that Jessica and Cash had another baby to save their marriage. They laughed those rumors off as false, though.
17. Christian Bale Married A Stunt Double, Sibi Blazic
Christian Bale married a tough lady. His wife, Sibi Blazic, was a stunt double early on in their relationship and continued to stunt in movies with him throughout his career. They’ve been together 16 years, but the most fun they’ve had on set was while filming The Dark Knight Rises. “My wife was a stunt driver — she was chasing me through the city in Batman. She was driving one of the cop cars. She can do 180s and stunts and all that,” said Bale.
Sibi wasn’t making much when Bale fell for her. She was personal assistant to Winona Ryder and struggling a bit, but she certainly has everything she needs now. Not only is she financially taken care of by Christian, but emotionally, she’s taken care of too. Everywhere the two go, Bale expresses his deepest gratitude to Sibi for saving him.
16. Alec Baldwin Married A Yoga Instructor, Hilaria Thomas
In February 2011, Alec Baldwin was dining at Pure Food and Wine in NYC when he spotted Hilaria Thomas standing with a group of her friends by the entrance. She had just finished instructing a yoga class next door and wasn’t expecting to be approached, especially by a movie star.
Alec walked up to Hilaria, grabbed her hand and said, “I must know you,” and handed her his card. She wasn’t sure whether or not to call, but a couple days later than Alec would have liked, she dialed him up. The two had their first date the next evening and married the following year.
Just like that, Hilaria’s entire life has changed. She moved into a big house in the Hamptons and is living the life she always wanted, which consists of being mommy to her three children with Alec, and instructing yoga in her dream studio. Fun fact: Alec was 58 when he married Hilaria, who was 29.
15. Patrick Dempsey Married His Hairdresser, Jillian Frank
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Frank were both spoken for when they met in 1994, but couldn’t shake their attraction. Jillian happened to work in the salon where Patrick was regularly getting his hair cut and styled. She became his “person” to where he’d make sure his appointments were with her. Their flirting grew unsatisfying, so they started seeing each other outside of the salon.
Eventually, they dropped their other lovers and married in 1999. They have three beautiful children together, yet things haven’t been easy. Rumors of divorce have been in the headlines as of late. It’s said that Patrick has had a hard time staying faithful. Hopefully they can work things out. Jillian has become a well-known celebrity makeup artist. She claims to use it as an outlet for the stress that being wife to Patrick Dempsey brings.
14. Anne Hathaway Married Adam Shulman, An Aspiring Actor She Met At A Film Festival
In November of 2008, five months after Anne Hathaway broke up with her boyfriend of four years, she met aspiring actor, Adam Shulman, at the Palm Springs Film Festival. “I knew the second I saw him that he was the love of my life,” said Anne to Harper’s Bazaar.
Six weeks after meeting, Anne had to make a quick trip to New Orleans and happened to have an extra ticket. She invited Adam, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Flash forward nine years, Anne and Adam have a one-year-old son named Jonathan who they’ve only recently decided to share with the rest of us. Adam sure did luck out. He was a broke, aspiring actor when he met Anne. Now he can pursue any role he wants without having to worry about survival.
13. Cynthia Dixon Met Her Wife At A Rally When She Was Still Married
S*x and the City star, Cynthia Nixon, was married to a man when she met her now wife, Christine Marinoni, at a children’s education rally in 2002.
Cynthia was nervous about dating a woman because she had only ever dated men, but something about Christine was comforting and inviting. The two have been married since 2012 and have a 6-year-old son together.
“I don’t feel there was a hidden part of my s*xuality that I wasn’t aware of. I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange. I’m just a woman in love with another woman,” Cynthia told The Daily Telegraph.
Christine still works as a children’s education activist. The two don’t have to worry about money, thanks to Cynthia. They live in Manhattan with their three children (two are from Cynthia’s first marriage.)
12. Amal Alamuddin Stole George Clooney’s Heart
In July of 2013, George Clooney was at Lake Como when he laid eyes on human rights activist and lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. He knew immediately that his heart had chosen.
After some good conversation, the two went their separate ways, only speaking as friends from time to time in the following months. Four months after their initial greeting, George invited Amal to visit him in London where he was working on Monuments Men at Abbey Road Studios. The two went out to dinner and the paparazzi went crazy. George, impressed with how Amal handled the paparazzi, knew he had to wife her.
George proposed in April over a home-cooked meal and some champagne. The comical part is that Amal made him wait for twenty minutes before giving him a “yes.” They were married in Italy in September and were surprised with twins in June. It wasn’t in the plan, but they’re extremely happy, and now, Amal can afford whatever her heart desires.
11. Vince Vaughn Left Jennifer Aniston For Kyla Weber
Vince Vaughn dated Jennifer Aniston for a year after meeting her on the set of their movie the Break-Up in 2005. “I never enjoyed the paparazzi side of it. I really spent most of that time finding ways not to be drawn into the attention,” Vince said in an interview.
It was then he realized he needed to settle down with a woman who wasn’t a Hollywood favorite. Soon after, Vince met his now wife, Kyla Weber, at the wedding of a mutual friend.
Kyla, who Vince describes as an extremely private person, was everything he was after. He pursued her despite her retraction and ended up winning her heart. They dated for two years before he proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2009. Kyla works as a real estate agent and enjoys being home with Vince. The two have three children together and are very happy.
10. Julie Bowen Married Scott Phillips, A Real Estate Investor
Julie Bowen and Scott Phillips married in 2004, but when and where they met has been kept under wraps. Scott was an investor that hadn’t yet expanded his dollar when he met Julie.
He hasn’t seen the best of luck since, but he’s enjoyed a pretty comfortable life with Julie. They have three children together and love to travel. Julie says he’s a super simple guy who loves to play beer pong. Is he too simple, though?
Rumor has it, the two have split and are now living separate lives. When Julie was approached to deny or confirm, she simply said, “We’re much too tired to divorce.” It’s safe to say these that these two have seen the last of their happy days. They were going to keep it together for the sake of their three sons, but feel they’re all better off living in honesty.
9. Tobey Maguire Married A Jewelry Designer Named Jennifer Meyer
Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer met in 2003 and married four years later in Hawaii. At the time, Jennifer was a jewelry designer with hopes to settle down. When the news of their engagement went public, she told USA Today, “This is truly the best time of my life. I’m walking on air. I’m getting married, starting a family and have an amazing company.”
Things were pretty smooth for about nine years, but unfortunately Tobey and Jennifer just called it quits. Nobody really knows why. They seem to have a drama-free relationship. In fact, they’re best friends who still watch Netflix together and order in.
8. Scarlett Johannson Married A Journalist Named Roman Dauriac
After her marriage to Ryan Reynolds ended in divorce in 2011, Scarlett Johansson met French journalist, Roman Dauriac, who she wed in 2014 in Romain. The two called it quits this year and are currently involved in a custody battle over their daughter, Rose.
Scarlett opened up a bit concerning her divorce during an interview: “I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. I might be [criticized] for that, but I think it’s work. It’s just a lot of work.”
Scarlett has already been seen showing some PDA with Colin Jost, one of SNL’s writers. She’s been forward about not dating fellow actors, claiming that they’re “too moody.” Scarlett and Colin have been spotted quite a few times together in NYC, and he might have accidentally leaked to the press that the two of them have been off and on for a while (as in, while she was married to Roman).
7. Alison Sweeney Married A Cop Named David Sanov, Who Was Also Her High School Sweetheart
Alison Sweeney met David Sanov in kindergarten and crushed on him until she graduated high school. They never dated, which was something she truly regretted. He went on to a career in law enforcement and Alison started her career in acting.
The Days of our Lives star rekindled her friendship with David and married him in July of 2000. They have two children together, Benjamin and Megan. Each year when they celebrate their anniversary, they give each other an evaluation. They list three things they love and three things that need work. According to Alison, it’s the key to their success.
David doesn’t have to work as a cop anymore, but he chooses to do so because of his passion to protect and serve. As for Alison, she’s no longer acting, but has taken on a new hobby of writing. She has already published five books.
6. Jerry Seinfeld Met His Wife Jessica At The Gym
Jerry Seinfeld met his wife Jessica while they were working out at the gym. She had just returned from her honeymoon, but didn’t think twice about accepting Jerry’s advance.
She dumped her new husband and got hitched to Jerry in 1999. Some have accused her of being a gold-digger since she didn’t have any money of her own, but sought out the rich and famous to flirt with.
Whatever she did to land Jerry must have been impressive for him to be okay with her leaving her new husband to hang with him. Jessica has also been accused of plagiarizing her cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. Jerry tried to come to her defence when the press started criticizing her, but there was really nothing he could say to justify her actions.
5. Zoe Saldana Married A Straight-Up Hippie Named Marco Perego
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego are a pretty secretive couple, but there are a few things we know. They met in NYC in spring of 2013 and married that summer. No one had a clue they had tied the knot until they’d already been married for months.
Zoe was very pregnant with twins soon after, causing the media to believe they’d married because of her pregnancy. Zoe was pretty upset about the speculation and decided to spout off to the world and criticized the media for invading their privacy, which probably just ended up validating the rumor.
Marco is from pretty humble beginnings. His mom stayed at home with him growing up and his dad was a writer. Marco began painting at a young age. He worked for years to get some attention, which started to finally pay off around the time he met Zoe. That’s when he sold his first piece for $30,000. What a good luck charm, that gal.
4. Matt Damon Married A Bartender Named Luciana Barroso
Matt Damon met his wife, Luciana Barroso, in a night club in Miami in 2003 while filming Stuck on You. He didn’t want to go out but his buddies dragged him. He eventually went live with their love story on The Ellen Show, saying, “I literally saw her across a crowded room, literally. Eight years and four kids later, that’s my life. I don’t know how else our paths would’ve crossed if that didn’t happen. If all those things didn’t happen.” That’s quite sweet, Matt.
As a bartender, tips can add up to be quite a bit, but even on Luciana’s best night, she wouldn’t be able to give herself the life that Matt has been able to give her. Matt and Luciana’s story is proof that you can still find true love in a bar.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Married A Techie Named Tasha McCauley
“I have a girlfriend but I tend not to really like to talk about it in public. The girl that I’m with, she really doesn’t want to be a part of that,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt told Howard Stern. He’s snatched up a down-to-earth, techie with a free, fun spirit named Tasha McCauley. Now that Tasha is married to Joseph, she’s been able to start her own company called GeoSimCities, which creates 3-D models of cities for clients. Pretty impressive.
“I’m married to a woman who doesn’t want strangers being privy to her life,” said Joseph. He and Tasha have done a great job keeping the two children they’ve had together sheltered from the spotlight, and they’ve done very well for themselves. Though Joseph had Tasha beat when they met, she just might be surpassing him in pay soon.
2. Aaron Paul Tried To Marry An Activist Named Lauren Parsekian On Their First Date
Aaron Paul met Lauren Parsekian at Coachella in 2012. They bonded over music and he invited her to ride the ferris wheel with him. Their next date was a little visit to Las Vegas, where they bought their hypothetical child a leather jacket and asked the cab driver to take them to a wedding chapel. That chapel ended up being closed. A year later, they married for real and are soon expecting their first child, a baby girl.
Lauren is the co-founder of Kind Campaign, “a movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness, that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl crime.”
Fun fact: Aaron and Lauren never fight. “People get in fights because they don’t communicate, because you don’t want to hurt the other person. My wife and I do not argue. We communicate. We talk. But we’ve never fought in our entire relationship,” Aaron said in an interview with People.
1. Jon Bon Jovi Married His High School Sweetheart Named Dorothea Hurley
Bon Jovi met his wife, Dorothea Hurley, in high school in 1980. She was dating a guy who ended up joining the service, so Bon Jovi swooped in in his absence and the two fell in love.
They dated for nine years before tying the knot. It was 1989 and New Jersey was number. 1 on the charts. Bon Jovi and Dorothea were staying in a hotel on the Sunset Strip when he said, “I got an idea. Why don’t we go right now? What’s better than this, right now, this moment?”
So the two got hitched in the night and announced their marriage on Entertainment Tonight the next day. Dorothea runs the Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which builds affordable housing units for struggling families. She focuses on outreach while her husband keeps entertaining the world and doing shows. She’s on stage right as often as she can be, enjoying the songs as if she’s never heard them before.
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