We all enjoy watching our favorite Hollywood couples from afar. In some cases, we’ve followed their relationships from dating to marriage (and sometimes witnessed their horrible break-ups all from the safety of our smartphones). As fun as it is to watch the rich and glamorous build a life together, there’s something even MORE magical about discovering those unions where one party is a little more like us.
Sometimes celebrities marry non-famous people. All the couples in this list have stories that are as unique and beautiful as they are, and not one of them met as a fancy Hollywood soiree. These stories prove that it’s possible to end up with a celebrity, even if you’ve never even been to Los Angeles!
Christian Bale and Sibi Blažić
Christian Bale has been acting since the 1980s. Most recently, he’s known for playing Batman in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, as well as Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
Bale met his future wife, Sibi Blažić, through his friend Winona Ryder. When he met her, Blažić’s was Winona Ryder’s personal assistant, and she was pursuing a career in modeling. Blažić and Bale have been married since 2000 and have two children.
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
Ellen Pompeo is best known for her starring role on Grey’s Anatomy, but she’s also had roles on the big screen, such as Karen page in Daredevil, Nicole in Old School, and Bertie Knox in Moonlight Mile.
Pompeo met her husband, music producer Chris Ivery, at a grocery store. The two struck up a conversation, then a friendship that turned into a romantic relationship. Both Pompeo and Ivery are from Boston, but their paths never crossed until they lived in Los Angeles.
Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
Jon Bon Jovi, the lead singer and founder of the rock band Bon Jovi, met his wife in high school!
Bon Jovi and his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, have been together for 40 years and married for 31. In a 2020 interview with People Magazine, Bon Jovi credited “mutual respect” as the key to their successful relationship. The two have four children together.
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso
Matt Damon, known for his role as Will in Good Will Hunting, Mark Watney in The Martian, and Colin in The Departed, met his wife working on a film.
While filming the 2003 comedy Stuck on You in Miami, he met Luciana Barroso, a bartender at a local bar. In 2011, Damon told Ellen Degeneres, “I literally saw [Barroso] across a crowded room.” It was love at first sight for both Damon and Barroso. The couple celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2020, and they share four children. One of the secrets to their healthy relationship, according to Damon, is that the couple made a pact never to be apart for more than two weeks.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep has been one of Hollywood’s A-listers for decades. She’s been turning heads as a result of her beauty and talent since the late 1970s. Today she’s most known for Sophie in Sophie’s Choice, Violet in August: Osage County and Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada.
Streep and her husband, Don Gummer, have been married since 1978. When they met, Streep was grieving the loss of her actor boyfriend, John Cazale, who died of lung cancer. In Michael Shulman’s book Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, the author tells of when Streep had to move out of the apartment she shared with Cazale. Her brother came to help her move, and he brought along his friend Gummer. This fateful moment resulted in 43 years of marriage and four children, all of whom are in show business.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Reese Witherspoon began her acting career in 1991 in a beautiful film entitled The Man in the Moon (if you haven’t seen it, stop everything and watch it!). Since then, she’s most known for roles on the big and small screen, including Elle in Legally Blond, June Carter in Walk the Line, and Bradley Jackson in The Morning Show.
Witherspoon told Elle that she met her husband, talent agent, Jim Toth, at a house party. Apparently, one of his friends had too much drink, and he began fawning all over Witherspoon. He stepped in and struck up his own conversation with her to save the starlet from the drunk admirer. Within one year of meeting her, Toth proposed, and they were married in 2011. The two share a son together, and they also parent Witherspoon’s children from her previous marriage with actor Ryan Phillippe.
Gal Gadot and Yaron Varsano
Gal Gadot is best known for her starring role in 2017’s Wonder Woman, but she’s been acting since 1999.
Gadot has been married to her husband, Yaron Varsano–a successful real estate developer–for 13 years. In an interview with Glamour, Gadot revealed that the couple met at a “very strange party in the Israeli desert.” The theme of the party was wellness and holistic healing. While they weren’t into the party itself, they did discover they were into one another. Varsano didn’t waste much time courting Gadot. He said he wanted to marry her on their second date! The couple now shares two daughters.
Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal
Julianna Margulies got her big break on the medical drama ER, starring opposite George Clooney. She’s currently most known as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife and Laura Peterson in The Morning Show.
Margulies told Ellen DeGeneres in 2011, “I met [Keith Lieberthal] at a dinner party that I wasn’t going to go to through an agent I didn’t sign with. I just started a Broadway show, so I didn’t want to stay out late. Famous last words. I went, and there was Keith.” The couple got married in 2007 and have one son, Kieran, who they welcomed in 2008.
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder
Julia Roberts has long been known as America’s sweetheart. Her illustrious acting career began in the 1980s, and she’s been going strong ever since. Roberts is most known for her roles as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman, as the title role in Erin Brockovich, and Barbar Weston in August: Osage County.
Roberts’ husband, Danny Moder, is a cinematographer. The two met when he was working as a camera operator on a film in which she was starring, The Mexican. The couple has been married for 19 years, and they have three children together. They manage to keep their private life private, which is no small feat!
Aaron and Lauren Paul
Aaron Paul grew to stardom in the 2008-2013 series Breaking Bad. Most people know him as Jesse Pinkman or Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) partner in crime.
Paul and his wife Lauren (founder of The Kind Campaign) first crossed paths at Coachella in 2009. One year later, they reunited at the music festival and shared their first kiss on the iconic Ferris wheel. The couple married in 2013. Four months into their union, Paul is reported as announcing, “marriage is easy!” He’s also reported as saying he’s “down to just keep [having children].” In 2018, they welcomed their daughter, Story Annabelle.
Wanda Sykes and Alex Niedbalski
Wanda Sykes met her wife, Alex Niedbalski, on a ferry to Fire Island. The first time Sykes saw Niedbalski she was deep in conversation with a young child. “Something really said to me—like, audibly—‘Wow, that’s what you need, Wanda,’” Sykes told The Guardian in 2018.
The two have been married for over a decade, and are now parents to twins, Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude.
Jon Stewart and Tracey McShane
Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey McShane, were married in May, 2000.
Stewart met then–veterinary technician McShane on a blind date at a Mexican restaurant in 1996, just one month after Stewart was fired from his show on MTV. McShane later told Oprah, “It’s a fairy tale from my end. I had just gotten out of a seven-year relationship. I was depressed, and my friends were trying to set me up all the time. After a bad date, they’d ask, ‘What are you looking for?’ I had discovered The Jon Stewart Show, so I said, ‘Someone funny and sweet, like Jon Stewart.’”
McShane’s roommate at the time was working as a production assistant on Wishful Thinking and played matchmaker when Stewart stopped by the set. According to Vouge, “In February 1999, Stewart proposed to McShane through The New York Times, having enlisted the newspaper’s crossword puzzle editor for help (among the clues specific to the couple? The answers to ‘Valentine’s Day Request’ and ‘Recipient of the Request’ were ‘Will You Marry Me’ and ‘Tracey’).”
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
Anne Hathaway met Shulman, an actor-slash-jewelry-designer, at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2008. The two met through a mutual friend. It seemed to be love at first sight for both of them and Hathaway told her friend, “I’m going to marry that man.” Hathaway is reported as saying, “I think he thought I was a little nuts, which I am a bit, but I’m also nice. I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life.”
The loving couple married in September 2012 and they’ve been going strong ever since.
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe started out as friends.
Redmayne and Bagshawe were classmates at Eton College. She first saw Bagshawe walking down the runway of a fashion show for charity. He was shirtless. “I was this pasty, freckly guy and when I came on, the girls in the audience didn’t take much notice of me,” Redmayne later recalled. That wasn’t exactly true.
The two soon began a 12-year-long friendship. Redmayne caught glimpse of Bagshawe from across the room at an after-party: “She was very beautiful and very funny and she loves the arts and theater just as I do, so we became friends.” The couple made their red carpet debut together that December at the London premiere of Les Misérables. They’ve been married since December 2014.
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink
The Grey’s Anatomy star found his soul mate at Fink’s salon, Delux, in 1994. When the hairstylist noticed there was an appointment under the name “Patrick Dempsey,” she wrote it off as a joke. When Dempsey walked in, she was delighted and a little nervous. Both were in relationships with other people, so it took three years of regular haircuts before they got together. They’ve been married since July 1999.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas were married in June 2012. They were first introduced in February 2011 at Pure Food and Wine, a since-closed vegan restaurant in Union Square.
Thomas told the New York Times, “I was standing near the door with my friends when he walked up and took my hand and said, ‘I must know you.’ ” (The actor has since admitted his opening line was “none too clever.”) At the time, Thomas was a Yoga instructor. “I saw right away that she was very dedicated,” Baldwin told the Times. “She’s the yoga queen of the Village.”
Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber
Vince Vaughn and Kyla Weber were introduced at a wedding in 2008.
Weber was raised on a small farm in Blackie, Canada (population est. 400) and worked as a real estate agent. “Because she lived far away, at first I was nervous to date her because it’s one of my best friends’ wife’s best friend from childhood…. If it goes wrong, you’re talking about awkward,” Vaughn said during an appearance on Live! with Regis and Kelly. “She’s a civilian, which is good.” The two began their relationship by exchanging emails and phone calls, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. They’ve been married since January 2010.
Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger
Paul Rudd rose to fame after his role in the movie, Clueless (1995). At that time, he moved to New York and, on the advice of Amy Heckerling, the film’s director, got a publicist. When he arrived in the city, Rudd went straight to his publicist’s office, where Yaeger also worked as a publicist. Rudd was late for an audition and Yaeger offered to drop his bags off at his friend’s apartment. A few days later, Rudd asked her out for lunch! It must have been a great lunch because they’ve been married since February 2003.
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney
Jennifer Lawrence and art dealer Cooke Maroney married in October 2019. She is a highly successful actress–as you already know–and he is a big name in the art world. They epitomize the idea of the “power couple.” These two met through a mutual friend (who just happens to have friends that are both this famous and successful) in 2018? One year later they were married in Rhode Island.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Amy Schumer used to joke about her famously disastrous love life. Well, not anymore! In February 2018, Schumer married Fischer, Martha’s Vineyard chef who authored The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook. The two were introduced through his sister Molly, who was working as Schumer’s personal assistant. The two shared immediate chemistry and were married in a surprise Malibu ceremony. They’re now parents to baby Gene, who was born in May 2019.
Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin.
Miranda Lambert met Brendan McLoughlin when she performed on Good Morning America with her band, the Pistol Annies. McLoughlin wasn’t there as a fellow performer. According to an interview Lambert did with the New York Times, McLoughlin was actually working security for the show. Lambert’s bandmates, knowing the kind of guy she might find attractive, invited McLoughlin into their dressing room to meet her. The couple secretly wed in January 2019, and Lambert announced their marriage on Instagram in February 2019.
John Cena and Shay Shariatzadeh
John Cena is a professional wrestler, actor, and television personality. So, how did someone like that happen to bump into a Product Manager at a software company? According to People, Cena met Shariatzdeh on the set of Playing with Fire, which was filming in Shariatzadeh’s hometown in Canada. They married on October 12, 2020, in a private ceremony.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley
Joseph Gordon-Levitt married his wife, Tasha McCauley in 2015. He is a famous actor and, according to her Twitter account, she is the CEO of GeoSim Systems, which makes her a robotics engineer. We can’t tell who married-up to a greater degree. Either way, their two children are going to be geniuses!
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, have known one another since college! Before she was an actress and he was a producer and sportswriter, they were just a regular couple with no fame to speak of. The two married in 2003 and have two sons born via surrogates.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Thirty-seven-year-old Oscar-winner, Natalie Portman, is married to dance choreographer Benjamin Millepied. The ballet dancer from France is 41. The couple met on the set of Black Swan, and they’ve been married since 2012. Portman gave birth to their son, Aleph Millepied-Portman on June 14 2011.
Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe
When Seth Meyers married his wife, Alexi Ashe in 2013, he married up. Way up! Ashe is a human rights lawyer and the Assistant District Attorney under the King’s Country District Attorney.
You might be wondering how a funnyman and a lawyer end up together. We did. Ashe’s sister is the set designer for Saturday Night Live. In 2008, former longtime SNL cast member Chris Kattan got married, and Ashe attended the wedding as her sister’s guest. That’s where she and Meyers met. According to him, it was love at first sight.
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego Saldana
Actress Zoe Saldana and artist Marco Perego Saldana have been happily married since 2013. The couple knew they would be together forever the moment they met. According to an interview for Marie Claire, Zoe said, “I don’t do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew.” The two share three children and are still living happily ever after.
Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Tina Fey met her husband, Jeff Richmond, while they were both at Second City. They were a couple for seven years before getting married at a Greek Orthodox church in 2001. The two share two daughters. According to an interview in Thrillist, Fey and Richmond bonded over their mutual love of Guys and Dolls and The Music Man cast recordings.
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen
Jimmy Fallon first met his wife, Nancy Juvonen on the set of Saturday Night Live. Juvonen happens to be Drew Barrymore’s BFF and Barrymore was hosting SNL. Juvonen recalled on The Tonight Show: At Home Edition, “I kind of crept in quietly and all of a sudden Jimmy goes, ‘Hey, Nancy! You’re Nancy? Hi, it’s so nice to meet you, welcome! And I felt just so embraced and like cool, like, ‘Thank you! Thank you for welcoming me in.” However, Juvonen “really developed a crush” on Fallon when he and Barrymore crossed paths again on Fever Pitch. The couple now shares two daughters.
Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
Cynthia Nixon, more commonly known to rabid Sex and the City fans as Miranda Hobbes–married education activist Christine Marinoni in 2012. Marinoni gave birth to a son the year before. Nixon told Stylist that while she had never planned to get married, she was the first to feel comfortable being a “wife.” She said, “[Christine] protested a lot at the beginning and wanted a more gender-neutral term, like ‘my spouse’. I said, ‘You think I’m doing that, you’re crazy!’” The two are still going strong.
Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston
Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston have been married for 40 years. When the two met, Geston was working as a waitress on a ranch. He was there filming Rancho Deluxe. Bridges told Today, “I was doing a scene with Sam Waterston and Harry Dean Stanton, and I cannot take my eyes off this gorgeous, I didn’t know what she was, a maid or a waitress, I couldn’t take my eyes off her [. . .] Gorgeous girl with two black eyes and a broken nose. The juxtaposition of that disfigurement and the beauty, it had me.” Later, Bridges wrote in an essay for Good Housekeeping his wife’s facial injuries had come from a car accident. They married in 1977 and have three daughters.
Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer
Spider-Man actor, Toby Maguire, married jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer in 2007. They met on the set of Seabiscuit. The couple, who share two children together, divorced in 2017. Even so, they’re famously excellent co-parents. Meyer told US her advice to other divorcees who are co-parenting their kids is as follows, “Remember that you love your kids equally more than anything in the world and that you want the best for them. If they see parents that don’t get along or fight, then they’re going to be unhappy, and nobody wants unhappy children.”
Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
Jesse Williams married his longtime girlfriend, Aryn Drake-Lee. Drake-Lee was a real estate agent when the two met in 2012. The couple share two children together, but sadly divorced in 2017.
Chris O’Donnell and Caroline Fentress
Chris O’Donnell, known for his roles in Batman & Robin (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), and The Three Musketeers (1993), met his wife Caroline Fentress through her brother, Andrew in the early 1990s.
O’Donnell told Redbook about the first time he met her, “I knew there was something special about her from that moment, but we didn’t see each other again for three years.” Even so, O’Donnell never stopped thinking about Fentress. The couple finally married in 1997 and they have five children together.
Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa
The oldest Jonas Brother, Kevin Jonas, married his wife Danielle Deleasa in 2009. She worked as a hairdresser before meeting Kevin Jonas. The two met when while both their families were vacationing in the Bahamas in 2007. The happy couple now has two daughters.
Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney
Marcia Cross and her stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney met as a result of Cross’ decision to take a daring risk. How exciting!
According to Livingly, “Marcia said she was walking behind him in a store and was immediately enamored by his voice. After asking the saleswoman if she knew who he was, the saleswoman asked if she wanted to leave her number. In a leap of faith, Marcia did, and clearly, it worked out!”